Mud and the Masterpiece: Seeing Yourself and Others Through the Eyes of Jesus  -     By: John Burke
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Mud and the Masterpiece: Seeing Yourself and Others Through the Eyes of Jesus

Baker Books / 2013 / Hardcover

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Why did folks who seemed far from God become devoted followers of Christ? Maybe it's because Jesus saw precious works of art beneath the mud of sin, anxiety, and fear! Exploring Jesus' encounters with "messy" people, Burke shows how to restore others to God through speaking the truth in love, respecting freedom, sharing pain, and more. 304 pages, hardcover from Baker.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801015251
ISBN-13: 9780801015250
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Why were sinners so attracted to Jesus yet repelled by the religious? It had everything to do with the heart of Jesus. They sensed that Jesus was for them--not against them. When broken, sinful people feel repelled by Christians, we must assess whether our hearts reveal the heart of God or reflect the heart of the Pharisees. Through this engaging study of Jesus's encounters with imperfect people, combined with real-life stories of ordinary people having Christlike impact, readers will learn how to show unshockable love toward those around them.

Author Bio

John Burke is the author of No Perfect People Allowed and Soul Revolution, and the founder with his wife, Kathy, of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas. John is also the president of Emerging Leadership Initiative (ELI), a nonprofit organization, working to help church-planting pastors and ordinary Christians "raise the church out of the culture." John has spoken in fifteen countries to hundreds of thousands of church leaders and Christians about reaching a postmodern, post-Christian culture. He and his family live in Austin, Texas.

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  1. Skiatook, Ok
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life changing
    July 6, 2013
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    Skiatook, Ok
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    I would have never considered myself a Pharisee before reading this book. Now I am careful not to place my value on a person but see them as a masterpiece the way The Master does.
  2. Austin, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A MUST READ
    March 11, 2013
    Jean West
    Austin, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book has changed me in ways I could not have forseen. Before reading this book I saw people as either saved (I smile--You are my kin) or not saved (frown, sadness, frustration, ahrrr). But I am so happy to report, this book has taught me to pray for God to help me see people as Jesus sees them. It's taught me to love on people regardless of where they are with God, just as Jesus does. Because of this book I can now say proudly: I am a reformed Pharisee!...(well, working on it)....This book grabbed my heart and shook it like a rag doll!...I know it sounds strange, and it is hard to explain, but it is as though I needed to be given permission to love those who reject Jesus. Well, this book's done that and much more. I now feel I am free to love without reservations or judgment. Even if you don't see yourself as a Pharisee (I never saw myself as one-EVER), this book will change you from the inside out. A MUST READ!
  3. Miami, Fl
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A timely book for the church today.
    February 1, 2013
    Wendy Kauffman
    Miami, Fl
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Survey Says...We just conducted a national survey of American Christians based on a study I did comparing the attitudes and actions of Jesus with those of the religious Pharisees. Survey says? 86% of all Christians are more like the Pharisees in either attitude, action, or both. Before you say, "Not me," let me give you a few of the discoveries I explore in Mud and the Masterpiece. Because I'm convinced there are many shades of gray between being Christ-like and subtly Pharisaical." John Burke

    I moved to Miami a little over a year ago to start a ministry for the poor and to plant a church. One startling statistic that we learned was that only 3% of the population in the greater Miami area go to church. That means 97% of the people don't. That statistic resonates every day for us. We keep asking ourselves why. I believe that this book helps to really uncover the reasons why so many don't want to go to church or have anything to do with God, but even better helps to unpack what we can do about it!

    I really believe this book is bringing a message for the church today. A message we desperately need to not just hear, but also to be living out! What I love about this book is it gives us steps to follow and thought provoking questions to answer and ideas on how to live out what we are learning. John has done such an amazing job communicating God's heart for us and others through a candid look at the Life of Jesus in The Gospels. It is a must read for Christians today!
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