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After that jolt in the theatre I really appreciated Brad s description in his book f his exchange I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 of letters with the lead male actor in that movie Martin Sheen a self proclaimed Jesus followerThird Brad has some good things to say about prayer that I found very helpful He was able to capture the strengths and the shortcomingsf both the charismatic and contemplative approaches to prayer that I found helpful in sorting through some The Whistle Pig of mywn difficulties with prayerFinally this is a very personal book Brad becomes increasingly transparent in speaking ut f his wn personal struggles along the Way revealing his weaknesses as well as his struggles with violent fantasies against perpetrators f evil in the world as well as against those who have directed violence at him and the members Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things of his family The truth he sets forth in this book is much than a theoretical setf principles It is a way that has been learned through his A Stepdaughter In Heat own personal sheddingf blood sweat and tears This is a very good book a natural and necessary extension f what Brad introduces in his groundbreaking preuel leaving us with a valuable and relevant companion set n knowing and following Jesus that is highly relevant for Rufus our current political climate In this seuel to A More Christlike God Brad Jersak an award winning author accomplished theologian grounded in Scripture and Patristics writes from decadesf pastoral experience A More Christlike Way is a book about Jesus Christ Jersak lays ut how Jesus Christ f Nazareth in his fully human nature forged the path for a new and true humanity We ll call it the Jesus WayThe author critiues four common counterfeits to the Jesus Way1 Moralism When Morality Becomes Heresy2 Partisan Amoralism When Politics Trump Morality3 Retributive Factionalism Are You You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series on the Spectrum 4 Nationalism Civil ReligionHe then describes seven facetsf a Christlike WayFacet 1 Radical Self givingFacet 2 Radical HospitalityFacet 3 Radical Unity Facet 4 Radical RecoveryFacet 5 Radical PeacemakingForgiveness Facet 6 Radical SurrenderFacet 7 Radical CompassionJusticeFinally Jersak closes with A More Beautiful Vision Abba s I have a dream speech A More Christlike Way sets forth a vision for following Jesus that is in keeping with the kind f faith that first turned the world upside down two thousand years ago Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for an advance copy f this book in exchange for an honest reviewI was Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice originally interested in reading this book for two reasons 1 to learn to lead a Christ centered life I believe that in my heart that whatever is wrong with this world so much meanness and anger that Jesus must be the answer I found myself wondering what ever happened to the WWJD what would Jesus do bracelets that everyone was wearing a few decades ago and 2 Confession time to use it s info as ammo to beat conservativesver the head for their support and condoning unchristian like behavior f ur countries leaders separating children from their parents answering mass shooting with thoughts and prayers instead The Cowboys of legislation w Excellent book Brad gives clarity S Christ Jersak laysut how Jesus Christ Sins of Treachery of Nazareth in his fully human nature forged the path for a new and true humanity We’ll call it the Jesus Way The author critiues four common counterfeits to the Jesus Way 1 Moralism When Morality Becomes Heresy 2 Partisan Amoralism When Politics Trump Morality 3 Retributive Factionalism Are Youn the Spectrum 4 Nationalism Civil Religion He then describes seven facets f a Christlike Way Facet 1 – Radical Self
Jersak has a casual conversational tone in his writing It s a disarming rhetorical device it allows those who wouldn t normally read books in this genre to understand him and it disarms those who would be predisposed to disagree with him In ne sense it s nice to read a book n rthopraxy that decidedly isn t systematic in its instruction Life isn t lived in such rganized ways But Jersak replaces the conceptual with the personal delving deeper into his wn story to draw from his Whos Next? Guess Who! own experience But there is no bait and switch Insteadf prescribing the Jesus Way in absolutes he makes the matter a confessional f how he tries and sometimes fails to live ut the message Jesus teachesThis book is at Papi's Gift once less theological but perhaps immediately helpful than its predecessor A More Christlike God A book like this could do serious heavy lifting for communities and new converts Recently I have read a few books that have helped me in myngoing wrestling with the violent Old Testament image f God that remains so prevalent in contemporary evangelicalism None was helpful than Brad Jersak s A More Christlike God in convincing me that the invisible God as revealed in Jesus Christ gives us a reliable and complete picture f the true God than much Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories of what is conveyed throughout the Old TestamentI frankly wondered how Brad would be able to live up to this high standard in his seuel A More Christlike Way He did not disappointSo muchf what I have learned in my lifetime about Christian discipleship prioritized belief systems and グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] obedience to commandments Thankfully Jersak expandsn what discipleship masters such as Dallas Willard have taught about the importance f simply focusing n the Jesus Way as most succinctly and fully revealed in Jesus infamous