A Review of “Jesus Is _____.” by Judah Smith

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I just finished reading the book “Jesus Is _____” by Judah Smith, a pastor from Seattle.  I originally started reading the book thanks to Justin Bieber.  Since I work with youth and his endorsement sent the book flying off shelves I decided I should give it a read.  Since then I have been hearing and seeing a lot of the author, Judah Smith, all over the place.  Judah Smith was a speaker at Passion 2013 conference in Atlanta, he did a recorded video/prayer that is played before the Rock & Worship Roadshow each night and is getting interviewed in Relevant magazine.  Ironically, Relevant magazine recently did an article on “Christian Celebrity”.  You can decide if Judah fits into that or not, I’m just giving my thoughts on his book.

I really enjoyed the book.  It was a fairly quick read.  I cracked the majority of it out over a weekend trip to Oregon.  So if you are worried that it will take a long time or whatever that is definitely not an issue with this book.

The premise of the book is to shed a new light on the person of Jesus.  There are six main sections of the book with the sentence of “Jesus Is ____” being answered.  Jesus is your friend, Jesus is grace, Jesus is the point, Jesus is happy, Jesus is here and Jesus is alive.  Within each of those categories there are 2-3 chapters on the matter.  My personal favorite section was Jesus is grace.

“When we see Jesus face-to-face, sin is going to be the furthest thing from our minds.  All we will be thinking about is his grace and love and how happy we are to be in his arms.
      When we make up rules because we are afraid people will sin, we end up doing an end run around faith.  It’s not fear that saves us — it’s faith.  Fear of failure has a sneaky way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.  We focus so much on what we don’t want to do that we are drawn to it like a moth to a flame.  Or like a mosquito to a bug zapper, since its the twenty-first century now.
      Make rules and follow rules as needed, but don’t focus on rules.  Focus on faith.  Focus on grace.  Focus on Jesus.”

-Judah Smith, “Jesus Is _____.” pg. 58

The book has a good mixture of important theology on the person of Jesus Christ and a sense of humor that I really appreciated.  Overall, I would recommend the book to people.  Like I said before, it’s an easy read and the content is very good.  Hopefully the half a million teenage girls who bought it because Justin Bieber recommended it actually take in what they read rather than thinking “OMG I’m reading the same book as Justin!!!!!!! ❤ #Believe”

-Jacob

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