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Review & Giveaway: Not My Jesus

This book was given to me (no money was exchanged) for my honest opinion and that’s what you’ll get! I am not an affiliate and receive no money from this or any purchases.

Warning: this book is not for the faint of heart. If that front cover doesn’t get that message across, nothing will! 😂

I began explaining the book to my first-grader (mainly because of the cigarette) and he wound up taking over saying, “Plus, Jesus was brown, with brown eyes because He was Jewish!” #HomeschoolWin

Ever heard the hashtag #NotMyPresident? If not, you’re probably not reading my blog and therefore I don’t need to explain😅. If you have, then you know that many have voiced their negative opinions of our current president by tagging their statements with #NotMyPresident. Bob Fabey, an Anglican priest, plays off this notorious hashtag with his book titled Not My Jesus.

This book is not about politics. It’s not about hipsters, cell phones, smoking, nor homosexuality. It is about who Jesus is not and who He is. More importantly, it’s about who Jesus is … to you!

I recently asked, on my Facebook page, “Who is YOUR Jesus?” These are some of the responses I received:

“The Way the Truth and the Life, never changing, never failing….. I do have to say “Your” Jesus…. is The Jesus… He can’t be changed to fit my needs or my wants/desires.” – Dawn L.

“My Deliverer! I’m so blessed that my Jesus thought enough of even me to sacrifice Himself and I will do my best to live my life to honor Him. Thank God for grace!” – Sabrina M.

“Interesting and difficult prompt. I would say that “my” Jesus, the one I normally think of, is less passionate, less humble, less concerned about me, less confrontational, and less interesting than the Jesus that I encounter in reading, meditating, and praying.” – Patrick M.

“My deliverer and strong tower, yet my precious God who holds me in every instance of my life. He never fails and is always there when I need him, gently leading and guiding. I love my Jesus!” – Sue G.

“Love.” – Victoria R.

“My Jesus is a radiant light that guides me on my path. He’s my savior, my redeemer, and His love knows no bounds. Even when I’ve gone astray, his mercy and love pulls me back in. ” – Tiffany R.

“Creator – through Him everything was made that is made. Healer – by His stripes we are healed. Savior – no one comes to the Father but by Me. Redeemer – full of grace and truth (John‬ ‭1:14‬). He has redeemed me from the bondage of sin and given me life everlasting and joy unspeakable and full of glory.” – David M.

For myself, Jesus is so much. He is an incomparable friend, yet one that holds me accountable. He is grace and mercy, yet soul-jarring conviction. He is healing and provision, yet also guidance and wisdom.

Fabey starts right out the gate, grabbing you by the ears, describing many people’s versions of who Jesus is. He even references the now infamous Talladega Nights prayer many of us know where Ricky prefers his Jesus to be 8 pound, 6 ounce, newborn infant Jesus.

He goes on, after describing everything from Santa Jesus and black Jesus to judgmental Jesus and blonde Jesus, to share some “Jesus tweets.” Many of these “tweets” will be shocking to a lot of readers. What’s sad is that they should not be. Because Fabey is doing nothing more than quoting Jesus from the Bible.🤷🏻‍♀️

Fabey challenges his readers:

“We frequently see Jesus as of looking through a keyhole, unable or unwilling to see a bigger picture. In fact, the sad truth is we make Him out to be what we want. In short, He looks like us. He carries our wants, wishes, ideas, and leanings with a spiritual spin. This gives us the divine right to feel, act, or think the way we do because Jesus did it that way. He is used to justify our biases and, in turn, becomes nothing more than a caricature of the flavor of the day – our preferred flavor.”

After reading this book – a book full of humor, sarcasm, bluntness, reality, and truth – I was left with the question, “Who is this book intended for?” Is this book for mellenials, the confused, new in Christ, people looking for a laugh? After all, Fabey goes off the rails if you compare his book to mainstream Christian books. I can’t imagine anyone of my grandparents snuggling up to this one. He doesn’t mince words nor does he cater to sensitivities. So… I simply emailed Fabey and asked.

His response:

“I am targeting the millennial crowd. Especially the de-churched.”

Honestly, his response gave me a lot more peace about this book. Millennials (many but not all) have developed during a time of segregation. There is now segregation of thought, belief, feelings. Fabey actually addresses this in his book and how detrimental it can and will be. This is one of the points that he makes that I wholeheartedly agree with – that at one time we could simply agree to disagree. Now, if we disagree we can’t be friends. We’ll take our ball and go home. No, it’s not as simple as that but in some ways…it is.

