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Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
|Publication Date: 2011|
One chapter at a time, Perkins walks us through how Jesus approached and responded to the issues of prayer, fear, temptation, Christian purpose, time management, service, children, and difficult people. The chapters resemble in-depth weekly devotions that are meant to be completed throughout a 12-week period. At the end of each topic, there is an interactive Q&A section to work through based on the readers experiences during the past week. Perkins first tested the Jesus Experiment on himself and found that it changed not only him but also the people he was closest to.
What impressed me most about this book was that it had very practical applications for daily life. The writing style is not lofty or overly intellectual, and Perkins speaks to his readers as peers. He is genuine in his acknowledgement of his own human weakness and consistently uses fitting anecdotes from his personal life to illustrate his points. In fact, throughout the book he uses poignant and visual metaphors that, when combined with his sense of humor, bring the writing to life.
It is important to know, however, that this book is based on the assumption that Jesus chose to model the perfect Christian life for us by relying on his Father for guidance and empowerment, rather than his own divinity, while he was here on Earth. This would mean that Christians, too, can live a Jesus-like life if they follow his example and rely on the Father in all circumstances. This is not to say that they will no longer struggle with sin, but rather that their thoughts and actions will increasingly resemble those of Christ. Personally, this concept helped me to recognize more fully the humanity of Jesus, as well as his divinity.
The Jesus Experiment is meant to be not only read but also lived. Whereas its insights can be appreciated even after a quick reading, it will have very little permanent impact unless the truths being taught are also internalized. This journey requires time, effort, self-reflection, and commitment, and readers should be prepared for that contribution before they pick up the book. However, as it says in John 15:11, "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full" (ESV). Perkins' teaching is applicable for readers of all ages and I enthusiastically recommend this book for anyone interested in developing a life of faith. Andrea Sanders, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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