#OrganicJesus — finding your way to an unprocessed, gmo-free christianity [book review]
Imagine what would happen if C. S. Lewis traveled in time to the future, wrote a primer on the Christian faith, gave it to an unassuming librarian, and then vanished into thin air.
That’s sort of how I imagine Scott Douglas coming up with some of the deeper theological truths found in the pages of #OrganicJesus. I suppose it was much less dramatic than that.
#OrganicJesus contains equal parts humor mixed with equal parts truth about Christianity, in the sort of “organic” and preservative free way that most millennials and young at heart folks will appreciate.
This book is not a watered down Jesus encounter, but a full on book full of seeds to help regrow a vibrant and full faith. Douglas presents the essentials without neutering the power of the gospel, and allows the theological depth the same air time as his personal stories and illustrations.
This book may not be everyone’s cup of coffee, but if you are looking for more flavor and boldness in your faith, give #OrganicJesus a read.
As a sort of appetizer to whet your appetite for #OrganicJesus, here are some of my favorite quotes from the book.
“There comes a point where we have to accept that if there is a God, then God can and will defend himself.” (p. 59)
“Christianity isn’t supposed to be about sharing the love of Christ with all those who share our values; Christianity is about welcoming those who put all our beliefs at risk and proving that love will always win.” (p. 65)
“The gospel comes alive when we live it, not when we memorize it so we can spout it off at a person who doesn’t believe like us.” (p. 89)
“God doesn’t want us to believe in a magician. He wants us to believe in a father figure — a person we can have a relationship with.” (p. 111)
“The ultimate miracle — the only one that really matters — is salvation. Jesus died and came back from the dead for us.” (p. 116)
“A lot of churches talk about people’s need to “get fed.” The fact is, there are a lot of overweight Christians. They don’t need to get fed — they need to teach. Church should be focused on getting believers to a point of maturity where they are teachers, passing down the sacred rites of the church.” (p. 151)
“Grace is the most amazing gift God gave us to offer others. It’s the ability to do something extraordinary and completely unnatural: to love where we have no reason to love. That is a powerful thing. That kind of power can change the world.” (p. 160)
“Worshiping God is anything that opens your eyes to him. It’s anything that makes you feel his presence. You don’t have to sing a song for that.” (p. 170)
“It’s so important to read your Bible not because God wants you to know his law but because God wants you to know him.” (p. 188)
“God doesn’t call us because we are extraordinary people; he calls us because he can make us extraordinary people.” (p. 212)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. 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.
If you’ve made it THIS far, here is a cool video trailer on #OrganicJesus. Enjoy!