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...
Helped me to better understand my ability to be one with Jesus. The mentioned in the book Be cuning like snakes yet soft as doves brought much more depth to reality.
I'm recommending this book to everyone that will give me two listening minutes. I grew up in the church. This book is very helpful to bring Jesus from the pictures and story book and makes him real. He is shown as a human and explains some things that we're funny that I never read or heard like that my whole life! Read it... please!
life changing, poignant Bible passages brought to life and alliterating who Jesus really is. lifting the spiritual hog to discover the playfulness and depth to Jesus' personality! Love this book!!
I love how John portrays Jesus' spirit, conviction, love, and friendship! What a friend we have! How cool the reminder that Jesus gets this humanity thing! He knows what we feel, our struggles, our suffering, but also our joy, silliness, and need for companionship!
Never have I listen to a book that has resonated more with me! This book help me understand so much about Jesus ever heard Heard in my 30 years of churchgoing.
I didn't get much out of this read. I think this book is best suited for new believers who haven't known Jesus for very long or don't know Him at all. I hope this doesn't sound like negative review; I'm just saying I didn't get much out of the read.
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