Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved.
Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” The four-minute video of Bethke’s spoken-word performance literally became an overnight sensation, with seven million YouTube views in its first forty-eight hours (and 24+ million within a year). The message hit like a blizzard on social-media sites and in forwarded e-mails, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged.
In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks the stark contrasts that he drew in the poem - contrasts between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor, he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior.
Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he’s not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something, soul-starved searcher who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.
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An amazing book from a young person who knows what we must focus on. It is all about Jesus. The church is becoming of this world. Focus on Christ!
all of it
the struggles he went through
Jesus is the Answer!
I would definitely recommend this book!
I loved it all,
Yes! This is a book that is hard to put down,
This is such a wonderful inspiring book!
Of course! Narrated by Jeff himself. If you want to see what it's like, just watch one of his youtube videos and it's basically hours of that.
What his youtube video and you can see him for yourself.
No film needed because he already has his youtube videos.
Keep it up Jeff! You bring people closer to Jesus, including myself. Thanks for your wisdom and thank God for blessing you with your gift. I've been recommending your book to my friends.
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