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Popular author and speaker Len Sweet examines the words and actions of Jesus and places them in context. We need to understand who Jesus really is if we are to follow him wholeheartedly. That is why it is so crucial to see the "rebellious rabbi" for who he is and not for who we may imagine him to be. The Bad Habits of Jesus will help you see the untamed Jesus, who isn't sanitized for our culture. That Jesus just might transform how you live out your life and advance God's Kingdom here and now.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 1.00 X 1.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1496417518
ISBN-13: 9781496417510

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Did Jesus have bad habits?
In our culture, we have a tendency to describe Jesus in ways that soften his revolutionary edge. Len Sweet uncovers and presents to us the offensive and scandalous Jesus described in the Bible.
  • Did he disappear when people needed him most? Yes.
  • Did he refuse to answer questions directly? Yes.
  • Did Jesus offend the people of his day? Absolutely, yes.
Popular author and speaker Len Sweet examines the words and actions of Jesus and places them in context. We need to understand who Jesus really is if we are to follow him wholeheartedly. That is why it is so crucial to see the “rebellious rabbi” for who he is and not for who we may imagine him to be.

The Bad Habits of Jesus will help you see the untamed Jesus, who isn’t sanitized for our culture. That Jesus just might transform how you live out your life.

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Readers of all ages and persuasions will gain new perspectives from Sweet’s different approach to the life and ministry of Jesus. His chapter titles are attention getting: “Jesus Spit,” “Jesus Procrastinated,” “Jesus Loves to Party,” etc.

Using copious biblical citations, Sweet focuses on Christ’s teaching and behavior that contradicted what people expected. He broke cultural and religious rules. He defied human authority and social convention.

Every chapter contains spiritual insights that are profound and practical. Using references to pop culture, history, and church fathers, Sweet offers relevant examples of ways to apply biblical principles and Jesus’ teaching to everyday living.

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good read that could lead to great conversations
    November 26, 2016
    HomeschoolChristianMom
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Leonard Sweet has a casual, witty writing style that includes some thought provoking one-liners. I appreciated his look at Jesus through a different lens. This book doesn't focus on Jesus as a great Teacher, although He was. It doesn't emphasize how Jesus as a great Healer, although He was. This book isn't about how Jesus counseled or how He comforted. These are all wonderful characteristics and habits of Jesus, but Leonard Sweet chose to zero in on how culturally and socially disruptive (or at least unyielding to accepted standards) Jesus was- listing one after another the "bad" habits of a sinless man.

    I found this book to be a quick read and was admittedly disappointed when the introduction shared that Sweet wrote the book in 6 weeks. Now, don't get me wrong, he is a talented writer, but I do believe had he taken longer on this project there would have been more meat to chew on while reading it. It is a good read and I think the general theme of it will stick with me longer than any particular takeaway. The concept that Jesus did not behave the way we'd likely expect our church leaders, friends, or even missionaries to is fascinating and calls for some reflection on how I view my own "Christian" life. I will stash it away on my bookshelf for my sons to read when they are in middle or high school.

    This book had several quotes which would be excellent conversation starters. I'll share some of the ones I gleaned here:

    The most creative acts in history are God-generated acts. It shouldn't surprise us that creative people are often chronic procrastinators. Creatives generate more ideas than they can pursue, which is one reason they are not the risk takers they are often made out to be. They tend to be cautious about the ideas on which they expend their energy. (pg. 18)

    Jesus' prayer time was not alone time but Father time. He was always escaping into boats, up mountains, to the water, into the desert- anywhere to grab a moment with God. These were not retreats. These were advances. (pg. 47)

    The tenor of culture has moved from the idea that everyone has a right to their own opinion to the idea that everyone's opinion is equally right. Jesus would not have made many friends with his claims and assertive manner- and he didn't. When Jesus begins citing Scripture, you know he's going to nail someone for something. (pg. 58)

    The Greatest Story Ever Told was made to resonate God int he echoes of our souls. Faith is not "to live as if the Story is true." Faith is to stake your whole life on the knowledge that the Story is true. (pg. 78)

    I would recommend this to anyone wanting to take a fresh look at Jesus as the Bible portrays Him. It can be easy to get caught up in what we think a Christian "walk" should look like or bogged down in guilt for areas we feel we don't measure up. This book opens the door for freedom to be who God called you to be rather than to try fit some type of cookie cutter mold created by the current church, the current culture, or perhaps most accurately, the current church culture.

    In the interest of full-disclosure, I received a copy of this book courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to give a positive review, my opinions are genuine.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Bad Habits
    November 21, 2016
    Gini
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    Leonard Sweet can be counted on to give his readers a good read. I think so anyway. May not like what he has to say or what he says, but the book will be very readable. He can pour on the academic stuff from time to time, but he generally leaves that for others to do. He has a way of sneaking up on the reader with a story or something that brings his point home. Sometimes the point is sharp enough to make you uncomfortable with yourself.

    The Bad Habits of Jesus he admits was written in record time, six weeks (ix), and some of it he gathered from a crowd-sourcing (x) event on his Facebook page. A new-fangled way of getting material for his book. Yes, I do look at prefaces and acknowledgements. Even introductions.

    As you might suspect Jesus bad habits are determined bad only but some that oppose/d him. His habits reveal truths about Gods love and message that are vital for us. (xv) you know that but this is a little different twist to the content, one that is not so serious that it scares you off. I want to say its more lighthearted in presentation without sacrificing the important nature of the content or the Person of Jesus. Does that work? Does for me.

