Book review: Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge

I haven’t reviewed for a while, but I have been reading!  Here’s a fresh one for you

Here is stolen blurb from anywhere that sells the book : 

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.

In BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW, John Eldredge removes the religious varnish to help readers discover stunning new insights into the humanity of Jesus. He was accused of breaking the law, keeping bad company, heavy drinking. Of being the devil himself. He was so compelling and dangerous they had to kill him. But others loved him passionately. He had a sense of humour. His generosity was scandalous. His anger made enemies tremble. He’d say the most outrageous things. He was definitely not the Jesus of the stained glass.

Eldredge goes on to show readers how they can experience this Jesus in their lives every day. This book will quicken readers’ worship, and deepen their intimacy with Jesus.

In BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW, John Eldredge removes the religious varnish to help readers discover stunning new insights into the humanity of Jesus. He was accused of breaking the law, keeping bad company, heavy drinking. Of being the devil himself. He was so compelling and dangerous they had to kill him. But others loved him passionately. He had a sense of humor. His generosity was scandalous. His anger made enemies tremble. He’d say the most outrageous things. He was definitely not the Jesus of the stained glass.In the author’s winsome, narrative approach, he breaks Jesus out of the typical stereotypes, just as he set masculinity free in his book, Wild at Heart. By uncovering the real Jesus, readers are welcomed into the rich emotional life of Christ. All of the remarkable qualities of Jesus burst like fireworks with color and brilliance because of his humanity.Eldredge goes on to show readers how they can experience this Jesus in their lives every day. This book will quicken readers’ worship, and deepen their intimacy with Jesus. – See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/john-eldredge/beautiful-outlaw/9780892960880/#desc
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.In BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW, John Eldredge removes the religious varnish to help readers discover stunning new insights into the humanity of Jesus. He was accused of breaking the law, keeping bad company, heavy drinking. Of being the devil himself. He was so compelling and dangerous they had to kill him. But others loved him passionately. He had a sense of humor. His generosity was scandalous. His anger made enemies tremble. He’d say the most outrageous things. He was definitely not the Jesus of the stained glass.In the author’s winsome, narrative approach, he breaks Jesus out of the typical stereotypes, just as he set masculinity free in his book, Wild at Heart. By uncovering the real Jesus, readers are welcomed into the rich emotional life of Christ. All of the remarkable qualities of Jesus burst like fireworks with color and brilliance because of his humanity.Eldredge goes on to show readers how they can experience this Jesus in their lives every day. This book will quicken readers’ worship, and deepen their intimacy with Jesus. – See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/john-eldredge/beautiful-outlaw/9780892960880/#desc
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.In BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW, John Eldredge removes the religious varnish to help readers discover stunning new insights into the humanity of Jesus. He was accused of breaking the law, keeping bad company, heavy drinking. Of being the devil himself. He was so compelling and dangerous they had to kill him. But others loved him passionately. He had a sense of humor. His generosity was scandalous. His anger made enemies tremble. He’d say the most outrageous things. He was definitely not the Jesus of the stained glass.In the author’s winsome, narrative approach, he breaks Jesus out of the typical stereotypes, just as he set masculinity free in his book, Wild at Heart. By uncovering the real Jesus, readers are welcomed into the rich emotional life of Christ. All of the remarkable qualities of Jesus burst like fireworks with color and brilliance because of his humanity.Eldredge goes on to show readers how they can experience this Jesus in their lives every day. This book will quicken readers’ worship, and deepen their intimacy with Jesus. – See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/john-eldredge/beautiful-outlaw/9780892960880/#desc
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.In BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW, John Eldredge removes the religious varnish to help readers discover stunning new insights into the humanity of Jesus. He was accused of breaking the law, keeping bad company, heavy drinking. Of being the devil himself. He was so compelling and dangerous they had to kill him. But others loved him passionately. He had a sense of humor. His generosity was scandalous. His anger made enemies tremble. He’d say the most outrageous things. He was definitely not the Jesus of the stained glass.In the author’s winsome, narrative approach, he breaks Jesus out of the typical stereotypes, just as he set masculinity free in his book, Wild at Heart. By uncovering the real Jesus, readers are welcomed into the rich emotional life of Christ. All of the remarkable qualities of Jesus burst like fireworks with color and brilliance because of his humanity.Eldredge goes on to show readers how they can experience this Jesus in their lives every day. This book will quicken readers’ worship, and deepen their intimacy with Jesus. – See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/john-eldredge/beautiful-outlaw/9780892960880/#desc

My thoughts :

Where to begin!  I’ve read a few of Johns books now and listen to his weekly podcast regularly, so I am very familiar with his style, tone of voice and his ever growing relationship with Christ.  This book was therefore very easy for me to read, but has been difficult for me to get to the bottom of as it is so disruptive.  One of Johns passions is to show the world who the real Jesus is, not the dull white man with bushy beard surrounded by amiable types and children, but the man with rough builders hands, loud mates and a habit of starting an arguement with the church leaders.  This book is very good at starting to strip away all the holy fluff that religion, Christian culture and the haze of history has layered over Jesus and his life and shows him for the real person he actually is.  It is direct and honest and got me questioning where I have looked at Jesus in the wrong way in my life.

What I also really like about this book is that John is very honest about his own struggles and is quick to hold his hands up and declare that he hasn’t nailed it, but he’s working on it, which for me makes it easier to digest because I know that the author knows his limitations and isn’t parading about as some Holy Man who has reached eternal peace and balance, and thus being a liar.

It’s definitely a book to share and also to re-read, and I think that with each reading, more can and will be revealed.

The heart of the book is as the blurb says “This book will quicken readers’ worship, and deepen their intimacy with Jesus.”

First sentence | Last sentence :

“This episode takes place a week or so after Jesus saunters out of the tomb he borrowed” | “Until the next Cana”

In a nutshell :

Jesus is a gritty, offensive, powerful, funny, kind, ferocious, gentle, intentional and generous man, and so much more.  And you can know him just as that ;  in fact, he wants to be known that way, not as a distant pale man with flowing robes and a gentle face, but as a real person who is very close.

Score :

5/5

MrTheKidd

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