Sermon n the MountThere was much I appreciated about this book but I will focus n just a few points First Jersak does a marvelous job The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within of clearly setting apart the Jesus Way from the distortions represented in the recent spreadf nationalism and in the growth in partisan politicization The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry of the Christian religion most clearly represented in the American Christian Right He reveals the dangers for Jesus followersf becoming so strongly affiliated with File Under: Arson our positionn the political spectrum whether left Wicked Sense or right the we end up creating a new religionut f ur politics that supplants the Jesus Way as revealed in the Sermon Powerless Against You on the Mount Second Jersak helps us grapple with the wayf retributive violence that continues to prevail in much f Christendom despite the contrasting Way f the Cross which would lead us to vercome evil from a posture f self giving weakness rather than punishing it from a position Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training of retributive power How could we have missed the cruciform way that Jesus revealedn the cross This is so much than a strategy for forgiving sin It is a template for us to follow in responding to evil and violenceBy the way Brad may be the first The Texan Meets His Match other person I know who has experienced the 1979 movie Apocalpyse Now in the same transformative way that I did as a young manf 20 years I would never see war in the same way again. Christianity’s infamy is that ur way and ur faith have not been very Christlike A More Christlike Way is a book for ur time where so much f what is called Christianity has been hijacked to serve agendas that are decidedly un Christlike In this seuel to A More Christlike God Brad Jersak an award winning author accomplished theologian grounded in Scripture and Patristics writes from decades f pastoral experience A More Christlike Way is a book about Jesu.
F Jesus from scripture and His purpose and now ur purpose in living Blue Guide New York out life with a foundationf Love in reflecting ur Lord through ut are lives In this seuel to Brad Jersak s majestic A More Christlike God A More Beautiful Gospel the author considers what a new and true humanity flowing from the theology Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered of the first book would look like Takingur understanding Garden of The Gods of the Godf triune Love whose cruciform and kenotic nature is revealed perfectly in Christ we are lead n a journey to discover what it means in practice for us to follow the path forged by JesusAnd what a journey that is Jersak is unafraid to tackle some f the difficult issues f ur time from a firmly Christ centred perspective starting with what it means to identify as Christian when Christianity has become tarnished by the unChristlike behaviour f some adherents He proposes a new approach to deconstructing a toxic faith before introducing the Jesus Way in ScriptureWhatever your political persuasion part 2 will challenge as Brad considers how faith is lead astray through various isms The book concludes with an exposition f a beautiful faith expressed through seven radical facets ending with a truly inspiring visionA More Christlike Way can be read without having completed the earlier book particularly if you are already familiar with Cruciform Theology Nevertheless I recommend reading A More Christlike God first not just because it is a clear and easily digested introduction and Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments overviewf the cruciform way Goig of thinking but also because it is helpful to follow Jersak s progression from theory to practiceI had high expectations because the preuel was a foundational pillarf my theology I am delighted to report that A More Christlike Way is a worthy successor and stimulating read from which I have learnt a great deal about the human aspects f ur cruciform pilgrimageDisclosure I was given a copy Saraswati Park of the book to review Do not let the religious theme stop you from reading this book I am not religious and really don t know much about religion However I am constantly trying to be a better person This book helped me to clearly see my faults and understand them so that I can workn fixing them GoodreadsGiveaways Overall I was not a fan Ten Weeks with Chinese Bandits of this book However there were good tidbits here and there especially about judgement and hate I lost interest through most parts due to the author seemingly continuingn about something for far too long The Christlike way as Radical Self Giving Radical Hospitality Radical Unity Radical Recovery Radical Peacemaking and Forgiveness Radical Surrender Radical Compassion and JusticeSo much better than the moralism partisan amoralism factionalism and nationalism that ur times has n Young And Naive, Wasted Years offer This is the follow up book to Brad Jersak s a Christlike God He has a chaptern deconstruction and suggests reformation is a better term He has 4 chapters Ebekulak on unchristlike ways to live moralism partisan moralism retributive factionalism and nationalism civil religion He is careful to define his terms to not be simplistic Heffers 7 radical he means root r dramatic alternative. Iving Facet 2 – Radical Hospitality Facet 3 – Radical Unity Facet 4 – Radical Recovery Facet 5 – Radical PeacemakingForgiveness Facet 6 – Radical Surrender Facet 7 – Radical CompassionJustice Finally Jersak closes with “A More Beautiful Vision Abba’s ‘I have a dream speech’” A More Christlike Way sets forth a vision for following Jesus that is in keeping with the kind f faith that first turned the world upside down two thousand years ag.