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Every Bush Is Burning

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  112 reviews
A gritty story about forgiveness, family, and the sometimes tragically painful sins of the church.

Jack Bennett has a wife, two kids, the perfect job--and the perfect affair. When he is caught and it all comes crashing down, Jack is left with no one to turn to. No friends. No family, except his recovering drug addict of a sister.

On a Sunday morning drive, he sees a homeles

Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Twisted Beam Press
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Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
It was on Twitter a awhile back that I saw a link to a free copy of Every Bush is Burning by Brandon Clements. I turned right around and shared the link all over Facebook and Twitter myself, which actually horrified me once I started reading.

I got offended several times throughout the book, and a third of the way in I’d already made up my mind to write a mean Amazon review. I got so ticked off at one point that I decided to slam my Kindle shut (???) and delete this book forever.

But I couldn’t.

May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun
I'm fascinated by fiction written by Christians - especially pastors. I think the struggle to capture reality under the expectations our culture has for things with the title "Christian" is difficult. People cuss, people get drunk, people have sex, people are broken, relationships are a mess.

It's sad that most Christian story telling can't contain this stuff and if it does, only in the abstract or generalities. The reason it's sad is because the weight of this brokenness, the weight of evil in
Lew Fulton
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bought it on a whim as a cheap Kindle book. Didn't realize its "Christian genre", which I've since discovered it is considered to be, at least on Amazon. Its actually a fairly compelling critique of the Christian church, at least as it exists in the American South.

It was one of the better books I've read in a while. I enjoyed the style, the main character talking to the reader (or so it seems, at least) in a very intimate way - he admits all his foibles, concerns, etc. I have not felt that clos
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jack is leading the perfect life-nice home, nice job, twin boys. But he is also missing something as reflected in his cynicism and the affair that he has. In his job as a newspaper reporter, he writes a very cynical biting commentary on how he is unimpressed with the contributions Christians and churches have made to society.He concludes with a statement from Ghandi, "I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ".

The week after his column is pu
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
A good read, one that I honestly couldn't put down until I saw how it resolved, and with some well-written twists and turns, I wasn't disappointed.

That said, the overall writing wasn't quite up to the standard of what I'd usually read, the dialogue (especially Jack's) seemed pretty unrealistic, the theology was pretty forced, not to mention I'm not "Reformed" like the author, and the "sins of the Church" angle was a little overdone (maybe another personal thing, I've heard this sermon before). I
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
It has been a month since I finished this book, and I am STILL talking about it and discussing pieces and parts of it with family and friends. It is a thought-provoking story filled with questions, thoughtful bits of advice, and a touching story that makes you wince, laugh, and feel. I highly recommend this for anyone who has ever thought about their faith, questioned religion, or who wants to think about God from a whole different perspective. It's for believers and non-believers alike. Great r ...more
Renee Meyer
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was a page turner for sure. I just want to say that I recommend this book to everyone. Anyone who reads it will find some part of themselves in this story. It evokes so much emotion and thought. You will find yourself agreeing with Jack at times and then wanting to slap him at times too. Either way you can’t wait to read more.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I like to push myself sometimes & read a book about something of which I'm not fond or familiar. Case in point, Twenty Weeks (but please, let's not bring up that horrible, terrible book). When I first started reading EBIB I was comparing it to The Shack by William Young, a book in which the character spends a weekend with God & all his peeps.

In EBIB, our main character Jack is a not-so-good guy who writes a newspaper column about the hypocrisy of Christians & the church in America.
Jennifer Westall
Jack Bennett has a wife, two kids, the perfect job--and the perfect affair. When he is caught and it all comes crashing down, Jack is left with no one to turn to. No friends. No family, except his recovering drug addict of a sister.
On a Sunday morning drive, he sees a homeless man locked out of a church service, banging on the door. He stops and offers the guy a cup of coffee. He asks the man his name, and the guy says Yeshua. As in, Jesus.

Jack's not stupid. This isn't the real Jesus. Bu
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It touched on some of own insecurities and struggles. But, the gullibility of the characters and the offensiveness of the father caused more dislike than amusement or reason to change the path of ones life.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Note: This book was a free Kindle download.

