• It's Not What You Think

  • Why Christianity Is So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die
  • By: Jefferson Bethke
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Bethke
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (509 ratings)

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It's Not What You Think

By: Jefferson Bethke
Narrated by: Jefferson Bethke
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Publisher's Summary

Join Jefferson Bethke, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus > Religion, as he challenges the accepted view of contemporary Christianity with the world-changing message that Jesus actually brought.

Jesus was most upset at people for seeing but not seeing. For succumbing to the danger and idolatry of forcing God into preconceived human ideals. But what if there were a better way? What if Jesus came not to help people escape the world but instead to restore it?

It's Not What You Think tells the familiar stories of the scripture in a radically new light, presenting God's unchanging truths from the Old and New Testaments as the challenging story that it is: a mysterious, compelling narrative with God at the center.

Along the way, Bethke reminds us of the life-changing message of Jesus that turned the world upside-down—a world that God is putting back together—teaching us how to:

  • Uncover our true purpose and satisfy our longing for significance
  • Find the kingdom of God wherever we are
  • Embrace the gifts of fellowship and community

Praise for It's Not What You Think:

"With a deep discernment of the times we're living in, Jefferson spotlights many misinterpreted truths in the Bible and puts a voice to the true heart of God's Word. His desire to bring us into a more intimate encounter with God jumps off of each page. Christians need this book—now more than ever!"—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author of Forgiving What You Can't Forget and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

"It's easy to get stuck in life. To let our faith grow stagnant, our walk grow weary, and our hope grow silent. Jefferson isn't okay with that and has created a book that turns what we think we know upside down. Creative, honest, refreshing. I'm a huge fan of the heart that explodes from this book."—Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work & Never Get Stuck

©2015 Jefferson Bethke (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Great Read

I absolutely loved it. Your perspective on life, duty, and God is very interesting. I could not stop listening to the audiobook. It is amazing.

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Amazing perspective

I loved that Jeff narrated his own book, made it more personal. I am also blown away by his maturity and knowledge of scripture and history. It definitely helped bring me closer to God and have a heart focused on Jesus again. Thank you Jeff!!

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GREAT A-HA MOMENT

A wonderful book to listen to. I listened a 2nd time and learned so much more about myself and other thoughts that changed my mind and opened my viewing on issues as well. J B reads the book very well and I did not want to stop listening.

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Just beautiful

Fine narration and kept looking forward to the next chapter
it's just on point, thank you

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Utterly Shocking Revelations

Listening to this book was like an amazing love story on film. I was saddened to reach the end.

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Inspiring

I found this book very inspiring and educational. It gave me more of an understanding of many things in life and in the Bible.

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Another Excellent book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because it was an Excellent Book.

What other book might you compare It's Not What You Think to and why?

His first book because it moved at his same calming pace

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No went thru it at night

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Waiting on next book

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AMAZING

This book is so soul filling. I loved every single minute of it! Nicely written. 💖💖

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Such an incredible book! This has helped me understand so much of what I was feeling and thinking. This book has helped me grow so much.

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Not what I had hoped

Geared more for college students. The information was basic and the stories used to illustrate different points were based of young experiences. Hard to relate to as an adult.



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  • 06-07-18

The way you never perceived, but everything you need to believe

Love is the name of the game, you don’t just subscribe to it. You gotta like and then share it. Life changing read. 1 Corinthians 13.

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  • 06-20-17

Great book!

I loved this book! Bethke speaks with so much passion and explains aspects of Christianity in an easy to understand way and links these aspects to our everyday life. I will definitely be re-reading this book!

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  • 07-03-16

life changing!

Totally awesome! Just what I needed to here this book has helped incredibly! thank you so much!

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  • Lauren Nelson
  • 11-05-15

Eduacational, Eye-opening and Inspirational.

Would you consider the audio edition of It's Not What You Think to be better than the print version?

I absolutely loved actually hearing the book read out by the Author himself, Jefferson Bethke has a way of getting his message across; and his message is strong. He has broken through barriers that have kept me from freely knowing God and excepting that what Jesus has done, he's done for me and that I am free to be me and to be loved.

What other book might you compare It's Not What You Think to, and why?

None that I have ever read have compared. I have never been left with such relief and overwhelming weightlessness from reading one book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Jeff explains that God pitched his tent with us, walks the earth with us, stands out but then there's also the part when he talks about loving even those that are our enemies,those that wish us harm, because that is what Jesus is -Love.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yep, it definitely kicked me in the feelers. The feelings that I experienced while having Jefferson read his book to me can't really be put into words; but I was crying with a smile.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Jefferson Bethke, for your clarity, for sharing it in such a way that others can understand. For me, the bible is one giant riddle that I so desperately wish to understand (and maybe learning Hebrew will help, you've made me want to learn the language that Jesus spoke when he walked among us and to really understand the meaning behind every word he uttered)You managed to get me past some of my highest and toughest barriers to getting closer to Jesus, so thank you so very much. Words will never be enough to express how grateful I am to you.