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Speaking of Jesus by Carl Medearis
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Sep 30, 2011

it was amazing
Read in September, 2011

There are a lot of books out there right now that are trying to separate Jesus from right-wing politics (because, in America, the two are almost always linked). Medearis approaches it from a fresh angle, talking about his time in Beruit and how people there thought Westernization and Christianity were the same thing, and how Jesus totally got lost in the mix. And I loved it — definitely one of the best books I’ve read on this subject in a while.

So, basically, he tells Christians to shut up—especially around people who are skeptical of Christianity. To stop trying to convince people they are right. To stop using the Christianese language that so many do not understand. To stop telling people they are wrong and going to hell. To stop judging. To stop trying to defend Christianity over the years. To just talk about Jesus, because he is enough. Oh, and to be nice. Too many Christians aren’t nice. And who wants to follow a guy whose other followers are mean? No one.

This book was extremely accessible, and I think a wide audience would get a lot out of this book. It’s funny and his analogies aren’t tired and overused. It may serve as the kick in the pants that many Christians need!

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message 1: by Vishy (new)

Vishy This looks like a really nice book, Cori! xThere are a lot of not-so-good impressions about Christianity and Christians because of some people who give it a bad name. Unfortunately, this wrong impression has stuck with non-Christians. While in fact, Christianity (atleast the way Jesus preached it) was about equality of human beings, not judging people because of their colour or their birth or their social circumstances or even because they have done something wrong by social norms, learning to see things from the perspective of others, learning to love children and committing time to them. Thanks for writing about this book. I can't wait to read your longer review of it.

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