Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Jesus Sessions – Getting Beyond the Bumper-Sticker Gospel by John R. Greco

Amazon.com link for The Jesus Sessions

The Jesus Sessions is sometimes written in a light-hearted manner, but John Greco is very serious about letting his readers know who Jesus is, how we should worship Him, and reaching deeper than bumper-sticker religious mottos. He uses experiences of people he has met and compares them to individuals in Scripture. The author describes what it really means to be born again, and covers many of the struggles that young people face. In one chapter, the author had to deal with an out of control unsaved friend and compared his situation to how Jesus interacted with Nicodemus.

This is also a book of heartfelt stories. There is a powerful story of Lucy, a Wiccan bookstore owner, and his embarrassment when he learned how Christians had treated her. There is a personal example he tells of why he felt like an outcast when he was young, and a captivating story of meeting his estranged grandfather. Another story is about a mission trip to Jamaica and how the people affected his life and the choices he made. Even more poignant is the tragic story of Horatio Spafford and his utterance of It is Well With My Soul.

Although there are many serious topics covered, this is not a stuffy lecture book from the author. This is written in a contemporary Christian manner with references to pop-culture and current events. Each chapter is followed by Questions for Reflection and Discussion which would make this an interesting and informative Sunday School lesson book or book club selection. The Jesus Sessions is perfect for teens to young adults.

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like an amazing book. Adding it to the list!

    Stopping by from SITS!


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