This is my review of the book “I wish Jesus Hadn't Said That, but I'm Really Glad He Did” by Steve Timmis, which I read recently.
There are a number of teaching's Jesus gives us that are very hard to understand, let alone follow. “Take up your cross”, “Love your enemies”, “I did not come to bring peace but a sword”, “Go and make disciples of all nations” , “ You cannot serve both God and Money” etc.
Steve selects ten of these challenging teachings, and works through them trying to unpack them so we can understand what they mean for our everyday lives. He uses his insight to provide a serious challenge, which cuts across so many of our societies so call natural rights and desires.
This is a very challenging book, but extremely readable, giving clear precise arguments to back up what he is saying. Having got to the end of a chapter I sort of felt wow, was I brave enough to read the next.
The subjects he has chosen to discuss are extremely challenging and as such often avoided as they ask the difficult questions. He shows that by obeying God, rather than upsetting and preventing things, this enables us to live the life we were always meant to live.
I am glad that I have read this book and will encourage my friends to read it also, though will say it comes with a challenge warning. I will be looking out for other books that Steve has written.
This was book 22 week 16 fiction 19 (audio book 4) non fiction 3.
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