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Plastic Jesus: Exposing the Hollowness of Comfortable Christianity Paperback – August 25, 2006
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Here are a couple of text grabs that I underlined in my copy:
Page 82: "The easy road of pat answers and pretend certainty lulls us into a catatonic spiritual stupor. Some of the most boring Christian I know are the ones who have every question answered, every behavior controlled, and every hardship glossed over with some pious Christian slogan. Spiritual suburbia has roads that are so smoothly paved and so straight and flat, that if we looked West we could see the back of our heads"
Page 153: He talks about American evangelicals as having a "...Wonderbra spirituality. We use whatever contraption we can to pump up what little substance we actually have..."
This is a great book for anyone who feels stuck in the routine of church life. This is an essential book for those who already know they live in Spiritual Suburbia.
Author, "The Danger Habit - Turning Your Love for Risk Into Life Changing Faith" (Random House/Multnomah)
One observation given with the best of intentions: I might suggest that you reference your academic accomplishments less frequently. The focus on credentials (both here and in your first book) tends to place you squarely into the plastic surburbia you direct us to avoid.
There were several interesting points I made sure to highlight. I appreciated his description of God's prodigal nature:
"prodigal: One who extends money extravagantly, viciously, or without necessity; one that is profuse or lavish in any expenditure; a waster; a spendthrift.
If we apply this definition to the characters in the parable Jesus tells in Luke 15, then the story is not just about a prodigal son (who represents us), it is also a bout a prodigal father (who represents God). God and humanity both are lavish and wasteful. One in a lift-stealing way and God in a life-giving way."
Sandras seems very willing to allow his readers to share in some of his personal struggles; that is a characteristic of an author I always admire (when appropriate). That is actually a topic point later in the book--being willing to share our hurts and failures with others. The story he told of Budapest Frank was pretty affirming (page 91--read it!).
One last comment I underlined was towards the end. Speaking of trying to do the good that God wants us to, he talked about the difference between committing and surrendering (committing yourself to do, or not do, something and surrendering to God and allowing Him to make the change):
"The biggest difference between commitment and surrender is who you put in control: God or yourself. Give up trying to overcome your hurt, addiction, and brokenness. Surrender. It is the only way you will succeed."
I did feel like he went overboard trying to come up with as many illustrations, or quips as he could. Overall, I enjoyed the read and am considering reading his other advertised book Buck-Naked Faith.
Can't wait for the next insightful book!
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