For instance, it’s very difficult to understand how one person can know that there is a living being inside of someone else and be OK with the killing of it; yet, if I shut down all dialogue with them how will I be any different from those that would simply turn a blind eye? Am I not to open up a conversation with those people on how precious that life is, possibly changing their minds into a direction that is not my perspective but that of Christ’s?

He talks about the power of “Othering.” Othering is when we have a “Oh…them 😒” mentality.

Fabey, I believe, is trying to redirect a generation from the “My Jesus is okay with me just as I am” mentality to the truth of Christ and who He was (and is) that day He met a woman at the well.

Let’s be honest: Christ called her out. She was living a life many would call a Jerry Springer life and Jesus called a spade a spade. He didn’t leave it there, though. He gave her hope and a reason to change her life. That is who Jesus really is – He is truth even when it hurts but He’s also grace and love. The problem, as Fabey points out, is that many want one without the other – truth and judgment (without grace) for their oppressors, or grace and love (without truth) for themselves. That’s simply not who Jesus is.

So that being said, if it takes Fabey being somewhat controversial or “in your face” to get a dialogue going about who Jesus really is, then who am I to say that his delivery is shocking or insensitive?

In all, I wouldn’t say that I disagree with Fabey. I would say we share different perspectives about a few things and we would certainly differ in our delivery. I can imagine that we would have a very colorful and interesting conversation over coffee if he and I were to sit together.

I found myself disagreeing with Fabey, or at least the way he conveyed something. Some of his views and opinions are pretty extreme to me. Yet, many times I found myself saying, “Yes! Exactly!”

One such example is when Fabey references Matthew 13:38 where Jesus is calling people weeds that can potentially choke things or other people out. They – weeds – grow in the wrong place. If you’re in the wrong place you’re a potential problem. You need to know where you belong otherwise you are going to “clog up the works.”

His book takes you from who you may think Jesus is, through a journey of how dangerous misinterpretation can be and onto the promise and potential of who you – and this world can be – if we can grasp who Jesus truly is.

I would agree with Fabey that this book is for millennials and the de-churched. I would add that this is for the prideful, somewhat close minded, those that are absolutely convinced that their mind cannot be changed. This book is for the Christian and the unbeliever. I would also say that this book is for people who simply like to see different perspectives. This book is for groups who like to just talk about Jesus and how this generation, or world, relates to Him today.

*I would probably not give this book to someone brand new in Christ as many of the topics are for people who are already at one extreme or the other, not someone who is in a transitional period with God.

There is a lot of information packed into a very small book. This is not just a book of flash and fancy but a book that is referencing who the messiah is, how important He really is, why Jesus is the way that He is.

If you read this book, I cannot wait to hear your take on it! I would definitely say that this is a book club book. This is a conversation starter to be sure. With such topics as, “Who is your Jesus?” “Which generation should we turn back to?” “Are our Jesuses the same?” “What is truly a zealot?” I could go on!

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Iowa says, “NO” to killing babies. So why isn’t this news everywhere?!

“Legislation making it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion in Iowa once a fetal heartbeat is detected won Senate approval Wednesday as a first step toward what many see as a legal battle aimed at overturning the 1973 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Senators approved Senate File 2281 by a 30-20 margin.

The measure would bar a physician from performing an abortion when tests determine a heartbeat is present, unless a medical emergency exists that warrants the procedure. Violation would subject a doctor to a Class D felony, carrying up to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine. There would be no penalty for the woman.” The Gazette said.

While Sen. Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton, floor manager of the bill said, “This bill is the logical beginning point for all of civil governance,” Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City struck back by saying, “It is time for Republican politicians to stop playing politics and stop using your positions of power to harass and disrespect girls and women. Enough is enough.”

So, we know where most Republicans stand on the issue of abortion just as we know where most Democrats stand on the issue of abortion. There’s always the select few that feel different even though they are part of that party. I’m not even going to talk about that.

For just a moment allow me to vent.

When I open my Google app, the news it suggests for me (and yes I know all about preferences and algorithms – I am a blogger) I see:

1. “The Google App’s New iMessage Extension is Pretty Great”

2. “The story of the internet, as told by Know Your Meme”

3. Winter Storm Quinn

and more… yet NOTHING about this landmark decision!

When I go to ABC News online, I see…

1. “2nd nor’easter bearing down on East Coast days after deadly storm”

2. “Democrats, women candidates score big in Texas”

3. “Trump reopens seemingly settled video-game debate”

When I go to FOX News online, I see…

1. “Pelosi slams California ICE raid as ‘unjust and cruel,’ amid outcry over mayor’s tipoff to immigrants”

2. “Tammy Bruce: California chaos — Unchallenged liberalism leaves homelessness, drug abuse, garbage in its wake”

3. “Nikolas Cruz’s jail records reveal details of gunman’s behavior in days after Florida school shooting”

And I could go on. Literally I am not seeing this landmark Iowa decision anywhere!

