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Being Jesus in Nashville: Finding the Courage to Live Your Life (whoever and wherever you are)

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"Author and former pastor Jim Palmer should be dead. Over the course of a year that included two near-death experiences, as Palmer set out to disentangle Jesus from the religious machinery of Christianity, he discovered a profound and unexpected answer to the question on his mind: “What would Jesus do?”

Exploring what it really means to “be Jesus” in his hometown of Nashvil
Kindle Edition, 191 pages
Published March 7th 2012 by iUniverse (first published August 1st 2011)
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Dec 23, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
God, do we need story-tellers…wonderful, talented, gifted story-tellers....

--- those who possess the peculiar talent (aka ‘burden’) to parse meaning from the site of the collision where the chaos of what is, what might be, who, when, where, how and why – lay strewn in the intersections of life.

In Unless It Moves The Human Heart – The Craft and Art of Writing,[i] Roger Rosenblatt summarizes the essence of the above in the following:

"To be the writers you hope to be, you must surrender yourselves
Jim Palmer's story is definitely worth reading; he describes his experiences over the course of a year that included two near-death experiences and a lot of self-introspection as he attempted to "be Jesus in Nashville". He learned a lot about himself in the process, and what it meant for him to open up his life. One of the things that attracted me to his book was the disclaimer on the cover: "Warning! Rejected by major Christian publisher". I can understand why Palmer's account of that year of ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-changer
After reading this I can see exactly why Christian publishers freaked out over this book. Did I freak out? No. To be honest, I get really tired of people freaking out when someone believes or discovers something that is contrary to their own thoughts and beliefs. This book deserved to be published!

Saying that, did I completely agree with everything in this book and believe it all as "Truth"? Not exactly. Did I find lots of inspiring views, along with things I need to think through on my own? Yes
Feb 18, 2014 Sharee rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I could so relate to Jim's journey of shedding his Christianity. It was like reading his journal (or my own). He asks the tough questions of himself and of God and the answers surprise him. The ultimate conclusion that he comes to is the same one that I have come to in my own spirit and it was both a comfort and a validation to see parts of my own spiritual journey mirrored back to me. This book apparently ticked a lot of people off and I'm not surprised. The truth always cuts ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, read-2015
The first few chapters recount some of Palmer’s background. He describes an incident where he is trapped in an overturned car, convinced he cannot possibly escape alive. He talks about his great relationship with his daughter. And he also explains the idea behind the book, which was inspired by re-reading the classic Christian novel ‘In his steps’, from which the popular ‘What would Jesus do?’ slogan originated.

Palmer decides to write an up-to-date account of what it means to be like Jesus in Na
April Terry
Dec 23, 2012 April Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can understand why Jim struggled with his publishers on this one because his conclusions certainly stretch the boundaries of traditional Christian theology. He writes in a compelling way and telling his personal story and struggle. He is right out there on the edge sharing a play by play of his angst. While I am still trying to process his ideas, I can't help but feel that Jim's struggle isn't mine.

I haven't had to be Jesus in order to find a way to accept myself, but I can understand why oth
Aug 13, 2014 Brandi rated it it was amazing
When I started this book, I took a break half way through. It's been a busy summer and I needed a head break from my shedding. Two days ago I picked it back up. What an amazing book! I'm sitting here in tears and sad that it's over. I can't fathom why this book was rejected by any Christian publisher. I've always been one to question because so many things about the message I was receiving just didn't make sense to me. Jim gives such a clear picture of who Jesus was and is. So beautiful and ...more
Sep 30, 2013 Ruben rated it it was amazing
Provides an interesting actualization of Gods life within all...being able to love humanity as Jesus does. The secular and sacred points of view have so distorted the Christians ability to simply love and seek our commonality as human beings. This book beautifully provides a view of our humanity and it's beauty in the facets of the life's written in the book. We're able to embrace our humanity and thus connect.
Aug 27, 2014 Connie rated it it was amazing
Making Jesus real

wow. Just wow. This is for everyone who is tired of the hypocrisy of the church but not ready to give up on Jesus. Jim knows how to hang onto the baby while tossing out the tired old bathwater. Thank you for putting into words what so many of us have been trying to find
Jan 30, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
I love reading "real" writing. Palmer unashamedly and humbly shares his story of shedding religion and writes about his year long experiment of "being Jesus". His writing challenged Christian publishing so much so that they chose not to publish. I'm not in the same spot theologically as Palmer but I respect his views and look forward to reading more.
Jun 03, 2015 Mitch rated it it was amazing
Life changing

A few times in life, a person comes into your life and completely transforms it with the power of their being and the depth of their. This book, and this author, has done that. An incredible story of self discovery and personal freedom.
Nick Holbrow
Oct 29, 2012 Nick Holbrow rated it really liked it
Great read encourages us to look at my life and my relationship with God and live my life. He doesn't claim to be a great fount of knowledge just the opposite in fact. He doesn't claim to have THE TRUTH but he encourages each one to look into what's important with God in my life very cool
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Mar 18, 2013 Karina Kozlovska rated it it was amazing
very easy to read.. this book definitely opened new understanding on what does being Jesus means, questions that has been long in my mind get to be mentioned here and talked about. Opens mind to new things.. a good book to read to broaden one's mind..
Dayna Reid
Nov 27, 2013 Dayna Reid rated it it was amazing
Amazing perspective on the question "What Would Jesus Do?" ... show up and just BE JESUS is what Jesus would do. And we are expected to do the same. Just show up and BE YOU!!
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Jim has a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Divinity School in Chicago. He was a successful Senior Pastor before he left institutional church and organized religion to explore new dimensions of his relationship with God.

Since 2005 he has been chronicling his journey beginning with Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the unlikely people who help you), and then Wide Open Spaces
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“Being Jesus means that we go through life embracing it all fully and feeling it all deeply. That we don’t hide and try to protect ourselves. That we live. That we show up. That we laugh. That we cry. That we hurt. That we heal. That we care. That we love. And then, that we wake up the next morning and sign up for it all over again.” 12 likes
“Maybe being Jesus is simply seeing people as they truly are.” 7 likes
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