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Reflections on Jesus' struggles

and how he meets us in Our Struggles

Daily readings suitable for Lent, Advent

and any time  of year

‘The real Jesus’ life was by no means struggle-free. If like him, we trace our spiritual ancestry back to Jacob, we should not expect exemption from struggles in our lives. They are integral to our learning, thriving, believing and living.’ This fascinating book of short reflections on Gospel accounts of Jesus facing struggles in life, each followed by a prayer, then grouped questions to consider, makes for valuable reading – at Lent, Advent, or any time of year. Chapters are themed by Jesus’ struggles with his family, with his friends, with religious people and structures, with the crowds as the Kingdom dawned, and with his destiny. There are also chapters on things that trouble us but with which Jesus did not struggle.'


Endorsements from the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool

‘If you want to hear what the true God has to say to your real world, this book is for you.’


‘Jesus is fully divine and fully human. Henry Martin understands this in his bones, and in this book he is able to point to Jesus in so many of the messy, complicated, fully human dimensions of life.’

From Rev Philip Welch's review in the Church Times

“Alongside offers us an attractive and original exploration of a Saviour at our side”


“an exercise full of humanity and humour which leads to quite radical perspectives on Jesus”

Revd Margaret Johnson

Don’t dismiss this as a Lent book. This is a companion for each day. Take your time. Enjoy walking with Jesus. Or rather enjoy Jesus walking alongside you. ... Lovely, lovely book.

Revd Patrick Sherring

... an excellent read ... thought provoking ... full of human stories

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