Friday, February 20, 2015

Jesus the Bridegroom a #Catholic Book Review

Jesus the Bridegroom
Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
  • Written by Dr. Brant Pitre, Author, Speaker, and Professor of Scripture
  • Published by Image Books - March 11, 2014
  • Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Book Format 
  • English Language, 208 Pages
  • Publisher's List Price - $23.00 - Varies by Bookseller
  • Available From Most Book Retailers Including Amazon ($17.37 and Prime Eligible)
I just finished this book by Dr. Brant Pitre, and am happy to recommend it to my Catholic readers.  It is not a long book, it is only about 200 pages, and that includes all the end notes.  It is, however, rich in content.  I know that as I matured and learned the reality of love, the fact that it requires sacrifice and a complete gift of one's self, it changed my relationship with Jesus completely.  This book is filled with illustrations of the depth of His love for us, and it has the potential to open hearts and draw us closer to Him in our lives, in our studies, and when we encounter Him in the sacraments.

As I mentioned, it is not a long book and it is not filled with heady theology.  There are seven chapters and they are broken into sub chapters.  It is easy to follow, easy to digest, and the format is great for note takers, too, with just enough room to jot a thought or two.

There is a brief Introduction and then the chapters are as follows:
  1. The Divine Love Story - Includes these sub chapters: The Bridegroom of Israel, Sin as Spiritual Adultery, A New Covenant and the Forgiven Bride, and The Song of Songs
  2. Jesus the Bridegroom - Includes the sub chapters:  The Riddle of John the Baptist, The Wedding at Cana, The Last Supper
  3. The Woman at the Well - With sub chapters:  The Samaritan Woman, The Gift of Living Water, The Piercing of Jesus' Side
  4. The Crucifixion - Includes sub chapters: Jesus' Wedding Day, What Was the Crucifixion Like?, The Passion of the Messiah
  5. The End of Time - With sub chapters: The Bridegroom Comes Back, The Wedding of the Supper of The Lamb, No Marriage in the Resurrection?
  6. The Bridal Mysteries - Sub chapters include: Baptism, The Eucharist, Marriage, Virginity
  7. Beside the Well With Jesus
There is an Appendix which includes Jewish sources outside of the Bible, and a long list of notes and citations.  The book closes with author acknowledgements.

I think this is a worthwhile read for Catholics at all stages of their faith formation, but especially those who are looking to forge a closer relationship with Jesus.  After reading this book it would be difficult to stay in a legalistic or formal affiliation with Him.  It can change a heart and bring us away from seeing obligations, but rather opportunities to be closer.

Thanks go to Blogging for Books for the opportunity to review this title.