Of all of the books I have read about Christ, this is perhaps the best. By that, I do not mean that it is the most thorough or the most exhaustive. As the subtitle implies, this is only a survey of His life, not an intimate look into His ministry.
Stein balances deep scholarship and careful glances at the major moments in the life of Christ. This is not the easiest book to read. Throughout it, Stein zooms in on issues relating to Source and Textual Criticism, apparent contradictions in the Gospel accounts, and other deep and difficult topics. But he does so with clarity and simplicity. Most persons, with some experience and prior interaction with the Gospels, can understand these difficult issues through the words of Stein. The author does not shy away from difficult issues, but rather engages them and shows us why the Gospels are reliable, relevant, and inspired.
But at the same time, Stein walks his readers through these monumental events in Christ's life and ministry. This walk takes the reader to new heights beyond where they had gone before in understanding Jesus Christ. Stein reminds us of both His divinity and humanity through this survey.
I strongly recommend this book. For those who are new to the faith and Jesus Christ, perhaps you may want to go elsewhere first (I would recommend Charles Swindoll's book on Jesus titled, "Jesus: The Greatest Life of All"). But for those who want more than what you have gotten in Sunday School and Sunday morning worship, I can think of a no better place to go than Stein's, "Jesus The Messiah."