Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Gospel According to Jesus - book thoughts

This is a rather tough one to review. On one hand, I really like what he has to say, but there are times when I got a bit confused. In the front cover, the author, Chris Seay, writes this:

"The reason we are not living in the light of life that real Christianity ignites is that we have ignored, distorted, and misunderstood the gospel according to Jesus....We have a problem, and we must look again at the teachings of Jesus and seek the truth with our lives. Correcting our misguided assumptions is meaningless if we do not hold this truth in the forefront of our hearts, minds and lives. What Jesus was saying was that... righteousness was not just about tallying our rights and wrongs, but about a way of life in which people were called to justice and mercy and holiness all at the same time."

There was much about this book I liked, and certain things that I did not like and I know I need to go into the things I have reservations about but I'll need to re-read it. I agreed with everything being centered around Jesus and how easy and wrong it is to "do" things like social justice and leave Christ out of it, just as it is wrong to say one loves Jesus but sit and do nothing about it. After every chapter he has a prayer and an interview with such authors and speakers like: Dan Kimball, Mark Batterson, Rick McKinley, Shane Claiborne, and Alan HIrsch. If you like these authors, you'll probably love this book. If you are a bit wary of them, then you'll probably still like some of this book and dislike certain other parts!

For me, I'm still unsure what I think of this book. There is a lot to love, and a few things that bug me but I can't figure out exactly why. Regardless, it is a book worth reading.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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