This read really caught my attention from the endorsements, through the forward and introduction, all the way until the last discussion question. I have one word for it all, "Simple". I have over complicated a lot of things in my life, and this book challenges me to read the Word of God for what it really is and for what it really says. Instead of trying to over complicate instructions, teachings, and stories; Jeff helps readers to return to the basics of what our walk with Jesus is about.
The words in this book are the words I've been searching for all along. The thoughts are my thoughts through and through. In most cases, I believe readers will find themselves in this work of art. It's no mistake that Jeff is skilled at writting, yet he does it in a way that relates to all believers.
For most Christians, I will encourage this read. Challenge yourself to what's written in the pages. If you don't necessarily agree with something written, find that clarity for yourself. Stop letting others tell you how to walk with Jesus, and discover what Jeff is trying to tell a generation, "Why He is so much better than trying harder, doing more, and being good enough."
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September 24, 2018
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In his first book, Jesus > Religion, Jefferson Bethke helps us understand that there is a big different between the rule-keeping of religion and the freedom in obedience we should have in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. After his spoken word on the same subject when viral (Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus), Jeff decided he wanted to write a book to further explain his position. The result is a book that takes much of what we thought we knew about Christianity and turns it on its head. He breaks down many of the issues that subscribing to a religion brings and points to the greater ways that Jesus taught throughout His ministry. When we are able to truly learn that we have receive grace as soon as we accept it, it will allow to live a more abundant life that is not bogged down by rule-keeping. However, we do also learn that grace doesn’t absolve us from sin, but instead allows us to have hope that we can remain anchored in Christ, even if we mess up, as long as we have an attitude of repentance. These truths and much more are told within the framework of the spoken word that inspired the book as well as personal stories from his own life that make his points relevant. Although this was Jeff’s first book, published when he was only twenty-three, this book has a wisdom beyond his years. His theology is strong, but his writing is understandable to everyone and relevant to all of us. I honestly think that every Christian needs to read this book. Get your copy today!
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September 21, 2017
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I have never read a book this spiritually enriching. I was worried about this book being too "teenager y", it is far from so. I can't even put into words how great this book is, it gets to the core and focuses on Jesus, the way it should be. I'm about 3/4 through this book and it continues to be a simple style conversational writing. I'm learning so many things I have not ever thought of from this book. My world is full of stress and chaos right now and this book and Jesus are the only thing that seem to ease my anxieties. Great book, a must read. Thank you Jeff for writing this, it is really helping my walk.
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January 16, 2014
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I remembered seeing a brief clip of an interview with Jefferson Bethke while I was visiting my parents. I didn't think much about it, but I agreed with what he said, as did my parents. I didn't really think much more about this young inspirational speaker until recently. I've been trying put my thoughts down about growing up and being Christian in a world that somehow seems to be mostly secular. I wanted to be better able to explain to my children why loving and believing in Jesus is so essential. As I pondered the issues, I remembered that interview. I didn't remember Jefferson's name (Sorry about that, Jeff), but I goggled the main point that I remembered, which was about hate for religion, but love fore Jesus and I found his name and Youtube Videos. I watched all of them I could find and then I saw that he wrote a book, so I bought it. Jefferson seems to have a way of explaining God's love for us that is amazing. He emphasizes God's grace and forgiveness and gives us every reason to accept God's grace. Reading Jeff's book is almost like reading my own thoughts, except Jeff knows how to explain them better and he uses the Bible to back up those explanations. I especially liked his ideas about the gay community. The main point is that just because we believe that being gay goes against God's order, doesn't mean we have to hate, persecute or reject gay people. God doesn't hate gay people, he loves them, just as he loves everyone, despite our sins. I also liked how Jeff emphasized how we should never be self righteous. We don't deserve "Heaven" any more than anyone else, even if we go to Church every day. Heaven is God's gift and it belongs to everyone who choses to accept it by accepting Him. Job very well done!
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