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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400074800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400074808
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for  Untamed

“This book is an invitation you’ll want to accept. Lisa Harper invites you to meet the Jesus she knows—and just as those who encountered Jesus centuries ago, you’ll never be the same.” —Max Lucado, New York Times best-selling author

“What an outrageous, uproarious, unexpected approach to Jesus. It made me laugh out loud and want to fling myself more wholeheartedly into my faith. Lisa’s stories smack with humanity, and her insights burst open with divinity. What a wild combination! What an untamed adventure!”  —Patsy Clairmont, author of Kaleidoscope

“One of the things I love about Lisa Harper is her uncanny ability to teach us something and we don’t even realize we are learning. As she takes the stories of her everyday life and weaves them into stories found throughout the Bible, I find myself drawn in. First, because she is real and honest about her own life and struggles. Second, because she reminds us that those great patrons of our faith found in the pages of God’s Word had issues too. Lots of them. Most important, she offers hope—hope from her own journey and hope from God’s promises.” —Sandi Patty, Grammy award–winning vocalist

“Lisa Harper is a wonderful storyteller, a brilliant scholar, and a dear friend. In this new book she challenges us with a picture of Christ that shows He is both fierce and fearless in His love. If you long for freedom and safety in Christ’s arms, read on.”—Sheila Walsh, author of Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God

“Here’s what I like about this book: two stories intertwine—the author’s story of her relationship with the Savior and how He brought her to freedom in Himself and the Savior’s story of His incomparable attributes as He manifests them repeatedly in Lisa’s life. By inference, we who know Christ personally have that same opportunity and privilege of seeing these attributes at work in our own lives. Lisa reminds us to stop, take notice, and give thanks for the fact that the Son has set us free so we are free indeed. Now, all we have to do is believe it…and enjoy it.”  —Luci Swindoll, Women of Faith speaker and author

“Lisa Harper knocks me out! Untamed invites me to experience the wild side of Jesus without losing the gentle side of Jesus. The book’s wonderfully balanced perspective motivates me to pursue Him with new vigor.” —Marilyn Meberg, Women of Faith speaker and author of Tell Me Everything

“Rarely does a book merit the descriptions ‘transformative’ and ‘mind-altering,’ but Lisa Harper earned both with Untamed. I was at once unsettled by her challenges to my mental images of Jesus and reminded that, while He walked this earth, He was both completely of this world and wholly otherworldly. Lisa Harper’s writing invites you to view Jesus in a dangerously daring and honest way by placing spiritual 3-D glasses on your mind and heart.”
—Anita Renfroe, comedian and author

 
Praise for A Perfect Mess
 
“Lisa Harper knows life. And she knows God’s Word. I love how she intertwines the two, bringing hope to the hopeless and help to everyone who’s ever felt like a perfect mess. With fresh insight and poignant stories, Lisa reveals a God who brings order out of chaos with just a word…even the chaos of our lives.” —Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

About the Author

Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person... but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflows with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit. 

Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado calls Lisa on of the "best Bible tour guides around," and speaker Priscilla Evans Shirer adds, "If anyone can help us to hear, understand and receive the truth of Scripture it is Lisa Harper. Her God-given ability to not merely teach the Word but package it in a way that stirs the heart and calls to action is incomparable. When she speaks ears perk up!"

Her vocational resume includes six years as the director of Focus on the Family's national women's ministry where she created the popular Renewing the Heart conferences, attended by almost 200,000 women, followed by 6 years as the women's ministry director at a large church in Nashville. Her academic resume includes a Masters of Theological Studies with honors from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Now a sought-after Bible teacher and speaker, Lisa is currently featured on the Women of Faith tour and speaks at many other large multi-denominational events - such as Moody Bible, Women of Joy, and Focus on the Family conferences - as well as at hundreds of church retreats all over the world. She's been on numerous syndicated radio and television programs.

Yet in spite of her credentials, the most noticeable thing about Lisa Harper is her authenticity. When recently asked about her accomplishments she responded with a grin saying, "I'm definitely grateful for the opportunities God's given me; but don't forget, He often uses donkeys and rocks!"

For more information - lisaharper.net

Customer Reviews

Reading this book made me laugh and think at the same time.
Tawnya
Each chapter ends with 5 - 6 thought provoking study questions which make this book perfect for use in a small group setting or book club.
Sherry Keller
Ms. Harper presents this in a powerful personal way in this book.
Lisa

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Fuller on June 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading my first official book for review. I received 3 different books, and this was the first one I picked out.

The title of this book caught my eye. Untamed, how the wild side of Jesus frees us to live and love with abandon. I have been a Christian for a very long time, and it is hard sometimes to look at the stories you have heard repeatedly with a fresh set of eyes. This book definitely helped me do that. Lisa Harper is a great storyteller, and I think I would love to sit down and talk with her over coffee. I will admit, I was a little put-off, or taken back by how casually she speaks of the Biblical characters calling John the Baptist "Johnny B" and how she likes to modernize hypothetical situations like in her description of Jesus calling the 12 disciples "Jesus wasn't a twenty-something hawking faulty religion or some smarmy guy in a cheap suit peddling encyclopedias. We was the lion of Judah" (p 82) But I decided that the problem was only me being a snob, and a fresh take on old passages was okay.
This book would be a great read for a high school student, and it is most definitely geared towards women. Each chapter has a summary key point, as well as questions for group discussion, so it would be a good book to do in a group setting. Lisa's points are Biblically based with many scripture quotations, other commentaries, and then real-life stories to round them out. The book was an easy read and I did enjoy it. She wrote this next passage, and I found it to be true as I read through this book. "... [G]azing at His unfathomable majesty recalibrates our hearts to their original, proper settings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 12, 2011
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At first, I thought I'd enjoy "Untamed: How the Wild Side of Jesus Frees Us to Live and Love with Abandon". After all, Jesus does call us to follow him, to take up our cross and to deny ourselves, and to live in a way that is counter to our culture's standards. I would love to grow in living more passionately for God, as well as in loving God and others with my whole being. I hoped to find inspiration for living in such a way, as well as practical help.

