The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing Us the Way to Live Right in a World Gone Wrong - eBook  -     By: Leonard Sweet
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781496417541
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    intriguing title with great content
    December 5, 2016
    Diane Busch
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    This title intrigued me and I wasn't sure what to expect. Jesus didn't really have bad habits did he? But then what about his offensive speech at times, his disappearing when he was needed, his spitting, his breaking the rules, etc.? Leonard Sweet dives right in and names the things that Jesus did that caused people to be angry or offended. But then he explains why Jesus did these things and presents biblical truth in a way we canunderstand. Sweet tells us that we should make Jesus' habits our own habits, even his "bad" habits. There are so many good lessons for Christians and the church within these pages. Especially of interest to me is when Sweet delves into polictial correctness on pages 63-64.

    This book offered much more than I expected. I underlined many passages. I recommend it to all Christ followers and to those who have questions about Jesus.

    A copy of this book was received from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of review.
  2. Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Starter Book For Christians That Aren't "Good Enough" For Most Churches
    December 5, 2016
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Bad Habits Of Jesus: Showing Us The Way To Live Right In A World Gone Wrong by Leonard Sweet reads like a series of essays describing the many not-so-popular habits that Jesus had in his day, and relating them to how we can reflect those habits in today's culture. In the conclusion, Sweet declares, "It is not good habits that recharge the church. It is bad habits and unconventional approaches that recharge tradition." That sentiment accurately sums up the purpose of this book.

    Sweet focuses on 15 of Jesus' "bad habits", such as procrastination, offending people, and spending too much time with children. He reminds us that Jesus served a greaterpurpose in not following the rules, and that being a "good Christian" shouldn't be about following the rules of the church, but rather about being in personal fellowship with the Lord, and letting Him lead our paths.

    As stated above, this book reads more like a series of essays than a personal conversation. I'm not a huge fan of this approach, so it took some getting used to. Also, Sweet tends to wander around a lot, leading to some points that are very detached from the overall focus of a given chapter.

    Sweet does make some very good points, and I think this would be a good read for a Christian that feels out of place or "not good enough"in most church settings. It could help them feel better about focusing on a personal journey with Jesus, rather than worrying about what society thinks of them. That being said, there wasn't really many new concepts compared to other similar books I've read. So it's a good starter one, but not for someone who's already determined that their path need not line up with the church as a whole.

    I'm giving this book 4/5 stars. It's not bad, but between the seeming randomness of some sections and the redundancy compared to other similar books, it's not great either.

    *Disclaimer: I received a free print edition of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions stated are my own.*
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.
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