I am grateful to John Henson for sending me a copy of his excellent book: "Other Friends of Jesus".
Henson's well written and stimulating book highlights the incredible networking skills Jesus made use of as he interacted with people of all faith and cultural backgrounds and all stratas of society. From Roman soldiers to Jewish resistance fighters; publicans, tax collectors, workers, lepers, the destitute, the wealthy, women, children, the living and the dead ... no-one was beyond the reach of Jesus longing to engage.
In a world that today is not shy of using faith as a pretext for division of class, gender, sexuality, race, culture and even faith itself - the reader is soberly reminded of what decent people intuit about Jesus life and ministry that led him to the iconic embrace at Calvary of not only the whole of humanity but the world itself along with the entire web of life.
by Rev. David Gray
This is a perfect read for students studying Christianity and the authority of Jesus, the Bible and the Church at A-Level or higher education. Often the text books stick to what the majority of Christians believe, whereas this shows a broader perspective and allows students to ask the questions they are some times afraid to ask.
Clearly written and engaging. While teachers perhaps won't manage to fit it in within the curriculum, it makes for ideal independent reading for those inclined to do so.