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Product Details

  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Circle Books (February 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846945100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846945106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,460,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Elerick has produced a serious sassy sizzling heartfelt and learned reconstitution of Jesus that will repay the attention of anyone who is not afraid to think outside the lines and speak about Jesus in terms of ordinary life. His book is written in an engaging way that draws from deep wells and deserves a wide hearing. (John Caputo, Thomas J Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University, New York)

About the Author

George Elerich received his Bachelors in Theology and Behavioral Science from California Baptist University. He has an interfaith project Chairs for Dialogue. He lives in England with his wife.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Bailey on September 29, 2012
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George seems like a kind and compassionate person with basically good intentions. He has some genuine concerns, questions, and insights... yet I don't recommend buying this book.

Conservative/fundamentalist Christians won't like this book because it won't be of any help to them in maintaining their carefully constructed Bible-worshiping illusions. I guess I'm (what might be called) a liberal/progressive Christian, but I don't care for this book because it's badly written, poorly reasoned, and pretentious in tone.

For the most part, George comes off as an ostentatious theological hipster spouting off pseudo-intellectual sludge. If you like meandering, convoluted, self-indulgent, yet heartfelt conjectures regarding the Christian faith then this book might be just your thing. I appreciate his emphasis on inclusion, his empathy with misfits, his disdain for rigid and institutionalized Christianity, etc... but I don't appreciate his lack of concern for critical thinking or his irresponsibility in treating theology as a plaything.

I suspect George got a heady thrill from posing as a new and daring philosopher/theologian, but this immature attempt at profundity is mostly (though not completely) surface with very little substance.

P.S. The spelling and grammar in this book is atrocious. Didn't anyone bother editing?
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Mcclellan on March 9, 2011
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I suspect that George Elerick was a thoroughly annoying kid. You know the type. The kid in class that always interrupted the teachers with questions. The kid who annoyed the teachers by challenging them and presenting alternative understandings to the lessons. The kid who had the courage to voice the questions that many of us had, but were afraid to ask for fear of being ridiculed.

George brings those same inquisitive and analytical characteristics to a field where such questions have long been discouraged; that of theology in his book; Jesus Bootlegged. George fearlessly strips down the common doctrines and teaching of the church in attempt to re-discover the spirit of that radical first century movement of Christ-followers. George boldly asks the questions that others are afraid to ask, and then delves into the search for answers. His passion for Christ is obvious both in that fearless and never-ending search and in the deeply personal reflections upon his own life.

Read this book and you will be challenged, yet inspired. You may not agree with some of George's conclusions, and I suspect that the author is perfectly fine with that, as he himself states in the book's foreword: "I don't know if it's about an arrival at all. Because that would assume that there is an in and out club to be a part of. So the book invites people to let go of a dualistic way of thinking, and become more aware that God pulls this whole thing together. It is about being broken and fixed and in jaw-dropping awe of what (life) still yet has to teach me."
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pastor Neil Christopher on June 1, 2011
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George Elerick brings something unique here to the table, and that is how this book is presented... a good table conversation with a man who knows his stuff but doesn't come across as an egg-head or a snob about it. It feels more like a great discussion at a local coffee shop or pub about Jesus, and how so much of what he actually said or implied is lost or is misinterpreted by us due to the fact that we are simply not Jews living 2,000 plus years ago. You can tell that this is a man who knows his stuff, has studied his history, and is now looking to share all the little tidbits of information that make you re-look at various scriptures or stories that we have "known" for years in a brand new light.
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