    Some of the chapter titles will help maybe. Jesus Procrastinated, Jesus Offended People, Jesus Hung Out with Bad People, and Jesus Thought He was God. The chapters are not long, they held my interest, and some of them tread on my toes. Theyd make good discussion for a group and there are some questions at the end of the book to help get it started. I wouldnt read this straight through. Instead read a chapter and chew on it for a while. They will reveal more than you think.

    Would I recommend this book? Yes. Its not a Bible study though. It relies on the readers prior knowledge of the Biblical text, but the references are available in the notes for you to use if you need it. This is a food for thought book.

    I received this book from the publishers in exchange for a review.

  3. Stone Lake, WI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well-Written Message That Needs to Be Shared
    November 20, 2016
    Nellie Dee
    Stone Lake, WI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was drawn to this book because the more I've gotten to know Jesus, the more I understand that He doesn't fit in a box (nor should we) and I really wanted to understand some of the mysterious things that came out of His mouth.

    The cover is not only attractive, but it's got that soft fuzzy feel that invites you to give it an occasional stroke. I jumped right in and was very pleased.

    The author is extremely intelligent and definitely knew his stuff. I appreciated the research and little tidbits of knowledge that the author continually shared. It was wonderful to gain a greater understanding of the culture and norms of that day. I especially enjoyed learning about the wine at the wedding as well as how women were treated during the times of Jesus. The author's ability to skillfully build on his points drove comfort and healing into this woman's heart. Overall, I just kept repeating, "I love how this guy sees stuff." It made me want to hear or read more from him.

    One question I thought perhaps the author might have addressed concerning the wedding of Cana would have been whether or not the wine was really just grape juice since there are so many who think so.

    Admittedly, I had to look up quite a few words and phrases, but still some of it went over my head. For example, I did not understand the point of procrastination and music (pages 19-20). What I did understand, however, was crazy amazing.

    This is a great addition to my library. I learned a lot, was definitely encouraged and inspired as well as comforted. I plan to reread this book again or at least the half I highlighted and underlined. It is a well-written message that needs to be shared with the churched and unchurched alike.

    Thank you Tyndale House Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
  4. Chicopee, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Did Jesus Have Bad Habits?
    October 28, 2016
    wheelsms
    Chicopee, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
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    Far too often, the way we talk about Jesus tends to sanitize him and remove the revolutionary edge from his teaching. We refer to him as gentle Jesus meek and mild, and only talk about his instructions to love one another. As a result, we miss seeing the rebellious rabbi who demonstrated a number of bad habits. This is the conviction and thesis of author and speaker Leonard Sweet in his latest book, The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing us the way to live right in a world gone wrong.

    Sweets premise is that we need to fully understand Jesus for who he is if we are to follow him wholeheartedly.

    Even though Jesus was Gods Son, he had habits and behaviors that were considered bad in the eyes of the culture of his day. Some of them seem wrong even today. All of Jesus bad habits, however, reveal truths about Gods love and message that are vital for us.

    From a human perspective, Jesus demonstrated what we think are bad habits. Jesus offended people, especially those in positions of authority. He was constantly disappearing and going off by himself. Jesus told stories that didnt make sense. He loved to party and hang out with the wrong crowd. Jesus broke the rules of the day. Jesus enjoyed the company of women and children in a culture that valued neither.

    As the author explains the purpose of the book, he says that

    This is fundamentally a book about the Incarnation. Where does the Incarnation fit in terms of theology? Most see it in terms of soteriology (salvation) or eschatology (end times). But I think it properly belongs within the framework of Creation. The consummation of the original act of Creation was the once-for-all-time incarnation in Jesus and the ongoing incarnation of that once-for-all-time incarnation in each and every one of us. If Jesus had not left but stayed, he would have kept inside him what was in him. That Jesus left us and sent us the Holy Spirit meant that what was inside him was let out and now is inside us.

    That meant Jesus left us both his good and his bad habits. And in Jesus day he was most known for being bad, not good. The religious establishment of Jesus day were goodno, they were great. In fact, there was nobody better at keeping a list than the Pharisees were. The problem was they were so good, they ought they had it all wrapped up. Today, too, far too many churches are filled with people who are unrecognizable as Jesus followers due to their lack of Jesus bad habits!

    Jesus was a master at challenging convention and the status quo. But he was also a master at healing brokenness. If you want to incarnate Jesus in your life and in your church, you need to quit tallying up your good behavior and try a few of Jesus bad habits!

    Perhaps if Christ followers were less afraid of offending people and more concerned about letting people see Jesus in us, we would have a greater impact on our world.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network http://tyndaleblognetwork.com/ book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  5. Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Jesus' Bad Habits
    October 24, 2016
    Mike
    Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I always look forward to books by Leonard Sweet. He helps me to get out of my comfort zone. In his newest book, The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing us the way to live right in a world gone wrong, Sweet seeks to show the reader the ways Jesus went against the norm, to show us a better way to live.

    For example, some chapter titles are ~

    - Jesus Spit

    - Jesus Appeared Wasteful

    - Jesus was Constantly Disappearing

    - Jesus Loved to Party

    - Jesus Broke the Rules

    - Jesus Hung Out with Bad People

    Part of the power of Sweet's writing is that he finds the normal ordinary everyday things we take for granted and looks for that which is extraordinary, something which leads us to discover Christ in a more personal way.

    At times I felt like Sweet was stretching something to make it work, but overall, he helped me to look at some different situations in the life of Christ a little differently. He led me to think a little more about the little things in the Bible, which make the Bible more alive. Jesus went against the everyday social norms, and Sweet captured many of those events in the life of Jesus.

    In the back of the book, there are discussion questions, generally 2 or 3 for each chapter of the book. Overall, this is an easy to read book, which may help the reader grow a little deeper in their relationship with Christ as they discover a freshness in Christ.

    I received this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an open and honest review.
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