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Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Alarming Words of Faith [Paperback]

By Joy Jordan-Lake (Author)
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The author shares ten reasons why Jesus makes her nervous by examining such terms as "resurrection," "blessedness," "wisdom," and "forgiveness" and the dangers of actually "living out" these words.

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Jesus offers grace and mercy but he's also ratcheted up all the rulesNice as it would be to frame Jesus as fun-loving, or a mercy-dispensing friend, the stories we have about him are a lot more disturbing than that.We hear about celebrations that began as a wake, and about people who didn't use their talents well being bounced clear out of the club. Jesus clearly thought that following the way of truth involved a lot more than simply avoiding things like murder, stealing, committing adultery or telling lies.When Jesus truly makes you nervous, he is worth living and dying for, and becomes the greatest source of meaning and purpose in life imaginable.Holiness. Abundance. Forgiveness. Hope. In these musings about 'ten stained-glass words of faith, ' Joy Jordan-Lake strips away the cliches and church-bulletin nostrums and exposes the honest, challenging, comforting, and yes, sometimes alarming claims that are at the center of Jesus' life and teaching. This book is downright restorative."

From Publishers Weekly
In this collection of meditations on some of the themes that undergird and define the Christian spiritual life, Jordan-Lake confronts what it means for believers to experience the difficult and disconcerting and, frankly, appalling teachings of Jesus. A professor at Belmont University and a former Baptist chaplain at Harvard University, the author mines her personal history as a pastor, mother, social justice activist and friend to illumine and interpret ideas such as resurrection and hope. Sometimes wry, occasionally stern, Jordan-Lake, with a touch of Southern gothic sensibility, argues that foundational concepts of Christian living, like worship and blessedness, may often be disruptive, disturbing, frequently joyful and often deeply life-changing experiences. Although she has a gift for welcoming, lucid and insightful prose, there is something a bit ephemeral about this volume, as with a sermon in which an audience remembers the story but forgets the point. As though to balance out the structural weakness of such a heavily anecdotal book, Jordan-Lake includes discussion questions for each chapter, so that readers may grapple with how these exigent words of Jesus can be applied to their own lives. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Alarming Words of Faith by Joy Jordan-Lake has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/10/2007 page 56

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Studio: Paraclete Press (MA)
Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN  1557255202  
ISBN13  9781557255204  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joy Jordan-Lake, adjunct professor at Belmont University in Nashville, is the author of three books, including "Grit & Grace: Portraits of a Woman s Life." She served as a Baptist chaplain at Harvard University and has taught writing and literature at Tufts University and Baylor University. An enthusiastic advocate for micro-enterprise loans, she helps the impoverished begin their own businesses to support their families. Joy and her husband are the parents of three children."

Joy Jordan-Lake currently resides in Waco. Joy Jordan-Lake was born in 1963.

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Real Faith for Real People  Apr 25, 2008
Joy Jordon-Lake offers a funny, poignant, down-to-earth look at what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st Century. In doing so, she avoids the superficial platitudes and cliches found in so many contemporary Christian books. She writes in a fresh, original style, often illustrating with stories from her own life. I have shared this book with friends who were going through divorce, ovarian cancer and other struggles and it spoke to them. If you think Jesus will solve all your problems and give you a safe, comfortable and successful life, this is probably not a book you will enjoy. On the other hand, if you're looking for a reliable guidebook for the difficult way of faith, I recommend this book. - Peter Larson, Senior Pastor, Lebanon Presbyterian Church

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