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Coming this summer: 
Portrait of a Radical / The Jesus Movement

Inspired by the resounding success of its cinematic counterpart, Portrait of a Radical: The Jesus Movement reveals the often-overlooked radical nature of Jesus' mission, showing how his transformative message remains a beacon of hope for many and a threat to the powerful. Originally introduced to audiences through a highly acclaimed documentary film that aired on Hallmark and the Discovery Channel, this book builds upon the captivating narrative and powerful imagery that captured viewers.

 

It's often said that in the process of making a film, many of the most compelling pieces end up "on the cutting room floor." This is particularly unfortunate when countless hours of powerful, uncut interviews are left unseen. Portrait of a Radical reassembles this treasure trove of uncut interviews into a compelling narrative that irresistibly draws you in.

Portrait of a Radical showcases the profound insights of three distinguished thinkers. Father Richard Rohr, a Franciscan friar, is renowned for his teachings on spirituality, integrating various religious traditions while emphasizing mysticism, contemplation, and social justice. The late Huston Smith, a celebrated religious studies scholar, is known for his comparative work on the world's major religions and his ability to clarify complex spiritual concepts. And Allen Dwight Callahan, a respected biblical scholar and theologian, is acclaimed for his analysis of the New Testament and his exploration of the intersections between religion, culture, and African American history.

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Each chapter delves into specific aspects of Jesus' life and teachings from three distinct vantage points, offering alternative yet complementary perspectives. This approach provides richer, more contextualized insights, shedding light on elements of Jesus' life that may have gone under the radar—elements that some might find uncomfortable. From the spiritual significance of his desert journey to the pivotal role of women in Jesus' ministry, each topic invites readers on a transformative journey of discovery.

 

Echoing the film’s unique style, the book uses artworks to bring the story to life, drawing readers into the vibrant world of Jesus' time. Featuring masterpieces from artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Rembrandt, these visuals complement the text, providing a rich and immersive experience.

 

With its compelling narrative, insightful analysis, and breathtaking artwork, Portrait of a Radical is an indispensable resource for those seeking a deeper understanding of Jesus's enduring legacy.

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