Why Do We Recommend This Book?
Does it sometimes happen to you, that you find yourself so familiar with a certain Bible passage that it hardly touches your heart anymore? Then Fresh Eyes on Jesus’ Parables is one book to start reading! The book contains ten short chapters which can be read independently, about ten very familiar parables taught by our Lord Jesus.
The author, Doug Newton, is a pastor who has ministered for forty years and describes himself as having ‘an unchosen but unwavering passion: to help people see the Bible with fresh eyes and expectancy’ (from the Acknowledgements). He does not necessarily come with new insights about the parables’ original meaning, although he does occasionally share some fresh insights here and there, but his mission is ‘to reveal specific techniques that will allow you to make new discoveries about familiar passages that can revive your love for the infinite Word and transform your work in teaching and testimony’ (from the section ‘About the Fresh Eyes Series’). As a reader I believe the author was quite successful in his mission. From parables of just one verse (e.g. Matthew 13:44 – the parable of the hidden treasure) to parables that can almost be considered a full chapter (e.g. Luke 15:11-32 – the parable of the Prodigal Son), pastor Newton engagingly leads us to a refreshing understanding and application of these wonderful old stories.
The parables that are discussed are:
- Chapter 1: Matthew 13:44 (the hidden treasure)
- Chapter 2: Matthew 20:1-15 (the vineyard workers)
- Chapter 3: Luke 15:11-32 (the lost son)
- Chapter 4: Luke 11:5-9 (the friend in need)
- Chapter 5: Matthew 18:23-35 (the unmerciful servant)
- Chapter 6: Matthew 7:24-27 (the wise and foolish builders)
- Chapter 7: Matthew 25:14-30 (the five talents)
- Chapter 8: Luke 16:1-9 (the shrewd manager)
- Chapter 9: Matthew 18:10-14, Luke 15:1-7 (the lost sheep)
- Chapter 10: Luke 10:30-37 (the good Samaritan)
Each chapter is accompanied by a number of good questions for personal reflection or group discussion.
If you are interested in similar books by Doug Newton, check out:
- Doug Newton, Fresh Eyes on Jesus’ Miracles (Logos / Christianbook.com)
- Doug Newton, Fresh Eyes on Famous Bible Sayings (Logos / Christianbook.com)