Jesus With Dirty Feet Christianity for the Curious & Skeptical  -     By: Don Everts
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Jesus With Dirty Feet Christianity for the Curious & Skeptical

Inter-Varsity Press / 1999 / Paperback

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Most folks think of Jesus as the man who started Christianity. But it turns out he wasn't just a man, and he didn't just start Christianity. Most folks think of Jesus as an other-worldly religious leader, a great moral teacher, or maybe they don't think of him at all. But he had dirty feet, partied, cooked breakfast and got himself killed. If you've never looked closely at the Christian faith or if you've dismissed it as irrelevant, you owe yourself a glance at a Jesus unencumbered by stereotypes. You might be surprised by what you see.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 7 X 4.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0830822062
ISBN-13: 9780830822065
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Most folks think of Jesus
as the man who started Christianity. But it turns out
he wasn't just a man,
and he didn't just start Christianity. Most folks think of Jesus
as an other-worldly religious leader,
a great moral teacher,
or maybe they don't think of him at all. But he had dirty feet,
partied,
cooked breakfast
and got himself killed. Who was this guy?
Why did people hate him so much? And why should I care? Whether you've never looked closely at the Christian faith or you've dismissed it as irrelevant, you owe yourself a glance at a Jesus unencumbered by stereotypes. You might be surprised at what you see.

Author Bio

Don Everts is Minister of Outreach at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in Chesterfield, Missouri, where he spends time cultivating relationships with people who are generally skeptical Christians with a passion for evangelism and global justice. He previously served as an area director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boulder, Colorado. Most of Don's books are inspired by students. came from a summer of pick-up basketball with a group of Boulder locals. came from helping college men through temptations. The One Guy's Head Series came from an argument with a friend. In college, Don majored in English and enjoyed courses in philosophy, religion and sociology. He loves books and reads broadly—from Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky to cyberpunk writer William Gibson. and are among his favorite magazines. Don Everts's latest work for Likewise is the One Guy's Head Series.

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  1. Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sensitive Straight-Talk
    July 30, 2014
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Jesus with Dirty Feet is a book of sensitive straight-talk.

    At first I was going to say that Don Everets takes us back to "bare bones Christianity," but that's not the best phrase.

    He isn't explaining the skeletal structure of a religion, he's painting a portrait of a people and their King.

    He starts with one Man (who had been born on a specific day in history- unmarked except that shepherds saw angels, in an ordinary birth as women know it, but to a virgin girl) and the Man is now grown up and spreading Good News.

    His message is disarming and terrifying, simple and risky. It demands your whole life but he tells you to give it day by day. Jesus said "Follow me."

    And people did. And do. Always they follow with fear and desires waging war inside them, with pain and sickness crippling them, with poverty or wealth distracting them, with liberal and conservative politics mixing into the faith and skewing things and with pettiness and large hearted generosity mingled together. As Rich Mullins sang, "I may falter in my steps, but never beyond Your reach."

    And along the way we- those people- picked up steeples and Sunday clothes and systematic theology, and we try so hard to make Christian nations and explain God's word.

    And we forget the Man who is the Only Reason to be a Christian.

    (This man who was so crazy and unquestionably Good that He must be God.)

    And whenever we glimpse Him again, we find Him perpetually startling and infinitely comforting.

    This book helps.
  2. Daniel Ross
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    November 17, 2009
    Daniel Ross
    This book often doesn't match with what the Bible teaches. The chapter on Jesus was the most frustrating because every page he contradicted scripture or made leaps of logic. On page 28-29, Everts says, "He never spoke vaguely...Jesus spoke in the language of parables. Using crystal-clear metaphors..."Jesus used temple in reference to his own body (John 2:19) without explaining: vague. No one understood the parables (Matt 13) hence Jesus' expanations to the disciples. They ask Jesus,"Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field": confusing. On page 52 he tells the parable of the sower (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8), stating that most people didn't want this kind of teaching, "So most just walked away dissapointed." The Bible doesn't mention anyone leaving dissapointed. The crowds stayed through all of the parables (that they didn't understand) and it was JESUS who left THEM (Matt 13:53, Mark 4:35, Luke 8:19-21). In chapter 6, Everts calls prayer, "enjoyable, satisfying, comfortable"(pg 86) accrediting this definition to Jesus (missed that verse). Three pages later (pg 89) he tells the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14) referencing the tax collector's prayer: beating himself on the chest, saying, "Lord, have mercy on me a sinner" afraid to lift his eyes to heaven. Everts comment is, "Prayer is ... a time to relax and be honest." The tax collector is not relaxed, nor is his prayer "enjoyable, satisfying, comfortable". Sometimes talking to God is hard. These are just a few of the problems with this book. I think the author used a poetic feel good style and anything that detracted from that was omitted or changed. If you want to know Jesus, go search for him in the Bible, God promised that if we search for Him with our whole heart, we will find Him (Jer 29:13). Jesus wasn't very accepting of people who just kinda wanted to know Him (Matt 8:18-22; Matt 16:24-28; Mark 12: 41-44; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 12:8-12; Mark 7:24-30).
  3. Jerry Rogers
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    July 27, 2008
    Jerry Rogers
    My youth just finished a summer camp utilizing this book. Much of what is said in the book is absolutely right on, but there is some error the author has allowed. Jesus did wear religious garments and Jesus did write a theological treatise.
  4. jonathan soweidy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 25, 2003
    jonathan soweidy
    This is the new More than a Carpenter. Christians can be challenged with their perception of Jesus, and non christians can finally read a book about Jesus without being bored. A must read for all.
  5. Jill Murman Payne
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 1, 2000
    Jill Murman Payne
    I highly recommend this book, both for mature Christians who want a fresh perspective on their beliefs, and especially for anyone who's searching for Jesus without the cliches and stereotypes.The author uses a technique called "sense lines," which almost look like free-verse poetry. The words are simple but the effect is deeply moving, and very effective.I was told this little book is actually a long tract, and I intend to purchase a couple of copies and distribute them to friends and family.
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