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Jesus the Fool: The Mission of the Unconventional Christ Paperback – 25 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers Inc (25 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598563580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598563580
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 16.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,404,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michael Frost is professor of evangelism and missions at Morling College in Sydney, Australia, and a Baptist minister. He is the author of Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post Christian Culture and the co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church and Re Jesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Choosing a controversial title is always a good way to encourage people to buy a book and Michael Frost delivered on this uniquely with this book. The holy fool has been an agent of change throughout church history. Therefore the main thrust of his book is to look at Jesus' actions from a different perspective courtesy of reframing life and Lukes' Gospel consistently.

Our view of Jesus is often coloured by our upbringing and by leaders who shaped our early Christian walk. Frost challenges, perhaps at times even assaults these.......and in the aftermath of this, like the author I realized that Jesus was much more than I had been taught. Australian missiologist Frost recounts how Jesus overturned conventional religion by reframing brokenness, forgiveness, our view of others, our attitude to the poor, and our relationship to God. Like Thomas Aquinas said,...."One who is strengthened by God professes himself to be an utter fool by human standards, because he despises the wisdom men strive for." This stimulating book will speak to all, espically the young, to church planters, preachers, and open-minded Christians. Be renewed in your sight of Christ!
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Great book that brought fresh perspectives and intriguing ideas.
The Divine Fool is a profound concept.
Sometimes I didn't like the author claiming to know what Jesus meant, but his suggestions are very interesting.
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I was blown away by Jesus in this book. Michael Frost really opened up the person of Christ and that has made me really excited. Great book which is easy to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic of the heart! 24 Jan. 2017
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Yes, I agree with others that this book is extremely good! Michael sets the table in a very inviting way, but when the food arrives, it is exceptional. He describes reframing well, and then exposes how Jesus was, and is, a master reframer in a compelling manner. This book is in the realm of timeless classics of the heart!
4.0 out of 5 stars I found some of the ideas electrifying and I enjoyed it immensely 24 April 2016
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A very interesting take on the life of Jesus. Most of all this book is fresh in its approach to the subject. I found some of the ideas electrifying and I enjoyed it immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provides the contextual framework for understanding Jesus and the missional mindset 17 Jun. 2010
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This is a book I had heard about for a few years but never had the chance to read until just recently, as it was just published in expanded form in the United States for the first time. And what a joy it was to finally get my hands on it! As it happens, I was reading it during a time of particular heartache, but I think my personal situation made the book's words permeate more deeply into my heart. Jesus the Fool is probably one of my favorite books I have ever read about Jesus. Michael Frost has a real gift for communicating (both in person and in his writing), and this particular work provides a necessary, contextual framework for understanding what it means to truly comprehend the real Jesus, a wise "fool" who surprises us at every turn and shows us God's love in unexpected ways through his stories and his actions.

When I first heard Michael Frost speak in person at a conference a few years ago, his most recent book was Exiles, which is another fantastic read and really helped me understand how to be missional in my personal life. His collaborative work with Alan Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to Come, is rightly praised as a manifesto for the larger church of Jesus Christ to be missional in strategic, radically different ways than the attractional approach that has resulted in far too many "megachurches". However, I think Jesus the Fool should be read first, followed by Alan and Michael's really great book ReJesus, because you truly have to understand Jesus in order to be understand the missional mindset. Michael's recurring motif in this book of how Jesus "reframes" our expectations is at once shocking, thought-provoking and ultimately convicting. Every chapter reveals how much Michael Frost loves this wild Messiah named Jesus. And his anecdotes are arresting and memorable as well; one of my favorites is the way he summarizes the book of Hosea, which shows God's relentless pursuit of his people and his devotion to us in spite of our best efforts to disappoint and hurt him.

In the end, I would put Michael's works (as well as those of his frequent collaborator, Alan Hirsch) right up there with N.T. Wright's for understanding God's mission of love and relationship with us, and most importantly, the calling of all who call themselves Christians to reach out beyond themselves and their comfort zones to risk everything for the sake of the gospel. I don't pretend to live up to the calling in any way, and most of the time I kick myself when I reflect on missed opportunities to live a missional life, but books like Jesus the Fool help inspire and convict me to keep at it. This book will change your life if you read it with an open mind.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Dec. 2016
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Frost has written another fantastic book
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting look at Jesus' life 2 Mar. 2015
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Frost really brought somebody the parables of Luke alive for me in ways they hadn't been before. I desire more of Jesus after reading this book.
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