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Jesus > Religion Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough

ISBN-10: 1400205395
ISBN-13: 9781400205394
Edition: 2013
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Description: Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved.Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus.” The  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Incorporated
Publication date: 10/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.63" wide x 8.50" long x 0.64" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved.Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus.” The four-minute video of Bethke’s spoken-word performance literally became an overnight sensation, with seven million YouTube views in its first forty-eight hours (and 23+ million within a year). The message hit like a blizzard on social-media sites and in forwarded emails, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged. In Jesus Religion, Bethke unpacks the stark contrasts that he drew in the poem—contrasts between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor, he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior. Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he’s not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something, soul-starved searcher who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.

Jefferson Bethke has a compelling story of overcoming a painful childhood of poverty and a broken home, and this gives him a unique perspective on the grace of God and the work of Jesus in his life and the lives of others. It's this perspective that has catapulted him into the national conversation regarding religion and spirituality, allowing his message to connect at a heart level with an audience ranging from atheists to nationally recognized religious leaders.

Author's Note
Foreword
Introduction: Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?
Why I Still Think Jesus Hates Religion (and You Should Too)
Fundies, Fakes, and Other So-Called Christians
Religion Makes Enemies / Jesus Makes Friends
With Religion, There Are Good and Bad People / With Jesus, There Are Only Bad People in Need of Grace
Religion Is the Means to Get Things from God / If We Seek Jesus, We Get God
With Religion, If You Are Suffering, God Is Punishing You / God Already Punished Jesus on Your Behalf, So Suffering Is His Mercy
Religion Says, "God Will Love You If…"/ Jesus Says, "God So Loved…"
Religion Points to a Dim Future / Jesus Points to a Bright Future
Why Jesus Loves the Church (and You Should Too)
Conclusion: Do You Know Jesus?
Acknowledgments
Notes
Recommended Reading
About the Author

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