I was given a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review. This book was a refreshing look at God through the life of Jesus. Though I didn’t agree 100% with all of his views, Bradley Jersak helps us to see God how He really is. We need a better understanding of this as His Church, His Body and this book helps us to get there. Some of the hard questions about “why?” are answered in this book in a clear way, some I found unanswered (like the flood, or some other hard Old Testament themes), however I agree totally with the fact that God is Love, and He loved people. He is good and He wants good for people. Good read, I give the book four stars. I really liked it. It may be hard to understand for young teens so I can recommend for ages 16 and up.
About the book:
A More Christlike God (April 2015)
What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior?
Believers and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian gospel has repeatedly lapsed into a vision of God where the wrathful King must be appeased by his victim Son. How do such good cop/bad cop distortions of the divine arise and come to dominate churches and cultures?
Whether our notions of ‘god’ are personal projections or inherited traditions, author and theologian Brad Jersak proposes a radical reassessment, arguing for A More Christlike God: a More Beautiful Gospel. If Christ is “the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God’s glory and exact representation of God’s likeness,” what if we conceived of God as completely Christlike—the perfect Incarnation of self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love? What if God has always been and forever will be cruciform (cross-shaped) in his character and actions?
A More Christlike God suggests that such a God would be very good news indeed—a God who Jesus “unwrathed” from dead religion, a Love that is always toward us, and a Grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners.
Brad Jersak (PhD)is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC. He is on faculty at Westminster Theological Centre (Cheltenham, UK), where he teaches New Testament and Patristics. He also serves as adjunct faculty with St Stephen’s University (St. Stephen, NB). He is also the senior editor of CWR (Christianity Without the Religion) Magazine, based in Pasadena, CA.