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Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior Paperback – October 1, 2017
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"When the grace of God collides with our candid admission of failure, the result is often laughter and joy. Stolen Jesus does not shy away from the hurts inflicted by messed-up religion, yet this is the funniest Christian book I have read. Thank God for honest authors like Jami Amerine who are brave enough to write about life as it is."
—Paul Ellis, author of Stuff Jesus Never Said
"Stolen Jesus will steal your heart and compel you to keep turning the pages. If you feel as though you are on shaky ground in your walk with Jesus, this book will leave you standing on solid ground."
—Anna LeBaron, author of The Polygamist's Daughter
"As mere mortals, we tend to create different versions of Jesus our own experiences. Jami's fearless and funny categorization of her collection of different Jesuses is something to experience. Not only will you want to pay real money just to be in the backseat of her car during her next Starbucks run (because you will...), but this book will make you want to go deeper; truly examining your own Jesus collection and paring it down to one, true, Savior."
—Kathi Lipp, author of The Husband Project, Clutter Free, and Overwhelmed
"Jami Amerine takes the reader on a tender, riveting, multifaceted journey in Stolen Jesus. The Jesus she discovers in the New Covenant is like a cool glass of water after spending years in a relentless fiery furnace. There nothing mundane about this author and absolutely nothing boring in the poignant words of Stolen Jesus."
—Tracy Levinson, author of Unashamed
"Jami Amerine announces, 'I broke up with Jesus!' She does a good job of saying the things we all feel. Of searching for what we all want to find. And of refusing to settle for easy answers. I started reading her journey and ended up journeying right along with her. Thank you, Jami, for your humorously serious quest to find the Real Jesus."
—Kay Marshall Strom, 21st century abolitionist
"Jami's search for Jesus is authentic, vulnerable, and heart touching. She rips off clean and tidy façades, fights legalism, and hits back against backbreaking shame. Expect to go through these pages laughing, arriving at the last page loved and liberated."
—Kelly Balarie, author of Fear Fighting
"It's beautiful. It's authentic. It's delightful. It's honest. I chuckled and gasped and reflected and got covered in goose bumps. Every few pages, I found myself taking a break and pacing the floor to give my head a moment to catch up with what was happening in my heart. This book is a captivating story of a grace encounter with the Real Jesus. It left me praising Him. Pondering Him. Conscious of His presence. Aware of His love. Knowing Him more. Loving Him more...without even trying."
—Tricia Gunn, author of Unveiling Jesus
"I love a writer who tells the raw truth, shows her flaws and foibles, and keeps you smiling and hanging on every word! Stolen Jesus will have you laughing and nodding your head in agreement one minute and wiping away tears the next. Searching is good, questioning is good, but know that there are answers and Jami's book will help you find them. You'll come away wanting to know the Real Jesus."
—Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids
About the Author
Jami Amerine is the author of the popular blog Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors, where she posts about Jesus, parenting, marriage, and the general chaos of life. She holds a master’s degree in Education, Counseling, and Human Development. Jami and her husband, Justin, have six kids and are active in foster care.
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Each misstep puts her further and further away from Jesus, or she thinks, until she realizes she doesn't really know Jesus.
Ladies and gentlemen: I am afraid that is the case for many of us, too. We either don't know Him as Lord and Savior, or we have been saved, and we are relating to a Savior who is not the real Jesus. What we so often don't need is another lofty ivory tower writer to tell us how we can become perfect. We also don't need more faulty representations of who Jesus is: judgmental, irritable, weary of us, distant.
Read Jami Amerine's book. You will laugh. You will relate. You will feel at home as with a friend, and you be challenged to meet Jesus, the Real Jesus. Walk with Real Jesus awhile, and let go of the tension and stress you likely carry with you as a tired companion. Walk with Real Jesus, and embrace true freedom. Walk with Jesus, and know you are loved. More than you could ever fathom.
I received an Advanced Copy in exchange for my honest opinion. My honest and truthful opinion is that this book rocks!
Being a cradle Catholic and a questioning Catholic, backing away from the idol and such, it's so very helpful to hear another person describe what is so hard for me to describe without stuttering and mumbling til I'm just standing there saying nothing.
I see so many people I know and so much of my world in these chapters. It makes me want to just build a front porch so I can rock and chat quietly with Jesus.
You're book isn't striving to change people into Stepford wife Christian mandated cliques "a la high school", it's just the journey of finding the real Jesus, I like it and thank you!!
When I first heard about Jami's book, I had to wonder ... Stolen Jesus, have we really stolen Jesus? We haven't, and don't let the title throw you off. We have, however, let other representations of Jesus steal from us. And this is the wonderful message of this book. Meeting the real Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible, can be scary, but it can also be messy, funny and crazy. Jami uses her wonderful humor to tell her story of how she found the Jesus of grace, and helped me do the same. This book showed up at a busy and messy time in my life, and I am grateful Jami listened to the prompting of God and wrote this book as it really has been a God send to me.
This book helped me realize that I have tried to define Jesus and God on my terms, not on theirs. It reminded me that I am not the only one go to through "stuff" and that there is hope on the other end of the valley. I am definitely going to read this book again, as I am sure there are things I missed the first time that will be brought to light. This book is amazing.Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior
I'm going to have many quotes written down from this book scattered around my environment as reminders. I'm going to pass along copies of the book to friends, family, and counseling clients. And I'm going to eagerly await the publication of Jami's next book.