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
I've read and listened to other books by John Eldredge. He always ends up forcing me to think outside the tiny and neat box that I have my faith in. To quote Mohammed Ali, Eldredge "floats like a butterfly but stings like a bee!" His language is simple and easy to follow but watch out for that "right hook" which is going to flatten your complacency and stagger your understanding of God. After reflecting about what Mr. Eldredge writes, I always end up loving God more.
The performance can have an effect on your appreciation of a book. Mr Eldredge does not have the voice of famous narrators but his genuine affection for the subject of the book becomes infectious and this overcomes any "shortfall" in the performance by my reasoning.
Okay, I know that 100% of those who read this will not love it, but most will. For those of you who don't already feel this way about Jesus, let me say the book is respectful, it's not a tongue in cheek joke book.
Thanks to BibleGateway, I've listened my way through the Bible, several times, several Bibles, different narrators. As many times as I've read the Bible, it was dry, tough to get through, read it because I was supposed to. But when I started listening to it, I started understanding it differently and I saw Jesus as not just the Son of God, but as a human. I could hear his sarcasm at the Apostles - really. How could he not get a bit frustrated as often as he had to tell them things?
The author, John Eldredge takes this even further and shows not only Jesus in the Bible but in everyday life. Jesus is all things to all people and perhaps this isn't your Jesus, but be assured this can be your Jesus.
Don't cheat yourself and Jesus by leaving him in the Bible as a two dimensional Savior. Jesus wants to give, so ask, he loves you, let him, you can have this kind of relationship with Jesus, just open your mind and your heart - he's there waiting. Don't be surprised if hear "What took you so long?"
If you already have this kind of relationship with Jesus, you will enjoy this book and perhaps, even gain more insights. If you've never had this type of relationship, but would like it, you will fall in love with this book and fall in love with Our Savior all over again. And if you are in the middle, not sure about all this - get the book, surely you can spare a few of the hours God has given you to read about His Son and enhance your life.
I enjoyed this so much, I listened to it three times in a row. Now, I'm going to try another book by this author, John Eldredge,Walking with God: Talk to Him. Hear from Him. Really. I am excited!
Tell us about yourself! WHO Cares! It's not about me!
In our western culture we are trying to put a square peg in a round hole. John helps us to shave off those corners so Jesus can be a daily part of our lives. Afterall he says, there are168 hours in a week are we really going to get all we need of Jesus in 2hrs of church on Sunday! (my paraphrase)
I've had the pleasure of seeing John live and I am so glad that he reads this audible selection. That way nothing is "lost in the translation."
Just easier to follow when I am doing other things!
Listening for second time!
In a world of atheist and agnostics and worse yet religious zealots, this book helps the reader discover the truth of Jesus, the creator of all, and His amazing personality.
Best read and favorite book so far
I only have 3 books so far
Wherever he talks about the playfulness of Jesus.
I laughed and cried.
I never saw the personality of Jesus before. There has definitly been a lot of "regligious fog" around Him. John Eldridge completely strips that away. I love that He is playful and fun!
I am listening to it again because there were points I had not understood about Jesus' life before, that changed my outlook on how I can relate to others.
This is a fresh new look of our Savior, Jesus Christ, with eyes that are not fogged by a religious haze.
It is the story of God pursuing us, his creation
The miracle of turning water into wine
Jesus as you've never seen him!
This is a must read for anyone who calls himself a Christian, or who is exploring Christianity. Come with an open mind, and it will change your perceptions of Jesus.
It is a different way to be able to "read" in the car.
Jesus is the story. It is fun to really explore the sides of Jesus that make him 3 dimensional.
Jesus as you've never known Him.
This book is incredibly helpful in allowing you to meet the "real" Jesus and not a cardboard cutout that you were introduced to in church. This is the Jesus I want to know, not Jesus "meek and mild". I love the emphasis on Jesus' human emotions. He is, after all, human.
Do you want to see the real Jesus? The Jesus who did things that makes our religious leaders uncomfortable? Ever wonder why Jesus would turn water into a couple hundred gallons of wine?
How could this Jesus be so powerful and bold when we???ve been conditioned to see someone meek & mild?
In Beautiful Outlaw, John digs into the Bible to uncover the Jesus we???ve missed.
Just in case you are wondering, I don???t work for these guys or get paid anything from them. This book has been so refreshing and a joy to listen to.
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