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Why did folks who seemed far from God become Christ's devoted followers? Because Jesus saw precious works of art beneath layers of sin, anxiety, and fear! Exploring Jesus' encounters with "messy" people, Burke shows how to restore others to God through speaking the truth in love, respecting freedom, and more. (Previously titled as Mud and the Masterpiece.) 304 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Number of Pages: 304
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Publication Date: 2014
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Why were sinners so attracted to Jesus yet repelled by the religious? It had everything to do with the heart of Jesus. They sensed that Jesus was for them--not against them. When broken, sinful people feel repelled by Christians, we must assess whether our hearts reveal the heart of God or reflect the heart of the Pharisees. Through this engaging study of Jesus's encounters with imperfect people, combined with real-life stories of ordinary people having Christlike impact, readers will learn how to show unshockable love toward those around them.

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John Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of Imagine Heaven, No Perfect People Allowed, Soul Revolution, and Unshockable Love. The founder with his wife, Kathy, of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas, John is also the president of Gateway Leadership Initiative (GLI), a nonprofit organization. As an international speaker, John has addressed hundreds of thousands of people in twenty countries on topics of leadership and spiritual growth. He and his family live in Austin, Texas.

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  1. Vancouver, BC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Seeing People With the Eyes of Love
    March 4, 2015
    conrade
    Vancouver, BC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Do we have the heart of Jesus or the heart of a Pharisee? Why are sinners during Jesus' time more attracted to Jesus rather than the religious leaders of their day? Author of "No Perfect People Allowed," John Burke believes that the world is changed through ordinary imperfect people like you and me. Previously published under the old title, "Mud and the Masterpiece," the new title gives a more direct description of the book's main point: Jesus was able to care and love people just as they are because his love for them is unshockable. Combing the Bible for every single encounter with ordinary people, Burke desires to find out what exactly makes Jesus' life so "magnetic." This he does with an observant and a servant attitude. Part One is about first things first: Attitude. Before learning to be like Jesus in relating and loving people, one needs to see Jesus's attitude toward people. Jesus is one who sees the masterpiece in us rather than the mud on our faces. Regardless of labels, positions, reputations, and conditions of a person, Jesus loves unconditionally. He restores. He encourages. He sees the potential more than the failures of people. He knows what people need most and points people to the living water, the everlasting life, and the unconditional love. At the same time, he does not minces his words about sin and sinfulness. He speaks the truth in love, does not play politics, but willing to subject himself to harsh reactions. He listens to the real needs of people before asking if they want help. Rather than trying to fix or manipulate, Jesus invites. He shows. He points the way to the Father. Despite being the perfect person on earth, he shares in the pain of people especially when the imperfect people stumble. The Pharisees may have their doctrines cut out correctly and full of hard facts. However, they lack the heart truths.

    Part Two studies the actions of Jesus. Framed in a "wave of impact" model, Burke provides seven stages to demonstrate how ordinary people can do extraordinary things, in Jesus.

    Build Relationships

    Create Community

    Serving Our Neighbors

    Leading People to Faith

    Helping People Grow

    Developing Leaders

    Multiply For Impact

    Burke proposes the use of a "three-legged stool" to drive the wave. First, they need to be people who learn and demonstrate the attitude and actions of Jesus. Second, they cultivate a network of likeminded people in loving the community they serve. Third, they constantly encourage a "come as you are" graciousness. At the end of it all, readers will realize that this book is saying that we are all

    If "No Perfect People Allowed" is about creating community and acceptance within the Church, this book stretches beyond to urge Christians to venture forth outside their comfortable church circles. The same attitude can be applied in terms of our hospitality. For when the heart is with Jesus, all one would do is to share the love of Jesus far and wide. I still have mixed feelings about whether this new title is better than the old. The old brings into focus Jesus' perspective of people a bit more directly, that behind every sin-muddied face, there is a masterpiece to be discovered. This new title takes a slightly different approach to show Jesus' love for people as unshockable simply because love is exactly that: unshockable. Here are my three reasons for reading this book.

    First, it reminds us that because of sin, there are no perfect people on earth. That is why we cannot exert perfectionist expectation on others. The way we see people must be from the eyes of a sinner saved by grace. There are some people who trumpet the merits of Christianity, boast about the powers of God, and at the same time, adorning prideful attitudes that turn people off, just like the Pharisees. Before we even tell other people off, remember how Jesus sees us in the first place. That is why Part One of the book is so crucial, that we see and learn from Jesus' attitude toward people. It is a major starting point before any good work.

