A Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus offers a fresh and imaginative approach to Jesus studies and biblical criticism, providing a gripping fictional account of one student's journey to the Middle East to investigate the New Testament and the life of Jesus for himself.
Norm, a fictional college graduate, undertakes this journey to discover if he can study Jesus and follow him at the same time, and if curiosity will make him a better disciple or no disciple at all. As Norm hitchhikes simultaneously across the Gospels and the land, readers follow his faith journey as well, wondering if he will be able to reconcile his Christian faith with current critical scholarship. A Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus offers readers a creative and engaging way to explore many of the major questions in Jesus studies today and affirms the importance of asking probing questions about Jesus and the Gospels.
The book's lavish, journal-style, two-color interior design--featuring maps, photos, doodles, sketches, and email exchanges between Norm and his professor--makes it interesting to read. Its classroom-tested material will appeal to professors and students in Jesus, Gospels, New Testament, and religion courses. In addition, thoughtful lay readers will enjoy this book.
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Review 1 for A Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground
Brown color of type ink very difficult to read
Date:February 1, 2014
While I am (trying) to enjoy my book, I wanted to leave a review for those who may have vision problems. I am able to read most books with reasonable sized type. And while the type size on this book is acceptable (any smaller might be difficult), the brown ink color is VERY difficult for me to read. They tried so hard to make it appear to be a journal, with hand-written notes, doodles, maps, etc., it is all done in a rather light brown color of ink, INCLUDING the type. Dark brown ink may have worked, but this light brown ink is almost impossible for me to read (really a problem since it is a required text for my class). I would probably give the book itself 5 stars if I could ever get through it without straining my eyes any further.
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Review 2 for A Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground
Embraces questions without abandoning faith
Date:January 23, 2012
Brian in Canada
This book is a well-written, imaginative exploration of who Jesus was. It is written from the perspective of a student who has encountered the skeptical side of biblical criticism and is eager to find out whether the faith he had as a child was real. There are some poignant moments of realization in this book, where Fisk, through his character, sees that not all questions need to be answered in order for faith to endure. The difficult questions are not shied away from, and result is a book that allows for some things to be unanswered as we wrestle with God in our faith.