I've read several books by John Eldredge and enjoy his writing. The imagery, language, and stories he uses to illustrate different concepts really bring into better light the nature of Jesus. While I didn't love Beautiful Outlaw, I did like it.
At times, it was difficult to engage
with the book and while the material was good, in places it seemed to
miss a driving theme. As the book progressed though, it became more
apparent that it was written during a time of recent difficulty in
Eldredge's life. This vulnerability does help to more fully appreciate
and believe the guidance he offers and understand how to interact with
Jesus even in times of brokenness.
It is apparent that Eldredge
knows Jesus intimately and talks with him like he would a friend or
family member. The most helpful parts of the book were when he asked the
reader to stop, pray, and ask Jesus to speak to particular areas in the
reader's life and/or heal brokenness. This further encourages people to
talk with him throughout the day and not just at dedicated times.
an overarching theme, the book looks at the personality of Jesus and
how he had emotions and a personality like any person does. In turn, it
discusses how to use this understanding of him to better engage with
him. The book is certainly uplifting and will provide encouragement
whether you're experiencing hardship or would just like a different take
on the personality of Jesus and how he interacts with us. (hint, it's
not just in a church building)
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