Age Recommendation: Teens and Adults
God has gifted Todd Friel with the perfect combination of humor and seriousness to make theology both easy-to-understand and enjoyable. Having experience in ministry and in comedy as well as a deep concern for the health of the modern Church, his TV and radio show Wretched brings us "back to the basics" of the Gospel and shows how it applies to all areas of life. Wretched resources, radio, and TV have been great resources to me, teaching good theology and discernment with regard to the regular happenings in both the world and the Church, and building my faith and biblical worldview. I am happy to say that (in a good way) Jesus Unmasked is "more of the same".
In his first book, Jesus Unmasked*, Mr. Friel unrolls the history of the Old and New Testaments, pointing out how Jewish festivals like Passover and Firstfruits, traditions like the lights and water at the Festival of Booths, objects like the Bronze Serpent and the Tabernacle, and the various characters in the Bible, like Melchizedek and Jonah, are shadows that point to the ultimate reality of Jesus Christ. Too many times, while reading the Old Testament, I feel like I am reading an old, dusty history book that is far removed from the modern era, and too often, the few blank pages between Malachi and Matthew convey the idea that these two Testaments are mutually exclusive. The danger of such thinking, however, is that we misunderstand both the Old and New Testaments, viewing the Old as the book of the Jews, the law, and works, and the New Testament as the book of Jesus and grace. Mr. Friel puts this to rest by showing that Jesus, the Messiah, is the fulfillment of all that the books of the Law and Prophets had foretold.
While reading Jesus Unmasked, I was also preparing for the National Bible Bee. One of the passages I memorized was 1 Peter 1:10-12, "Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which have now been reported to you by those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven--things which angels desire to look into."
By testifying about Jesus in the Old Testament Scriptures, God was establishing that Jesus was indeed the Son of God, and that He would be the One who would establish the New Covenant in His blood shed for us on the Cross. It is this type of consistency found in the Bible that screams "inspired by God" and "trustworthy"!
I learned many new things and was strengthened by reading Jesus Unmasked, and I highly recommend that you and your teenager read this excellent and much-needed book.
Thank you for reading!
*Thank you to New Leaf Press for providing me with a free copy of this new book.