N. T. Wright, The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was And Is

I could add at least six or seven other N. T. Wright books, subsequent to this one, that have influenced me greatly. Wright has become hugely important to my understanding of faith, Christian scriptures, and how to live faithfully in our pervasively secular world. But this book was where it all began for me. N. T. Wright’s big themes are all here, namely that Jesus fits within the ancient Jewish narrative of the long-awaited Messiah, that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ announces the arrival of a new king and a new kingdom, now as it is in heaven, and that God will make all things right in the end.