A few weeks ago, my wife Liza and I took a day trip across the border into the US with our Uncle Mack and Auntie Sue. When we were there, I spent some time browsing the book section at a local Target store in Grand Forks, Washington. One of the books that caught my eye was one by Bill O’Reilly, the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor, the highest rated cable news show in the US. The book was a brand-new release called Killing Jesus. I skimmed the book, but because I had never read anything by this author before – and didn’t know where he was coming from in his book – I put it back on the shelf.
However, the day after we returned home, while I was at the office working, I received this e-mail from Liza. “Check out a book Bill O’Reilly wrote called Killing Jesus. Just saw him on one of my talk shows and thought you might find this interesting. He’s a big name news/TV guy. And his book is getting a lot of press right now. FYI – just found out he is a Christian. Thought you might find this interesting.” Interesting indeed!
So, I headed over to our local library, but because the book was a brand new release (it had been out less than a week), they didn’t have a copy of it yet. However, they did have a copy of another earlier book he had co-written with Martin Dugard called Killing Lincoln. I checked that book out instead, even though I’ve never been a huge fan of either American History or historical fiction. However, I wasn’t disappointed.
I just finished reading the book today, and since starting it, have found a copy of Killing Jesus that I picked up and bought, and am looking forward to reading next. This is “The story of Jesus’s crucifixion as it’s never been told before.”
Here’s one of the sections from the Killing Lincoln book that I found especially interesting:Chapter Twenty-Seven. Friday, April 14, 1865. Washington, B.C. 7:00 am.
It is Good Friday morning, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, died an agonizing death, and was quickly buried. All of this after he had been betrayed by Judah and scorned by a public that had lionized him just days before.
Abraham is a religious man but not a churchgoer. He was born into a Christian home in the wilderness, where established churches were rare. His father and mother were staunch “hard-shell” Baptists, and at a young age he attended the Pigeon Creek Baptist Church. Lincoln’s church attendance became sporadic in his adult life. Nevertheless, he took comfort in reading the Bible on a daily basis and often used the words of God to make important points in his public pronouncements. Indeed, his faith has grown because of the war. But because Lincoln never attached himself to an organized religion as an adult, his ability to combine the secular and the religious in the way he goes about his life will later have everyone from atheists to humanists to Calvinists claiming that he is one of theirs. The truth is, Abraham Lincoln does believe in God and has relied on Scripture in overcoming all the challenges he has confronted…
The president’s favorite chair is in the exact center of the room. He sits down and opens his Bible, not because it is Good Friday but because starting the day with Scripture is a lifelong custom. Glasses balanced on the end of his prominent nose, he reads a verse, then another, before setting the Good Book on a side table. He leans back in the chair to meditate, enjoying the only quiet solitary moments he will know this day (the day he was killed).
It’s a good read – and I give it two thumbs up!