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Jesus Brand Spirituality: He Wants His Religion Back

by Ken Wilson

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NCLA Review -Despite the confrontational tone of the subtitle, the author is not attacking anyone on Jesus’ behalf. Rather, “Jesus brand spirituality”—according to Wilson —is the way of living that Jesus modeled. Christians are pilgrims trying to follow Jesus down his path. We are faithful when we take one step at a time in the light we are given, and focus on our own spiritual state rather than that of others. Wilson sees following Jesus less as an act of obedience than as a response to the pull of Jesus. His non-judgmental spirit and respect for individuals make this a good book for seekers, and believers who are re-examining the essence of Christianity. He speaks easily of traditional and non-traditional theology and leading-edge scientific thought, as well as boots-on-the-ground discipleship. Through personal anecdotes Wilson lets us know himself as a fellow pilgrim, but the book is not built around his experiences. Its warmth and air of discovery captivates the reader. This pastor/author snaps up the window shades when we didn’t even realize the room was dark. Rating: 4 —DKW Thomas Nelson 2008, 220p, 97808849920530, $19.99 [248.4] ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0849920531, Hardcover)

"Jesus wants his religion back…so it can be for the world again"

So begins this expertly written book by Ken Wilson, a pastor, practitioner and pilgrim to engage those drawn to the fascinating figure buried in the messy field of religion. Jesus Brand Spirituality is for those disillusioned by the current swirl of cultural conflict, moralism, and religious meanness that amounts to a form of trademark infringement on the movement that bears his name.

Combining candor, curiosity and rare insight, the author explores four dimensions of the spirituality Jesus left in his wake--active, contemplative, biblical, and communal. Practical, engaging and compelling, this fresh illumination of an ancient path is both moving and thought provoking. Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the Religion Department at Publisher's weekly calls Wilson "one of America's most gifted evangelicals, a thoughtful, unflinching pastor for thinking Christians; but he has outdone even his own reputation here. Candid, confessional, and full of stories, these conversational chapters from a man enthralled with Jesus are shot through with the passion and the realism of an eternally-vital romance."

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