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Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity to read. All opinions and thoughts expressed in the “My Personal Review” section are all my own and like all my reviews they are 100 percent honest.
About the book:
Jesus is not a life coach, a movement leader, a cultural visionary, or a blessing dispenser but you might not know that by listening to many Christians talk about their faith.
My Personal Thoughts and Review:
First, let me say that Johnson does a great job on sharing personal stories and his own struggles along his journey as a Christian and though I enjoy hearing about his experiences I didn’t necessarily care for his approach. As I began reading this book, I was a little disappointed. I think was expecting a different type of reading. Maybe a little more encouragement and instruction on how we can understand more of who Jesus is to us. However, that is not exactly what I got out of this book. The book included some curse words that I don’t care about using nor do I usually expect them in Christian books but I understand that not everyone will feel the same way. For me, that and a section where the author spoke about discussing views over beers was a little much for me. I wouldn’t say this was a bad book, it just wasn’t my taste. I found it really hard to connect to book and thus it was hard to enjoy.
If you like to read and ponder things from other’s points of view, like Matt Johnson shares here, then I believe you would enjoy this book. He works his way the chapters of the book explaining the ways some Christians or Churches he has come in contact with perceiving Jesus and his relationship to us. I give the author kudos for stepping out there and writing about something important to him, but for me, I didn’t agree with a few things he wrote about and that cause a little disconnect for me but I feel like everyone interested in this type of book should look into it more.
About the Author: Matt Johnson