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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
E-Book includes a special behind-the-scenes interview with Jefferson Bethke as he shares personal experiences and insights that inspired the writing of Its Not What You Think.
New York Times best-selling author of Jesus > Religion challenges the accepted thinking of contemporary Christianity with the world-changing message Jesus actually brought.
Jesus was most upset at people for seeing but not seeing. For missing it. For succumbing to the danger and idolatry of forcing God into preconceived ideals. What if there were a better way? What if Jesus came not to help people escape the world but rather to restore it? Best-selling author and spoken word artist Jefferson Bethke says that "Christians have the greatest story ever told but we arent telling it." So in this new book, Bethke tells that story anew, presenting Gods truths from the Old and the New Testaments as the challenging and compelling story that it isa grand narrative with God at the center. And in doing so, Bethke reminds readers of the life-changing message of Jesus that turned the world upside-down, a world that God is putting back together.
Jefferson Bethke is the author of New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion. Bethkes message connects at a heart level with an audience ranging from atheists to nationally recognized religious leaders. He lives in Maui, Hawaii.
The NerdHerd Reads4 Stars Out Of 5amazing bookNovember 4, 2015The NerdHerd ReadsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I loved this one. I loved his first book, so I was pretty stoked about this one. And it definitely lived up. I thought this was such an eye-opening and important book, more so than any other I've read in this category. Bethke delivers in such a way that is easy to understand but impactful.
So many things stood out to be in this book that I had to take notes, and I ended up with pages. Bethke breaks down Christianity in a way that shows us what God wants from us, which is to bring heaven to earth, not wait until we die. The chapters were broken up concisely in a way that really helped you absorb information. He reminds of us stories we may have heard all our life, but shows them in a new light. He goes through many subjects, including some we may not think about, such as the table being just as important as our worship. I also love this super important and powerful quote:
A person isn't valuable because she's someone's daughter or sister; she is valuable and has dignity and worth because she is an image-bearer. A human. (pg 170)
You can tell when a lot of heart and work when into a book, and this is definitely that. I think my favorite chapters was probably the one on Sabbath. I will definitely be implementing some of the suggestions in this book, and think that is the highest compliment. I think this is a very important book, and will definitely be recommending it to pretty much everyone I know.
courthope20145 Stars Out Of 5Digging Deeper in your faith- must read!October 20, 2015courthope2014Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jefferson Bethke challenges us again in this second book. He asks the hard questions and challenges our faith from every aspect in a good way. This book challenges you to reevaluate what you thought Christianity was by giving it a new perspective separating religion from true relationship. Each chapter takes you on a different journey to dig deeper. Jefferson's first book "Jesus > Religion" helped me discover God again and open my heart. His second book "It's Not What You Think" has helped me go deeper in my walk with God by understanding the depth of my relationship with God. This book is an easy read. It's also great for small groups or individually. This is a must read for all Christians and non-believers!
LaurenL/ScullySpeaks5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome book- game changer!October 19, 2015LaurenL/ScullySpeaksQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book will change the way you think! Jeff does a great job of bringing old testament truths to light in an interesting and relevant way. This is without a doubt a must read. In my opinion this book is leaps and bounds better than Jesus > Religion. After I read Jesus > Religion I was pretty impressed and learned a lot, then I went to try to read it again a few months later, only to discover that the material in it was kind of bland the second time around. I thought that maybe I was just growing spiritually, so tbh I wasnt sure if I would gain any new insight from INWYT. BUT bc I am a huge Bethke fan (of both of them!) I just had to read this. It did not disappoint! If you haven't ordered this yet, do it now. and then order a second copy to pass along bc you will want to!!!!
Rebecca5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!October 19, 2015RebeccaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Loved this book! Lots to think about, plus plenty of insights I appreciated right away. I would say theres something in there for everyone, though it is primarily written for folks who already consider themselves Christians. If you dont but youre curious about this book, let me tell you that Jefferson is a down-to-earth guy who doesnt just skim the surface when he reads and studies the Bible he gets in there and finds real gems that translate into practical ways to live with purpose. And who doesnt need purpose to guide their days?
HPgirl06095 Stars Out Of 5This Book is Fantastic!October 17, 2015HPgirl0609Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Jeff Bethkes new book, he explains that there are many aspects of our lives and our faith that we have been thinking about the wrong way. In a similar way he does with his first book Jesus > Religion, he takes much of what we know about Christianity and turns it on its head to give us a much needed change of perspective. He takes us on a journey through the Bible that is so much different and more refreshing than any book Ive read in a long time. You are left with a hopeful outlook on our lives in light of God's plan to bring His kingdom in the here and now. This book is a must read for Christians of all ages, but especially to teens, young adults, and those that desire to understand these topics with a new perspective. I would encourage anyone to read It's Not What You Think!