Friday, August 31, 2018
Killing Jesus Hardcover – May 7, 2013 by Stephen Mansfield (Worthy Publishing)
Mansfield takes the reader by the back of the neck via multiple POVs, so the story kicks into high gear taking on fresh emotional lenses every chapter. A satisfying pace with plenty of cultural perspective gives this journey a lively, gritty edge. You are in the crowd, a witness.
Not to be confused with Bill O'Reilly's book of similar title which does not have the breathing, lyrical sense Mansfield has penned so well. I first encountered Mansfield's non-fiction Manly Men book, so knew he could write well, and got excited when I found Killing Jesus, a fictional perspective based on the true Bible account, informed with historical research. It truly is a unique piece of work.
There's nothing here to upset nor offend. It's a beautiful, inspired writing. You should go there, now!
The execution of Jesus was a crime born of the streets, the barracks, the enclaves of the privileged, and the smoke-filled back rooms of religious and political power brokers. Its meaning lives in these places still."
It is the most fiercely debated murder of all time. Its symbol is worn by billions of people worldwide. Its spiritual meaning is invoked daily in time-honored rituals. In Killing Jesus, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield masterfully recounts the corrupt trial and grisly execution of Jesus more than two thousand years ago.
Approaching the story at its most human level, Mansfield uses both secular sources and biblical accounts to bring fresh perspective to the human drama, political intrigue, and criminal network behind the killing of the world's most famous man.
Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular speaker who also leads a media training firm based in Washington, DC.
He first rose to global attention with his groundbreaking book "The Faith of George W. Bush," a bestseller that Time magazine credited with helping to shape the 2004 US presidential election. The book was a source for Oliver Stone’s award-winning film “W.” Mansfield’s "The Faith of Barack Obama" was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, Pope Benedict XVI, and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Publishers Weekly described his book, "Killing Jesus," as “masterful.”
Stephen’s humorous but fiery "Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men" has inspired men’s events in the US and abroad. His more recent "The Miracle of the Kurds" has been selected as “Book of the Year” by Rudaw, the leading Kurdish news service. As a result of this book, Mansfield has become a respected voice in support of the Kurds against the evils of ISIS in the Middle East.
Stephen speaks widely about men, leadership, faith, the lessons of history, and the forces that shape modern culture. His media training firm, The Mansfield Group, has worked with top politicians, CEOs, rock stars, major publishing firms, and educational institutions around the world.
Mansfield lives in Nashville and the nation’s capital with his wife Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer.