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Luke: The Gospel of Amazement


IVP 2011

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From open to close, the Gospel of Luke is filled with amazement. “[Jesus’] father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him”(Luke 2:33). “Everyone was amazed at all the things he was doing”(Luke 9:43). “[Peter] went home, amazed at what had happened”(Luke 24:12).

Throughout the life and ministry of Jesus, those who met him were astonished by their encounter, from the shepherds at the Nativity to the disciples at the empty tomb. With careful attention to detail, musician and writer Michael Card embarks on an imaginative journey through this element of marvel in Luke: The Gospel of Amazement. He paints a portrait of Luke as he imagines this Gospel writer’s life as a gentile, a doctor, and a slave. What might Luke have experienced as he interviewed eyewitnesses of Jesus’ miracles? What leads Luke to focus on the marginalized and the unlikely in his accounts? And why does Luke include certain details that the other Gospel writers omit?

Join Michael Card as he explores these questions with creativity and warmth throughout Luke: The Gospel of Amazement, and watch as this Gospel opens in new color before your eyes. In the Logos Bible Software edition, you can expand your study of this book even further with just a few clicks. Quickly perform powerful topical and word based searches across this text and your entire library. Compare Scripture passages in different translations—finding, for example, “Luke 2” in the English Standard Version or the King James Version. The amazing functionality of Logos Bible Software will allow you to delve deeper into the breadth of this beautifully detailed Gospel, guided by Michael Card’s keen insight.

Key Features

  • Presents an imaginative passage-by-passage journey through the Gospel of Luke
  • Introduces readers to Michael Card’s lively method of studying Scripture
  • Begins a four-volume series on the Gospels
  • Complements Card’s new CD on the Gospel of Luke


  • Preface: The Biblical Imagination
  • Introduction: Who Is Luke?
  • Major Themes
  • Analysis of Luke Ch.1-24
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Resources
  • About the Author

Praise for the Print Edition

Michael Card has taught hundreds of thousands of us to love Jesus more deeply. Now, with this new book, he teaches us to follow Jesus more closely. Thanks, Michael!

Max Lucado, best-selling author

In honoring his mentor William Lane, Michael Card illumines a forgotten path of biblical imagination by a thorough examination of the book of Luke. I have been using this book as a meditation in my studio to live and create as an artist of the twenty-first century; I found every page to be eye-opening. This book is a feast for truth seekers and creators. Michael Card invites all of us to a magnificent journey of hesed (grace and mercy). This humble offering is a sweet aroma and an invaluable contribution to all those who desire to know the Bible and live creatively.

—Makoto Fujimura, author of Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture

Many know Michael Card as a celebrated songwriter. I know Michael as an inspiring theologian who loves the Word of God! I am thus so thrilled that he is writing the Biblical Imagination Series starting with the Gospel of Luke. Luke and Michael Card have much in common, not the least of which is that they both love stories and songs. But most significantly, they both love Jesus. We're in for a most wonderful treat!

—Edmund Chan, senior pastor, Covenant Evangelical Free Church, Singapore

Product Details

  • Title: Luke: The Gospel of Amazement
  • Author: Michael Card
  • Series: Biblical Imagination Series
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 272

About the Author

Michael Card is an award-winning musician, performing artist, and songwriter. His many songs include “El Shaddai” and “Immanuel.” He has also written numerous books, including A Violent Grace, The Parable of Joy, and A Fragile Stone. Card is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in biblical studies. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

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