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The NerdHerd Reads5 Stars Out Of 5February 10, 2014The NerdHerd ReadsI know this isn't the type of thing I usually review. In fact, it isn't even the type of thing that I read. However, I was hooked. I couldn't stop reading. At least, when I had to, I didn't want to.
Bethke talks about subjects that are tricky, maybe even controversial. But he does so in a way that can relate to teens and adults, but also in a way that is humorous. He isn't poking fun at anything, but he keeps you entertained so that you continue reading.
Bethke basically walks us through his walk with faith and God, expanding and using those issues to further his points. Because of that, this book had many little anecdotes, some hard and embarrassing for him to share, I'm sure. He does so with an open vulnerability, but also with his characteristic humor.
Bethke digs deep into the Bible, supporting what he says with Scriptural evidence. He doesn't claim to be a pastor or theologian, and he's not ashamed to admit when he doesn't know something.
Drawing from personal experiences, especially as a teenager, Bethke tries to make this understandable for young adults and teens. He shows them that he relates to them, he understands them, that he went to the same thing. He encourages and uplifts, by just being someone who's there instead of someone who has all the answers.
After all, I'm pretty sure Jefferson Bethke is the only one who can get away with comparing the Bible to Jersey Shore.
Bethke also brings up points that are tough, but he doesn't do so in a self-righteous way, as someone who knows all the answers. Instead, as someone who is just asking the questions, like the readers.
Some of the things Bethke says might be controversial (maybe to the older generation) but I feel like they need to be said, and I'm glad he did. Jesus > Religion is such an eye-opener. It will really make you think in a way you hadn't before, and quite honestly, in a way you may not want to.
I'm not sure what else that I could say that could adequately explain how I feel about this book. Like I said, I was hooked, and I hate reading this kind of stuff. I feel that every Christian should read this book, no matter where you are in your walk of faith. If you've ever had doubts or questions, this is the book to start with. If you're not a Christian, because you've been turned off by other Christians you've met, first off: I'm sorry. Second, you should read this book.
dsilbAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5One Thing to NoteDecember 23, 2013dsilbAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very very well written account of one key note we need...Jesus. He does it all - His grace not my works.
That's it. Done. Anything more is my vanity trying to earn what He gives and I cannot earn. Grace. Wow! Read this book.
April RockdaschelTexasAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Refreshing* Awestruck* Tameless Beauty*December 1, 2013April RockdaschelTexasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the book I've been looking for. It especially reached me because I went to the same College he describes for his Freshman year. I'd like to tell the author "Thank you". Since I can't, I will spread this publication through word of mouth. Warning: This is not casual reading! This isn't inspiring,...It's either life changing, or life devastating. I pray the reader chooses the first.
MaloryAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good Book!!!October 28, 2013MaloryAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Let me tell you, this is NOT a book you can just rush through. I totally mean that in a very positive way. This book definitely gives you some food for thought. His comparisons on Jesus' outlook on things versus the whole religious outlook is spot on. In my opinion, he's not calling Christianity (the truest form...beliefs, His Word, etc.) bad. It's the religion Jesus was against (the man-made and wrong kind) that he does. This book makes you take the time to look deep down inside and truly think about it all. He has interwoven his own personal stories along with biblical truths to show us just how much Jesus loves us and wants His best for us. He pointed out a lot of good points that made me have a few "aha! moments" of my own and, at times, his words would cause an "ouch" or two. This is definitely a book that I would and do recommend :)
PhoenixbladeCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great BookOctober 22, 2013PhoenixbladeCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this, It speaks to right where I am at. The authour speaks at a level that is like I know him