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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Book Review: The Jesus You Can't Ignore by John MacArthur





I just finished reading the book, The Jesus You Can’t Ignore What You Must Learn From the Bold Confrontations of Christ by John MacArthur. “ What you think of Jesus Christ will thoroughly color how you think of everything else.” The way we look at what we know about Jesus affects the way we see the world, ourselves, our families, and God. Often, Jesus is portrayed as a meek and mild Jesus who spoke of peace and goodwill, healed the sick, and calmed fears. While this is a part of Jesus, it does not show the whole picture of who He was. He also declared the truth without apologies, angering and offending many of the religious leaders of his day. In this book, John MacArthur goes through the gospels and ,”shows a remarkable and compelling picture of the Jesus you can’t ignore.”

This was a very interesting book. Today, too often when speaking about religion or the Bible, we feel the need to make sure we stay on “safe” topics and not run the risk of offending anyone. There is no such thing as absolute truth and any and all interpretations of the Bible and religion is to be accepted. I wonder what Jesus thinks about our world and our religious leaders today?

I would definitely recommend this book. John MacArthur presents his points and backs them up with Scripture showing a full view of the Savior. Not only do we see the Jesus who loved the sinners, healed with compassion, and paid the wages of our sin with his death on the cross. We also see how he took on the religious leaders of the times, upending their tables in the temples, breaking their rules, and calling them out for the hypocrites that they were.

The introduction of this book was a bit hard to read through and I found it a little on the dull side, but once I got into the actual book, I could not put it down. I also would like to mention that I think this book would be very hard to read and understand with out a good amount of biblical knowledge. Somebody who is not already familiar with the Bible and trying to learn about Jesus would have a hard time picking up this book and understanding it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.
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