Jesus Never Said…

10 things jesus never saidI first came across Will Davis Jr.’s book, 10 Things Jesus Never Said, about nine months ago, in an advertisement on another blog.  Having recently published a myth-buster style book, myself, the title caught my eye, and I promptly followed the link for a closer look.

To be honest, after browsing the table of contents, I mentally added it to my maybe-some-other-time list, and moved on to other things.  It’s not that it didn’t look like a potentially good book.  It’s just that I wasn’t sure how applicable it would be to me.

With chapters titled after myths such as You’re Too Far Gone to Be Saved, and It’s Okay Not to Love Certain People, it struck me as potentially a bit basic.

However, investigating the book led me to Will’s blog, http://www.willdavisjr.com/.  By subscribing to the blog, I’ve become acquainted with Will and gained a respect for his viewpoints and insights.

So, when Will offered a free copy of 10 Things Jesus Never Said in exchange for a book review, I took him up on the offer.

I’m glad I did!

The book is arranged with one myth addressed per chapter.  Each chapter begins by explaining the myth before moving on to exploding the myth.  By approaching each myth scripturally, interspersed with stories of personal experiences, Will keeps the discussion relevant to the reader.

The myths Will addresses in this book are not falsehoods you’re likely to hear espoused from the pulpit or even discussed in Sunday School class.  We don’t often hear Christians verbally expressing any of these as being in keeping with God’s word.

And yet, these myths have a way of creeping into our lives in different ways and at different levels.  We likely wouldn’t say that we believe them…yet, too often, we live as though we do.

Cultural myths are powerful and difficult to escape.  Unspoken cultural myths are even more powerful.  Myths must be spoken, brought out into the open and defined, before they can be scripturally addressed.  In this book, Will Davis, Jr. exposes and debunks several of these myths for the imprisoning lies they are.  In so doing, he replaces a system of legalistic myths with Christ’s radical grace.

Each chapter of this book challenged me in some way.  Some challenged me to take a closer look at my own life, asking God to expose and eradicate wrong attitudes.  Others challenged my viewpoint by either helping me to gain a new perspective, or helping me to better appreciate Will’s perspective.

The book would be ideal for either individual study or group discussion.  Each topic is dealt with at a deep enough level to provoke thinking, while leaving plenty for the reader to investigate on his own.  At the end of each chapter, Will has included sample questions for use in a study group.

After finishing the book, I promptly introduced it to my Sunday School class, with plans to use it as a study guide over the next several weeks.  I’m looking forward both to the chance to dig into each topic a little deeper, and to participate in group discussions on each chapter.

No matter where you are in your Christian walk, you’ll find something in this book to challenge you to pause and reassess your views.

What have you read, recently, that challenged your perspective?

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18 thoughts on “Jesus Never Said…

  1. Thanks for sharing this book, Joe. I hope you’ll write about your insights and those of your class. I’m always looking for resources to use in my teaching, and this one sounds great!

    • Susan, I’ve come to think of my Sunday School Class and this blog as very similar groups with a lot of overlap in topics. Sometimes we discuss my last blog post; other times I post an insight gleaned in class.

      So, yeah…odds are real good that some of the class discussion on Will’s book will find its way into this blog, in one form or another…

      Thanks!

  2. When I recently re-read some of Shauna Niequist’s book Bittersweet I was challenged by a few things that hadn’t jumped out at me on previous readings. One of those things was that we too easily buy into the cultural myth so common in movies that one day our big moment like getting married, getting the perfect job or achieving our dreams will happen making us finally happy and content. I was challenged to remember that big moments tend not to solve everything and that it is important to be content in their absence.

    • “I was challenged to remember that big moments tend not to solve everything and that it is important to be content in their absence.”

      So true! When we place all our hopes of fulfillment in future big moments, not only does it rob us of contentment, today, but it also leads toward feeling disillusioned and disappointed when the achievement of the goal fails to deliver the much-anticipated lasting fulfillment.

      “Bittersweet” sounds like a good book to add to my reading list.

      Thank you, Joanna!

    • Yes, the unspoken myths really do sneak into our lives and thinking, unrecognized.

      I think one of the things I liked best about this book was Will’s use of stories from his life as examples. The personal stories made it a lot easier for me to recognize similar examples from my own life.

      Thank YOU, Christina!

    • I don’t think so. If I recall correctly, that was back in April, and the offer ended in May.

      I’ve just been a little slow…

      Although I usually have multiple books going simultaneously, I usually don’t start a book in a given genre until I finish the previous book in that genre. AND…I intentionally read slower on inspirational books…usually one chapter per day, so I can sort of digest and contemplate…

  3. Thanks for the tip, Joe!

    The book touching me this month: Jesus + Nothing = Everything. Love it.

    Still getting a kick out of our conversation earlier today about rotary phones. 🙂

    • I’ve heard of that one, but have not yet read it. I just took a closer look on Amazon, and it sounds very good.

      Thanks, Jennifer!

      And yes, the “phone conversation” was a lot of fun! 🙂

    • This would be a good one to consider, Brandee.

      I think part of what I like about the book is that Will approaches each topic with enough compassion and humility for disagreement and open discussion to be encouraged.

  4. good review on a book I never heard about. A book recently that I read that I couldn’t put down…Forgiving Dead Man Walking. It’s sort of simliar but a true story about…..Pain happens. Trauma happens……but His calling trumps all that.

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