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Why Jesus Crossed the Road: Learning to Follow the Unconventional Travel Itinerary of a First-century Carpenter and His Ragtag Group of Friends as ... and Generally Go Where Most People Don't Paperback – March 18, 2010

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It’s not often that a street-level veteran of nitty-gritty urban ministry is also a gifted writer with an engaging style and real spiritual insight . . . but that’s the rare combination you’ll discover in Bruce Main. This book will do you good, and it will get you doing good. (Brian McLaren, author/speaker/activist, brianmclaren.net)

Bruce Main writes brilliantly, thinks profoundly, and daringly challenges the security that keeps us from grappling with truths about injustice and oppression. (Tony Campolo, professor emeritus, Eastern University)

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Where you go says a lot about who you are.
Just look at Jesus. He traveled to places that one might not associate with a holy man; he spent time with people whom others avoided; he crossed the roads and barriers that other people detoured around.
So where is God nudging you to go?
In Why Jesus Crossed the Road, Bruce Main shows how God can use your own “crossings,” both big and small, to redirect your life and the lives of those you meet along the way. As you join Jesus and his ragtag band of followers in the lost spiritual discipline of road crossing, you’ll learn to enter the lives and stories of all people―and your own journey will be immeasurably richer as a result.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SaltRiver (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414326602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414326603
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Margot S. Hausmann on May 14, 2010
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When I bought this book, I wanted to share it with my church library, but now I'm not giving it up! If you're a Christian who wants to grow in your faith--I mean really change--this book is for you. Bruce Main has put his finger on just what it is that causes people to be transformed. His invitation to readers to participate in what God is about is irresistible!
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Pretty serious about being a Christian? Been reading your Bible for a long time - know it pretty well? Spent time in prayer? Gone on spiritual retreats? Done service projects? But somehow still don't feel like you get to see God's hand or hear his voice, and you wonder if there's more to this relationship. Bruce Main makes a strong point, through stories and Biblical examples, that you can only get so far in your spiritual growth by reading your Bible, praying, attending your like-minded small group, and your church. There comes a point where spiritual growth can only happen by being in situations where you are totally out of your element; interacting with, and caring about other people who don't share your background and don't think like you. These stories and examples show that your head can only get you so far down the road to spiritual maturity - engagement of your heart is required to continue down that road. The argument is well thought out and presented - a very important read for anyone who feels that they have more to do to become mature, and maybe even more important for those of us who think we already are.
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easy to read, This book brings everything close to home. You realize that it you only associate with your own kind, you are just like the world, but when you cross to the other side, you are an example of loving thy neighbor as thyself. You are showing no respect of person. Our different make everyone special. We must reach out to all people.
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Great practical insights for breaking free from our religious and cultural barriers to follow Christ in the uncomfortable, unfamiliar places. He loved the outcasts, sick, lonely and overlooked people. We can love them too, but first we have to meet them and get to know them. " be somebody to somebody who has nobody."
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Some books are big in size and words and deep in complex ideas. That does not describe this excellent little book by Bruce Main. He has taken a simple statement about Jesus and used it to describe the ministry of Jesus and challenge us to follow in his footsteps. We do this by moving out of our comfort zones to get to know those who are different. In other words, "cross the road" like Jesus did to those we fear or exclude because they are different in religion, race, or otherwise outside the norms of acceptable society. Main uses stories from the gospels matched with modern personal experiences to show that this is the true path to spiritual development. For some this book is nothing new, but for all it is a good review of just how Jesus demonstrated the compassionate love of God for all without exception.
Bruce Main is president of UrbanPromise, a ministry dedicated to meeting the educational, social, economic, and spiritual needs of inner-city children and teens in Camden, NJ. He has written others books dealing with practical Christianity.
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