• Popular author, artist, and speaker/presenter
• Gift book; builds upon the Jesus Movement
• Great way to meditate on the life of Christ
Inspired by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's powerful statement and call to the Episcopal Church to be the "Jesus Movement" in this world, artist Roger Hutchison created a painting that measures 30" x 40" and illustrates the full life of Christ. Beginning at the bottom with the infant child in the manger, the eye is drawn upward to the boy Jesus, the adult Jesus, and Jesus on the cross.
This book reproduces 16 different areas of the painting, with the final image being the full painting. Each section is matched with a page of Scripture from one of the gospels telling a portion of Jesus's life (birth, baptism, miracle, teaching, Last Supper, crucifixion, resurrection, etc.), followed by a reflection, the painting piece, and finally a story suggesting where the reader can find Jesus today in a similar encounter between ourselves and another person. Each "chapter" concludes with a reflection question.
“Hutchison takes a moving piece of personal artwork and breaks it down into pieces to serve as the lenses through which to view various biblical stories of Jesus. But he doesn’t stop there, as we also find reflections both inspiring and challenging on our own world and our own situations.”
––from the Foreword by The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, XXVII Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church
"Part devotional, part study, and all heart, Hutchison’s book Jesus: God Among Us engages the senses and the soul to discover the meaning of Christianity both in Jesus’ time and in our modern world.
Relatable and starkly poignant, the beauty of this book is in its simplicity. From calling into question the belongingness of refugees to sharing simple experiences from church on Sunday morning, Hutchison’s work will invite, inspire, and stir both the imagination and moral center of all who encounter it. Intergenerational, holistic, and warm, this book will welcome and challenge modern Christians and seekers alike to encounter the Jesus that was, and still is.
With language simple enough to invite readers of any age but connections complex enough to stir the most seasoned souls, Jesus: God Among Us is a treasure for all."
––Emily Ainsworth Keniston, Christian educator
“I have discovered that this artist is also a dancer¬¬––moving effortlessly from Word to words, from image to reflection, and back again. It is not a solitary dance we are shown, but rather we are invited to join in the dance, to consider our own responses to Word and words, image and reflection.”
––The Rt. Rev. Brian L. Cole, 5th Bishop of the Diocese of East Tennessee
“Roger Hutchison creates sacred, breathtaking art out of ordinary images like dishwater and fingernail polish. His reflection questions invite deep contemplation. I will pray my way through this collection again.”
––The Rev. Elizabeth Felicetti, Rector, St. David's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia
“Jesus: God Among Us is a provocation of hope. The bold suggestive images combined with questions for reflection invite all of us to imagine; that we can let God’s imagination flow through each of us in art, words, and actions. What a wonderful way to pray; to pray in hope.”
––Jamie Coats, Director of the Friends of the Society of St. John the Evangelist
“At its heart, this book is an invitation for us to live the story and reflect the image of Jesus: God Among Us.”
––Paige Britt, bestselling children’s author of Why Am I Me?
Foreword – Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry
Chapter 1 No Place (Luke 2:1-7)
Chapter 2 Lost and Found (Luke 2:41-52)
Chapter 3 The Heavens Were Opened (Matthew 3:13-17)
Chapter 4 Fish for People (Matthew 4:18-22)
Chapter 5 Great Crowds Followed Him (Matthew 4:23-25)
Chapter 6 What Sort of Man is this? (Matthew 8:23-27)
Chapter 7 Let Anyone with Ears Listen (Matthew 13:1-9)
Chapter 8 Do Not Be Afraid (Matthew 14:22-27)
Chapter 9 A Bright Cloud Overshadowed Them (Matthew 17:1-8)
Chapter 10 Leave Her Alone (John 12:1-8)
Chapter 11 Sitting on a Donkey's Colt (John 12:12-15)
Chapter 12 Go Into the City (Matthew 26:18-20)
Chapter 13 You Cannot Come (John 13:33-35)
Chapter 14 You will be with me in Paradise (Luke 23:39-43)
Chapter 15 He Breathed His Last (Luke 23:44-56)
Chapter 16 Peace Be With You (Luke 24:30-53)