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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Yancey Narrator: Philip Yancey, Bill Richards, Philip D. Yancey Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9780310260691
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Everyone has their own version of Jesus--a soft and fluffy Sunday school flannelboard Jesus, a distant stained glass cathedral Christ, an all-powerful defender of the faith, a wise rabbi who never breaks a sweat. But who is Jesus really? Best-selling author and respected journalist Philip Yancey takes a deeper look at the Christ of the Gospels. From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey reveals a complex character who generates questions as well as answers; a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who wants to radically transform your life and stretch your faith. The Jesus I Never Knew is a piercingly honest look at the person and the life of Jesus of Nazareth by a writer who is not afraid to tackle the difficult issues of the Christian faith. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of Christian Book of the Year, 1996
  • Winner of Christian Book Award Winner, 1996
  • Winner of Book of the Year - Christianity Today, 1996

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy Worley | 2/2/2014

    " A great insight into different events of the life of Jesus. Yancey really has a way of digging deeper and putting a new slant on stories you've heard a million times. I highly recommend this book to anyone at all interested in the life of Jesus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/24/2014

    " I am really liking this book, helpful for reading the New Testament. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/8/2014

    " This book helped expand the way I looked at Jesus "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Theresa | 1/4/2014

    " Gave me a whole new understanding of Jesus and a gentle reminder of how we should live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lam | 12/26/2013

    " Yancey rocks. I enjoy just about everything I've read of his, a smart thinker who offers such balance as a Christian writer. I don't say this much: this might change your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/19/2013

    " One thing I really like about Yancey is the way he breaks through the predictable. He seems to write books based on questions he himself has. I would recommend this if you want a non-religious look at the person of Jesus (but nothing beats Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 11/25/2013

    " Changed my life! As a follower of Christ it is imperative that I know the character and person that I'm following. This book provided an educated perspective that allowed me to feel like I personally knew Jesus. My life hasn't been the same since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cone | 11/21/2013

    " This one of the most informative book about the life of Jesus Christ that I have ever read. Philip Yancey really is a highly commendable journalist and author. now, I am very much aware. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 11/20/2013

    " Thanks for the recommendation Nicole. As a committed library user I would just suggest you go ahead and buy this book and get out your marker... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrol | 11/3/2013

    " I read this for a Lenten study class - he is a very good writer. Gives you many things to consider.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Smith | 10/31/2013

    " Learned great things about Jesus! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Edgren | 9/29/2013

    " Jesus is never more beautiful than when you see him anew. This book shows you new pictures of Jesus again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 9/28/2013

    " I've loved all of his books that I've read up to this point. He is a gifted writer, and I would enjoy his books simply for the beauty of the words on the page. However, he also makes some great spiritual insights and causes me to think more deeply about issues around me and in the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 9/8/2013

    " I don't think I ever enjoyed a Christian book so much. I found it to be honest and searching question that I could associate with myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna | 1/31/2013

    " Amazing read! Really makes you think! I had never thought about Jesus the man before he became Jesus the really big deal. He was a kid, a teen...it's just so interesting to think about! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Foy | 11/2/2012

    " Some good some bad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 9/15/2012

    " Absolutely loved this book. Every single chapter blew my mind and challenged my faith. Amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 9/13/2012

    " More a 4.5 star book. This is a brave, pot-stirring and visionary engagement with Jesus that comes very close to earning five stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 8/14/2012

    " Good new angles of insight into Jesus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derron Ellis | 7/25/2012

    " Excellent! Like everything by Yancey it is great, well-written, makes you think, related to the idea of knowing who Jesus is so that we can be like him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Kurtz | 6/23/2012

    " This book was chosen for our church's small group series. We meet twice a month to discuss a new chapter. It's an interesting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merilee | 6/8/2012

    " This is a book I should have read years ago. Phillip Yancy approaches Jesus from all kinds of different angles and throws in a touch of apologetics. Deep enough to really sink your teeth into, but light enough to bring you back each day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/24/2011

    " What a wonderful read. This book did so much for my way of thinking, my understanding of who Jesus is, and creating a stronger desire within me to read through the Gospels. I am a big fan of Yancey's approach and writing style and look forward to checking out other books he has written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Pulley | 9/21/2011

    " This books gives one a lot to ponder about the person of Jesus. I especially liked the examination of the Sermon on the Mount and how radical Jesus' words must have been to those hearing them. Yancey gives some good guidelines on how to better understand Jesus and how to live a life more like His. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 4/5/2011

    " I really enjoy Philip Yancey's writing. There was nothing here that was particularly revealing or new information about Jesus, but the author seems to have a way of writing that gets your mind engaged and thinking about the topic in different ways. I'd definitely recommend this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Rogde | 3/22/2011

    " 2nd time I've read this book and still found more insights about Jesus and the Scriptures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 3/9/2011

    " Amazing, refreshing, insightful, and thought-provoking examination of Jesus, the man and the deity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/4/2011

    " Another one of my all-time favorite Christian books. If you want a fresh perspective at Jesus...here you go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna | 2/16/2011

    " Amazing read! Really makes you think! I had never thought about Jesus the man before he became Jesus the really big deal. He was a kid, a teen...it's just so interesting to think about! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Lane | 1/22/2011

    " This was a really powerful book, but also a nice read.
    Highly recommended it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/7/2011

    " Yancey totally transformed my thinking in regards to Jesus and the realities in His life! Probably is his best work ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 12/12/2010

    " Interesting book, read it for an intro to bible class. Made it easier to relate to Jesus as a human. "God incarnate" was always a bit intimidating to me and this book helped me view Jesus as more than a just god's version of someone you'd want to hang out with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 11/3/2010

    " Practical stories helped me know Christ more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 10/10/2010

    " Enjoyed the book! Has a lot of information and details that made it a challenge to read daily. Had to come back to it to read more. I felt a sense of accomplishment after reading it, and overall, enjoyed the experience. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey worked for ten years as an editor and then publisher for Campus Life magazine. In 1980 he and his wife Janet moved to Chicago where he began a career as a freelance writer. They moved to Colorado in 1992. He is the author of 20 books, three of them coauthored with Dr. Paul Brand. He is grateful to be able to make a living writing about the questions that interest him.