Recently, my family cut down a Christmas tree, put on Christmas music, and decorated our house. And as I get ready for the biggest holiday of the American calendar, I think about the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus.
I hope you’re enjoying your own traditions of getting ready for Christmas. And whatever they are, I’d like to recommend adding something to your list. Read the book Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge. I give this book 6 stars out of 5. It’s a fun read, not very long and written by a master communicator.
And it may be the most significant book I have ever read (outside of the Bible itself). If you’re looking for theology principles, such as salvation by faith or the mystery of the Trinity, don’t read this book. There are many fine books for that. Beautiful Outlaw is about Jesus’ character qualities and values. Using stories from the gospel books of the Bible, Eldredge draws our attention to Jesus’ playfulness, his ferocity, his utter disregard for being proper, and even his cunning. Yes, Jesus was not only cunning himself, he even told a parable encouraging all of us to be more crafty.
It turns out that Jesus wasn’t a somber, stereotypical holy man, but someone much more beautiful and more unexpected. Tweet This
I have read a lot of books about Jesus. I have even taught about Jesus a lot. More importantly, I have had a personal relationship with Jesus for decades. And with all that in mind, this book changed how I see Jesus. When I finished this book, I understood and loved Him more than I have ever before.
One way you could make this the best Christmas of your life is to get to know the person behind it all better.
AMAZON LINK TO THE BOOK: Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus