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Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus Hardcover – October 12, 2011
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"Bestselling author Eldredge (Wild at Heart), founder of Ransomed Heart Ministries, uses his playful style to uncover the truth about who Jesus really was. With an eyebrow-raising warning about the "poison of religion," he urges readers to turn from religious power displays and legalism and instead spend time falling in love with the man, Jesus. Eldredge repeats tales from the Gospels to reveal a leader who was both humorous and confrontational, generous and moody. Eldredge clearly loves his subject, almost chuckling in delight at Jesus' antics. Readers get an intriguing glimpse of Jesus waiting his turn in line, "snorting" in anger, and artfully outsmarting his enemies. On the other hand, many of the themes are recycled (e.g., Jesus is your friend, suffering happens for a reason), and the book lacks opportunities for application and reflection (e.g., study questions). Still, readers will find a three-dimensional Jesus and may find themselves re-reading scripture with an eye on characters' feelings."―Publishers Weekly
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John earned his master's degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, under the direction of Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons (Samuel, Blaine, and Luke), their golden retriever (Oban), and two horses (Whistle and Kokolo). While all of this is factually true, it somehow misses describing an actual person. He loves the outdoors passionately, and all beauty, Shakespeare, bow hunting, a good cigar, anything having to do with adventure, poetry, March Madness, working in the shop, fly fishing, classic rock, the Tetons, fish tacos, George MacDonald, green tea, buffalo steaks, dark chocolate, wild and open places, horses running, and too much more to name. He also uses the expression "far out" way too much.
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In Beautiful Outlaw, John takes us to the Bible and zooms in on the everyday interactions and conversations that Jesus had with people not unlike you and I. Here he helps us consider the Jesus that many miss as the pages are flipped in the "religious fog". Our eyes are opened to see the life-giving personality of Jesus.
Next, John brings the focus into our own lives. He helps us to find Christ in our hearts. Jesus is not a two-dimensional figure in a book, he is with us and in us every step and breath along the way. He is not far off in Heaven, he is near and here now! John notes, "We should expect to encounter Jesus anytime, anywhere, everywhere."
The final impact on me in reading John's book is threefold; I want to fall in love with Jesus, I want to share every moment of every day with him, and I want his life to spill out of me onto everyone around. As you read John's book you will find The Beautiful Outlaw pulling you from the religious undertow and breathing his very life into your soul.
My take on this book is mostly positive. It's well-written, engaging, and anything but boring. The reader will be enlightened and encouraged to love Jesus more, because once you know Him, you can't do otherwise.
Eldredge takes many familiar stories about Jesus and expounds on them in an informative and inspiring way. I am praying my way through this book, asking God to reveal Himself to me, and, while I think there's more to be revealed, this book has done wonders so far in the two weeks since I received it.
Longtime Eldredge readers will find may ideas familiar. At various times while reading "Beautiful Outlaw", I was reminded of "Wild at Heart, "Epic", and "Waking the Dead", to say the least. But this book stands on its own. It's not a rehash of the same old ideas.
Now, the concerns: I have read many books over the past several years which have one thing in common, despite coming from authors with very different perspectives. It's amazing that writers as diverse as Mark Driscoll, Donald Miller, John Eldredge, Matthew Paul Turner and Frances Chan, among others find common ground, but in this case, they do.Read more ›
What we've had very little of is the Truth about our creator, our redeemer, our friend, the incarnation of God in man, Jesus Christ.
I've personally been involved in the message of John Eldredge and Ransomed Heart ([...]) for more than a decade and it has changed my life. Each of the books John has written are full of important Truth, but "BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW" is quite easily the most important message yet.
Without the Truth of who Jesus is, not much else matters. We can sing all the songs, listen to all the sermons, go through all the motions and still miss the whole point... intimacy with the Living God. In "BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW" you will meet Jesus in a way most of us never even conceived of. The New Testament stories of Jesus are familiar to most of us. Familiar to the point of being lifeless and cloaked in religious drapery. "BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW" removes the veil of these stories, inviting us to experience the Jesus people were willing to rip the roofs off houses to get near.
If you want to see the life of Jesus and the Truth of His Gospel in a new light. I highly recommend this book
This book is truly a gift from God to those needing to meet the real "Beautiful Outlaw"
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Wow! This is one of the best books about Jesus that I've ever read. John Eldredge brought me into a deeply personal relationship with Jesus! Read morePublished 4 days ago by kona
I loved this book! Thank you Mr. Eldredge for revealing the personality of Jesus in such a clear and scandalous way! What a gift.Published 11 days ago by itsallaboutJesus
While many people may think that this book is sacrilegious , I will tell you I am grateful for knowing this Jesus, who is honest, with the sense of humor, who sings my tune, and... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Gladys Landing
I have truly enjoyed this book. It has given me a new way to think about Jesus and see his personality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sl
Simply incredible way to look at the real Jesus. Not the stoic, boring man that is far too often depicted.Published 1 month ago by Crawford J.