Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, And Being Good Enough

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Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, And Being Good Enough

by Jefferson Bethke

Thomas Nelson | October 7, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus." The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged.In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks similar contrasts that he drew in the poem-highlighting the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior.Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he''s not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props ofreligion.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.5 × 5.63 × 0.64 in

Published: October 7, 2013

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400205395

ISBN - 13: 9781400205394

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Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, And Being Good Enough

by Jefferson Bethke

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.5 × 5.63 × 0.64 in

Published: October 7, 2013

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400205395

ISBN - 13: 9781400205394

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Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus." The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged.In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks similar contrasts that he drew in the poem-highlighting the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior.Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he''s not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props ofreligion.

About the Author

Jefferson Bethke has a compelling story of overcoming a painful childhood of poverty and a broken home, and this gives him a unique perspective on the grace of God and the work of Jesus in his life and the lives of others. It''s this perspective that has catapulted him into the national conversation regarding religion and spirituality, allowing his message to connect at a heart level with an audience ranging from atheists to nationally recognized religious leaders.

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