The title of this book makes it sound like this is going to be some controversial ‘the secret hidden message of Jesus that makes all of historic Christianity a joke’ books, but thankfully it’s not. It certainly is controversial, but for all the right reasons; it’s controversial because Christianity is controversial. From beginning to end this book’s about grace. It’s split into two parts, the first a detailed breakdown of grace shown in the life of Jesus, and the second a challenging encouragement for Christians to also live lives of grace.
To be honest, I found some things a bit annoying about this book at first. I’m not sure if it was just my copy or what, but there were some really weird text errors (like, half a paragraph appearing a page early) – there were too many for it to have just been a typo and they stopped halfway through, but that was pretty annoying. Also, the writer’s style is to make us realise that Jesus was a real person (something I appreciate), but at times it felt to me like he was trying a bit too hard for my liking.
That out of the way, I genuinely got a lot out of the book. At the most basic level it is ‘just another book about grace’, but the fact that Jesus is presented as a real person rather than some holy character really brings it to life, and to my mind the book got stronger and stronger the further I read. The book finishes with the author giving a vision for the global church which is absolutely massive, and that’s wonderful. What a joy to be called to be part of it!
I’d recommend this for anyone, Christian or not. It’s easy to read, fast-paced, and deeply challenging. Read and apply liberally.
I got this ebook for free from BookSneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.