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Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough Paperback – October 14, 2013
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About the Author
Jefferson Bethke is the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus > Religion and It’s Not What You Think. He and his wife Alyssa host the highly successful online challenge 31 Creative Ways to Love and Encourage Him & Her, make YouTube videos watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers each month, and host a podcast about relationships and faith available wherever podcasts are found. They live in Maui with their daughter, Kinsley, and son, Kannon. Visit: http://jeffandalyssa.com
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The words in this book are the words I've been searching for all along. The thoughts are my thoughts through and through. In most cases, I believe readers will find themselves in this work of art. It's no mistake that Jeff is skilled at writting, yet he does it in a way that relates to all believers.
For most Christians, I will encourage this read. Challenge yourself to what's written in the pages. If you don't necessarily agree with something written, find that clarity for yourself. Stop letting others tell you how to walk with Jesus, and discover what Jeff is trying to tell a generation, "Why He is so much better than trying harder, doing more, and being good enough."
About the author, as he describes himself in the book: Jeff Bethke is in his early twenties. This is his first book and the subject of Jesus Christ is new on him. His childhood days found him on the margins of society. He was raised by his mother who eventually came out of the gay closet. She could not hold a full time job and they found themselves moving a lot. They lived in a house so small that when his sister moved in, when he was eleven, he found his new bedroom to be in the hallway of a two bedroom house. One detail that I may have missed is how a person with such a bleek start in life could find him in college. He played baseball for his university, so I only presume he was on a scholarship. So the style of his message to his readers is one that resonates with young people looking for something.
It was not until midway through college that he found Jesus in his life. At first it he was full of questions, many about religion. As he drills into the role of Jesus in religion, it smacks him in the face, the religion that seems the norm here in America is NOT the religion Jesus indoctrinated 2,000 years ago. When he speaks about religion, he is putting it solely ion the context of Christianity. He is not specifically critical of religion at its core teachings, but at the hypocrisy that exists of the members of the church as well as the congregation. And of the two, he is most critical of the congregation, the people that go to church and approach Jesus halfheartedly. On this point Jeff gets ‘up in your face’ on the subject of commitment.
Chapter by chapter Jeff isolates a subject among an array of subjects and draws a personal experience to look at that subject from two sides. Coincidentally there are ten chapters. First he raises questions from the view of the average college student he was. And then describes through Jesus’ word in the Scriptures answers to his questions. The process, that somewhat parallels the Ten Commandments, is an evolution. For sure, Jeff views Jesus as a controversial guy who spoke his mind. He minced no words. Jeff follows suit.
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