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"Who do you say that I am?"

From hit songs to bumper stickers to football eye-black, Jesus is trending high wherever you look. But at the end of the day, many "try Jesus" and come away disappointed in the experience. That's because the Jesus of popular culture looks much more like us than the God-man who appeared in the flesh two thousand years ago. We've developed plenty o
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Baker Books
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Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who is Jesus?

Daniel Darling reminds us of who Jesus truly is while pointing out the false perspectives that our currently popular about Jesus in our 21st century culture. I found the work enlightening, affirming, and inspiring.
Will the Real Jesus please stand up! It really does come down to the question that Jesus asked his disciples “Who do you say I am”.

That is the question we must ask ourselves as well. How we answer that question reflects if we are following Jesus or if we want Jesus to follow us…answering a prayer now and then, rescuing us from a catastrophe here and there, and helping us achieve the goals we set for ourselves. The actual living, breathing, Jesus of Nazareth doesn’t do any of that. The Original
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Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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In The Original Jesus: Trading the Myths We Create for the Savior Who Is, Daniel Darling addresses many misconceptions society has constructed around the character of Jesus and determines to show, too, how the biblical Jesus is better than the misconceptions. I think Darling has a lot of valuable points about Jesus and who he is, and I appreciated his perspective on the various misconceptions. However, I do wish the writing of the book was organized in
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
When I received this book, I was truly hoping to read about the REAL Jesus. Instead I got a book that focussed on all of the myths behind Jesus. You know the ones, the Jesus that would be conservative and back the Republicans, the left-wing hippy type Jesus that promotes Marxism, and let's not forget my absolute favorite: Prosperity Jesus, the one that says that if you follow God, He will bring you earthly riches beyond
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
While Darling makes some great points, I feel the book doesn’t live up to its title. The book spends much of its time correcting myths about Jesus but could do with more of a focus on positively identifying Jesus. After the sections on what Jesus is not, I would have loved a final chapter clearly consolidating who Jesus is and what this means for us.
Lisa Anne Morrow
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Without Jesus, there would be no Christianity, and so it is imperative that we know, to the extent that we are able, who we are talking about when we talk about him. In this book, Daniel Darling helps us to trade "the myths we create for the savior who is."

I was intrigued by the chapter titles for this book, each one debunking a common label that we sometimes, consciously or unconsciously, apply to Jesus. These include, but are not limited to: Braveheart Jesus (the idea of the savior as the epi
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review.

The Original Jesus, by Daniel Darling, was not at all what I expected. After seeing the smiling “Buddy Jesus” caricature on the cover, and reading the descriptive blurb on the back of the book, I was anticipating a fun, humorous, and insightful point/counterpoint discussion about how Jesus is being presented in popular culture versus the Jesus described in The Bible.
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jesus is many things to many people. Pope Francis, currently visiting America is a decent example: people project onto figures like these who they want them to be, eager to claim them as their own. To conservatives, Jesus is a capitalist and for liberals, he is a hippie. These are prevalent examples because of the political polarization in America so these images get a lot of airtime today. Most misconceptions about who Jesus is stem from either hardcore presuppositionalism or sheer ignorance of ...more
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Original Jesus" by Daniel Darling is a book about tearing down the myths our society has created about Jesus. This author does not mix words and is willing to tear down Christian society sacred cows. What do I mean by sacred cows I mean the attitude such as Jesus would be a conservative Republican or a liberal democrat (it always was interesting to me that people think he would be either one). In other words beliefs that people will argue with you over even though they can't back it with Sc ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Darling is concerned about the views of Jesus the American church is promoting. He identifies the wrong images but then fails to present a true image of Jesus. He did a pretty good job of showing the errors. I felt he really went off track a couple of times. One was in the chapter about the "Left-Wing Jesus." He writes about what really works to help the poor, free market economy, the accumulation of wealth, the right to private property. He lets us know he understands Jesus did not endorse all ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Daniel Darling has a concern for the way Jesus is being portrayed in out society. In The Original Jesus he has ten chapters with titles depicting the different ways that people see Jesus. Each of these chapters contains a little bit of personal narrative, a problem with that view of Jesus, and how Jesus should be seen in contrast with that particular view. He addresses these issues with quotes from famous authors and quotes from scripture.

However, the book does not go deep into theology and is v
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Often when I hear people speak about Jesus it sounds like they have picked a few aspects, words, or events they like and ignore the rest. Honestly, all of the "tribes" of Christians do that. This book takes on the most popular versions of Jesus in current American culture. In doing so the author gives a rather comprehensive picture of Jesus.

This book is a great idea. It is well executed and very readable. It is not a book for the ages. It will need to be rewritten every 10 to 20 years as the cul
Philip Smith
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has plenty to make you think and makes some good points. However it is very American in outlook, eg. problem with hunting, but no concern about going to the shooting range and uses lots of American language.
The point that Darling is making is quite valid in that we all tend to make God and Jesus into the image that suit us.
sharon stashuk
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jesus who is God

I have to say this book was very interesting. But there were terms and facts regarding the modern day church that I have never heard of nor could understand. His understanding and revelation of the true gospel was spot on. I would recommend it for anyone that maybe unsure what the real or true gospel is.I'm
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Great concept, average to poor follow-through. Prone to tangents and meandering. A thesis and points would help most of his chapters. A bit too superficial to help anybody except those who already agree with him. He did force me to think about topics that I don't normally think about while reading popular-level, Christian non-fiction.
Zachary Hanje
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fantastic book dismantling many false caricatures of who we suppose Jesus to be.
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Daniel Darling is the Senior Vice President for Communications at NRB. For six years, he served as Vice President for Communications for the ERLC, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination. Dan is a bestselling author of several books, including Teen People of the Bible, Crash Course, iFaith, Real, Activist Faith, The Original Jesus, The Dignity Revolu ...more

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