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Monday, January 14, 2013

On the Bookshelf: Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge

I have a friend who is hysterically funny and smart and who collects Bad Jesus Art.

You heard me. And you know you've seen some. I, for one, get nervous around Jesus art, mostly because images don't jive at all with how I picture the Jesus that now, today, gives me hope. For one thing, I don't picture this Jesus as an angry Russian with fetal alcohol syndrome:
 I also suspect my Jesus doesn't wear a wig.
 He might ride a motorcycle, though there's no evidence of this in Scripture.
When you combine this abundant supply of Bad Jesus Art with our own tendency to make Jesus into someone distant, removed, depressed and Norwegian, we have created for ourselves a wacky image of how Jesus actually behaved when here on earth. I recently read John Eldredge's book on this very topic.

He, for one, does not think Jesus wears a wig. In fact, he makes a compelling case for a Jesus who has a great sense of humor (phew!), gets angry at all the right things, despises legalism and loves being with his friends. 

So, good book. You can buy it here.

What are you reading these days?


  1. I am reading, Cesar Millan's "Be the Pack Leader"

  2. Dermot Healy, "Long Time No See"

  3. "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown. Love it! Her TED talk about vulnerability is amazing! & "A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael" by Elisabeth Elliot.

  4. All four titles now on my list. Thanks, girls!

  5. I second Janelle! I finished "The Gifts of Imperfection" just a couple weeks back. Game changer for me personally. As far as fiction goes: I just finished both Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by Mamaeve Medwed this month. Both completely different and great. "Great" is actually a huge understatement. Gone Girl is a wild, page turning ride that had me gasping with turrets until the end. Suspenseful and mind-blowing. "How EBB Saved My Life" was more chick lit, but I loved the author's writing style and how she wrapped everything up in the end!

    ~Meredith S.

  6. I am not reading anything. I need a recommendation from you.

  7. I just finished reading Operation Bonnet. I loved the dialog! It made me laugh out loud And I just love a book that does that!

    1. Thanks, Marcia! And thanks for finding me here. ;)