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.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. The above review is my personal opinion.
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.
If I could pick one word to describe Jesus Is ______________. It would be challenging. Judah challenges the reader to expand their thinking of their perception of who Jesus is. He lays out the goodness and Love of God so well and undeniably. Truly a thought provoking, deep, paradigm shifting book, all in a easy to understand , relatable way. If you're ready to go to a whole another level, Christian or not, young or old, a baby or adult believer, this book is for you.
This excellent new book is written for people in today's world. This book introduces the non believer as well as Christians to a whole new way of thinking about Jesus and His purpose. This book will challenge the strong held traditions and misconceptions about Jesus that many people hold onto.
The author invites the reader to think about who Jesus is and what Jesus means. You will be challenged to fill in the blank with what he or she feels Jesus means. Additionally, the author takes the reader on a journey that focuses on the traits of Christ and how the reality of Jesus as depicted in the bible stands in direct opposition to the myths that society and traditional religions have created.
For example the author points out that "in reality, for many people, the greatest hindrance to receiving the grace of God is not their scandalous sins- it's their empty good deeds". (page 15) Many readers may be offended by this confrontation. But its the truth that Jesus taught- about salvation based on grace and not works. Smith continues on, by using biblical passages and stories to illustrate the concepts and points. He provides several examples from the gospels where repentant sinners such as tax collectors were justified in contrast to the hypocritical Pharisees.
This great book is divided into several sections based on a specific trait of Jesus in which The Jesus Is _______ (blank) is filled with a specific adjective. For example, the blank is filled with the following adjectives and descriptions: friend, grace, point, happy, here and alive. Each trait is covered in three chapters for clarity. The author speaks to the reader in easy to understand language that is true to biblical teaching. He combines biblical accuracy with a personal tone which is sure to draw readers of all ages; believers and nonbelievers alike. The format of the book encourages the reader to fill in the blanks with their own descriptions of who Jesus is.
I would like to thank BookSneeze for providing me with this excellent book for the purpose of writing this review!