Wonder where Jesus has gotten to lately? In Jesus Died for This? religious satirist Becky Garrison's search for the risen Christ first takes us where Jesus isn't before suggesting where he may be. Provocative, entertaining, and abundantly relevant, this book reminds us that if we truly seek to be more grace-filled, we'd do well to be more graceful in the pursuit.
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Jesus Died for This? is a travelogue of a religious satirists search for the risen Christ. The journey starts with an evangelical press trip to Israel in January 2007 and concludes with the 2008 presidential election results.
Becky Garrison is a Contributing Editor for Sojourners. Her books include The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail, Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church, and Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church. Her additional writing credits include work for The Wittenburg Door, Geez, Killing the Buddha, and Religion Dispatches, as well as various other odd and sundry publications.
A common stereotype of a religious person is someone with a dour face, hands clasped in prayer while sternly warning others about the dangers of the flesh. Author Garrison (Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church), contributing editor for Sojourners, blows that image away and helps all Christians laugh at themselves and the crazy ways they misunderstand Jesus. The authors irreverent style is charming, but she does not use humor as a crutch; she clearly comprehends the Christian tradition and calls both progressive and conservative believers to task for misrepresenting the faith. The gospel, she contends, should not be twisted to fit personal agendas. Garrison reports on her travels to the Holy Land and across the U.S., all the while astutely observing and commenting on a variety of religious lifestyles and traditions. Never missing an opportunity to get a laugh, the authors stories are peppered with jokes and tongue-in-cheek commentary about how Christians have lost Jesus. As with any comic, some of the humor misses the mark, but the gist is clear: Christians must examine the core of their faith, understand that religion is not all about me, and, most important, share a good laugh. (July)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.