Friday, July 20, 2012

The Jesus Scandals by David Instone-Brewer ~ Kregel Blog Tour

Jesus Scandals Cover
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857210238
  • ISBN-13: 978-085721023

June 1, 2012
Although Western culture has been shaped for centuries by Christian teaching, a closer study of the Bible reveals that we routinely ignore the uncomfortable heart of New Testament ethics. It's too extreme, too confrontational. Even Christians pander to the world's way of thinking, making the astonishing bland.

My take on this book:

Anytime I can find a book that will give me a different perspective on the Bible I look forward to reading it. "The Jesus Scandals" is such an easy to read book that had me thinking about the Bible in a whole new way. The first question it poses is why look for scandals in the Bible. Well it's the scandals that provide confirmation that events really happened. For example we have always been told that Jesus would and could transform anyone's life and a perfect example is the fact that  it is mentioned in that he spent time with prostitutes and other unsavory characters, and their lives were transformed.

This book is written in three parts:
Part 1. Scandals in Jesus' life.
Part 2.Scandals Among Jesus's Friends
Part3.Scandals in Jesus' teaching.

Each part has several mini chapters that are quick, easy reads, there are often references to Bible verses that had me pulling out my Bible for a further look,and since I am a fan of chapter hopping I was happy to learn that the chapters could be read in any order, because they stand alone. Overall, if your looking for a fresh perspective on the Bible your going to find it in this book. Perfect for group study or using alone. I know this is a book that I will reread.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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