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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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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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    Peter Bakersfield, CA, United States 01-10-12
    Peter Bakersfield, CA, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2002
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    Where does Beautiful Outlaw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best books about Jesus I've read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is only one character. His name is Jesus.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Jesus meets the disciples after they have fished all night. The men caught nothing. When they approached shore, Jesus told them to throw their nets in a certain spot. There they caught 153 fish.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There is too much here to listen in one sitting. It is a book that must be savored and mediatated upon.


    Any additional comments?

    John Eldredge is an author who writes freshly about Jesus. Everytime he writes a book I learn something new from him. If you read this book, take your time and learn about Jesus.

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    Peter E. Hawley Bakersfield, CA USA 01-10-12
    Peter E. Hawley Bakersfield, CA USA 01-10-12 Member Since 2002
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    Where does Beautiful Outlaw rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best books about Jesus I've read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is only one character. His name is Jesus.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Jesus meets the disciples after they have fished all night. The men caught nothing. When they approached shore, Jesus told them to throw their nets in a certain spot. There they caught 153 fish.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There is too much here to listen in one sitting. It is a book that must be savored and mediatated upon.


    Any additional comments?

    John Eldredge is an author who writes freshly about Jesus. Everytime he writes a book I learn something new from him. If you read this book, take your time and learn about Jesus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Kirkland, wa, United States 01-02-12
    Gary Kirkland, wa, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Beautiful Outlaw is BRILLIANT!"
    If you could sum up Beautiful Outlaw in three words, what would they be?

    A great portrait of Christ and the relationship possible...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The


    What about John Eldredge’s performance did you like?

    He is an amazing speaker.


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

    It made me laugh and cry.


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    Doreen United States 12-27-11
    Doreen United States 12-27-11
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    "A timely message for those who really seek life!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Outlaw to be better than the print version?

    I personally like the audio, because this is a book you will listen to over and over....life changing !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Outlaw?

    When you really look at the world around you, you can discover the true personality of Jesus in how we tend to make it more religious than real! This is for those who really want to see the mysteries and wonders God has put before us, for these times ahead!


    Have you listened to any of John Eldredge’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have read most of his books which are all great ........this one is for everyone and anyone who is searching for reality and truth in everyday terms!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no.....yes because I had to hear it all but needed to listen to it again to get the depth of it all!


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    Lisa WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 12-18-11
    Lisa WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 12-18-11

    Just to set the record straight, I reviewed Meditation and Psychotherapy accidently as another book I got, unfortunately it will not allow me to change anything but the stars, Audible said you cannot change it or delete. the book is AWESOME! Tara Brach is Awesome! The book I was rating I returned and was aweful. sorry

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    What did you love best about Beautiful Outlaw?

    The expression of Jesus' personality. Explaination of it in simple terms. So simple yet so revealing of what we already know to be true but never dared to look upon because of what we have learned growing up that to look upon Jesus as only one way, our redeemer Lord, but in reality we have him as friend, companion, Savior, Lord, and one that can make us laugh, yes I said it! Laugh.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jesus. Because of his way when he was human on this earth, he was playful in charactor, yet angry when it came to religious hypocrisy and arrogance. but he was peaceful, he was a friend above all.


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

    oh wow, I dont know where to start. He brings the pure joy out of the story! Brings Jesus to life out of the book! If I had read the book I wouldnt have had Johns voice expressing the joy, laughter, playfulness.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The beginning about the fish was truly an eye opener because Jesus had risen from the dead and was so calm when he came to his diciples to ask if they had caught any fish?


    Any additional comments?

    My Doctor wrote the name of this book on a prescription pad because he knew I had some life change moments happening in my life and was full open to change. I am going to write him a thank you letter for turning me on to this book! It is a must read for every believer and non believer as well!

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    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 03-23-13
    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a senior citizen who loves a good mystery, but I object to books with profanity and explicit sexual situations.

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    "FANTASTIC!!"

    I am finding it very difficult to express how much I enjoyed this book. I've been a born-again Christian for 33 years. This book gave me a fresh view of my Lord and who He is. Folks, this is NOT church as usual. John digs deeply into just who Jesus is and presents us with a fresh drink of water. He helps to shed light on some of the questions I have had about the gospel stories. "What did the Lord mean when he said......" or "why did he say (or do) that?" This book is well-worth your money and your time. I've no doubt that I will listen to it multiple times. I plan to buy the book also, for my husband, who is not into audio books, but will definitely read this. I also plan to recommend it to friends. I enjoyed John's narration of the book very much - I came away with the feeling that he'd be a wonderful dinner guest - a winsome personality. Just in case you don't know who John is, here is his bio from his website, "Ransomed Heart Ministries":
    John Eldredge is an author (you probably figured that out), a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God's love, and learn to live in God's Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated), and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in eastern Oregon (which he loved). John met his wife, Stasi, in high school (in drama class). But their romance did not begin until they each came to faith in Christ, after high school. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly, and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Institute.

    John earned his master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, under the direction of Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons (Samuel, Blaine, and Luke), their golden retriever (Oban), and two horses (Whistle and Kokolo). While all of this is factually true, it somehow misses describing an actual person. He loves the outdoors passionately, and all beauty, Shakespeare, bow hunting, a good cigar, anything having to do with adventure, poetry, March Madness, working in the shop, fly fishing, classic rock, the Tetons, fish tacos, George MacDonald, green tea, buffalo steaks, dark chocolate, wild and open places, horses running, and too much more to name. He also uses the expression “far out” way too much.

    I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!

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