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One of the worst books I've ever tried to read.
on 3 August 2015
This is a really awful book. It is unspiritual and at times blasphemous. The author creates a Jesus in his own image, and then says that that is the true Jesus. So if Eldridge is a bit of a joker, irreverent, he makes out that Jesus is the same. It is a classic example of eisegesis. To give an example, he says that Jesus is impatient. Impatience is clearly taught in Scripture to be a sin, so Jesus according to Eldredge must be a sinner. He talks about a mug he has that says "Jesus saves" but which, when filled with hot liquid, says "Jesus shaves". He thinks Jesus would find this hilarious. I beg to differ. To gain a true picture of what Jesus is really like, we might remember that when certain individuals saw the Lord as He really is, they were "undone" (Isaiah 6), they fell at His feet as dead (Revelation 1), they abhorred themselves (Job 42), and these were some of the greatest men of God. Eldridge does nothing to promote a clearer view of Christ but rather does the opposite. For a more edifying read, look for "Hungry For More of Jesus" by David Wilkerson, "When I Saw Him" by Roy Hession, "We Would See Jesus" by Roy Hession or "The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer. I can't get over how bad this book is.