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Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus | [John Eldredge]

Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    John A Gilberts Colorado Springs, CO United States 11-29-11
    John A Gilberts Colorado Springs, CO United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Great book to hit the reset button on who Jesus is"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Layton 03-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Like being read to by Goofy the Dog"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Eldredge’s performances?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe pick up a text version instead...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jwill 06-29-15
    jwill 06-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book"

    Loved the book, Eldredge does an excellent job at explaining Jesus' personality. I highly recommend it.

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    Matthew Seattle, WA 05-16-15
    Matthew Seattle, WA 05-16-15

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    "Most impactful spiritual book I've ever read"

    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.

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    PLCC 04-12-15
    PLCC 04-12-15
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    "Relationship versus religiosity"

    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.
    Delightful!

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    Donna Burns 03-06-15
    Donna Burns 03-06-15
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    "The Jesus I know!"

    I really enjoyed this book. Jesus is so wonderful, anyone who rejects him, just doesn't know him.

    Come and see! 😊

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    Maidena Young Westville, IN, US 03-06-15
    Maidena Young Westville, IN, US 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful, indeed!"

    John Eldridge made me fall in love with Jesus all over again listening to this book! I was amazed at how he told the stories I had read so many times, with such a new slant of the playfulness of Jesus. I wondered at myself for not ever seeing this! I would recommend this read over and over again. In fact, I think I will!!

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    Julesle 01-24-15
    Julesle 01-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Refreshing & heartfelt reading by the author"

    This is one book that I will definitely listen to over and over again throughout the years. Even though it's very simplistic it's also very mind blowing to knowly deep to realize the power we have with Christ in us. Full of grace and truth, this book has been a life-changer. A funny note; spell check corrected me by saying it's a "lie changer" Well, yes, it's that too!!!!

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    Ryan Fox 01-24-15
    Ryan Fox 01-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good stuff"

    If you are familiar with John's other writings, then this may seem a little redundant. However, there is so much that John has said through the years that hearing the same material different ways has helped me "get it". John does a great job of helping you understand the humanity of Jesus while not diminishing the beauty and mystery of his divinity.

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    Lauren 04-10-14
    Lauren 04-10-14
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    "Jesus truly isn't far away"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Outlaw again? Why?

    Lol this book is so enlightening and has been such a blessing my 13 year old daughter as well as myself listened to this book again and again and again!! More than I expected!!


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Outlaw to and why?

    Incomparable!!! :)


    What does John Eldredge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His animated voice and the Spirit that truly and obviously speaks through him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed and cried to point of sobbing several times throughout this book. My life with Jesus won't ever be the same :)


    Any additional comments?

    I love you Jesus!! Thank you for using your servant John Eldredge!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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