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Beautiful Outlaw Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus By John Eldredge

February 27th, 2012

Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus

Format: Hardcover,
225 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Pub

Publish Date: Oct 2011

ISBN-13: 9780892960880

ISBN-10: 0892960884

 

 

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Reading the Gospels without knowing the personality of Jesus is like watching television with the sound turned off. The result is a dry, two-dimensional person doing strange, undecipherable things. Eldredge removes the religious varnish to help readers discover stunning new insights into the humanity of Jesus. 240 pp.

If you view Jesus as boring; read this book
Wow, what a great book. I have read most if not all of Eldredge’s work and in this book the personal and direct Eldredge style shines, but the subject is altogether different from previous works. To see a Jesus not hoovering above but walking among us, in real life is inspiring. John brings a unique view of Christ earthly life that seems to have been lost over the many years since His time on earth. Though we have the writings (Bible) of Jesus’s time here on earth, they seem detached from reality, John brings these lost items back into focus. My thoughts on this text are best summed up by an old Steve Green song, “Oh, I want to You more”.

Simply Stunning!
I laughed…I cried….then I laughed again…really!!! This book, Beautiful Outlaw, takes you through the gamut of emotions. The real Jesus is portrayed here; the playful, cunning, honest, dangerous man who walked this earth. This man healed the sick, rebelled against the corrupt leadership, and shared his faith with his people. He was also a man who kept company with a motley crew of men (the disciples) and found humor in these relationships while guiding them. Many never see this side of Jesus in church and would be rebuked by their peers for even suggesting it. What an eye-opening event to look at the same bible stories with a new perspective! I can imagine this would rock some “religious” folks’ worlds! But in order to have Christ in you, you need to be willing to know and accept the real Jesus. “To know him as he is, is to come home.” What a succinctly stated and beautiful point. I have always loved Jesus, but to know and be able to love the real Jesus now as a result of this book is truly a gift!

 

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