[BOOK REVIEW: It’s Not What You Think]

[BOOK REVIEW: It’s Not What You Think]

I have watched a few of Jefferson Bethke‘s videos on YouTube and loved the ideas, but his way of talking was a bit too emotional (or fast-speaking…) for me. My husband, however, loves his videos and so when I saw this book, Christianity: It’s Not What You Think, available on BookSneeze BookLookBloggers, I decided to get it so I can read and review and then my hubby can read it too.

It took a while for me to begin reading this book. When I got it, I was feeling sort of down regarding my faith and I didn’t think reading a book would help me. I was tired of thinking and analyzing (yeah, it happens). So I distracted myself with fiction books, enjoying the life of characters from another world that is not like ours…

Anyway. 

I did begin reading this book and, wow, it hit home. 

One of the key things that made me think was the wrongfulness of those Christian beads bracelets. You know, black-red-white-blue-green-gold… I think anyone who has ever been to a kids’ camp or VBS has done these.

Yet… the important idea that Bethke brought up is that we begin our stories all wrong! We begin with black, the color of sin. However, when you read the Genesis, you can see that when God was creating everything, He kept saying “It is good!” And when He (They) created Adam and Eve, God said, “It is VERY good.”

Our story does not begin in Genesis 3 when sin destroyed God’s perfect creation.

It begins in Genesis 1, where God creates everything good.

And the book (Christianity. It’s Not What You Think) continues telling the story of the Bible, basically re-telling it, but from a point of view that we were all good in the beginning and that’s where we’re heading.

I highly recommend this book, especially to those who feel like hiding from God because of something they have done.

I keep thinking about Ted Dekker’s book called Black where he paints a similar picture of God who keeps on loving His creatures. The leader of the people, Tanis, was talking about God (Elyon) and the people were responding.

The sheer momentum of their zeal carried Tom. He asked the question he knew Tanis was demanding he ask. “And how does Elyon love?”
“Excellent question! He chooses”
“He chooses.”
“He pursues.”
“He pursues,” said Rachelle’s father, fist clenched.
“He rescues.”
“He woos.”
“He woos.”
“He protects.”
It was Like a Ping Pong match.
“He protects. Ha!”
“He lavishes.”

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  • Thanks for the recommendation Zee. I read his other one and really have no plans to read this one. (Too many others right now). However, I do know someone who can use this…NOW! I will buy it for her. Love ya

    • I hope whoever she is, she will enjoy the book and it will be a blessing! Thanks for being a blessing to others 🙂

      • it is a young lady (to me anyway) who was raised in the Amish/conservative Mennonite tradition and was tainted badly by abuse, molestation, etc. She is suffering with PTSD and DID as well as being filled with wrong ideas of faith and salvation. “have to work my way to heaven,” “I’m not good enough” etc. Think it will help? Sounds like it will. Oh…tell Sam I said Hi and he better be taking loving care of you. Or I may just have to come over there and straighten him up! (I wish). Caleb has told me he would even translate for me. LOL

        • I think this book would guide towards the right way of thinking.

          Hahaha re: translation 😀 Don’t worry, I couldn’t have been blessed with a more caring husband 🙂

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