Sunday, July 5, 2015

A More Christlike God: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior?

Believers and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian gospel has repeatedly lapsed into a vision of God where the wrathful King must be appeased by his victim Son. How do such good cop/bad cop distortions of the divine arise and come to dominate churches and cultures?

Whether our notions of ‘god’ are personal projections or inherited traditions, author and theologian Brad Jersak proposes a radical reassessment, arguing for A More Christlike God: a More Beautiful Gospel. If Christ is “the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God’s glory and exact representation of God’s likeness,” what if we conceived of God as completely Christlike—the perfect Incarnation of self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love? What if God has always been and forever will be cruciform (cross-shaped) in his character and actions?

A More Christlike God suggests that such a God would be very good news indeed—a God who Jesus “unwrathed” from dead religion, a Love that is always toward us, and a Grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners.

About The Author:
Brad Jersak (PhD) is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC. He is on faculty at Westminster Theological Centre (Cheltenham, UK), where he teaches New Testament and Patristics. He also serves as adjunct faculty with St Stephen’s University (St. Stephen, NB). He is also the senior editor of CWR (Christianity Without the Religion) Magazine, based in Pasadena, CA.

Find out more about Bradley at

My Review:
I am so excited to introduce you to another fantastic Canadian writer, who has a gift of bringing deep theological topics and explaining them in a way that everyday people can understand and apply to their lives. Brad Jersak writes in such a way that you feel like you are in a sermon series at church and really connecting with him as he writes. I made a ton of notes with each chapter read, and going to re-read the book at some point this summer to really continue to dig deep on the topics he discusses. A challenging, theologically sound book that will take you on a journey of re-thinking what we thought about the gospel! Definitely not a light read, it is one that I will have to read a few times to really digest all the topics and thoughts but one I more than willing to do so with. I hope in the Fall to dig deeper with this book and grow from it. A life-changing read to be sure.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase A More Christlike God online through Amazon.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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