There are few books that will truly cause a revolution in the hearts and minds of believers and unbelievers alike. This book is one of them.
Life is all about Jesus. And when we know who we are in Jesus our lives are transformed by His infinite grace and we find ourselves living the expansive life that God intended for us. (I think that I just used the word life a lot!)
Jesus Is______. will hold you spellbound as Pastor Judah unfolds the goodness, the greatness, the relentless love of our God and Savior. Pastor Judah writes without pretension and is so very transparent throughout the book, recognizing his own struggles and gratefully acknowledging the work of grace in his own life.
My husband and I read this book together on a road trip (don't worry, he drove and I read aloud to him). By the time we arrived home we were so absolutely overwhelmed by the depth of love that was revealed to us through the book.
For ministry leaders the team has put together a great resource for you- the dvd and curriculum will help you take the message of Jesus Is_____. and teach it to your small group.
JESUS IS ________. Find A New Way To Be Human by Judah Smith. Not sure who Jesus is then here is a book that will help you find out. Judah Smith writes in a way that is very easy to understand who Jesus is. He offers scripture verses to reveal the truth about Jesus. I found many down to earth stories about the author's life that many people would not have revealed about themselves. The author opens many doors of understanding and gives you the desire to know Jesus for who He really is. This book is for the lifelong follower, the new believer and for those who have not made that most important decision about Jesus and to accept Him as their personal savoir. Jesus is a new and better way to be human and is all anyone needs. Jesus is grace. Jesus is a friend.
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Honestly, I liked the book. It was easy to read because Smith uses a friendly tone and sprinkles in humor. Some people may be thrown by his humor. I'll admit one or two of his sentiments startled me, but I think the humor has a place. The book is written for a modern culture, and is quite seeker friendly. The humor is effective and his illustrations and depictions of some Biblical passages will reach an audience that no studious, word analysis book would.
For the most part, I enjoyed his wit and candor, but I appreciated his thoughts more. He sought to show the readers more about Jesus, and he succeeded. Smith used large portions of Biblical text and presented themes from the texts for readers to consider. While there were times the Bible student in me wanted to do a word analysis or question Smith on some minute point, I sensed this was unnecessary. Given the book as a whole, I felt Smith projected accurate facets of who Jesus is.
The book has a subtitle: Find a New Way to Be Human. The main part of the book tells who Jesus is, but the end of the book ties who Jesus is with who we could be, which is more like Jesus. His application was specific and feasible for those who believe in Jesus.
Both seekers and Christians will find value in reading this book.
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Jesus is ____. How would you finish that sentence?
The subject is there, and so is the verb, but what comes next? Your answer could shed light on the path to becoming who you were made to be.
In these pages, Judah Smith fills out that sentence again and again, each time further revealing the character of Jesus. He writes as if to a friend, illustrating the importance of Christ's message to modern men and women. This is a book for new believers, for lifelong followers, and for the merely curious. Judah Smith shows us the Jesus that somber paintings and hymns fail to capture. With passion, humor, and conviction, he shows that Jesus is life. Jesus is grace. Jesus is your friend. Jesus is a new and better way to be human.
A great and often much-needed reminder of what we should be: "Christianity is about Jesus". Basic, right? Yet so often we get it wrong. Smith shares the guiding principle for his initial campaign, "I didn't want to promote our church. I didn't want to promote a doctrine. I just wanted people to think more about Jesus". I like the simple yet powerful mission statement for the Church: "to show you who Jesus is". Is that the daily mission of the groups that we belong to?
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I love Juda Smith's writing style. His sense of humor makes the book enjoyable and adds what is often missing from today's Christian life...FUN and laughter. In Jesus Is, Smith explores various characteristics of who Jesus is, helping the reader to see him in a personal way. Some people may take offense at Smith's sense of humor. Those who aren't as "churchy" will enjoy the book more.