Like Jesus: Shattering Our False Images of the Real Christ  -     By: Jamie Snyder
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Like Jesus: Shattering Our False Images of the Real Christ

David C. Cook / 2016 / Paperback

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We follow after American Jesus, Emergent Jesus, and Mr. Rogers Jesus, just to name a few. Each reflects some aspect of Jesus, yet all fall short of Real Jesus. Jamie Snyder's new book sheds light on these counterfeit versions while showing you how to imitate the one true Messiah--because before you can become like Jesus, you first have to discover what Jesus is really like. Includes questions for individual reflection of group discussion.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 5.50 X 42401.00 X 8.25 (inches)
ISBN: 078141136X
ISBN-13: 9780781411363

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Jesus invited his disciples to follow Him. Yet today many Christians and churches are unintentionally following counterfeit versions of the Savior such as the American Jesus, the Emergent Jesus, or the Mr. Rogers Jesus. Not surprisingly, most look a lot more like us than Jesus.

In Like Jesus, author Jamie Snyder exposes the counterfeit versions of Jesus while taking readers on the three-stage journey of Imitation, Identification, and Intimacy. Because the only way to become like Jesus is to discover what Jesus is really like.

Author Bio

Jamie Snyder is lead pastor of Lakeside Christian Church where he preaches and teaches to thousands each week. Though he has many roles—husband, father, preacher, writer, bookworm, table-tennis player extraordinaire—the most significant one is child of God. He resides with his wife and three children in Kentucky.

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"You will find this book to be practical, enjoyable, and helpful. Living like Jesus has to be the rally cry for all Christians everywhere, and this book will help all of us do that by identifying the ways we miss on out the real Jesus and by helping us understand why the real thing is so much better than anything we could make up on our own."
Kyle Idleman, teaching pastor of Southeast Christian Church

"It’s important for us as Christians to make certain we are not only following Jesus faithfully, but that the Jesus we are following is the One we find in Scripture. Jamie’s book will help us see Him clearly and follow Him closely as we live out His commission to make disciples."
Dave Stone, pastor of Southeast Christian Church

"If you think you know who Jesus is, quite possibly you are about to have your mind stretched, presuppositions exploded, and heart expanded with this challenging, compelling, and life-giving book from Jamie Snyder."
Gene Appel, senior pastor of Eastside Christian Church, Eastside.com

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    A reality check and a challenge
    February 7, 2016
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    This book is a good reality check. Have we built a counterfeit Jesus in our own hearts and minds, in our own image? Snyder reminds us that we are to be like Him, not make Him like us.

    Snyder is quick to point out that we will never actually be like Jesus, but are we becoming like Jesus? We are all changing and becoming. Have we made the commitment to become like Jesus?

    Snyder wants to make sure that we have the right idea of who Jesus is and how He acted. He explores a number of images of Jesus that have been created as a reflection on us, our lifestyle, our politics, and more. He helps us deconstruct those false images and construct the right one.

    He asks some penetrating questions about our relationship with Jesus. He points out character traits and action of Jesus that may be surprising to some. He looks at Jesus' righteous anger. He notes, So being like Jesus means getting angry at situations involving unfairness or inequality and being moved to act. With equal directness, he looks at real compassion, simple obedience, radical grace, and radical humility. He helps us understand how to go beyond just knowing the facts about Jesus to true life transformation through a relationship with Him.

    I felt that hardly a page went by without my being challenged. For example, in the chapter about humility, Snyder writes, Jesus made Himself nothing and then turned to us as His followers and said, 'Follow me. Follow me into obscurity. Follow me into selflessness. Follow me into an others-focused life. Follow me into my kingdom, the way is paved with radical humility.' Ouch. And that is just one part of one chapter.

    I highly recommend this book. It is a reality check and a challenge. It's a book one can read over and over again, renewing our passion for being like Jesus and having a relationship with Him. There are discussion questions included so this would be a great book to use as a group study.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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