Seeing Jesus: Visionary Encounters from the First Century to the Present

Seeing Jesus: Visionary Encounters from the First Century to the Present

Jesus ascended to heaven. End of story. But then how do we explain the many Christians, in nearly every century since, who claimed to have seen, heard, met, and touched Jesus in the flesh?

In Seeing Jesus, Robert Hudson explores the larger-than-life characters throughout Christian history who have encountered the actual face or form of the resurrected Christ--from the apostles Thomas and Paul in the first century to Charles Finney in the nineteenth and Sundar Singh in the twentieth. Hudson combines history, biography, spiritual reflection, skepticism, and humor to unpack awe-inspiring and sometimes seemingly absurd stories, from a surprise sighting of Jesus in a cup of coffee, to Christ appearing to Julian of Norwich during a life-threatening illness to assure her that "all manner of thing shall be well." Along the way, he uncovers deeper meaning for us today.

Through Hudson's quirky and lyrical prose we get to know people of unflinching faith, like Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, Silouan the Athonite, and Sojourner Truth--those who claim radical encounters with Jesus. The result is a fascinating journey through Christian history that is at once thoroughly analytical and deeply devotional.

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  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506465753
  • eBook ISBN 9781506465760
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.25 x 7.25
  • Pages 315
  • Publication Date November 23, 2021


"In Seeing Jesus, Hudson not only helps us view Christ through the quirky, surprising, and even bizarre lenses of our spiritual ancestors, but he also invites us to question the ways we remake Christ in our own image today. Equal parts visual album, historical inquiry, and opportunity for personal spiritual examen--wholly intriguing!"

Sarah Arthur, editor of At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time

"This wise, witty, fun, thought-provoking, and erudite book includes fascinating details throughout. Whether you're a skeptic or a believer or a little bit of both, you will enjoy this wonderful ride through history, encountering charlatans, saints, and ordinary people who've laid claim to extraordinary visions of Jesus."

Ann Spangler, bestselling author of Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

"Robert Hudson's fascinating new book is a feast for the eyes, the mind, and the heart. His beautifully crafted prose and well-chosen artistic representations inspire even as they challenge us to keep our eyes open for our own divine 'sightings.' This is a book of profound human pondering and deeply spiritual significance."

Terry Glaspey, author of Discovering God through the Arts and 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know

"Robert Hudson's lively, open-hearted, open-minded reflections on the lives and claims of Christian mystics invite believers to consider what these impassioned, intuitive, Spirit-driven people may have to teach us about how we live in the company of saints, surrounded by clouds of witnesses."

Marilyn McEntyre, author of Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies and Dear Doctor: What Doctors Don't Ask, What Patients Need to Say

"Robert Hudson coaches readers to hike high among the spiritual pillars of old and the moderns. As a good guide, he knows where we may stumble and where we need to pause. With sure prose and storytelling, Hudson enlivens anecdotal histories of the sinner-saints who have laid claim to this gift: seeing Jesus."

Cynthia Beach, author of The Surface of Water and Creative Juices


"A thoughtful approach to this intriguing collection of accounts of Christians throughout history who have claimed visions of Jesus. This should resonate with mystics and more philosophical Christian readers alike."

Publishers Weekly