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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
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The heart of God can be found in the unlikeliest places, in the unlikeliest people.
Its three a.m. in the side yard of a shack in the worst part of town. Ive got a dirty-faced baby on my hip and theres a pit bull standing on the septic tank in the next yard over barking his head off. My patient sits on the hood of her ex-husbands low rider smoking a cigarette and dumpingher pills into a mud hole by the right front tire. Airbrushed across the hood of the car is a cross-eyed Jesus with open arms. She lays her hand on top of his as the still-hot engine ticks. Throughtears she pleads, "Help me Jesus, please."
The dog is silent. Sirens approach. "Just breathe," I tell her. "Everythings gonna be all right."
The baby fidgets, resting her head against me, staring up into my eyes. I raise one finger and she holds it tight.
I fumble for the words again. "Just breathe."
Midnight Jesus shares fascinating, bizarre, and sometimes humorous true-life stories of everyday people looking for hope in their darkest hours. Poignant and unpretentious, Jamie paints beauty where at times it seems none existsfrom skating rinks and bars, late-night highways and lonely apartments, broken churches and rundown trailer parks, jail cells, bridge rails, ERs, psych wards, and that place over the levee where God laughs and walks through the cool dark night.
loreallepaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing book!January 20, 2016loreallepaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The author takes us on a tour of not only his life, but gives us a glimpse into his world of working first as the midnight crisis guy who handles calls at all hours of the night then seeking out the one in trouble, then onto his career at the megachurch where truly, nobody has it all together.
Jamies writing style is very relatable and easy to understand. He writes with his heart and backs it up with his mind. I could really feel how he described to be feeling and agreed with every thought to each situation he wrote about that he faced. He really stretches your mind when it comes to his faith and how he uses it in his work as a psychologist.
This book makes you think. A lot. Are you comfortable to talk to Jesus like He is sitting next to you? Do you see him as a friend? The book is also difficult to put down because, well, its hilarious! And y'all know I love to laugh.
This book was provided to me free of charge by Book Look in return for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
GiniBDallas, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Midnight JesusOctober 28, 2015GiniBDallas, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Read this Book! Spend your money for a copy. Borrow one if youve got no money for it. It is the best Ive read in a long, long, long time. I cant say it any better than Augustan Burroughs has, Gorgeous, brilliantly written, deeply moving, life-affirming, and just plain stunning. I dont get excited about a book often, but this one is different. And in the best way possible.
Blaine makes it plain up front that the book is A work of creative nonfiction meaning the names, dates, locations, and other identifying features have been changed to protect those hes thinking of while he writes. Dont be surprised if you find a little of yourself inside this book. Also dont be surprised if you find yourself wondering if a few changes need to happen in your own life. And dont be surprised if you find yourself laughing at some points and near tears at others. This is good writing and reading.
This book was provided by the publishers for a review. I dont have to say nice stuff either, but in this case the raves are totally deserved.