The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book for 2002. Jesus--charismatic hero or outdated icon of a has-been faith? Few people in gospel times encountered Jesus without being profoundly affected by him. In him, the attractiveness of God was at its most powerful. Pearl Beyond Price asks if we can recapture the excitement which breathes through the pages of the New Testament. If there is no quality in Christ which haunts us and draws us to him, why should we following him at all? For Christians frustrated by ecclesiastical trivia, disconcerted by the world's hostility and irritated at their own spasmodic commitment, it is a matter of urgency to return to the vision of Christ by which they were first grasped. This book explores the image of the attractive Jesus through key gospel episodes, where Christ steps out of the pages into our world, surprising us with the relevance of his teaching and the power of his presence.