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The Man Nobody Knows by Bruce Barton

The Man Nobody Knows by Bruce Barton

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The Man Nobody Knows
By Bruce Barton 
Christ, by Heinrich Hoffmann
 Paramhansa Yogananda wrote:
Intellectual Recipe:
l. Read a few lines from Shakespeare every day.2. Read the “Imitation of Christ,” by Thomas a Kempis.3. Read “In Tune with the Infinite,” by Ralph Waldo Trine.4. Read
The Man Nobody Knows,”
  by Bruce Barton.It is the best modern book on Jesus.
BY PARAMHANSA YOGANANDA
(East-West, May-June, 1926)
Yogananda at Congress of Religious Liberals, 1925
 
The Man Nobody Knows
By Bruce Barton
CONTENTS
How It Came to be WrittenThe Leader The Outdoor ManThe Sociable ManHis MethodHis Work and WordsHis Way in Our WorldThe Master Originally published in 1925.Edited by Charles Feldbush and Richard C. Nickels.When published in 1925, The Man Nobody Knows topped the nonfiction bestseller list,and is one of the best selling non-fiction books of the 20th century.The Boston Herald wrote,
“The life of Jesus, as we ordinarily read it, is what the life of  Lincoln would be if we were given nothing of his boyhood and young manhood, very littleof his work in the White House and every detail of his assassination… Jesus liked to dineout. He was the most popular dinner guest of Jerusalem… The reader is not shocked bythis method of Mr. Barton’s . . . Jesus seems even more the being for the ages.”
 
The Man Nobody Knows
 
 How It Came to Be Written
THE little boy sat bolt upright and still in the rough wooden chair, but his mind was very busy.This was his weekly hour of revolt.The kindly lady who could never seem to find her glasses would have been terriblyshocked if she had known what was going on inside the little boy's mind."You must love Jesus," she said every Sunday, "and God."The little boy did not say anything. He was afraid to say anything; he was almost afraidthat something would happen to him because of the things he thought.Love God! Who was always picking on people for having a good time and sending little boys to hell because they couldn't do better in a world which He had made so hard! Whydidn't God pick on someone His own size?Love Jesus! The little boy looked up at the picture which hung on the Sunday-schoolwall. It showed a pale young man with no muscle and a sad expression. The young manhad red whiskers.Then the little boy looked across to the other wall. There was Daniel, good old Daniel,standing off the lions. The little boy liked Daniel. He liked David, too, with the trustysling that landed a stone square on the forehead of Goliath. And Moses, with his rod andhis big brass snake. They were fighters - those three. He wondered if David could whipthe champ. Samson could! That would have been a fight!But Jesus! Jesus was the "Lamb of God." The little boy did not know what that meant, but it sounded like Mary's little lamb, something for girls - sissified. Jesus was also"meek and lowly," a "man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." He went around for three years telling people not to do things.Sunday was Jesus' day; it was wrong to feel comfortable or laugh on Sunday.The little boy was glad when the superintendent rang the bell and announced, "We willnow sing the closing hymn." One more bad hour was over. For one more week the little boy had left Jesus behind.Years went by and the boy grew up.He began to wonder about Jesus.

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