Caveat: I would rate this book a PG-13 for language. If that is a litmus test for you, don't read it.

"Every Bush Is Burning" is an interesting book that makes you wonder what is happening at times. There was at least one major plot twist that caught me off guard. Sometimes I really liked the book; at other times it frustrated me. The story centers around Jack who has a pretty decent life, but ruins it by having an extra-marital affair. He meets a homele
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to give this book credit for its creativity and honesty. Some many books written to "preach" a message rather than tell a story fail as literature even if they manage to get their point across. Clements starts things out that way, perhaps intentionally, as you feel as if you are reading another one of those encounter the real Jesus book that is only loosely fiction and mostly preaching. But then the lead character Jack begins to find his voice, and the Yeshua character beings to take on a ...more
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I honestly don't know what to say in regards to my review. I liked it, I thought it was 'okay' but I definitely didn't love it, nor did it jolt something inside me to pick up the Bible and unconditionally start following Jesus. I thought it was a good story & showed how forgiveness is supposed to work, how to do God's work, and answers some questions that may be lingering in the back of your mind. I am very much like Jack Bennett - I think a lot of Christians are a bunch of judgemental, all- ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Christianity has become a hip way to connect with friends. But what happens when Christianity becomes a social club and the messages of forgiveness and compassion aren't carried into the streets the way that Jesus commanded?

Every Bush Is Burning by Brandon Clements is one of those books you start reading and think to yourself, "I really don't like this guy," (the main character) but you keep reading because you somehow understand exactly what he's talking about. And what Jack Bennett is talking
Rebecca Jo
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
A man's life is falling apart, & then he meets someone who tells him they are Jesus.
is it really?
This stranger, who introduces himself was Yeshua, indeed makes things happen around him for Jack. Giving him advice on how to save his marriage, on how to help his sister, on how to make a become a better man.
Against all Jack's instincts, he keeps meeting with Yeshua every week... & how his life is changed.

I was so hooked into this book.
Was this guy really Jesus?
if not, who is he?

The books i
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
So, I accidentally read a 'Jesus' book. Nothing personal against Jesus, of course. After all, he is one of my favorite historical peacemakers. I'm just not a fan of the Christian - er, genre. Given that, the premise was actually quite good and I enjoyed the writing style. The story centers around your average, modern guy writing out his life story in a letter to a stranger in a coffee shop. Throughout his life, like the rest of us, he was dealt a mixture of hard knocks and good fortune. He made ...more
Steve Gilbert
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I honestly didn't think I was going to like this book at first. It is written as a letter about to be delivered to the person it is being written to. But, I found myself liking Jack, in spite of some of the stupid decisions he made. I also had trouble with how Jesus was being portrayed at first, but even that grew on me. Within a short time, I began to forget this is a novel and started thinking these were real people. This is a good book dealingf with some of what is wrong in the American churc ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for free as an ebook. Did not have any idea what it was about, who the author was.From the first page to the very last,I was totally engrossed!!It left me in awe and so many thoughts,I was stunned, aware of difference of the people and the surroundings of life's ups and downs.The struggles and love/hate,destruction,awareness of differences,of our own selves.This book is for everyone...whether you believe in a religion or spirituality..or nothing at all..It will provoke you to th ...more
Shirley Ulbrich
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a compelling book! There are some inappropriate words. I would rate this a PG-13 kind of story.

Lots of twists and turns in the story. This is a first time author and he did a great job in conveying the primary character's emotions and the rawness of the storyline. He handles such issues as sexual abuse, cutting, suicide, and addictions tactfully.

Scripture & Bible stories are interjected into the storyline at crucial moments, but is not "preachy". Philosophically, I didn't always a
Sharon Jones
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book has merits but the overpowering need of the author to "preach" to the reader overrides the story. I finished it because I hate to put a book down after I'm over half-way through it and, so, I continued on.

