Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
The title is perfect when it comes to describing Jefferson Bethke’s book. It’s Not What You Think! Most of us have heard the Gospel, but how many of us actually understand what it is and what it means? The Gospel is so much more than just a transaction between us and Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t just die on the Cross so that we can go to heaven when we die.
Bethke guides his readers from the creation of the universe in Genesis to the celebration in Revelation. When we learn to examine the Bible from the beginning, we see a story so much more beautiful and compelling than how many Christians are telling it today. This was definitely my favorite part that he focused on. When it comes to the Bible, we can’t just take bits and pieces that we like. We need both the New and Old Testament because it shows us the whole story.
Now, there were a couple of things when it comes to some of his theology that I’m not sure whether or not I agree with, but Bethke will make you stop and think. If you want a deep, impacting read that will make you stop and think, then this is a must-read. He encourages his readers to dig deeper instead of remaining on the surface level. I would only recommend this for readers who want to be serious in their walks with God because it is not a light read.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Jefferson Bethke lives in Maui with his wife, Alyssa, one-year-old daughter, Kinsley, and yellow lab Aslan. He makes YouTube videos, has a podcast with Alyssa, and enjoys making anything that has a creative element to it. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion.