Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Book Review - Jesus Did It Anyway

Jesus Did It Anyway (The Paradoxical Commandments for Christians) by Kent M. Keith is a book about how to live a life a faith in Jesus by coming face to face with the contradictory nature of being a disciple of God and living in the world. The very nature of the "commandments" that Keith draws from both the bible and observation of human kind were so astounding that Mother Teresa borrows them for her own work.

The book starts with a chapter that is titled "The Call," reminding us that God is asking us to follow Jesus. Keith then reminds us that following Jesus is NOT about doctrine, or about a list of rules or commandments, but about the Gospel of Jesus itself, and he does that by illustrating Good Friday and it's meaning. Then, mirroring the 10 commandments of God gave Moses, Keith draws 10 commandments summarizing both Jesus' actions and behaviors as he outlines how we too can follow Jesus' example and change the world us. 

Keith's first Paradoxical Commandment is "People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.  LOVE THEM ANYWAY. Think about that for a moment.  People really are illogical and they really do ask and expect us to do unreasonable thinks because they are more concerned about themselves than others.  Narcissism runs rampant in our world today.  It's all about the "Selfie."  It would to me, seem must easier to be disappointed, angry and retaliatory to these mean people, to prevent them and others from taking advantage of me.  But both Keith and the WWJD bracelet asks, "What Would Jesus Do?"  Well, he would love them anyway.  And so goes the other 9 commandments, all of them explaining to the reader how paradoxical Jesus', and his followers', behavior within the world really is or ought to be.  It's actually rather shocking, as he not only says what we should do, but why, biblically, and how.  

Keith's book is not only interesting, but for the last 5 years I have continually returned to it help me organize, recover and plan my reactions when I have been hurt or confused by the World's behavior.  He has written it so well that you faith is stoked, you life is enhanced and Jesus comes deeper and deeper into your life.

It has taken me 5 years to write this short review, because I have not begun to be done with this book.  Instead of it being something I have read, and enjoyed, it is still something I am reading, using and growing with, along with my bible.  This is a 5 star book.  Get it!  Now.

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