I am always on the lookout for resources that hone my skills in sharing what I believe and why, or that I can recommend or gift to non-believers that address their questions or their curiosity about Jesus. This is a book that I believe is useful for both purposes. I found it fascinating in terms of the myriad ways in which Jesus' teachings and practices have impacted our society, our culture, how we interact with others, and how we live. I found it reassuring that Jesus has so permeated our world that no amount of governmental legislation could fully eradicate his influence in our lives.
Who is this man? Ortberg creates a clever and thoughtful series of answers to "who" is the man Jesus and how he changed the world. It is a solid resource book for stories, ideas, inspiration and challenge. Especially helpful is Ortberg's tone--it is not polemical or condescending, but simple, direct and gracious.
I love the theme and premises of the book and the videos; but, the lesson plan is geared primarily to the video and doesn't seem to tie in the book real well. Thinking of breaking each of 4 lessons into three parts, reading 1-2 chapters per week and watching a video every third week for a 12-week course. As I said, the book won't necessarily follow or tie in well though.
Any person who teaches history - US, World, Western Civ, should have this book as required reading. It gives a concise perspective on the impact of Christ on all aspects of social, economic and political developments which have laid the foundation for 'civil' society for 2,000 years. Where His message and teachings have been corrupted, that is fallen mans' responsibility. A wonderful book.