In a series of dramatic monologues, first-century men and women--some real, some imaginary--remember, often from the perspective of old age, their encounters with Jesus and reflect on the significance of those encounters. Some comprehend and welcome him as Messiah. Others comprehend him only as an extraordinary figure and remain puzzled by their memories. A few are angered by him and bitterly reject any claim their encounter might make on them. The monologues and songs are arranged to be read simply as a book of poems or as a series of meditations spanning the ministry of Jesus to be read one a day during the season of Lent.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"John Leax is one of today's premier poets. With Remembering Jesus he utilizes his poetic skills in the serious business of imaginative play. Take! Read! Enjoy!" --Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline
"Memories are tricky things, as Leax reminds us in this striking new collection of poems. One of his protagonists comments on the 'images pressed on the coin of memory.' But imaginative remembering is a true poetic gift, especially from a writer who hews faithfully to what is hinted at in Scripture. These verse chronicles imagine what Jesus's contemporaries experienced--brief glimpses of the Savior that breathe new life into our own understandings. These are poems of possibility. . . . " --Luci Shaw, author of Scape
"Touching. John Leax invites us to know Jesus deeply by telling his story again in new ways, new words, flashes of heartbreaking beauty. Some phrases are etched in memory: 'Where the deep water darkens Galilee.' Remembering Jesus is a work to savor and cherish, a treasure-box of insight, wonder, and devotion." --Emilie Griffin, author of Green Leaves for Later Years
John Leax was for many years Professor of English and Poet in Residence at Houghton College. His most recent books of poetry are Tabloid News (2005) and Recluse Freedom (2012).