He does a good job of describing the differences between religion and Jesus and how/why to focus on Jesus. He also gives a good description of what we should consider to be a church. It would certainly be good reading for someone who makes the claim that they are a Christian based on the perspective that he describes in this book.
This book is a great read for anyone at any stage of their walk with Christ. I think that book is even better for a non believer who may struggle with accepting Christ because of how the 21st Century church and the media has painted Christianity out to be. Great book.
I just started this book and was drawn to it by the sticker on the front showing it discounted. However, on the reverse the store I shop for Bibles, etc had it marked to $3.99. It is like a diamond in the rough. His story of making his GF an idol really struck home. It brought to mind the people who jumped out of windows and put pistols to their heads when the stock market crashed in 1929. Those who did so were so identified with their wealth, that when their wealth was "gone" there was no point in their being around anymore. They seem to have forgotten we enter this life with "nothing". We may have rich parents but we bring nothing with us and we leave taking nothing with us. I learned long ago that it was "religion" that killed Christ. Taking that a step further it was also "us" who by our sinful lives crucified Christ. There are some people who think that belonging to the "right" church or having the "right" religion is what will determine if they are judged to be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven or "cast out" into outer darkness. The words of Jesus make it clear that the way to destruction is wide and broad and many will go there while straight and narrow is the way that leads to life and few will find it. After reading this book one needs to re-read "Proverbs and Ecclesiastes"(boy I had to look up that spelling) and remember what conclusions Solomon came to. All of us are just "passing through". Just look at any cemetery as you drive by. Most of us will not be remembered 100 years from now and anything and everything we ever had will be in someone else's hands.
I bought this book, based on the cover and what was on the back of the book...be honest, I didnt really get what this author was trying to say. I read it through fairly quickly, and as I often do, I re-read it again, more slowly and thoughtfully. I STILL didnt get it. I believe that Mr. Bethke was trying to tell the readers, that we are to trust in Jesus, not church/denomination rules and regulations..