Reading Jesus is a personal journey through the fundamental Biblical stories. As celebrated author Mary Gordon ponders the intense strangeness of a deity in human form, unresolved moral ambiguities within the text, and the problem posed to her as an enlightened reader by the miracle of the Resurrection. What she rediscovers—and reinterprets with her signature candor, intelligence, and straightforwardness—is a rich store of overlapping, sometimes conflicting teachings that feel both familiar and tantalizingly elusive.
The Jesus we encounter in Gordon's deep and impassioned reading of the Gospels demands the impossible…offers paradoxes…forgives without prejudice and makes a startlingly simple promise: "I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly." Ultimately, Reading Jesus traces one writer's path to the conclusion that no matter the dissonances large and small, belief in this promise and the God who makes it is the beginning of creativity.