Jesus, the One and Only

By Beth Moore

3,193 ratings - 4.48* vote

In her previous books, Beth Moore has introduced her readers to David and Paul. In Jesus, the One and Only, Beth introduces them to an intimate Savior as they get a close-up and personal portrait of the life of Jesus the Messiah.But this is far more than just a work on the life of Christ. As He has done in the past, God uses Beth’s words to woo the reader into a romance wi In her previous books, Beth Moore has introduced her readers to David and Paul. In Jesus, the One and Only, Beth

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Book details

Hardcover, 286 pages
August 1st 2002 by B Books

(first published January 1st 2002)

Original Title
Jesus, the One and Only
080542489X (ISBN13: 9780805424898)
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Community Reviews

Kathleen Kurlin

I got this book as a "freebie" for my Kindle when the author offered it as a special promotion. I love when best-selling authors discount their books or better yet - offer them for free! I gladly would have paid for this book though.

I thought the book was deeply insightful and I found myself slowly reading through each chapter so I could really chew on and digest the author's comments. I wanted to read through the many Scripture references as well and the author's writing style allowed me to live them through her perspective. I realize there are many critics for author Beth Moore and many don't take her seriously as a theologian. I found her to be very knowledgeable and an excellent communicator. I like and appreciate Ms. Moore's "down-home" take on the Scriptures and found that she really helped me step into the life of Jesus and walk through the Scriptures with Him as if I was right there with Him.

As a speaker, Ms. Moore's southern accent has always bothered me, so it was no surprise that her writing style reflected many of her southern colloquialisms. However, her writing style was much easier for me to adapt to and I felt like I was just one of her girlfriends that she was sitting down sharing her wisdom and thoughts with. Regardless of whether Ms. Moore is a great theologian or writer isn't the point. Her book points readers towards Jesus which should be the main focus. In fact, in the final chapter in Ms. Moore's own words, she states: "In a flash, our lives on earth will evaporate like a cloud, but every moment we've spent in the Word is an eternal investment in the treasury of heaven." Well said, Ms. Moore! Jesus the One and Only was a great read that I would highly recommend!

Heather's Mum

The author, Beth Moore, is a down to earth, unpretentious personable "gal." At no time does one feel that they are being "preached to." Although not pushy, Beth is a knowledgeable teacher. The book, as well as the complimentary video, is well documented with scripture and frequent references to original script and accurate translation. Her teaching relates well with the modern woman.

One special highlight I learned from her study was the revelation of the power of God's original name ehyeh - translated into English as "I am." When the guards arrested our Christ in the garden, they asked which man was Jesus. The Son of God, responded with "I am." (Beth pointed out that most Bible translations CHANGE the accurate translation of Jesus' response by adding the word "he" and thereby read "I am he.")

The simple words "I am" (God's own name for Himself as identified in Exodus 3:14), spoken with the authority of the one true God produced such power as to literally knock the men to the ground. How awesome is that?

The compatible workbook to Jesus The One and Only was a bit tedious and at times felt silly & condescending. Given the need to meet the needs of a broad and diverse span of Bible students of all ages, one can be forgiving of the simplistic nature of the study guide.

My advice: Read the book, watch the video (DVD), but skip the workbook unless you are a babe in Christ.

Isa Lavinia

I started reading this book thinking it would be a serious study about the time period and the works concerning the topic. I was especially looking forward to etymological analysis (which I was led to believe from reviews was a key component of the book).
Instead I found a personal interpretation of the Gospel of Luke, with an "imagine what so-and-so felt when" every other sentence.
Mea culpa, I suppose.
I'm sure it must be very inspirational for those looking for such things, but it's not for me, no disrespect intended.


Second best to hearing Beth Moore speak, is reading her words. I read this in 2006, and really began to see more clear what Christ did for us much more preciously after reading this book. I learned so much, because Beth is rich in History and background. My biggest 'want' from an author is, did they do research? All of Beth Moore's books have so much of her heart in them, her love for the Word, and for Christ. Awesome book!

Julie Hicks

Wonderful Study on Jesus Christ lifeI love how Beth Moore makes one feel as if they are there in that moment with her additions to scripture understanding. Her studies and devotions always move my heart and strengthen my faith. This study took what I knew about Christ and raised it to another level of deeper understanding. I highly recommend it!!!


I have so much I want to read, that I have several books going at once. At beginning of each chapter there is a passage of our comes my BIBLE....then read the chapter. For more clarity out comes one or both of my BIBLE Handbook and I read more in the Book of Luke.

Adam Balshan

1.5 stars [Theology]
I have little good to say about this book, unfortunately, written by a sister in the Lord. It is highly dumbed-down Christology, with oodles of [Myers-Briggs] ENFP, gushing conjecture about unnecessary details added to the biblical story, which are often dubious, and sometimes non-credible. Original language analysis was non-scholarly and superficial; it sounded like it was regurgitated right out of a concordance.

Common knowledge abounds; you won't read almost anything novel (typically considered the reason for going to the trouble to publish a book in the first place). It is oddly denigrating to the disciples. Often oversimplified. A common phrase of Moore's begins, "I'm not sure, but...," and it isn't an, "I'm not sure..." in the humble, academic way which nevertheless contains competence. It is the "I'm not sure, but..." that you hear when one is about to hear a conspiracy theory or piece of unsubstantiated gossip.

The only good things I remember are one small section about an Isaiah scroll, and perhaps some of the emotion conjectured about Jesus's death and resurrection in the end.

I do concede, though, that as I am a strong INTJ, Mrs. Moore's effusive ENFPness has a little to do with my dislike of her book. Perhaps "EFPs" will enjoy it slightly more than my review warrants. In general, however, I would highly recommend not reading this book unless one happens to have a copy, no other books, and a lot of spare time, or if one operates on a 6th-grade reading level (as is apparently becoming the norm in our country) and doesn't mind tangential conjecture every paragraph or two.


Taking this as a very loose interpretation that doesn't seem well-researched, this isn't a terrible book. This is probably my favorite of anything written by Moore, but that's honestly not saying much. It was interesting to read, and would add dynamic if reading concurrently with the gospel of Luke. I absolutely would not recommend this as a standalone without extensive prior knowledge of the gospels (all four of them).

Margaret Mawhinney

Jesus,the One and Only

I loved how Beth Moore made the amazing journey of Jesus's life here on earth so easy to understand. I felt she was sitting in a room with me explaining all over coffee. I laughed,cried,felt deep emotional pain,and even forgiveness. " yes Jesus loves me,the bible and (Beth) tell me so"


An Intimate Look at Jesus from birth until His resurrection. Obviously she couldn't cover everything, but she takes significant happenings throughout His life on earth and expounds on them.

I think this book is more effective if you read and talk about it with someone else.