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With: Reimagining The Way You Relate To God

By: Skye Jethani

This book was really disappointing. The author adopts the very cliche “God is my buddy” position and even worse “religion is bad” cliche. He tries to highlight four types of religion and contrast it with his “not religion” religion he calls a relationship. He, as well as so many others, seems to miss the fact that Christianity is a religion. It doesn’t matter what kind of relationship is involved it’s still a religion. Buy a dictionary. Just because some people don’t like the word “religion” doesn’t make it bad. Christ is offensive and so is His religion (which is a religion). Deal with it. Next, the author should be ashamed of his pagan praising. Such nice things to say about people like atheist Christopher Hitchens and false convert Martin Luther King Jr. (he denied the Trinity yet Jethani has no problem calling him a Christian no doubt because he is respected and will make his “not religion” religion look good). Most importantly though, where’s the Gospel?  How can you have life with God without receiving the life from God (“life from God” like religion is also bad according to the book though he understands it a little differently) that comes through the Gospel? I must have missed the part about mourning of sin and complete repentance. All I saw was a “Jesus wants to be your friend and have a relationship with you” type of presentation. Somehow “take up your cross and follow” has been replaced with “give me hug” and this book is a good example of that.

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