Mandy Baker Johnson

Living without Shadows


…’Who are you, Jesus?’  He is the great I AM who exists from eternity to eternity, and yet comes into our world and says, ‘I am the bread of life, the light of the world, the true vine,’…

Iain D Campbell’s new book I AM… is a bite-sized 121 pages divided into seven chapters.  Each chapter considers a different ‘I am’ statement that Jesus said of Himself, as recorded in John’s Gospel.  Dr Campbell has a flowing, easy-to-read style that I enjoyed.  In fact, it was one of those books I found hard to put down (I read it on a recent flight to Marseille).  The book is aesthetically pleasing – the pages are printed on smooth paper and the printing is in a modern style with clear sub headings and divisions.  Each chapter concludes with three or four questions for further reflection and study.

Dr Campbell looks at Jesus’s ‘I am’ statements in the context in which they were made, pulls in other biblical examples as appropriate, and ponders on what these titles of Jesus mean for us today.  The book is full of scriptural content and constantly points to the Son of God.  As I sat reading it, several thousand feet above the earth, my heart was warmed and thrilled by the way this book renewed my focus on Jesus.

I AM… looks at these familiar statements in a fresh and heart-warming way and I’m glad I was reminded of these wonderful truths as I read this book.  I like the fact that because it is a short book, it’s suitable for readers and non-readers alike.  I think it could be easily adapted for a small group study, used for individual devotions, or simply enjoyed as an uplifting and encouraging read.

My thanks to Cross Focused Reviews and Evangelical Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a review.  I can happily recommend it.  In fact, I will post a copy of I AM… to the first person to leave a comment below.  UK participants only, I’m afraid.


  1. Mandy,

    I can’t think of any better endorsement than, “my heart was warmed and thrilled by the way this book renewed my focus on Jesus.” Thanks for being a part of the blog tour.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews

    • Mandy

      05/12/2012 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks Shaun. I hope I can bless someone else by giving away a copy of this great book!


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