So, my question to you all is, “Why is this news not everywhere?”

Why is this news not every…where? Why, if we have a Republican president and this is a major issue for Republicans (and many Independents such as myself), is this not all over the news, all over the Internet, and constantly showing up in your newsfeed? Why did I have to read about it in a Christian wives and moms Facebook group? Why was it a post that was typed out by the poster and not even a newsfeed that she was sharing?!

Does the nation not really care about this?

Is this not something to cheer about – the saving of thousands of baby’s lives?

Does the news not want you to know about this? Any news outlet regardless of which way they slant?

I want to hear from you because I’m at my wit’s end over here.

At this point, I truly believe that every news outlet is bought by someone. I filed as an Independent because even at the age of 18 I knew that I didn’t want any particular party to know which way I was going to vote; and my primary party is the party that follows God’s word. There isn’t a party for that so I filed as an Independent. This has allowed me to have a truly unbiased view. I don’t have a particular news outlet that I watch. I do my own research. Having been a paralegal for nearly a decade I know where to look, I know when something smells funny, and I understand legislation.

What I don’t understand is news such as this not being viral within an hour of it happening. Can someone please explain to me why a Hollywood couple getting a divorce propels millions to tweet about it within half an hour… but thousands of baby’s lives being saved, infanticide being abolished, and the torture, dismemberment, and murder of the innocent in Iowa – a thing of which should have never happened in the first place – now no longer happening ISN’T EVEN IN MY NEWSFEED?!

Short story:

For those of you that don’t know, when I was two months shy of being 18, I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t know anything about Planned Parenthood. All I knew was that some people went there to get birth control. So, I went there to get a pregnancy test. When I was told that I was pregnant, I was scared, not as surprised as one would’ve thought, and in awe. I was not in tears. I was not in the fetal position. I did not need to be consoled. The woman across the desk from me proceeded to try to talk me into my “options.” At 17 years of age, I immediately turned into mama bear. I looked that woman dead in the face and said, “If your ‘options’ include killing my baby, think again.” And I walked out of there.

So, I guess this topic is a little closer to my heart than others. Somehow, though, I can’t wrap my brain around why the killing and torture of babies – a thing of which has been proven – is not close to everyone’s heart in this nation, IN THIS WORLD!

So, unlike my usual well thought out, outlined blog posts that I usually post… This one is more of a vent, a question, and a prayer. Forgive me for my not standing on formality today.

If you are a believer, please come together with me – in one mind, one heart – and pray this prayer with me:

God:

Forgive us for not comprehending the miracle, the magnificence, of any creation that you have made in history. But certainly forgive us for not comprehending the miracle that is life. Forgive us believers that have not fought tooth, tongue, and toenail to save the lives of individuals that had a purpose and a plan. Help us to find what each one of us needs to change this horrific practice in our nation, in the world. Expose within us the things that we need to change and shed light on where we need to go, the things we need to say, the things we need to do in our communities. Help us to be better warriors in your army. Raise up Mosess, Davids, and Elijahs! Teach every mother and father how to raise our children to be world changers and earth shakers.

Bind up Satan. His reign of murdering those that could change the tide of the direction this world is going in is over! We ask that you throw out every elected representative that would contribute to the murder of our children by either vote or choosing to not vote. We ask that you open the eyes and the ears of every believer and motivate them to act. We ask, we pray, we even beg that a revival would sweep across this nation. We ask that this nation be reborn under You. We lost our way but You are our True North. We are like the Israelites lost in the desert – the promised land is just in sight with an act of legislation such as this, yet the few are running the many. We ask that you bind up the squeaky voice of the few and you raise up a loud clatter from your followers, your believers, your people. We ask that you help us to save ourselves, our children, our future. Let the Holy Spirit, like a fire, burn inside of each and everyone of your children this day.

The men and women that we read about in the Bible were men and women of action. They were men and women that were called by you and followed. Help us to be this generation’s Esther, Moses, Elisha.

Help us. Hear our cry, today, oh Father! None but you can eradicate evil with your righteousness. You are mighty and mighty to save. You are a promise keeper and you are God of all creation. You are our deliver even right now when the world seems to reign under evil. You are Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end. Simply put, you are I AM. Nothing stands in your way and nothing can defeat you.