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Book Review | Jesus Loves You This I know

JesusLovesYou Author(s): Craig Gross and Jason Harper
Publisher: BakerBooks
Year: 2009
Rating: (Out of five)

Both Craig and Jason see ministry and the church a little differently than most.  They desire to take seriously God’s command to love Him, but also to love our neighbor, no matter where that neighbor is found.  The entire book revolves around the premise that Jesus loves you, the reader.  The unconventional nature of their ministry has taken them from the Las Vegas strip to Porn conventions all over the world because Jesus loves Porn Stars too.  Through their journeys the authors have encountered many who did not know or could not believe that Jesus could or would love them.  These are a few of those stories.  Along the way it becomes evident that from the outcast to the porn star, from the skeptic to the religious all are loved by God and by Jesus, whom God sent.

The efforts of the authors are sincere and the motivations behind their ministries are biblical.  One of the take-aways from the book is the merging of biblical teaching and practical living.  These guys are in the trenches doing the hard work in the gutters of life.  It is there Jesus was to be found on most days.  Jesus himself said that he did not some for the well, but for those that are sick.

When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” [Mark 2:17, NLT]

This book does a good jod of reminding its readers that God wants his children to get out of their comfort zone and into the world that he created and desires to redeem.

I would recommend this book as a worthwhile read.  It is encouraging and will challenge the reader to look with new eyes at those that lie “outside” of the love of God.  You may just be surprised to see that those on the outside are looking for someone to invite them in.

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