Judah Smith, within his new book, Jesus Is_ makes clear the truth that Jesus is all that we need; that his love is all encompassing; and that his grace (mercy, compassion, justice etc) is bigger than anything that we could ever hope to fully understand.
I had the distinct privilege of reviewing the book before it's general release date, and I must say, when finished, I was excited for the content to be released. Both fresh as well as classic and ultra simplistic in it's approach, Jesus Is_ focuses on that which alone must be central_Jesus. There is little mention of religion (or the traps that come, therein); rather, Smith spends the majority of the book returning to the reality of Jesus as the alpha and the omega, in every circumstance and in every situation.
The writing is not overly complex, and the content is not overly academic. So, if you're looking for a graduate school level of communication and theology from Judah, you're not going to find it here_ and that's completely OK. The fact is, this book was written to be accessible, which it is, very much so.
Jesus Is_ is a wonderful read, chalk full of simple, Jesus centered truth.
The words Jesus, Grace, Faith... conjure up different meanings and feelings to everyone. Jack Hayford an American Pastor defines Grace as: "Grace is God meeting us at our point of need in the Person of Jesus Christ."
In his Book, Judah Smith focuses on how Jesus Is your friend, is Grace, is Happy, is Here and is Alive. This book served as a great reminder that Jesus is a friend, is grace and so many other things. It also serves as an encouragement to look at Jesus and seek Jesus more.
I enjoyed this book and it was an easy read over the course of a weekend. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times as Judah shared some comical stories, while other moments found myself in tears has he shared touching stories.
Some of my favourite quotes from the book Judah Smith wrote:
(forgive the lack of page references, I read this book my iPad and page references change depending on the size of the font.
Â· - "I wonder what Jesus said in one short afternoon that changed a lifelong taker into a lavish giver."
Â· - "Don't allow the opinions of other people to shape your concept of him."
Â· - "Get to know him for yourself, and let the goodness of God change you from the inside out."
Â· - "The common denominator is that we all need help."
Â· - "When we meet grace, it becomes the fuel of our faith."
Â· - "Grace focuses on the abundant life Jesus freely gives us."
- Check out your local bookseller to find the book for yourself, you may find yourself singing Michael Jackson's song "Human Nature" as you read it.
- Join the conversation online. Fill in the blank of what/who you think Jesus is on the book's website.
- Or follow the conversation on twitter with #JesusIs.
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This book is very innovative in its approach on a tried and true topic. The question has been asked for hundreds of years: "Who is Jesus?" The answers have been given in all sorts of different ways as many have tried to argue not only Jesus' existence, but His teachings, His miracles, His death, His burial, and certainly His resurrection. In this book, Judah Smith attempts to step around those heavy, doctrinal, salvation issues and settle on trying to express what Jesus is to those who already believe in those things. It is an encouragement to read Smith's blunt (at times) thoughts on grace. (I found his comments comparing our mistreatment of God's grace to him cheating on his wife to be especially eye-opening... Why am I not as appalled by the thought of cheating God's grace as I am of cheating on my wife?) Overall, this book is an excellent, easy read that I would recommend to anyone in the Christian faith.