In one sense, I wouldn't exactly say that Jesus is "untamed" or "wild". In his earthly life, he was completely surrendered to God's will. One fruit of the Spirit of God is self-control. God is consistent with his own nature, which is holy, just, and merciful. However, Jesus is majestic, full of splendor, able to do miracles, the victor over sin and death, and all powerful. Time and time again, he did not conform to the expectations of either the Pharisees or his own disciples. I think it is in that sense that Harper uses the words untamed or wild to describe Jesus.

Harper shares her heart in these pages, and we can see that she is lively, sporty, bold, and energetic. I can see why she is drawn to this side of Jesus that confronts our limited faith and love and enlarges these qualities within us.

However, I felt that Harper skima along the surface of this subject and doesn't dive very far into scriptural depths. She employs a style of writing that I suppose began with Max Lucado and has been embraced by the Eldridges and other modern writers. I can't think of a word to describe this writing style, other than to say that it is conversational in tone and seeks to re-tell Biblical accounts in a way that is relevant today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten K on May 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Well, dang. Jesus is cool." I literally said that after finishing every chapter of this book. And I liked that feeling. Because Jesus is cool (and more than cool!).

When I first received Lisa Harper's book Untamed in the mail, I was both excited (because I love books so much, and had never read anything by her before) and slightly nervous (because I thought it was going to be like something I had read 100x before). I was hooked from the very first page! She was funny and poignant at the same time, weaving in her personal stories while bringing a fresh look to Bible passages I had read many times before.

Each chapter contained paragraphs titled "The Wild Ways of God," where Ms. Harper listed facts about the culture, Jesus' ministry, and other fun trivia. At the end of each chapter, there were questions for personal reflection and study. My favorite chapter was Chapter 8 titled "The Divine Trait of Stepping on Toes" because I have been finding that Jesus' perfect and pure willingness to confront is not spoken of in churches. So often people desire to see Him as the meek Shepherd or the Social Justice guy, but rarely do we appreciate that Jesus delighted in getting to the heart of the issue--even if it made people uncomfortable.

A fresh encounter was exactly what I needed to get my summer reading off to a great start! I highly recommend this book to any woman who is looking for the same!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Wright on July 11, 2011
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Untamed: How the Wild Side of Jesus Frees Us to Live and Love with Abandon by Lisa Harper is a mixed bag. I have to say upfront that any book that is not about a specifically female issue but is written specifically for women makes me suspicious. There were times in the book where I felt like the author was forcing the female voice too hard. Why does a book about the wild side of Jesus need to be slanted that far toward the female perspective? I also feel like I'm being talked down to throughout the book. Lisa Harper is obviously a very intelligent and educated woman, but sometimes her attempt to "bring it to the average person's level" came across more condescending than helpful.

I was also frustrated by her inability to stay on topic. I found the parts about Jesus and his "wild" side to be very interesting. But when she would wander off onto stories that only loosely fit her thesis or when she would start focusing on other characters in the Bible, she lost me. I think the book could have been a much tighter, succinct manuscript had she focused on her main idea better. That said, I thought the best parts of the book were the gray boxes spattered throughout with little details and asides. I found these most informing and interesting.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend or not recommend the book. It was okay. If you like her other things, you may connect with this one. I personally could not.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person... but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflows with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit.

Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado calls Lisa on of the "best Bible tour guides around," and speaker Priscilla Evans Shirer adds, "If anyone can help us to hear, understand and receive the truth of Scripture it is Lisa Harper. Her God-given ability to not merely teach the Word but package it in a way that stirs the heart and calls to action is incomparable. When she speaks ears perk up!" Lisa's pastor - Scotty Smith of Christ Community Church of Franklin, TN,​ - sums up her appealing approach with this commendation, "In a day in which people connect with stories and yet too often find the Bible abstract and irrelevant, Lisa shows us that 66 books of the Bible are telling one grand story of personal and cosmic redemption, with Jesus starring as the lead character."

Her vocational resume includes six years as the director of Focus on the Family's national women's ministry where she created the popular Renewing the Heart conferences, attended by almost 200,000 women, followed by 6 years as the women's ministry director at a large church in Nashville. Her academic resume includes a Masters of Theological Studies with honors from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Now a sought-after Bible teacher and speaker, Lisa is currently featured on the Women of Faith tour and speaks at many other large multi-denominational events - such as Moody Bible, Women of Joy, and Focus on the Family conferences - as well as at hundreds of church retreats all over the world. She's been on numerous syndicated radio and television programs and was featured on the cover of Today's Christian Woman.

She's written ten books including Holding Out For a Hero: A New Spin on Hebrews; A Perfect Mess: Why You Don't Have To Worry About Being Good Enough For God and Untamed: How the Wild Side of Jesus Frees Us to Live and Love With Abandon. Lisa's latest book is titled Stumbling Into Grace: Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman. She also served as a key contributor to the Becoming Devotional Bible for Women and as a columnist for Today's Christian Woman magazine.

Yet in spite of her credentials, the most noticeable thing about Lisa Harper is her authenticity. When recently asked about her accomplishments she responded with a grin saying, "I'm definitely grateful for the opportunities God's given me; but don't forget, He often uses donkeys and rocks!"

For more information about Lisa Harper, please check out lisaharper.net!

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