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The Jesus Driven Life: Reconnecting Humanity With Jesus, 2nd Edition Revised and Expanded Kindle Edition

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  • Publisher: JDL Press; 2nd edition (September 26, 2013)
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I believe it would be highly beneficial for every Christian to read this book. At a minimum it will open up some much needed dialogue in the community of faith and at the most will compel us deeper into the love of Christ that unites the whole world by removing boundaries that create us and them mentalities that only serve to further fear, violence and punitive justice.

Hardin presents anthropological support for a different reading of scripture that allows us to see a God of unity and peace throughout the whole scripture so we don't end up with the unexplainable angry, vengeful Father of the old testament and the kind, peaceful Son in the new testament. In Christ, we get a God who can be trusted because he is not two faced. He does not love and hate, he does not tell us to forgive our enemies while he gets revenge on his, he is not peaceful one moment and violent the next. That is the god of our own making because we read scripture from our perspective rather than from Christ's perspective.

In Christ we are invited into a non-violent, non-scapegoating way of life. Instead of imitating each other which generally escalates into violence (think of toddlers in a room full of toys and they all want the same thing) which creates a world full of victimizers, victims and scapegoats, we now have Christ, the True Human to imitate. He is the forgiving victim, the scapegoat that lives. He puts an end to violence and ushers in peace. Imitating him in love means we don't exclude anyone for we are all connected to God and each other in Christ. When we, like Christ, turn the other cheek (forgive instead of reacting with escalating violence) and lay down our life (care about the other before self), we become more and more like God, made in his image.

Jesus is who it's all about.
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In an era where bibliolatry has taken the place of the Father in the modern church, the Jesus Driven life is a breath of fresh air. Rather than interpreting Christ through the text, Michael helps us to interpret the text through Christ.

We need more books like this in the church. An amazing feat successfully bridging theology with practicality. This book ought to be required reading for all bible college students, and any church would do well to introduce the book (and associated DVDs) as an adult sunday school class, would even work well for older youth/college groups.

Michael is an approachable theologian, something missing in our day. Theology didn't die off with Karl Barth and John Calvin, it is alive and well, and guys like Michael Hardin are much needed to continue our advancement of the true nature of the Abba of Jesus.
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If you have sensed that politics (through the ages) has distorted the message of Christianity but do not have a theological education that could provide you with a compelling, non-apologetic, intellectually substantial reason for remaining a Christian, then you will find it in Michael Hardin's excellent book The Jesus Driven Life. I am a lay person in the Episcopal Church who has mentored the fine Education for Ministry course for three years. However, it was not until I became acquainted with the anthropology of Rene Girard that I was able to understand the "why" of Jesus. But I wondered how this information could this be introduced and organized for the layperson. Hardin's book has the makings of a fine course and I look forward to the DVDs. I have recommended this book to my rector and bishop and will continue to recommend it to Christian formation educators. (I wrote this review for the 1st edition, and have purchased the paper copies of the 2d edition, which has invaluable added material in the appendices.)
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You mean the Gospel is actually Good News?
Apologies for being snarky. Really I'm extremely happy to have found this book and been presented with a way to view the death of Jesus that makes sense. Not that I claim to understand all of the meaning or implications of The Passion, but I do feel drawn to meditate on it in a new way. Not only that, the author has helped my rethink what it means to immitate Jesus and take up his/my cross.

It may be too early to tell, but this feels like one of the most imortant books that I've ever read. For one thing, I can read the Bible again with hope in a God whose love is consistently self giving rather than capricious, revealed in Jesus on the cross whose first word after resurrection from from death as scapegoat was "Shalom."

But there is so much more... This book could have been titled Repent, for the Reign of God is at Hand. I can't count the number of times that I was inspired (in-spirited) to rethink what the modern interpreters of scripture have taught me and turned instead towards Jesus' Abba whose reign is now, wherever his mercy is being lived out.
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Michael Hardin does a supurb job in showing what the real good news is about. Who and and what Jesus was about, something that has been largely lost in much of the past 1800 years of the institutional christian religion, far from where Jesus had intended us to be in our relationship with Abba. Michael tells us of the Jesus who came to connect humanity back with their creator, to show us who Papa was and is really like, to restore the lost relationship that came about by our walking away, our fears, our mistrust and our hatred of God (and each other) and how we can once again walk in that same relationship with our Creator. Top on my list of the most important books written in past 2000 years since Jesus walked on the earth.
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