    Second, we are changed not by what we do, but by what Jesus had done. Burke is able to write so powerfully and with conviction due to the deep awareness of Jesus' love in action. We see how Jesus invites and not force, engages people where they are, and speaks the truth in love when necessary. The trouble with some people is how they are quick to judge and slow to listen. We learn from Burke's observations of how Jesus interacts.

    Third, the title "unschockable love" can become a rallying point of action. In our current climate of rising hostility toward Christianity, it is common to see Christians go on a retreat to mind their own business and to simply do church indoors. Point is, just because people are stubborn does not mean we react negatively to them. When our hearts inside are "unshockable," and our faith in Jesus is unshakeable, we will learn to wait when necessary, speak with needed, and to stay silent where appropriate. All in all, there is nothing to stop us from praying and seeking God's kingdom be done everywhere we go.

    Written for the ordinary believer, this book is encouraging and heartwarming. More importantly, it is a gentle nudge for one to let the love of God in our hearts lead the way.

    Rating: 4.5 stars of 5.

    conrade

    This book is provided to me courtesy of Baker Books and Graf-Martin Communications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
  2. Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Definitely a book to share...
    November 17, 2014
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    SUMMARY:

    Only imperfect people can change the worldwhich means everyone has that chance to make an impact. Having studied Jesus and his interactions with people in the Bible- not just the words and messages of Jesus but the social interactions and attitudes towards those people by Jesus-John Burke shares short stories and real-life examples of people reaching out and witnessing to shocking people. The end result? All involved were impacted and brought closer to God

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Turning to those people who needed him most, Jesus surrounded himself with shockable people. Very relevant and relative to society today, shockable people still need love. John Burke does a wonderful job in this book of sharing love and acceptance of messy folks, resulting in a change in all. The message conveyed within was well-received due to the interesting and very plausible accounts written as well as the engaging style. A bit unsure of what to expect when I started reading, I am glad I pursued it. Definitely worth the time; definitely a book to be shared.

    RATING:

    5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Unshockable Love from Baker Books for my honest review*
  3. Central NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great small group or individual resource
    October 31, 2014
    Ruth Stiles
    Central NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Unshockable Love by John Burke is the perfect book/bible study for any small group, individual, or Sunday School read. The headline for this book reads: How Jesus Changes the world through imperfect people. If we are all honest with ourselves we will all see our imperfections and how we can be perfected in Christ. This book leads us on our journey to realizing our brokenness, breaking down our expectations, and guiding us to accept Gods help in our lives.



    Burke presents this book in a two part delivery: Part I Seeing through the eyes of Jesus and Part II On Mission with Jesus. Seeing through the eyes of Jesus means that we take everything we see with our eye and filter it through the lens of Jesus. He saw the need instead of the ick. He saw the good instead of the bad. He saw and didnt let His seeing affect His doing. Being on mission with Jesus means that we do for Him and with Him. We accept our limitations and allow Christ to fill in the gaps. We accept our humanness and our ordinariness and ask Christ to purify us. We simply come as we are and acknowledge that He will be Who He Is.

    At the end of each chapter there is a Question and Action section. There are additional study ideas, small group resources, and Action guides available online at unshockablelove.com

    I received this book from BakerBooks Publishing and am not being compensated for my review.
  4. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Not a perfect book
    October 26, 2014
    Burley Gwaltney
    Any book that puts a quote from Mark Batterson on the cover has already made quite a statement about what you can expect to find on the inside. The back cover asks the question: Why were sinners so attracted to Jesus, yet repelled by the religious? It had everything to do with the heart of Jesus. They sensed Jesus was for them not against them. Burke makes too much out of the sinners ability to respond to God, and its evident just from the back cover. Well written, but not in-line with the totality of scripture. I received a free copy from Baker for my review.
  5. Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Small Group Read!
    September 28, 2014
    ChooseWisely
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    In Unshockable Love, Pastor John Burke tells story after story of imperfect people showing others the way to Jesus. These imperfect people make such an impact because they themselves have been remarkably changed. I delighted in the endless stories of one life change resulting in several more. A domino effect than can be duplicated if we can see people the way Jesus sees them.

    Simply put, Unshockable Love is a guide-book for reaching people for Christ by changing our own vision. I love how Pastor Burke reaffirms the value Christ places on each person. How He views each as a masterpiece, and that we should do the same. This book offers helpful direction in what should be the obvious. Perhaps one of the most helpful reminders is that of serving your neighbors. We dont have to go far to see people who are in need. They are all around us, at work, across the street, and in our schools.

    I would easily recommend this book to any Bible Study or small group. It would easily start a conversation that could light a fire in the community in which you live. It is an excellent read and well-worth your time.

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher BakerBooks in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated and all opinions are my own.
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