November Reading Challenge – By Hannah Hay

Diocese of Thunder Bay Crest

Read a book by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “a man of extraordinary intellect, of deep spirituality and of exceptional theological knowledge.”

Jesus of Nazareth
From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration

In this bold, momentous work, Joseph Ratzinger seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent “popular” depictions and to restore Jesus’ true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the Pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of Jesus and invites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.

Jesus of Nazareth
Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection

Why was Jesus rejected by the religious leaders of his day? Who was responsible for his death? Did he establish a Church to carry on his work? How did Jesus view his suffering and death? How should we? And, most importantly, did Jesus really rise from the dead and what does his resurrection mean? The story of Jesus raises many crucial questions. Benedict brings to his study the vast learning of a brilliant scholar, the passionate searching of a great mind, and the deep compassion of a pastor’s heart. In the end, he dares readers to grapple with the meaning of Jesus’ life, teaching, death, and resurrection.

Jesus of Nazareth
His Infancy and Childhood

The momentous third and final volume in the Pope’s international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series, detailing the stories of Jesus’ infancy and boyhood. This third part of the trilogy dedicated to Jesus of Nazareth begins with the Gospels and concludes with the contemporary man. As the Pope wrote in volume two of this series, he attempts to “develop a way of observing and listening to the Jesus of the Gospels that can indeed lead to the personal encounter and that, through
collective listening with Jesus’ disciples across the ages, can indeed attain sure knowledge of the real historical figure of Jesus.”