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Publication Date: 2013
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved.
Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus." The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged.
In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks similar contrasts that he drew in the poemhighlighting the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior.
Bethke is quick to acknowledge that hes not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.
Jefferson Bethke is the author of New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion. Bethkes message connects at a heart level with an audience ranging from atheists to nationally recognized religious leaders. He lives in Maui, Hawaii.
Eve5 Stars Out Of 5Jesus > ReligionJuly 17, 2015EveQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I would recommend this to the those who are struggling with faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is better. He is the one we worship not "the church".
Paul KPittsburgh, PAAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Good Book!January 22, 2015Paul KPittsburgh, PAAge: 45-54Gender: MaleHe 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.
Thinman5 Stars Out Of 5Both young and oldOctober 23, 2014ThinmanExcellent for both young and old.
BuckWest Point, GaAge: 18-24Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5RevolutionaryAugust 21, 2014BuckWest Point, GaAge: 18-24Gender: MaleQuality: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
JonathanALBANY,NYAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5JESUS>RELIGIONAugust 10, 2014JonathanALBANY,NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
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