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Forthcoming Issler Book on Jesus Spiritual Formation

    Posted by Klaus Issler on December 18, 2009

I have been working on an exciting manuscript - contract recently signed with InterVarsity Press- for a trade book tenatively titled, Spiritual Formation Jesus’ Way. The manuscript is due by April 30 and will probably be published in the Spring 2011. A brief summary of the book:

Will power alone was never meant to carry the weight of right living—it’s too puny to defeat temptations or override our compulsions of a lifetime. Jesus taught we always live out what’s in our heart, our character. Our life is run by the deeply submerged governing idea systems that are often very different from what we say we value or believe. By spending more time with Jesus in the Gospels, we overcome a key barrier in bridging the willing-doing gap: we move away from the Jesus we thought we knew, and teachings we thought might be burdensome, to the Jesus actually portrayed in the Gospels. If we give attention to changing our heart’s core idea systems and related emotional dispositions—in relation to seven pervasive themes in Jesus’ life and teaching—then our words and actions will eventually become more like Jesus, living more naturally/routinely from the inside out.

Would you consider making a one-time or ongoing donation to help support my writing and research for this book?

I recently submitted a proposal to the Kern Family Foundation for a writing grant, in relation to a chapter in the Spiritual Formation Jesus’ Way regarding the chapter on Jesus and vocation/ work. 

I’ve learned that "carpenter" is not the best term to convey what tekton means (Mark 6:3, Matt 13:55). The better translation is "builder" someone who worked on small and large construction projects, primarily in stone, which as a readily accessible and inexpensive resources. So Josh McDowell had it right, Jesus was …. more than a carpenter. Also, the custom was to begin one’s father’s profession around the age of 10. If Joseph and Jesus followed that practice, then Jesus probably worked as a builder in Nazareth and the surrounding regions for about 20 years! 

Consider that Jesus can readily identify with business people and the challenges of budget, getting resources and finishing projects on time.

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12.29.09 (jkiemele): exciting venture Klaus...look forward to seeing this piece too...Jesus the builder is very interesting...especially given the recent findings of building ruins in Nazareth, eh? God bless you deeply.
12.18.09 (Geneva Labate): Jesus as a businessman, very interesting; marketing, negotiating, etc. Hum.
Dr. Klaus Issler