The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing Us The Way to Live Right in a World Gone Wrong by Leonard Sweet
Published November 1, 2016 by Tyndale House Publishers
Genres Christian, Non-Fiction
In our culture, we have a tendency to describe Jesus in ways that soften his revolutionary edge. Len Sweet uncovers and presents to us the offensive and scandalous Jesus described in the Bible. Did he disappear when people needed him most? Yes. Did he refuse to answer questions directly? Yes. Did Jesus offend the people of his day? Absolutely, yes.
Popular author and speaker Len Sweet examines the words and actions of Jesus and places them in context. We need to understand who Jesus really is if we are to follow him wholeheartedly. That is why it is so crucial to see the “rebellious rabbi” for who he is and not for who we may imagine him to be. The Bad Habits of Jesus will help you see the untamed Jesus, who isn’t sanitized for our culture. That Jesus just might transform how you live out your life.
The author begins this book by giving a brief introduction talking about how although Jesus was God’s son, he had habits and behaviors that were frowned upon by the culture in which he lived in. The author goes on to explain why these habits and behaviors were seen as bad by the culture in which Jesus lived and explains how these habits and behaviors can relate in our modern world.The first chapter says, “Jesus Spit” and then goes on to explain that spitting is considered a dirty habit, but then gives us a Bible verse to show how this “bad habit” can actually be positive. The author explains that this bad habit can be a reminder for us to take off our coats, spit in our hands and get own and dirty in ministry and mission. So each chapter presents a bad habit of Jesus, explains why he behaved the way he did, gives us scripture that relates to the topic and how we can use this bad habit for good. Some of the chapters include Jesus Procrastinated, Jesus Appeared Wasteful, Jesus Broke The Rules and Jesus Loved To Party. The the back of the book, there is also a breakdown of each chapter that not only gives additional scripture, but also gives suggestions about how to look at this behavior and make it useful in your own life.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and thought it was quite different from any of the books I have previously read in this genre and presents a great deal of interesting information that I think can be useful to many people. Thank you to the publisher by sending me a review copy of this book. Happy reading!