Monday, April 28, 2014

Review: The One Jesus Loves by:Robert Crosby

 The One Jesus Loves: Grace Is Unconditionally Given, Intimacy Must Be Relentlessly Pursued
About the Book:
The felt need of most Christians is the desire to grow closer in relationship with God. In "The One Jesus Loves," Bob Crosby shows readers how to deepen their personal relationship with God by considering Jesus' "circles of intimacy"--especially those who walked closest to him.

All of us want to feel connected, a part of the circles in which we run. We don't want to feel like the odd man out. Jesus had an inner circle. As a matter of fact, he had several circles of relationships around him. While many filled the outermost rings of spectator and acquaintance, only a few followed all the way to the most intimate places. 


Jesus was constantly and winsomely working to bring people closer to himself, calling them out of the far reaches and toward the inner circles. This was his passion. In an age that is desperate for God, how do we press in to become like the two disciples who asked if they could sit right next to Jesus, at his right and at his left? 


Can we join God's inner circle? How can we make sure that we are on the closer path?


About the Author:
Dr. Robert C. Crosby is a conference speaker, writer, and pastoral leader. He has pastored churches in New York, Boston, and Ohio and served as a university vice president. He is the professor of practical theology at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He writes for Christianity Today, Patheos.com, Leadership Journal and the Huffington Post. He and his wife, Pamela, are the founders of Teaming Church Conferences and Resources.

My Review:
 Many believers start out on their journey at a pinnacle point, the point of "the beginning." There is a freshness and newness at the beginning that many times over and throughout our walk can not ever be duplicated or done again, probably because it is like a "honeymoon" period. While that moment is such a precious time of learning and getting close to our Saviour is is something that is quickly diminished and we must be looking onward and upward to gain a closer look and feel of our Lord.

 Robert Crosby, describes 6 "Rings of the Lord" or "Circles of Christ", these our described as rings or circles around of relationship to Jesus. Those rings are listed below:

1) The Crowds
2) The Five Thousand
3) The Seventy (sometimes described as Seventy-Two)
4) The Twelve
5)The Three
6) The One

Each of these are described in detail by who they were and what their relationship was to Jesus and how each helped or hindered the process of gaining followers. The One Jesus Loves, is an excellent commentary that will cause you to dig deeper to desire that closeness, that oneness that we all should desire from Him.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Look.