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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved.
Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus." The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged.
In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks similar contrasts that he drew in the poemhighlighting the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior.
Bethke is quick to acknowledge that hes not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.
Jefferson Bethke is the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus > Religion and Its Not What You Think. He and his wife Alyssa host the highly successful online challenge 31 Creative Ways to Love and Encourage Him & Her, make YouTube videos watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers each month, and host a podcast about relationships and faith that can be found on iTunes. They live in Maui with their daughter, Kinsley, and son, Kannon.
kurliegirl5 Stars Out Of 5Truly changed my lifeDecember 15, 2016kurliegirlQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book and the YouTube that inspired it's writing truly changed my life forever! This book gave words to what i had always felt but never knew how to say. Jesus came on a mission of peace and love. And sometimes religion robs us of that.
travis b5 Stars Out Of 5love this bookJanuary 21, 2016travis bQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5challenging and convicting. this book is a simple read, i beleive essential for every christian to read
Eve5 Stars Out Of 5Jesus > ReligionJuly 17, 2015EveQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I would recommend this to the those who are struggling with faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is better. He is the one we worship not "the church".
Paul KPittsburgh, PAAge: 55-65Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Good Book!January 22, 2015Paul KPittsburgh, PAAge: 55-65Gender: MaleHe does a good job of describing the differences between religion and Jesus and how/why to focus on Jesus. He also gives a good description of what we should consider to be a church. It would certainly be good reading for someone who makes the claim that they are a Christian based on the perspective that he describes in this book.
Thinman5 Stars Out Of 5Both young and oldOctober 23, 2014ThinmanExcellent for both young and old.
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