These are excerpts from last Friday's blog tour entries for Your Jesus is Too Safe.
Travis Prinzi at The Rabbit Room:
Wilson’s book gives us an overarching biblical view of Jesus. But it’s not dry, stuffy theology. It’s very much alive both with adoration for Christ and with connecting points to our culture through Wilson’s use of pop culture phrases and concepts to communicate his message. If you’re wondering how to be “relevant” about Jesus without compromising the message, this is how you do it. It’s evident that Wilson doesn’t believe he needs to make Jesus relevant, but that He already is.
Milton Stanley at Transforming Sermons:
Jared’s stated purpose for writing Too Safe is “to remind us, for the glory of God and the hope of the world, of the original message of the historical person of Jesus Christ who was, in fact, God in the flesh” (15). Assuming “us” to be Christian disciples, Jared succeeds in his effort. His book, I think, will be most helpful in aiding Christians already possessing the basic elements of biblical knowledge to grow in seeing the big picture of what God’s interaction with humanity is really about. That big picture clearly infuses all of Jared’s writings, and he is gifted at helping others see it, too. He’s certainly helped me over the past few years to begin seeing not only the trees of God’s Word, but the forest.
Throughout his writing, you can almost feel Jared’s heart expanding as he puts his worship onto paper. It’s full of awe-inspiring, heart-captivating portraits of Jesus Christ, drawing us into this worship as we read about our great King. Jared manages to avoid the common traps that seem to entangle authors as they write about Jesus.
[I]n reading Your Jesus is Too Safe, I was so encouraged in my walk, so drawn to my Jesus, that I wanted you guys, the readers of this little blog, to be exposed to it as well. Jared may not be a "big name" out there on the store shelves (yet :), but I believe that his approach to the life of our Redeemer is welcome wind blowing through the doors of your local Christian Bookstore.
Perhaps it's my classical bias and my taste for mystics and poets, but I found the book rather unpolished. There are multitudinous pop-culture references, and, in my opinion, too much humor for a book of this nature.
In his new book Your Jesus Is Too Safe: Outgrowing a Drive-Thru, Feel-Good Savior, pastor/blogger Jared Wilson not only introduces Jesus but imitates him. In twelve chapters Wilson, like Jesus, walks alongside his readers, gently (and sometimes not-so-gently) showing us how we tend to hope in a variety sub-biblical “redeemers” whom we call “Jesus” but who bear little resemblance to the Jesus revealed in the Scriptures.
Jared writes as someone who knows Jesus. He knows the Bible and that all of it is about Jesus, not just the Gospels. He knows the current historical and theological debates/discoveries/opinions about Jesus. He clearly knows and has experienced the love of God through the work and person of Jesus.
Jared begins by introducing you to the promise of Jesus and builds to a crescendo, Jesus as Savior. When I finished reading chapter 12 (Jesus as Savior), I was moved to worship and left with a desire to read more of my Savior. Jared Wilson’s book will encourage and challenge your thinking about the One with whom you have salvation.