Review of “THE NAKED JESUS: A JOURNEY OUT OF CHRISTIANTIY INTO CHRIST”
I found this book to be honest, conversational, questioning , and easy to read. As one who considers himself to be a Christian, I liked the following themes that I found in the book: equality, inclusion, love, a complete and fulfilled life through Christ.
The author does a good job of describing the shortcomings of the institutional church; but, I was not totally convinced about “the naked Jesus”. Can one ever really see “the naked Jesus”? Years ago, I read a book entitled “Which Jesus?”. It described the many different ways that Jesus has been understood throughout history. In “The Naked Jesus: A Journey Out of Christianity into Christ”, the author describes his way of seeing Jesus as “the naked Jesus”. If the reader sees Jesus differently, maybe the reader is not wrong even if he sees him differently than this author.
I liked the many questions posed in this book. I would recommend that every reader of the book try to answer those questions for themselves rather than only considering the possible answers offered in this book.
I heartily recommend those who want to take Jesus seriously to read this book as part of their understanding of Jesus. However, more than understanding, I hope for every person an experience of the ongoing journey of life as whole, complete, transformative. I hope for an experience of love.
(Disclosure: The author of “The Naked Jesus: A Journey Out of Christianity Into Christ” provided a free copy in pdf format for me to read in exchange for reviewing this book)