1. Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human
    Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human
    Judah Smith
    Thomas Nelson / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    An emphasis on God's grace without explicitly downplaying actually doing something
    September 19, 2018
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    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    You can read the (much) fuller review on SpoiledMilks (7/24/13)

    The idea of the book is discovering out who Jesus is. It's not an in-depth, scholarly study of the real Jesus. This is not a continuation of the third quest for the historical Jesus. The question asked in this book is "Jesus is ______? How would you finish that sentence?"

    There are 6 major sections: Jesus Is Your Friend, is Grace, is The Point, is Happy, is Here, and is Alive. Judah intends to point us to a Jesus who is in love with us and wants to be with us just like He was with men and women in the Scriptures. He attempts to help give us the opportunity to drown out the lies that we've heard and get down to the basics of who Jesus really is and what He did for us.

    The Chocolate Milk

    Judah has a pretty engaging style. and I'm sure that's why most people like him. Judah believes the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit.

    I was actually impressed with how he took the parable of the prodigal son in Chapter 4: Embrace Grace. I haven't "studied" that parable myself (aside from hearing it in sermons and reading it myself), so things he said (that were right there i the text) just opened my eyes to the difference it had on the people Jesus was talking to. It was simple, but I enjoyed it.

    We don't need to spend every day in the slums of life, but it should lead us to stop and think about how we treat other people who we see as 'dirty and dingy.' They're still people and God still loves them too. Every one of us are dead in our sins without Jesus Christ (Eph 2). Every one.

    The Spoiled Milk

    Smith uses Scripture to support his message, but the pop culture references were too much. There were more references, jokes, anecdotes, and stories than even Samson could shake a jawbone at. Smith writes a lot of stories about himself, his family/church/friends to help give a visual picture of his biblical points. But at times he just gets wordy.

    "[Jesus] came down to their level because they could never rise to his. He wasn't out to prove how good he was or how bad they were. He just wanted to offer them hope" (22).When reading the whole book you can see Judah talk about the gospel. However, Jesus was out to prove how good He was and how bad others were. He is the standard bar none. No one would follow the Messiah if He wasn't perfect, or if they thought they could get to God themselves. Everyone needed to see how perfect Jesus was, how filthy they were, and how much He loved them. The good news is that we are filthy, yet God still loves us and took the initiative to make a way for us (Eph 2:10).

    Some of Smith's stories drag on for pages at a time, some analogies barely work, and others don't work.

    Recommended?

    Maybe. Smith never tells us to live how we want, but to live in a way that pleases God. This is a book for anyone dealing with legalism or earning their salvation, new Christians, and youth group/high school age.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Jesus Is....
    March 28, 2016
    Pastor Dene
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    Judah Smith writes in a way that is so easily relatable and easy to read. So thankful I picked this book up!
  3. Hungary
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    awesomeness
    May 22, 2015
    Messy Customer
    Hungary
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    the book is so awesome and the delivery was so fast! good job guys!!! :)
  4. Baltimore, MD
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Wow, what a disapointment
    January 1, 2015
    AR Reid
    Baltimore, MD
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    My sister went to the City Church in Seattle Washington where Judah Smith took over as Senior Pastor after his father passed away a few years ago. Fortunately, for her sake, she no longer attends. And from the theologically reckless handling of the person and work of Jesus Christ within the pages of this book, I can see why her and her family chose to leave.

    Judah was the youth pastor at the City Church for many years and his immature handling of the biblical text shows that he was ill prepared to take on the enormous responsibilities of his new position. In my opinion, Judah could have benefited from taking, at least, a couple of theology courses before stepping in as the Senior Pastor of such a large and influential congregation. His utter lack of understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ is both embarrassing and dangerous. It is embarrassing because it throws open the door for intelligent non-Christians to mock this influential pastor's understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ (c.f., 2Sam 12:14). It is dangerous because Judah has such a persuasive platform from which to speak to the thousands of souls at the City Church who respect this young man and hang on his every word as if what they were hearing (or reading) was biblical truth. However, nothing could be further from the truth. This book is an absolute theological disaster.

    I am aware that theology is out of vogue in our day and that those who are repulsed by anything theological will probably find my comments abrasive. However, as I see it, only a correct understanding of theology can cause someone who reads 'Jesus Is' to see it for what it is--just another easy way to make money off of biblically and theologically illiterate people. This book brings reproach upon the incalculable sacrifice of our heavenly Father in sending Jesus into this world to save his people from their sins. I agree with most of what the other one star reviewer wrote, except that I do not think he took his criticism of Judah's abysmal Christology far enough.

  5. Bayonne, NJ
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good
    January 3, 2014
    Mari
    Bayonne, NJ
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book has opened my eyes to who Jesus is. I knew that he was my friend and all that but I never really understood what it all means or should mean to me. It has definitely helped me in my walk with God. Definitely recommend it to everyone.
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