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Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus Hardcover – October 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (October 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892960884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892960880
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (504 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eldredge's trademark passion and personal transparency offer another inspiring challenge that could revolutionize lives as did his Wild at Heart."Christian Retailing, Editor's Pick

"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

About the Author

John is part of the leadership of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own heart in his love, and learn to live in his Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly, and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Insitute. 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 his wife Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons.

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John Eldredge is an author (you probably figured that out), a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God's love, and learn to live in God's Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated), and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather's cattle ranch in eastern Oregon (which he loved). John met his wife, Stasi, in high school (in drama class). But their romance did not begin until they each came to faith in Christ, after high school. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly, and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Institute.

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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This is one of John Eldredge's best books to date.
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John Eldredge's new book, Beautiful Outlaw, helped me to realize the humanity of Jesus and the person of Jesus.
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I have just finished reading this book for the second time.
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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful By mtmeek on September 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A friend recently handed me John Eldredge's book, Beautiful Outlaw. I had no idea they were actually tossing me a life preserver. The more I read the more I understood how religion drowns us from the life that is ours in Jesus. He came that we might "have life, and have it to the full."

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.
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179 of 191 people found the following review helpful By James R. Williams on October 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
John Eldredge's latest title, "Beautiful Outlaw" is his first since switching publishers. After a longtime association with Thomas Nelson, he's now writing for Faithwords, home of the great Billy Coffey. The subject of "Beautiful Outlaw" is none other than Jesus Christ Himself. Eldredge feels that many (most?) Christians have a distorted, incomplete, or one-dimensional view of Jesus, and he feels so strongly about this that he wants to set the record straight for all believers.

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.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Storyteller on September 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For several generations now, Christianity has been missing something. We've had "church". We've had "religion". We've had whatever traditions we've engaged in on Sunday morning... from hymns & stained glass windows to contemporary worship in mega-churches. We've had our DUTY. We've had our 3-POINT SERMONS with their LIFE APPLICATION. For the most part we've all gotten very good at beating ourselves up for falling so far short of what we believe church is asking of us.

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
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Deb in NC on November 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was a little sceptical when I began reading this book (recommended by a friend). I have been going through some of the darkest times of my life and honestly I wasn't looking forward to reading another self help book. However, after reading the first chapter, I knew there was something different about this book. As I read the words on the page and wiped tears from my eyes, I could feel a change taking place. My heart was changing. I began to see and experience Jesus as I never have before. He is more real to me now than when I first gave my life to him.

This book is truly a gift from God to those needing to meet the real "Beautiful Outlaw"
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