Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough  -     By: Jefferson Bethke
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Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough

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Bursting onto the scene with his YouTube sensation "Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus," Bethke challenged viewers to take a new look at Christ. With refreshing candor, he now offers his own story of recovering from a works-based, fake-smile existence; and highlights the differences between law and love, performance and peace, and more. 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Publication Date: 2013
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved. 

Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged.

In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks similar contrasts that he drew in the poem—highlighting the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior.

Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he’s not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.

Author Bio

Jefferson Bethke is the author of New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion. Bethke’s message connects at a heart level with an audience ranging from atheists to nationally recognized religious leaders. He lives in Maui, Hawaii.

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  1. Pittsburgh, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Book!
    January 22, 2015
    Paul K
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    He does a good job of describing the differences between religion and Jesus and how/why to focus on Jesus. He also gives a good description of what we should consider to be a church. It would certainly be good reading for someone who makes the claim that they are a Christian based on the perspective that he describes in this book.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Both young and old
    October 23, 2014
    Thinman
    Excellent for both young and old.
  3. West Point, Ga
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Revolutionary
    August 21, 2014
    Buck
    West Point, Ga
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is a great read for anyone at any stage of their walk with Christ. I think that book is even better for a non believer who may struggle with accepting Christ because of how the 21st Century church and the media has painted Christianity out to be. Great book.
  4. ALBANY,NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    JESUS>RELIGION
    August 10, 2014
    Jonathan
    ALBANY,NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I just started this book and was drawn to it by the sticker on the front showing it discounted. However, on the reverse the store I shop for Bibles, etc had it marked to $3.99. It is like a diamond in the rough. His story of making his GF an idol really struck home. It brought to mind the people who jumped out of windows and put pistols to their heads when the stock market crashed in 1929. Those who did so were so identified with their wealth, that when their wealth was "gone" there was no point in their being around anymore. They seem to have forgotten we enter this life with "nothing". We may have rich parents but we bring nothing with us and we leave taking nothing with us. I learned long ago that it was "religion" that killed Christ. Taking that a step further it was also "us" who by our sinful lives crucified Christ. There are some people who think that belonging to the "right" church or having the "right" religion is what will determine if they are judged to be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven or "cast out" into outer darkness. The words of Jesus make it clear that the way to destruction is wide and broad and many will go there while straight and narrow is the way that leads to life and few will find it. After reading this book one needs to re-read "Proverbs and Ecclesiastes"(boy I had to look up that spelling) and remember what conclusions Solomon came to. All of us are just "passing through". Just look at any cemetery as you drive by. Most of us will not be remembered 100 years from now and anything and everything we ever had will be in someone else's hands.
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    'didnt get' the premise of this book
    April 16, 2014
    vanessa walters
    Red Cloud, Neb.
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    I bought this book, based on the cover and what was on the back of the book...be honest, I didnt really get what this author was trying to say. I read it through fairly quickly, and as I often do, I re-read it again, more slowly and thoughtfully. I STILL didnt get it. I believe that Mr. Bethke was trying to tell the readers, that we are to trust in Jesus, not church/denomination rules and regulations..
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