Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Jesus Untangled: A Guest Blogger Book Review

Buy here: Jesus Untangled
Well, this is a first for me. I read this book in less than a day. Now in fairness, it may be the first time in a long time that I could devote a day to reading. All the same though, the author's prose, and the logical flow of the book made it difficult to put down.

Keith Giles is clearly knowledgeable and has obviously done his research. But more than that, he seems to have been granted an insight that may be hidden from many American evangelicals today (the target audience). Now I must admit, that I am neither an evangelical, nor an American, so some of the concepts that may be controversial to the target audience didn't phase me, however I can see how they might cause some to flinch. 

I am a strong believer in introspection, and as a Christian, I feel it is extra important to, as Mr. Giles says, “place our convictions on the anvil and hammer them out a little. Not just  so we can watch the sparks fly, but so that, when we are done, we will know if our assumptions and beliefs can stand the test.” 

In this book, you will be presented with many questions. For some, the answers to these questions may be uncomfortable. For others, downright scary. But I believe that if you call yourself a Christian, you owe it to yourself to dive into this book give the Spirit a chance to talk to you.

Finally, as mentioned before, the target audience is the American Evangelical community. But if you are not from that group, you will still find value in this book. It is obvious that the author chose this group because that is his background. However, I also found something for me, even though I am a Canadian from outside the institutional church. The time spent on reflection is never wasted. Read this book. You will be glad you did.

By guest blogger: Waldo Rochow

1 comment:

  1. This is a well organized, well written book with a personal touch yet a scholarly bibliography. I couldn’t put it down. As a Mennonite pastor I’ve read many books concentrating on Jesus’ way of peace/salvation and this ranks with the best via a somewhat unique perspective of our political practices. I needed this. Thank you Keith!