Beautiful Outlaw:Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus
Editor Buzz with FaithWords Editor Joey Paul
Over the years, I’ve read several books on the person and work of Jesus Christ. I’ve even had the privilege of publishing several, but I have to say, the new book by John Eldredge, Beautiful Outlaw, is the most compelling and insightful book of Jesus I’ve ever read. Where John’s book Wild at Heart set masculinity free from the “nice guy” mentality of the church, Beautiful Outlaw sets Jesus free from the numbing religious stereotypes by helping readers discover the “personality” Christ demonstrated while here on earth (which was often extravagant, disruptive, and playful). The author believes that reading the gospels without the personality of Jesus is like watching television with the sound turned off. The result is a dry, two dimensional person doing strange, undecipherable things.
Eldredge shatters the stained glass to reveal stunning new insights in familiar stories, including the fact that the wine Jesus created at Cana amounted to 908 bottles, late in the celebration – an act of scandalous generosity.
The book presents three major themes. The first is the personality of Jesus – it is often scandalous and it is utterly engaging. The second is the way we can experience him in our life – that same Jesus is available to us, here and now. The third is what his life actually means for ours – we get to live a life of the same quality, the same power.
John Eldredge is the founder and director of Ransomed Heart Ministries located in Colorado Springs, CO, an organization devoted to helping people live their true identities in Jesus Christ by living from their heart. Ransomed Heart hosts several events around the country each year.
If you read only one serious book this year, you’ll do yourself a favor by reading Beautiful Outlaw.
BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW pubs 10/12/11.
Joey Paul is an Executive Editor at FaithWords, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group.