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God loves new beginnings.
Do you ever feel like you need a new beginning? That’s exactly how I was feeling not too long ago. I was tired and frustrated, a little disoriented spiritually, disgusted with some of the things happening in the world and in the Church, and distracted by so many situations that I could do absolutely nothing about.
I probably needed to recite the Serenity Prayer about a thousand times.
God, Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
But I didn’t have the presence of mind to do even that.
At first I just ignored all these feelings and tried to keep busy. But ignoring things doesn’t make them go away. It took a while, but finally I realized that I needed a new beginning.
One of the things I love about our faith is that our God is a God of second chances, fresh starts, and new beginnings.
I love Mondays, because each Monday is a new beginning—a fresh start! God gives us Mondays, and New Year’s Day, and birthdays, and every single one represents a new blessing and a new beginning.
In the Bible we read these epic tales of the incredible ways that God transformed people and their lives: Moses, Noah, Jonah, Jeremiah, David, Joseph, Mary, Peter, James, Matthew, Zacchaeus, Paul, Lydia, Mary Magdalene, the woman at the well, and so many others whose names we don’t know. Why not you and me? Why not now?
God is always waiting on us. Sometimes we may think we are waiting for him, but that is never true.
What’s happening in your life right now? What’s not working in your life? What great question are you grappling with in your heart? Why did you pick up this book? Do you need a fresh start too?
Whenever I get to a place in my life where things aren’t making sense, it always seems that I need to rediscover Jesus.
Jesus is the ultimate new beginning.
Point to Ponder: It is never too late for a fresh start.
Verse to Live: “Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” MATTHEW 7:7
Question to Consider: In what area of your life is God inviting you to experience a new beginning?
Prayer: Jesus, help me to believe that a new beginning is possible.
by Matthew Kelly
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How well do you know Jesus?
I think about this often, and I always come to the same realization. I don’t know Jesus anywhere near as well as I would like to know him. The desire is there, but life gets in the way. There are times when I seem to be making great progress, and other times when I wonder if I know him at all.
But I always arrive back at the same inspiring and haunting idea: If there is one person that we should each get to know in a deeply personal way, it is Jesus – the carpenter from Nazareth, the itinerant preacher, the Son of God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Lamb of God, the new Adam, the Messiah, the Alpha and the Omega, the Chosen One, the Light of the World, the God-Man who wants good things for us more than we want them for ourselves, the healer of our souls.
The best time to rediscover Jesus is right now. You are holding this book in your hand at this very moment for a reason. I don’t know what God has in store for you, but I am excited for you. There are some questions that we all ask ourselves in different ways: Who am I? Who is God? What am I here for? What matters most? What matters least? What are my unique talents and abilities? What will my contribution be?
We discover the answers to these questions most completely by encountering Jesus. He longs to help us discover deeply personal answers to our deeply personal questions.
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Alternative Headline An Invitation
Product Type Media Books
Author Matthew Kelly
Publisher Beacon Publishing
Number of Pages 187
Book Format Paperback
I absolutely LOVE the book! I keep it beside my bed and read a segment before I get up every morning. I review the questions and think about them as I go about my daily activities. I read and re-read the book as it serves as my daily guide, but I also read other devotionals . This is a book for everyone.
Perfect Lent Idea
I read this book for lent last year and it was perfect, as you can read a chapter a day to start off the day. I love that at the end of each chapter there are reflections and some words to guide your prayer focus. This book is just super amazing!
Rediscover Jesus is one of Matthew Kelly's great inspirational books. It's true, as Kelly says in one of his CDs, that "books change our lives." I really enjoyed this beautifully written book and truly discovered the joy of the gospels through the verses selected in each chapter. I also enjoy Mr. Kelly's dynamic and inspirational CDs and books which truly added much to my knowledge of the gospels as well as life experience and wisdom that I can use personally and to encourage others as well. May God bless the wonderful team at Dynamic Catholic and strengthen you to spread the powerful word of our Lord in today's world
It is one of the best books I've ever read and utilize regularly. I have given it to non-Catholic friends and they love it, too.
5 star ⭐️
5 starts. Matthew Kelly books are great!
Just got a well worn copy from my daughter. I’m ready to open my heart.
This book changed my life, it brought me closer to our best friend Jesus. It brought me closer to church and my spiritual life is on fire. Thank you Mathew and Dynamic Catholic for making the difference! Forever grateful.
