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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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    T ALEXANDER, AR, United States 12-06-12
    T ALEXANDER, AR, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Outlaw the most enjoyable?

    The fact that I could listen to the voice of the author helped me feel closer to the telling of this important piece.


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

    The thought that God is actually one who has a playful side to him and he anticipates the opportunity to spend time with us in a father role to play, discipline, and protect us on a daily basis.


    Which character – as performed by John Eldredge – was your favorite?

    There weren't any characters, really.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lois 09-27-12
    Lois 09-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Why wouldn't you like this guy!"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Outlaw?

    What the Shack showed me about the trinity, how it woke me up to love and strength,
    Beautiful Outlaw did with the Man Jesus.
    He'd laugh that I put that in capitals.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Jesus, of course...lol


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "oh ya, there's 153."


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    He did WHAT!


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    Jeffrey 09-18-12
    Jeffrey 09-18-12
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    "What would it be like with Jesus in Jerusalem?"
    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Outlaw the most enjoyable?

    Eldredge's injection of Jesus's personality based on the Gospels.


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

    How Eldredge related percieving the expression of Jesus' personality in the Gospel as similar to trying to express yourself fully on facebook or text without allowing false interpretations.


    Any additional comments?

    If you feel that the person who is Jesus seems remote to you, I reccomend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russell MAGNOLIA, TX, United States 02-26-12
    Russell MAGNOLIA, TX, United States 02-26-12
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    "Beautiful-these Apostles are you and me"
    If you could sum up Beautiful Outlaw in three words, what would they be?

    To know Jesus as a personal Savior and not as an untouchable god, WHO could deny HIS LOVE for us. Thanks for taking me fishing John. If you, the listener, feel the need to go to God via the bishop, your priest, your idol please listen to this audio and see that Jesus is with you...fishing, playing the piano, writing that letter, mourning that loss, committing that sin, he is with you - just talk to him. Jesus is with you because he loves you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Metzler - Rabbi Springfield, OR, United States 01-23-12
    Joe Metzler - Rabbi Springfield, OR, United States 01-23-12

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    "EXCELLENT !!!"
    Where does Beautiful Outlaw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    His insights into the person of Jesus and the every day surroundings He would have found Himself in


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

    HIS VOICE, being able to bring out with his voice what he was thinking when he wrote it.


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

    I would say there were 5 to 6 times. Many times I found myself laughing out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    HIGHLY Recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Verna Simonton, TX, United States 01-15-12
    Verna Simonton, TX, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love This Book"

    Presents a clear, clean, perspective on Jesus that is easily understood and down to earth. Jesus as your friend, companion, fellow human - he laughs, cries, jokes, is passionate, and loves you. You will read and highlight over and over and recommend to friends and family. I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Bakersfield, CA, United States 01-10-12
    Peter Bakersfield, CA, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful Outlaw. Wow"
    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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    Peter E. Hawley Bakersfield, CA USA 01-10-12
    Peter E. Hawley Bakersfield, CA USA 01-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful Outlaw. Wow"
    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 2014

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doreen United States 12-27-11
    Doreen United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2014
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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