Restoring Jesus

A Fresh Look at Ancient Prophecies, Divine Signs, and Eyewitness Testimonies

Christian - Devotion/Study
136 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2020
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Author Biography

Dr. Jeffery Elliott, originally from Clarksville, Tennessee is married to his college sweetheart with two grown daughters. He earned his BSEE from Tennessee Technological University and worked as an Electrical Engineer for twenty years. Dr. Elliott has worked in the Dallas, Texas area, Rockford, Illinois, and Seattle, Washington area for such companies as Texas Instruments, Sundstrand, Boeing, Allied Signal, and Honeywell.

He earned an M. Div. from what is now Gateway Seminary and a D. Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been a pastor for more than twenty years. He has pastored in Washington, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

“I am very concerned by the biblical illiteracy in America, even in our churches. So many reject Jesus based on a false image created by academia and popular media, never knowing the real Jesus. I write to help introduce people to the real Jesus of the Bible.”

Dr. Elliott is available to speak at your church or event. You may contact him at RevJDElliott@gmail.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Restoring Jesus: A Fresh Look at Ancient Prophecies, Divine Signs, and Eyewitness Testimonies is a work of non-fiction examining religious ideas and past and present views on Jesus Christ and was penned by Jeffery Elliott. In this concise but insightful work, the author takes us back through history to the time of Jesus and utilizes scripture and other documentation to help us build an understanding of why the church became so popular when Christians were first converting. What results is a powerful depiction of Christ’s original, meaningful ideology, and some excellent discussions on how we can revive these ideas in the church in the modern day.

Jeffery Elliott has crafted a celebratory and informative work of non-fiction which both history and theology enthusiasts will be sure to enjoy reading. A true voyage of discovery, the narrative style of the author really lends itself to the empowering messages and interesting discovery of why Jesus was such a force for transformation in many people’s lives during his lifetime and beyond. The textual sections which deliver ‘eyewitness accounts’ and recollections of who Jesus was are well-chosen and well-edited into the flow of the book, and the author offers insightful explanations and historical details to add to these passages and make them come to life with fuller context. Overall, I would recommend Restoring Jesus as a read for the devoted and for those who may have fallen out of love with their faith in recent times: an insightful and uplifting work.

Mamta Madhavan

Restoring Jesus: A Fresh Look at Ancient Prophecies, Divine Signs, and Eyewitness Testimonies by Dr. Jeffrey Elliot is an insightful and thought-provoking book about details that are missing from the church now. The church in modern times has abandoned the power of biblical prophecy, the historical accuracy of the Scriptures, the astonishment of miracles, all three of which attest to the divinity of Christ. Christ is actually not a name; it means 'the anointed'. The author speaks about prophecy, which he says is one of the most powerful authentications of Christ and how it builds up faith. The divine signs and eyewitness testimonies also throw light on the power and truth of Jesus.

Whether it is the New Testament or the Old Testament, Jesus Christ is at the center and all gospels contain the miracles Jesus performed. Seven in the Bible means perfection or completeness and it is also the number for God. The seven signs shared in the book is a good way to understand Jesus and his divinity. It is a good tool to understand not only the divinity of Jesus but also his power and presence in everybody's lives, and his healing power. The book will help readers to realize that Jesus is equal to God and how Nature obeyed his will. Reading the book will show that Jesus is actually God and will help readers to believe in Him. The truth and divinity about Christ are brought to the fore through this book and remove every bit of doubt that lingers in the minds of readers. It is a good book to use for teaching in Bible classes because knowing about these prophecies is the best way to increase faith and reverence in God.

Jose Cornelio

Restoring Jesus: A Fresh Look at Ancient Prophecies, Divine Signs, and Eyewitness Testimonies by Jeffery Elliott is a book that inspires faith in Jesus. The book examines biblical texts that speak about Jesus and shows how ancient books prophesied about him. The author tells the story of Jesus from the points of view of different Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles and describes, in a way that is vivid and compelling, the power of Jesus and the witness of the first Christians. This is a book that compels readers to travel back to the first century in order to meet and understand who Christ of the Gospels was. The author writes a lot of history into the book and makes a powerful statement about the real Jesus.

Jeffery Elliott brings his message to readers in a language that is plain and easy-to-understand and shows a deep grasp and mastery of the Bible. This book is one of the best studies I have read about Jesus, and it focuses on his identity, his mission, and the fascinating manner in which his message appealed to the first Christians. The biblical references are so apt and relevant that they reinforce the message in an indisputable way. The author weaves elements of history into the book and shares wonderful insights from the life of the first Christian community. I felt like I was having a conversation with someone who has spent much time with Jesus and who knows Him as a close follower. Restoring Jesus: A Fresh Look at Ancient Prophecies, Divine Signs, and Eyewitness Testimonies shifted my perspective on the identity and mission of Jesus and what it means to be a Christian.

Christian Sia

Restoring Jesus: A Fresh Look at Ancient Prophecies, Divine Signs, and Eyewitness Testimonies by Jeffery Elliott is more than a book. It is a project, one that invites readers on the biblical path to rediscovering Jesus, the man who changed the world through his teachings and life. In this book, the author takes readers through prophecies recorded in Scripture and illustrates how they become fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. But it doesn’t end there because the book explores the identity of Jesus as presented in the four Gospels and then demonstrates the power his life and message had on his followers. The author explores the life of Jesus from a different perspective: prophecy, miraculous work, history, and his mission of salvation.

This book transports readers to the first century and allows them to witness the life and work of Jesus and the effect it had on his followers. In a time that Christianity is being attacked by changing values and when faith is being relegated to the scaffold, this book comes across as a powerful invitation to rediscover the beauty of the Gospels and the true identity of Jesus. I was thrilled at how well the author showcases the witness of the first followers of Jesus. Restoring Jesus: A Fresh Look at Ancient Prophecies, Divine Signs, and Eyewitness Testimonies answers the question: Who is Jesus? In writing that is engaging and accessible, the author provides wonderful biblical lessons. This is one of those books that are most suitable for Bible study and prayer.

Gobi Jane

A book that is well written for readers with different faith backgrounds, Restoring Jesus: A Fresh Look at Ancient Prophecies, Divine Signs, and Eyewitness Testimonies by Jeffery Elliott re-establishes the devotion of Christians from the time of Jesus’ mission through the first century. The book focuses on biblical texts that speak about Jesus, before His time and after, and the impact His life and message had on the first believers. The elements of the four Gospels are skillfully explored, identifying traits of Jesus’ divinity and the kind of person He was. This book reconstructs the image of Jesus that most people tend to forget, especially at this time where new doctrines spring up every day. The author invites readers to go back to the very roots and foundations of Christianity and to see in Jesus a phenomenon that changed history and human destiny.

This is an amazing catechism on Jesus, a book that presents the Jesus that history seems to forget and a powerful message to contemporary Christians to discover the message of the Gospels anew. The elements of the four different Gospels as well as the book of the Acts of the Apostles are beautifully explored. The author makes Jesus come alive in the minds of readers and underlines some of the powerful traits of His message as well as the lives of those who were the first to follow Him. Restoring Jesus: A Fresh Look at Ancient Prophecies, Divine Signs, and Eyewitness Testimonies had me rethinking everything I know and have read about Jesus, and what made it a unique book is that it highlights both the historical Jesus and the core message of the Gospels.