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Where's Your Jesus Now?: Examining How Fear Erodes Our Faith Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 5, 2008
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Where's Your Jesus Now? is heartbreaking and witty, full of compassion and righteous outrage. It's a fascinating book. -- AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
Karen Zacharias has testified! This book is funny, fierce, and fearless. My stomach hurts from laughing, and my heart aches from finding the truth. -- Doug Crandell, author of Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed and The Flawless Skin of Ugly People
Poignant, funny, and cutting edge, Where's Your Jesus Now? breaks new ground and knocks fundamentalist thought on its rear. -- Michael Morris, author of Slow Way Home
If Karen Spears Zacharias should turn evangelist, the stadium will be full every night. -- Sonny Brewer, author of The Poet of Tolstoy Park
Karen Spears Zacharias craves the Jesus of Hank Williams, Thomas Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, and William Blake. In essays bristling with doubt and fear, buoyed by flashes of the brightest hope and splashes of the darkest humor, she grants us the privilege of joining her search party. She almost---almost!---has me convinced He's out there somewhere. -- Jack Pendarvis, author of Awesome and Your Body Is Changing
Candid as all get out, Karen Spears Zacharias knows where Jesus is. In this essential work she prods us from our comfort zone and--mercifully--transports us straight into His arms. -- Sally John, author of A Time to Mend and other novels
The wit and wisdom of Karen Spears Zacharias spoken in a clear, no-holds-barred voice creates a book to be pondered and enjoyed. -- Jackie K Cooper, author of The Bookbinder
With wit and common sense, Where's Your Jesus Now? calls us to live our Christian faith without fear. Karen Spears Zacharias reminds us that if we truly have faith, what should we fear? -- W. Ralph Eubanks, author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi's Dark Past
Witty, brave, and bold, Zacharias dares to ask the tough question for the right reason: to affirm that Jesus is far more than many of his fear-driven followers believe He is. In a world that has cheapened God, this is the right book at the right time. It cuts to the cultural chase like the words of Brennan Manning and Oswald Chambers, challenging us while encouarging us. And Zacharias does so with a humble heart, a discerning pair of eyes, and an engaging style. Where's Your Jesus Now? has the power to change the way we all look at God. This is not only a good book, it's the most important book I've read in years. -- Bob Welch, award-winning author, columnist and speaker. --Endorsements
"Witty, intelligent and a poignant analysis of organized religion today---pungent manna for thought." -- Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
Candid as all get-out, Karen Spears Zacharias knows where Jesus is. In this essential work she prods us from our comfort zone and---mercifully---transports us straight into His arms. -- Sally John, Author, of A Time to Mend and other novels <br><br>
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After reading the book in one sitting, I went to you-tube to see if she could be found either defending her book, or a perhaps even a more general apologetic for her decidedly left wing tendencies. I found a few bits and pieces, but lacking the impetus to go on and on in pursuit of more information, have decided to offer a few thoughts about her anyway.
She seems personable and sincerely convicted in her opinions. However, I found her views about the military, conservative evangelical Christianity & homosexuality somewhat troubling. I am a veteran of 10 years service, a conservative Christian (Baptist) in the Reformed soteriological tradition, and a decidedly heterosexual grandfather who is probably a tad older than the author - being happily and fervently retired.
I have rated Mrs. Zacharias with one star only - not as a indictment of her writing style, which though not masterful, is at least satisfactory, and perhaps if considered alone might be worthy of 2 stars, or perhaps a generous 3. My rating is based on her confused and uber left wing philosophy more at home with the likes of Ronald Sider, Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo than with Scripture, reason and sanctified good sense.
I knew I was in trouble with the book when she began the typical vacuous arguement often made by unbelievers concerning supposed "sin parity" between homosexuality and other sins. Since Romans 1 seems to make clear that homosexuality is a botttom wrung of human degredation and a most basic abandonment of God's created order (male/female), I always understand such defenses to be rooted in agendas outside of genuine Biblical concern. No on argues, at least no one I know, that homosexuality is the "unforgivable sin." God has and does save homosexuals. (cf I Corinthians 6:11), but the very notion of sin parity is simply untenable. If there is sin parity, why are there differing sin punishments in the OT, and on what basis are their unltimately easier and harsher judgements in the Lord's final judgement?
I do not consider myself a fundamentalist, at least as the author uses the word. But I find her characterization of fundamentalists shallow and self-serving, e.g. "The thing is, fundamentalists need to see themselves as pitted against the world. It gets their juices flowing...." Or, "Fundamentalists always see themselves as under seige." Well, I think that is a bit of a heavy-handed characterization. Perhaps the real problem might be that Mrs. Zacharias finds it easier to be a "friend of the world." ( James 4:4 )
The book focuses on how fear can eat away at the foundation of faith, making life a nightmare. She examines many real-life stories of people who have overcome--and some that have succumbed to--fear.
But the theme hovering over all of these stories is that Christians shouldn't be ruled by fear. Faith in Jesus is what offers relief from the fear that living in a dangerous, violent world often brings. Spears Zacharias does a great job of illustrating that in this book that is fun to read, but is deep in its own special way.
Karen blends Southern humor, social commentary, and introspection to give us the ability to confront our fears from the safety of our reading chairs. No punches are pulled: Karen takes aim at the Bush Administration, Ann Coulter (thanks Karen), cowardly clergy, but most endearingly, herself.
I'll be purchasing a few copies of WYJN for Christmas this year. It's a worthy read.
Through a catalytic, real life drama of a woman straddled and hog-tied on a bed, gun barrel dug into her chest as well as Karen's personal fears and experiences as a daughter, mother, reporter and Christian-- several important sub-themes are well illustrated. God is not a God of retribution but of redemption, faith in a God of retribution produces a fear-filled, bent-out of-shape life, and, until we come to know the God of the Bible--Who is love--we can't have a healthy relationship with Him.
Karen supports her main points citing just how dark lives of fear rather than lives of faith can become. Groups and individuals who demand control use fear as stimuli to keep their members in line be they Christian, Muslim or secular. "Fear makes our world smaller." (Favorite quote)
Karen brings home the point that a merely academic faith has all the same characteristics of a life lived in fear. This is where I most closely identify with the author's experience. She recounts, "I was a person who could spout all the right things about God but I wasn't in a right relationship with Him."
Focusing on the dysfunctional religion-of-right-answers versus a life of faith Karen gets the pedal to the metal. She shows how fear produces a culture of isolation and extremism while a life of faith in Jesus will supply whatever is needed for us as well as the needs of those He places in our path.
God will never abandon us whatever the circumstances look like. He is present and He powerful against our real enemy, fear. Fear is a fallen angel, a defanged and beaten foe, beaten forever on the cross of Jesus Christ. That's what I got out of this book. Good book!
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