Saturday, December 5, 2015

#REVIEW: The Original Jesus by Daniel Darling

Title: The Original Jesus
Series: none
Author: Daniel Darling
Publisher: Baker Books
Published Date: September 1, 2015
ISBN: 080100649X
Pages: 160
Buy it: Amazon
"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 of imposter Jesuses that feed into our selfish desires--Guru Jesus, Braveheart Jesus, Dr. Phil Jesus, Free-Range Jesus. The problem is, they don't have the power to save us or transform us into new creations.

The Original Jesus calls us back to the Jesus who demands our worship--the potter who molds us, the clay. Seekers, skeptics, and sojourners in the way of faith will see Jesus for who he really is: God in the flesh, calling us to surrender our very lives that we may truly live.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

My review: 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 your wildest dreams.
While the author did a great job of bringing into the spotlight each of these Jesus' we have created, I don't feel as if he shed light on what Jesus was truly like. Unfortunately, all of these Jesus' that have been created are American Jesus'. Perhaps this is on par with the audience the author is focussing on, but he could be so much more inviting and explanatory in regards to other countries as a whole, or to humanity as a whole.

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