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I am not a Christian.
The fact that I cringe a bit typing that phrase is the basis of why I enjoyed listening to this audio book so much.
Craig and Jason tell the compelling story of how they get the word out that Jesus loves all people, not just all Christians or potential Christians. They say the proper role of a Christian is to demonstrate God's love, not His condemnation. Along the way. they criticize the church for practicing "believe, behave, belong" while Jesus preached "belong, believe, behave". I can relate to that.
Though I was raised in a non-religious family, I always envied believers for the comfort and belonging their belief brought them. But my attempts at joining a Christian group were not comfortable for me because it seemed that if I heard their message then decided against joining, I would be damned. That had an element of extortion to me. The other thing that really put me off was that if I ACCEPTED their belief, I'd have to believe my mom (long past away) was damned. That to me was a no-win offer.
In a nutshell, these 2 men present a much more loving and accepting vision of Jesus than anything I've heard before. It's also a well-written, easy listen with some pretty engaging stories of loss, acceptance, service and redemption. With a sprinkling of humor along the way.
If you want to learn more about them, their website is http://www.jesuslovesyou.net/.
I have to assume I'm alone in my review of this audio book because mainstream Christians are put off by their message of unconditional love and service. (In fact, Craig talks about being denounced as the "porn star pastor" among other things by conservative Christians.) Perhaps non-Christians just think "oh great, more Christian propaganda".
Say what you will about their beliefs, they walk the talk.
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