The overall writing wasn't quite up to the standard of what I'd usually read, the dialogue (especially Jack's) seemed pretty unrealistic, the theology was pretty forced (not to mention I'm not "Reformed" like the author), and the "sins of the Church" angle was a little overdone. I norm
Jamie Kennedy
Not quite what I expected

So, I chose this book based on the little info blurb. I'm a Christian & have been reading a lot of Christian fiction lately. At first, I didn't like the way the writer jumped around to different topics (because I'm kinda linear like that & wanted to know what happened next), so at first, I just skimmed those bits. But then I was afraid I'd miss something important to the plot, so I re-read those bits (and am glad that I did), then forced myself to slow down. The
Kjiminy Willie
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was quite a moving story about forgiveness and repentance. It's written in a very personal way.
The main character is Jack, who at first seems like a dirtbag who cheated on his wonderful wife. You find out more about his past and he becomes more of a sympathetic character. He gets kicked out of his house, and moves in with his sister Sara who has big issues of her own. He befriends a homeless man who thinks he's Jesus, and many times the reader wonders if he actually is. It's interesting to
Kristy Messler
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a quick and enjoyable read. The short chapters and author's narrative style contribute to the book's quick pace. There is a balance between touching on some serious topics while also maintaining a sense of humor throughout the book; this makes it thought provoking without coming across as too "preachy".

Initially, I wasn't sure I was going to like the narrative style of the book--told from the point of view of the protagonist, my first impression was that he was an extrov
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW...another book to put on the "read again" shelf. Every Bush is Burning was a free book that I got from Amazon...yes....FREE...and with that came not very high expectations. I am not sure what drew me to this book, but I do know that it was not the title. The is a fictional read that is filled with life challenges. It is definitely one that I would recommend for book clubs as I think there are some great conversations that could be had throughout the book. I have not read a book even close to ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I usually dont do this, but this book deserves a quick review because it's unlike any other book I've ever read. It's very unique, honest, human, and has an incredible plot twist that blindsided me.
In my opinion it still deserves only 3 stars, but I could absolutely see why a lot of reasonable people would rate it higher. For me it was a tough read at times because it is such a human story. And there were a few aspects of the book that I did not agree with, especially at first. But the overall
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this. The angle from which the author chose to tell the story was different and engaging, and I was very interested to see how it wrapped up. Also, the story had many insightful, thought-provoking moments.

That being said, I still found it to be be very "preachy" in several sections, & the book's key message seemed forced rather than part of the natural flow of the overall story. At times, reading it reminded me of interactions I've had with Young Life members who I thought
Aug 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
If I could give this book zero stars I would. I don't understand someone who claims to pastor can have a bunch of swearing in his book. I was still giving it the benefit of reading it because I thought that he was onto something. But then in Chapter 31 the main character claims that Jesus gave someone the finger. I know that a loving God would never do something like that and I feel that it defames Jesus' character. I cannot and will not support anyone who portrays Him as anything less than he i ...more
Susan Lynn
Jul 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I had trouble continuing to read this book after it stated that the book was written and I should keep reading because the narrator loves me. Now I'm highly suspect that I'm about to be preached at, and that's what happened. This book is a nice package to push the Christian doctrine, going at it by pointing out hypocrisy of self proclaimed Christians. If the message was good, it was killed by the authors writing that felt very much like the un-authentic sermons and pushes toward religion that he ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story and I enjoyed it very much. I was hooked from the very beginning because it sounded like the author was talking directly to me! He is telling me the story about a newspaper guy whose life is completely falling apart. There are twists that I never expected, causing me to read way later in the night than I should. Then me taking my book to work so I could read during my lunch hour. I think the moral of the story is that life is hard. Being a Christian doesn't suddenly make y ...more
Maggie Reed
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jesus is real. He's more real than you or I. He points out the fallacy of the masses - religion, pompous interpretation, our shortcomings, the ways we are an abject failure and we just can't really take back what we've done. Brandon Clements writes a powerful novel about a man who, in his own way, has been a failure and a homeless man who comes into his life. The homeless man makes him see that he may never be able to take back what he's done, but he can still turn himself around, anyway. I mean ...more
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