The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who lost his iPhone at a subway station...Not quite the image of the Kingdom you would expect? For audiences in Jesus’ day, his parables sounded just as bizarre—if not shocking and unsettling!It’s sometimes difficult for modern readers to feel the original power of the Jesus’ parables. Two thousand years of history has made us too familiar with them and too far removed from their ancient themes and cultural settings.Lisa López Smith revisits the parables with a modern take to help us feel the emotional impact they had at the moment of their first telling. These stories were collected in the gospels because they changed the lives of Jesus’ followers. They can change our lives too. And when lives are changed, the world changes.Get ready to meet Jesus in a whole new way! Hear his parables as if for the first time, and understand why they were meant to turn the world upside down.Advance praise:"Lisa López Smith has accomplished something few authors achieve: she has managed to capture the twinkle in Jesus eyes as He told His life-altering stories. While staying true to the Biblical narrative, she does something equally important, she conveys a sense of awe for the One who describes the rawness of life, love, faith and grace. Her portrayal of the Good Samaritan as a transgender outcast says everything about this work that needs saying: it demands that the reader wrestle with the meaning of Jesus stories today."Dr. Tim SchroederNational PastorThe Leadership Centre/Willow Creek CanadaTeaching PastorTrinity Baptist Church, Kelowna, CanadaDue to a successful indiegogo campaign, a revised and expanded version (including a chapter on the parable of the shrewd manager/unjust steward) of this book will be available in print in the summer of 2014 (https://www.etsy.com/listing/194137097/book-revisiting-the-parables-of-jesus?)!Jesus stories are powerful, but some are also challenging and complex. Set up in a Bible study format, with a progressive Christian slant, the book takes an in-depth look at seven of Jesus parables. With a discussion of the context and audience, and a creative revisiting of the parable for contemporary readers, each chapter ends with discussion questions that are designed to bring deeper understanding and application of the Scripture passage.The book takes a closer look at the following parables: the vineyard/day labourers, the wineskins, the talents, the banquet, the two sons/prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the minas, and the shrewd manager.