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If you consume any Christian media you have probably seen one of Jefferson Bethke’s video about why he hates religion but love Jesus. Or his subsequent release about marriage. His spoken-word pieces quickly went viral with Christian millennial’s.
When I received a copy of his newest book, It’s Not What You Think, I was expecting more of the same as what I had seen in his videos. I was not expecting a journey into the cultural and theological nuances of Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation.
He poses the question, what if Jesus isn’t who we think? Now, if you personally know me you have probably seen me with my nose in this book in the past few weeks, highlighter in hand. I’m a pretty well-read person, I feel like I have a pretty firm grasp on major biblical concepts. But Bethke’s proposal that God isn’t waiting until this earth passes away to dwell among us, but rather that God wants to do well with us right now, right where we are, blew me away.
In the book he covers everything from the Sabbath, to brokenness, to Back To The Future, in a lens that lets us take a peek into the cultural attitude of the time. When Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple, you and I may have just thought that he was taking a stand against capitalizing on religion. But through the lens of the culture at the time, it was something totally different.
If you are looking for an easy read that packs a lot of theological punch, grab a copy of this book. You might find that God doesn’t fit into the mold you have him in.
I was given a copy of this book to review by Book Look Bloggers. All opinions are my own.