Friday, February 15, 2013

Jesus Is _____. By Judah Smith (Book Review)

Jesus Is : Find a New Way to Be Human, Judah Smith

Christianity as a whole has made Jesus into a dull, dry rule maker who is distant at best.  In the book Jesus Is_____., author Judah Smith presents a much more personable Jesus.   He also leaves the adjective placement to the reader, making one stop and think of who is Jesus to me?

As Smith learned, asking a variety of people to fill in the blank of Jesus Is ______, can come up with responses that vary from profound and funny, to bizarre and even perverse.  Yet none of those answers surprise Jesus.

An individual or a church who is wanting to impact their community might find this book really helpful.  People aren’t looking for a dull, boring list of can and cant’s.  Rather, people are looking for a real person who can be real, and with whom they can be real.  Jesus Is.

Smith dives into topics such as:

Jesus Is Your Friend
Jesus Is Grace
Jesus Is The Point
Jesus Is Happy
Jesus Is Here
Jesus Is Alive

Now, if by chance you are a really legalistic type person who thinks Christianity is void of humor and joy, this probably isn’t going to be one of your favorite reads.  Judah Smith (who is a pastor by the way) is a wonderful writer who ads his own flavor, and his flavor is a bit spicy.  Spicy is good. Humor is good.

You can order your copy of Jesus Is______ directly from Thomas Nelson Publishing.    If you are looking for a good small group class or topic, this may be a good start for you.   There is a Jesus Is DVD Based Study Kit ($39.99),  Jesus Is DVD ($26.99), and a Jesus Is Participants Guide ($10.99) also available. 

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing for review purposes only.  I received no other compensation for my review, nor was I required to write a positive review.

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