JESUS: A Pilgrimage, the new book by James Martin, S.J., debuts at #9 on the New York Times Bestseller List in the Hardcover Nonfiction category on Sunday, March 30—just two and a half weeks after its release.

The book also hit the Publishers Weekly nonfiction bestseller list this week at #20.

In JESUS: A Pilgrimage (HarperOne; Hardcover; March 2014)—25 years in the making, and, as Martin notes, “the result of a lifetime of passionate prayer, study, and work”— Martin recreates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher readers into the life of Jesus. Painting a vivid picture of a man many still struggle to understand today, he addresses both Jesus’ human emotions and his divine activities, allowing readers a unique look into the life of a man who experienced joy and sorrow, triumph and grief, as well as friendship and fear.

The rare book that offers fascinating insights about the “historical Jesus” as well as profound spiritual reflections about the “Christ of Faith,” JESUS: A Pilgrimage offers a bold retelling of the Gospels while remaining faithful to the Christian tradition. It brings together the most up-to-date Bible scholarship, spiritual insights, and lighthearted stories about traveling through the Holy Land with a fellow (and funny) Jesuit, visiting the most significant sites in the life of Jesus.

About the Author
: The Rev. James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Between Heaven and Mirth, and Together on Retreat. Father Martin has written for many publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media.  He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks, on programs such as NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Fox-TV’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” PBS’s “NewsHour,” and Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”  Before entering the Jesuits in 1988, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years. Jesus: A Pilgrimage is his latest book.


Kelly Hughes


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