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Sunday, January 6, 2013

REVIEW: Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches by Johnnie Moore

Title: Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches
Series: none
Author: Johnnie Moore
Published Date: Jan 1, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: ebook
Pages: 202
ISBN0849964512
Copy provided by: BookSneeze
Genre: religion/ spirituality
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: In "Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches," Johnnie Moore draws on both Scripture and his extensive experience with other cultures and religions to show how the God of the Bible is unique in his willingness to be near us in all of our messiness. Moore outlines the central importance of the doctrine of grace while introducing readers to a humble and human Jesus who reaches out to us at our worst and pulls us up to our best.
Grace, Moore argues, is something that is both gotten and given, and the two-part structure of the book allows readers to explore both of these dynamics. By offering hope rather than condemnation and showing the practical applications of grace in today's world, "Dirty God" will appeal to both the committed Christian and the spiritual seeker looking for a more authentic faith. Challenging and engaging, "Dirty God" is sure to establish Johnnie Moore as an emerging voice for Millennial and Gen-X evangelicals for years to come.

My review: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com (http://BookSneeze.com) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
I can't say enough good things about this book. This book completely changed the way I looked at Jesus and God. Growing up Catholic, I've seen God as the typical old man with along flowing beard, on a throne,  "up there"...distant, unreachable. Sound familiar? 
When my uncle passed away, I started thinking about the way he had a relationship with God, and I became jealous. To put it in vernacular, God and him, they were best buds, they were bros, they were each other's wing man. I wanted that, but how could I be best buds with the unreachable, distant God that I grew up with? Then I read this book. 
"What was most stunning to the people was that Elijah's God didn't require a theatrical performance to spur him to action. Elijah didn't have to make a big scene, scream till his voice was raw, or mar his flesh. It was as if Jehovah had been siting on the edge of heaven, with his feet hanging off the ledge, waiting for the moment he was asked to intervene. He was eager to respond to the request of his servant. He wanted to help, and he didn't have to be asked twice." (pg 32)
This totally stopped me in my tracks. Seeing God as a being that is eager and willing to have a relationship with me, an actual personal relationship with me, was stunning. 
While this book was totally revolutionary in its message to me, I have to say, the last third of it was kind of uncomfortable. I don't feel comfortable with the idea of trying to introduce people to the idea of God and Jesus as a savior. Maybe I've been beaten over the head one too many times by the Jehovah's Witnesses. That's their job, not mine.
However, I don't have a problem trying to live a better life, and showing others' through my actions. That's what this book taught me.

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