Sometimes you just want to hear from someone else what you’ve known for a while, for the transformation to begin. There is spiritual nourishment for everyone here.
A Whole New Perspective
I fished this book yesterday and I am so happy that I read it when I did. I read a new chapter every day and it seemed like everything within the chapter was targeting my the struggles I was facing that day or week. Definitely a must read!
This is an amazing book. Matthew Kelly has done an incredible job of getting right to the heart of the matter which is knowing Jesus and bringing him into your life. His style of writing flows beautifully and he is right on point. This is such an easy yet powerful way to incorporate Jesus Christ in your life. I highly recommend it especially for busy people.
When "life" gets in the way of things you forget sometimes what life is all about! I could not wait to get my hands on this book and it certainly did not disappointment! I read it twice and NOW I know what life is all about again!
A beautiful invitation!
Our pastor gave each family in the parish a copy of Rediscover Jesus for Advent. It's a beautiful invitation, and one that is truly appreciated. I know it's meant to read and take in slowly, but I couldn't put it down, and will go back and start reading a chapter each day for reflection and prayer. So beautifully written. I felt as if a hand was on my shoulder while I was reading, and knew without a doubt, Jesus knows exactly who I am. Now it's my turn to rediscover Jesus. Thank you so much for this gift!
Rediscovering Jesus: Already hitting home
My spiritual director gave me this book a couple of days ago. I have always been a fan of Matthew Kelly's work and have a small library of his books. I have only read one chapter, but the story in the prologue about Paul echoed an experience I had today. Being an avid cyclist I train three times a week. Today during my training I came across a disheveled elderly man walking a very busy bike path next to a major Southern California freeway. I kept riding and then thought of my father who suffered from dementia and then the story of Paul (Prologue) who decided to go back and help the blind lady at the fruit cart resonated profoundly. I turned my bike back and found the disoriented man and was able to contact emergency personnel to get proper medical help for him. Upon reflecting on the experience as I continued on my training I was moved. God is good. I sure the rest of the book is full of gems as I will continue to read a chapter a day. Thank you!
Touched my heart
Our parish gave this as a Christmas gift; as the DRe I have already received requests from the Grade 10 Group leaders if we can give his book to the students to go along with Decision point.
I had ordered 2 boxes on my own so we are able to meet the requests. The book is well written and easy to follow and helps build the relationship with Jesus
Matthew Kelly has brought me back to the church. Rediscover Jesus is such a wonderful book and has made me a better person, friend, sister,mother and grandmother. God Bless you Matthew and continue to inspire us all.
Rediscover Jesus and be transformed
Just want to share how I felt right now. Never been happy in my life. I am at cloud 9. I was totally transformed. Thank you Mr. Matthew Kelly and your book Rediscover Jesus.
My husband and I have been using this book throughout Lent, reading each chapter, then writing our dialogue letters based on the question at the end of the chapter. It has been an amazing way to get to know God better, while making our relationship with Him stronger. This is a life changer!
Still reading, loving it so far
I received the book Rediscover Jesus for my lenten observance from my church and I'm enjoying it immensely. It's helping me change my outlook. My only sticking point is the repeated use of the word 'radical'. At first it was used to drive a point home, and I got that, but by chapter 16, I found myself cringing every time the word came up.
I absolutely love this book. Our parish gave them out and it is such a blessing. I plan to give one to my kids and friends.
Thanks Matthew Kelly
We received Rediscover Jesus from our church as a Lenten study. It was excellent! One chapter/day for 40 days. Each chapter struck right to the heart of life and helped open my eyes to what I was missing.
Reading rediscover Jesus has improved my life!
I am half way through book and I have a new perspective to not judge others...it's God's job. I've learned to love people above material & monetary personal gain. Denying myself and thinking like Jesus has made me feel born again with a peace and joy that I want more of...so i read on to learn more of the heart and mind of Jesus.
St. Michaels Catholic church in Farmington, Mn. sent me a copy of the book, and asked if I would read it. I am a chaplain at Trinity Care Center in same town, a Catholic facility. I found it to be a wonderful book about personally knowing Jesus. I want one for every room in Trinity. 70 rooms.
This is a wonderful book to gift anyone to change their lives. This is such a great book to fuel the flame created in all of us.
A Game Changer
Terrific book. I read it for Lent last year and plan to make it an annual event.
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