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Holy Curiosity: Encountering Jesus' Provocative Questions [Paperback]

By Winn Collier (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   Baker Books
ISBN  0801068339  
EAN  9780801068331  

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As Jesus was known in his day as a teacher who spoke with authority, it may be surprising to discover just how many times he asked a question of his listeners rather than telling them something outright. What kind of an all-knowing God asks questions of mere humans? This thought-provoking study of the "questioning" Jesus is a unique exploration of one of his most subversive teaching tools. In Holy Curiosity, popular author and columnist Winn Collier invites readers to hear Jesus's persistent questions, to allow them to penetrate the soul, and to be called to the untamed life that Jesus offers. The questions covered include: *Who condemns you? *Why do you doubt? *Do you believe this? *Does this offend you? *and more Collier challenges readers to see Jesus in fresh ways, discarding sterile caricatures for a Jesus that is real, strong, and absolutely relentless in his pursuit of us.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Winn Collier has been in pastoral ministry for eleven years. He is the lead pastor of Downtown Community Fellowship and serves as director of The Genesis Project, a nonprofit foundation and resource for church planters. Winn is the general editor of three books in the Deeper Walk series and is a regular contributor for Relevant magazine, Soul Journey, and Clear & Seven.

Winn Collier currently resides in Seneca. Winn Collier was born in 1971.

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Deeply revealing & Insightful  May 18, 2009
It's been a long time since I've read a book that reveals the character of Jesus in such a fresh & fascinating way. Unlike wishy-washy spirituality books like 'The Third Jesus' which seem to be all the rave at the moment, this book focuses not on trying to make a Jesus that everyone can modify for their own benefit, but focuses directly on his simple, probing one-line questions that you'd normally glance over without a thought. its that simplicity that opens up a labyrinth of truths that Winn masterfully examines with an equally wonderful writing style. I've read his work before in Relevant Magazine and that alone forced me to pick up his book - the first of many I hope to read.
My only slight complaint would be in the vein of repeatedly coming back to his son for illustrating a point, which seemed a little less imaginative than I would have hoped. Either way, this is a must-read for anyone.
Curiosity does not kill the cat... it breathes life into it!  Jan 8, 2009
Excellent book... Winn is really a gifted author... His ability to retell the biblical stories and the biblical story inspires me to believe that there may actually be a different, more real way to read the bible and follow Christ in the humdrum of a cultural Christianity that has lost its aliveness... I especially felt moved to look at Jesus again as someone who is very curious and interested in those around him rather than a commander and chief. As a result, I want to be more interested and curious of others - which is really a great gift to give someone.
A Curiously Good Read  Nov 21, 2008
In Holy Curiosity, Winn Collier examines one of the most poignant aspects of Jesus' ministry. Collier uses some of Jesus' most revealing questions to illustrate something that a large majority of people try to avoid: a curious faith.

Collier shows that the questions Jesus asked cut right to people's hearts, exposing their greatest need. He wasn't afraid to ask questions that had difficult answers, and expressed the characteristic that, according to Collier, all true friendships have: genuine curiosity.

The book has a meandering style, but has more of a linear and organized flow than other works of this style, such as Blue Like Jazz. Collier's frequent reference to his children is interesting, as he uses his relationship with them in comparison with his relationship with God. He uses stories of his friends and family to illustrate certain points, and his ability to connect them to the reader is amazing. I felt as if I wanted to get to know them better.

Holy Curiosity is an exceptional journey through the dialogue of Jesus Christ. Collier shows that the wisdom and grace Jesus showed his contemporaries is available to us today. Definitely a great read.
Curiosity killed the cat - but dogs loved it  Nov 17, 2008
I love questions. For me, a good question should lead to a good answer that in turn leads to even better questions. I'm not scared of questions, not afraid to question, and appreciate the way a good question can get after the truth in specific and meaningful ways. Along comes this book, and from the opening pages I am reminded of my love for questions, my understanding of Jesus' questions, and ... wait a minute. A twist? A book that uses my questions against me?!?

"Jesus' questions probed the soul, and they were not easily ignored. He posed one question to a grieving sister emptied of hope. He directed one toward a friend who couldn't muster up the courage to trust, and another toward the ears of a band of piously religious hypocrites.... These Jesus-questions refuse to stay put in dusty Palestine.... We discover that Jesus' questions - first tossed in their direction - become our own disorienting, gracious queries. this soul work, this asking of true heart-deep questions, is an art we learn from Jesus.... [But] if our questions become the goal, we are no longer being honest but merely using our questions to hide. This will never do." (from chapter one)

Collier crafts new questions and new responses to age old questions popping up in the gospels around Christ and the Disciples, while still remaining true to the text. And he turns our ideas of safety and security upside down when we think of Jesus and the way He responded to His followers.

"Jesus did little to provide calm. Rather, He tugged at His followers' fears, prodded and provoked them. Following Jesus meant surrendering any assured solace in the most basic human acts.... Perhaps God wants to move us to a deeper peace than we know, a deeper joy and rest than we have experienced - but perhaps we have to move through our insatiable fears of losing control to get there." (from chapter three)

And that's where I think he has meddled with me - in a good way. Questions are tools of control, and I've been guilty of being small, of hiding behind my faux depth. Jesus' questions, framed in His life and continued interaction with us, are deeper and more curious than I've been following. But I'm encouraged to keep asking, to keep resting, to allow those questions their place in me, in my journey, in my own growth in him.

Curiouser and curiouser.
A Pastor's Heart and a Journalist's Inquisitiveness  Nov 17, 2008
Winn Collier writes with a pastor's heart and a journalist's inquisitiveness. The combination fits well as the title to his new book, Holy Curiosity. In it, Collier takes a look at a handful of well-placed, probing questions that Jesus asked His followers.

Unpacking these inquiries create a fascinating framework for successful Christian living today. With questions like: Who condemns you? Why are afraid? How much bread do you have? Why do you doubt? What do you want? Collier hits on heart issues like shame, fear, doubt and desire that often prevent Christians from living in authentic, deep relationship with God and others.

Collier weaves in ancient and contemporary insights for a well-rounded, soul-stirring read that ends all too soon. Any Christian who wrestles with questions of faith will find a kindred spirit here.


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