My Review of Michael J Buckley’s What Do You Seek? The Questions of Jesus as Challenge and Promise

29241533With a richness and depth that really requires a second careful reading of this book Michael J Buckley SJ’s newest book What Do You Seek? The Questions of Jesus as Challenge and Promise (Eerdmans, 2016) brings the reader face to face, or rather heart to soul with several probing questions that Christ asked of His disciples, those he healed, and the Pharisees.

And these questions are questions which are in plain sight, in the gospel accounts themselves, read in Bible study, quoted in sermons and homilies. They are questions, Buckley suggests, that force the hearer to look within themselves and see what might already be there within them that is yet to be discovered or realized as one journeys along the daily life of life and faith.

Two of the questions which Father Buckley asks really caught my attention and forced me to look within. The first one was the title question, What Do You Seek? that Jesus asks of two of John the Baptist’s disciples who start to literally follow Jesus at the beginning of His ministry.  It is a question which requires one to examine one’s motives and goals.

The second question was one that I had read over many times because the miracle of feeding the five thousand was the destination where I was headed. But the question which Jesus asked Philip “How are we to buy bread, so these people may eat?” is question that makes clear humanity has limits but that  God does not and His resources are what is need when we face our limits and use up our resources.

What Do You Seek? is a thought provoking book in which Jesus’ questions gain new traction in our minds, hearts, and souls, as we become aware of some new contours in our faith journey which force us to look in… and up.

What Do You Seek? Would be a helpful book for small groups, theology classes, and discipleship development. Though written from a distinctly Catholic perspective, there are many important insights and ideas that all Christians will benefit from.

In gave this book a four-star rating on Goodreads.

Note: I received an electronic galley copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.


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