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The Reality of Encountering Jesus

Peter Dickson, David Gibson

Pages: 128
Trim: Trade paperback (198 x 130mm)
Isbn 13: 9781845506070
List Price: £6.99
Imprint: Christian Focus Adult Catalogue
Category: Biblical Studies > New Testament > Jesus Studies

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"Not a safe book. Peter Dickson is a bit sneaky (the book is so engagingly written) and yet terribly stubborn (he refuses to offer you a bland, smooth, mass-market, shrink-wrapped Jesus). So reading it may make you savingly angry or fearfully grateful-either of which will be okay. I find so refreshing this combination of contemporary clarity and old, rugged gospel."

Dale Ralph Davis, Minister in Residence, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina


What does it mean to belong to God's family? Consider the gospel of Luke which introduces us to Jesus the most important man who ever lived. This book demonstrates that encountering Jesus is a matter of urgency for all people everywhere. The Gospel of Luke is applied to a 21st century audience using contemporary illustrations including the recent financial crisis.

About Peter Dickson

Peter Dickson is the Regional Team Leader in Scotland for UCCF: The Christian Unions. He previously served as minister at Trinity Church, and High Church, Hilton in Aberdeen. He grew up in Edinburgh and St. Andrews and became a Christian through the witness of Scripture Union camps. He is married to Eleanor, who comes from Inverness, and they have two children, Esther and Jamie.

About David Gibson

David Gibson was born in America and grew up in East Africa and Northern Ireland. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the University of Aberdeen and is currently the Assistant Minister at High Church, Hilton. Married to Angela, his interests include writing, playing football, watching rugby, entertaining and being entertained by his children, Archie, Ella and Samuel.

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"Peter Dickson has succeeded in transporting his readers from Aberdeen to the shores of Galilee in this vivid account of Dr Luke's impeccably researched biography of Jesus. But I must confess that this journey comes with a health warning - as we look at Jesus we'll discover much more about ourselves."

Rico Tice, Author, Christianity Explored & Associate Minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London

"This is one of the best books of its kind that I have seen. It brings the familiar chapters of Luke's Gospel into the arena of the Twenty First Century, and makes the Christian faith real and relevant. One of the chapters is entitled "The Real Jesus". We encounter him throughout this book. I predict a wide use for it."

Eric Alexander, Conference speaker and formerly minister St George's Tron, Glasgow for 20 years

Jesus has set me free from self-centredness to serve God and my fellow human beings, and given me grounds for believing that physical death is not the final end of life but the pathway to a future, better life in the presence of God. My prayer is that this book will help its readers by both creating and nourishing living faith in Jesus Christ.

I. Howard Marshall, (1934-2015) Emeritus Professor of New Testament, University of Aberdeen

"Working in the world of finance, I come across many who have very healthy bank balances but who are poor in other ways. This book . . . is free from religious jargon and is very accessible. Full of illustrations, the authors unpack what it means to live in relationship with the living God and so to live our lives to the full."

Simon Pilcher, Chief Executive, Fixed Income, M & G Investments, London

"This book will steer you through the observations of a remarkable physician, Luke, who practiced medicine 2,000 years ago. It may have been long before antibiotics and scans, but he recognized and meticulously recorded the most significant event in world history . . . this book will present you with a truly life-saving treatment - more than anything I or any other doctor can ever offer you!"

Simon Barker, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Aberdeen, Scotland

Customer Reviews

I have just downloaded and read the Study Guide and Leader's Guide, and I am also excited about this book. Thank you for staying faithful to the gospel and making it easy to understand for many people.

Posted by Daniel Bae, South Korea at 04:06 on Tuesday 27 December 2011

I am very excited about this book! I will certainly be ordering a copy as soon as possible! More of the same please, Mr. Dickson!!

Posted by Dr. Jonathan P. Norgate, Sheffield at 21:20 on Monday 09 August 2010