The Gospel According to Jesus: A Faith that Restores All Things by Chris Seay

This book is written at the popular level by a pastor who is doing many good things for the kingdom of God. Thankfully, it is also written to challenge the current culture of popular Christian literature. Where the majority of Christian living type books fall short, Seay attempts to bolster our imagination to a deeper level. This is what he is trying to do with this book: take our familiar, individualized, private accounts of Christian theology, spirituality, etc. and take us into the deep end for awhile.

Overall, this book is thought provoking and challenging and would probably be best suited for the Christian looking to get out the typical box he/she may find his/herself in. Seay is a great speaker and pastor who is attempting to lead his people back to Jesus in order to move forward with Jesus.

The title alone gives a hint of the problem he sees in the western Church, and therefore the western world, that being the misunderstanding of the gospel itself. For my money, the chapter on righteousness would be enough to get the book. In it he demonstrates the misunderstanding of righteousness by a large percentage of Christians. The problem, as he sees it, focuses on the further misunderstanding that derive from this initial one. Rather than a mere morality or personal piety, he describes righteousness as restorative justice, not only for the individual, but for the whole of creation. Thus, the gospel of Jesus isn’t a simple piety or privatized salvation, but rather, a holistic renewing of the entire cosmos. It is this message (good news) that is to be proclaimed.

I would recommend this book for someone tired of pat answers and wanting to see beyond their own personal salvation. Yes, personal salvation is needed, but it is not the end of it all. Seay brings our attention to this by bringing us back to Jesus’ actual gospel and its ramifications. A good beginning to a holistic comprehension of Jesus’ message.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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