Following the life of Jesus from the crib to the cross, to the resurrection and the promise that he will come again, Simon Ponsonby explores what this person and this life means for us today. Emphasising both the humanity and divinity of Jesus, Ponsonby showcases what is so amazing about Jesus, helping readers to rediscover their awe and wonder again.
Marshalling the multi-faceted names and descriptions of Jesus in Scripture – the King of the Jews, the Good Shepherd, the Lamb of God, the Living Water, the Bridegroom, High King of Heaven, Lord and Saviour, the Way, the Truth and the Life and many more – this book reveals the one who is God come to us, to be God with us, to show God for us.
Amazed by Jesus helps to restore our vision of Jesus and expand it, so we can know him better and see him as he is. Jesus changed and is changing everything – he is amazing. This is a clarion call from Ponsonby to the Church to go back to our first love, to go deeper and truly experience the living water – a discovery that will impact on the whole world.
What people are saying
“In this beautifully written book Simon Ponsonby invites us to stand back and take in who Jesus is. The result is profound. I encourage everyone to pick this book up and read it – and I strongly suspect that you too will conclude that Jesus is amazing!”Dr Amy Orr-EwingDirector, OCCA, The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.
“Simon Ponsonby is more than a good writer – he is a passionate follower of Jesus whose love for his Lord shines out in his life as well as in the pages he pens. Amazed by Jesus is approachable but deep, reminding us that at the centre of everything is Jesus. Read it and discover, or rediscover, just how amazing Jesus is.”Mark SayersSenior Leader Red Church Melbourne, Australia; Author of Strange Days and Reappearing Church
“In the pulpit of the church I attended as a student, Charles Simeon, a great preacher of the late 18th and early 19th century, had the words from John 12:21 carved, visible only to the preacher, ‘Sir, we would see Jesus’. This is a great reminder of the preacher’s task and of the greatest need of each human heart – and why I am so grateful to Simon for this wonderful book. Read and reflect and see Jesus afresh!”Paul HarcourtNational Leader of New Wine
“This is a book born in amazement and contemplation. And it is a book that can stir that same amazement. It is my conviction that fascination for the person of Jesus Christ is the most urgent need for the church in the west. We have to rediscover the source of it all. This book filled with poetic, colourful descriptions is a real help to deepen the core of our faith: the relationship with Jesus.”Johannes HartlFounder of the Augsburg House of Prayer; Author of Heart Fire, Simply Pray and God Untamed
“Whilst deeply theological, this is not primarily a theology book. While profoundly insightful, this is not a new revelation, while richly Christocentric, this is not a book simply about Christ. It is in fact a trap door into a world of treasure that leaves you breathless with wonder and more intoxicated than ever with the God-man Jesus. Read it devotionally and fall in love all over again. I did!”Dr Nic HardingDirector, Kairos Connexion; Director, Together for the Harvest; Founding Pastor, Frontline Church
“Here in Amazed by Jesus Simon Ponsonby draws us back to our first love, to Jesus himself, the lover of our souls. He takes us gently by the hand and leads us to Jesus. He brings us carefully, respectfully into his presence, so that sometimes we feel almost as if we are personally present as he turns water to wine, or speaks to a pharisee, or heals a leper, or teaches his disciples. Ponsonby opens our eyes afresh to the wonder of the man, Christ Jesus.Dr Garth Gilmour.
It is very quickly obvious that the book is written from a lifetime of meditation on the person and character of Jesus, of spending time in his presence, of being taken up in awe of him. We are fortunate indeed to be drawn into this special relationship.
In this lovely book, Simon Ponsonby takes us to Jesus, encouraging us to spend time in his presence, to gaze on his beauty, to fall in love with him again. And yes, to repent of our busy-ness in this current age, and to return to our first love.”
“This is a sparkling book that is beautifully written and arresting. Full to the brim with learning and wisdom, it overflows with love for Jesus. An unforgettable and virtuoso work that both feeds the mind and warms the heart.”J JohnMinister, Speaker and Author
“From the words that come out of his mouth when he preaches, to the prose he puts on paper, Simon’s ability to blend scripturally sound exegesis, with the revelation and experience he has himself received from his own relationship with Christ, give him the rare ability to quench people’s spiritual thirst, and facilitate a greater hunger to know and receive the ‘more’ Jesus has for each of us. At a time when the world advocates many precepts and propositions as the means to advancement, Simon’s book re-orientates our hearts and minds back to the person and work of Jesus. I believe this book is not only an encouraging voice for the church at this time, but is also a necessary vessel that will impart a renewed delight in Jesus, deposit a fresh revelation of timeless Biblical truths, and inspire us to intentionally desire a deeper devotion to Jesus our Lord in every area of our lives.”Rev Rob WallWriter, teacher, TBN Programmer and Presenter.