Reading the Gospels without knowing the personality of Jesus is like watching television with the sound turned off. The result is a dry, two dimensional person doing strange, undecipherable things.
In Beautiful Outlaw, John Eldredge removes the religious varnish to help readers discover stunning new insights into the humanity of Jesus. He was accused of breaking the law, keeping bad company, heavy drinking. Of being the devil himself. He was so compelling and dangerous they had to kill him. But others loved him passionately. He had a sense of humor. His generosity was scandalous. His anger made enemies tremble. He'd say the most outrageous things. He was definitely not the Jesus of the stained glass.
In the author's winsome, narrative approach, he breaks Jesus out of the typical stereotypes, just as he set masculinity free in his book, Wild at Heart. By uncovering the real Jesus, readers are welcomed into the rich emotional life of Christ. All of the remarkable qualities of Jesus burst like fireworks with color and brilliance because of his humanity.
Eldredge goes on to show readers how they can experience this Jesus in their lives every day. This book will quicken readers' worship, and deepen their intimacy with Jesus.
©2011 John Eldredge (P)2011 Hachette
This was a great book to clear out the cobwebs of overly religious views of who Jesus is. We accept so many ugly, impotent ideas about Jesus - read this book. Re-read the gospels and be re-introduced to the most amazing man to ever live.
It brings to light several context clues in the Gospels that I otherwise might miss when reading them with my 21st century eyes. It made me appreciate the personal touch Jesus brought to his ministry and how every person's story matters.
Unfortunately, no. I loved the content of the book, but it was often overshadowed by Eldredge's rather smug and patronizing performance. Felt like I was being read a bedtime story by Goofy the Dog.
Maybe pick up a text version instead...
I never wanted to put this book down. I know however, that putting it down and picking up your attic would be the best way to absorb the information. John does an excellent job relating to our lives and speaking as if he was in person and you living room right now.
it's an interesting take on the personality of Jesus! It will for sure make you search the scriptures to seek the full truth of who Jesus really is.
I recommend that you listen to it at 1.2x speed to listen at a more exciting pace.
I rarely write book reviews but this one deserves it. This book was a gift from Jesus to my soul. It addressed a number of my deepest frustrations with the bible and revealed that I've held a mistaken view of Jesus and his personality. I now feel free to enjoy and explore my relationship with Jesus in a totally new way.
This book is a delightful confirmation of the many God winks I have experienced in life. Interspersed with scripture, personal testimonies, and insight; this book challenges you to truly fall in love with Jesus.
The narrator is a great asset to this book as well as he makes this a very personal account.
If only people dared to love Jesus so freely.
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