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Book Review: The Gospel According to Jesus by Chris Seay

November 16, 2010

I picked up the book, wondering what lay ahead. The title “The Gospel According to Jesus” made me wonder. Isn’t that the only true Gospel? Chris Seay was a name I had heard, but until picking up this book I had never read any of this writings.

The Gospel According to Jesus is a book that will shake your beliefs and push you to rethink what you believe. Unfortunately it uses some big words and theological language, so I think some readers may not understand the points Chris is trying to make, but my hope is the point will not be lost on most readers. That is my hope because I believe that what Chris has to say is vitally important. I believe the message of this book has the power to completely change and alter lives and relationships, and hearts.

Most Christians have come to their beliefs because they were raised or guided in a specific culture of their family or one church, and due to that we all hold biases, beliefs, and misconceptions that we do not realize are wrong. They may be 90% correct, or even 99% correct, but when it comes to a belief that you base your life upon, 99% correct means 1% wrong and that can lead us down amazingly incorrect paths.

Chris challenges the reader to rethink some things and to look at them a little different. He shows us how the Gospel according to Jesus is not the same as the Gospel most of us have learned  in the American church. We have gotten off track. Somewhere along the line we have lost some of the Good News, and we have forgotten what living like Christ is truly like. He takes a look at legalism, cheap grace, the social gospel, and the independent spirit, all of which permeate our churches, and he comes to the simple and clear conclusion that the journey we need to be on is not a religious one with rules and “have tos”, but instead we need to recalibrate our lives around Jesus. There is nothing we can do to change our lives. We have problems with sin, focus, and understanding. We need to change, but behavior change will not work unless our hearts change. Jesus changes hearts. Jesus changes lives. Jesus is the Good News.

It is not the words that will impact you. Words just fill our heads. Words lead us to knowledge without life. It is the heart, the message, the action that Chris’ words inspire that can impact you. If the words lead you to Christ and move you away from religion and to life, then you have heard the heart that Chris is trying to share. His thoughts will be controversial to many people, because he is willing to take an honest look at his own heart and beliefs and to admit that we do not have it all figured out.

I am thankful that Chris was willing to speak out, to ask hard questions, and to share this message.

(Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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