Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dirty God, by Johnnie Moore

"Jesus didn't just send a message to man through yet another prophet.  Instead, he dropped a staircase from heaven so that he can walk with us, touch us, talk to us, feel like we feel, hurt as we hurt, struggle as we struggle, and eventually help us get to where we ought to be - in the presence of God again."  ~ Johnnie Moore
Dirty God, by Johnnie Moore, strives to introduce its readers to the human side of Jesus.  No longer just a holy man to be viewed and worshipped from a distance,  Jesus becomes the man of the people... someone who walked the walk, got down in the trenches, and got his hands dirty.  A man who mingled and loved and befriended the lowest members of society, and a man who modeled exactly the sort of behavior he expected from us as his followers.

With a casual and conversational style, Moore talks to us about the meaning of grace, in a way that I don't think I've ever seen before.  He strips down the gospel to its core, and reminds us of its simple and profound truth:  Jesus was a man who brought grace for His people, who wants us to let go of our own hindrances, pick up our own crosses, and follow him... no matter where He may lead.

I really enjoyed this book, and found its message both relatable and inspiring.  While the biblical information it contained was not exactly anything new, it was presented in a fresh and unique way, making it perfect to reach new and seeking believers, or just those who are feeling stagnant in their faith.    Dirty God takes you beyond mere Christianity, into what it really means to follow Christ.

"God expects us to get our own hands dirty just as he dirtied his own.  He wants to meet us - not in the sacntuary but in the slums.  Where hopelessness resides is where the rivers of grace are meant to flow most freely.  God doesn't save us so that we can soak in religion but so that we can go out and spread his love to the masses.... He wants us out in the world, determined to bring change to it."

I received this book for free from the BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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