Saturday, December 26, 2009
The Karma Of Jesus Book Review
The Karma of Jesus follows the tradition of bold Christian communicators who dare to borrow pop=culture-friendly language to communicate sacred truth. It explains the relevance of Christ's life using the idea of karma, which maintains an exacting payback for one's actions. Using personal vignettes, as well as stories from history, popular culture, and the Bible, pastor Mark Herringshaw walks the reader through a progression of thought. Rather than didactic formulas, he presents questions and conjectures that sensitively reveal how Jesus has reaped the ultimate consequences of our actions.
From The Back Cover:
Are you reaping what you've sown? Whether we call it Karma or not, life seems to be based on cause and effect. If we do something good, we expect (or hope) good will return. Do something bad, and bad will result. Indeed, the ancient idea of Karma--reaping what we sow--is recognized in almost every religion in the world. But this principle sets an inescapable trap: If "what comes around goes around," then every small mistake will haunt us to the bitter end. Is that it, though? Is this our destiny? In this provocative book, Mark Herringshaw boldly explores two mutually exclusive visions of life: Karma and grace. Prompted by a chance-conversation with a spiritually curious young man, he gives us a probing look at the implications of Karma and the relevance of Christ's life.
For more information, check out the website, The Karma of Jesus, here!
About The Author:
Mark Herringshaw is a pastor, sought-after teacher, and conference speaker. The coauthor of two previous books, he leverages the crafts of storytelling, biblical scholarship, and scientific research to make complex ideas simple, practical, and transformative. Mark and his family make their home near St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Karma of Jesus is a well written book. It is very evident that the author took a lot of time to write it, doing much research along the way. He uses very clear illustrations from his life and from others.
However there is very little scriptural backup for many of the points he makes to show the difference between Karma and Christianity, specifically the Grace of Jesus.
I have to be honest and say that this was not my most favorite book. I was mainly frustrated that the author did not use very much scripture to back up his points. Though there were a lot of illustrations, no major points were made. That said it was a great was to learn more about the differences and similarities between the concepts of grace and karma.
I would definitely recommend this book to those readers who are seeking more out of life than "karma" because they need to know the truth about God's love for them! The author does a great job in telling the reader that Jesus is our saving grace.
BUY IT: This book can be purchased through your local bookseller. It is also available online through Bethany House Publishers.
***Thank you to Bethany House for sending me a complimentary copy of The Karma of Jesus for the purpose of review***