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

Paperback | October 7, 2013

byJefferson Bethke

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved. 

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 of false religion.

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAbandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved. 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 mill...

Jefferson Bethke is the author of New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion. Bethke’s message connects at a heart level with an audience ranging from atheists to nationally recognized religious leaders. He lives in Maui, Hawaii.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:October 7, 2013Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1400205395

ISBN - 13:9781400205394

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reality check! Moving, challenging, compassionate, and worth the read over again.
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing He wrote it like it is, I felt slapped, connected, and joyful at times during the reading of this book. He addressed what we go through as Christians in a bold manner. Definitely a must read for anyone, it reminded me of my life.
Date published: 2013-11-14

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