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!
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.
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...
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!!
His animated voice and the Spirit that truly and obviously speaks through him.
Laughed and cried to point of sobbing several times throughout this book. My life with Jesus won't ever be the same :)
I love you Jesus!! Thank you for using your servant John Eldredge!!!!
Yes, the content is good.
He SOoooooo OOOooovvveerrr DRaaaaawwnnn. SOOoooooo dramatic. I had to stop listening and read the last two thirds. John tries so hard to convey a message or feeling or impression that it is off putting.
I will not be listening any more John Eldredge narrated books.
Again, good book, just not as an audio selection.
The fact that I could listen to the voice of the author helped me feel closer to the telling of this important piece.
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.
There weren't any characters, really.
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.
Well, Jesus, of course...lol
"oh ya, there's 153."
He did WHAT!
Eldredge's injection of Jesus's personality based on the Gospels.
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.
If you feel that the person who is Jesus seems remote to you, I reccomend this book.
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