I sort of knew that but until reading Gospel Grit by Randy R. Butler it didn’t really sink in that from the time he started his ministry until his death Jesus was what we modern folks would call a homeless man.
He traveled around from town to town and didn’t stay in one place that he called “home”.
I doubt he really carried a “backpack” but folks must have had something similar back then.
This book takes you along through the Gospels…following Jesus in his journeys and looks at everything Jesus did during that time.
The Author says that following Jesus isn’t just a matter of doing what Jesus said to do…but doing the same things Jesus did…following his example. So we need to know exactly what he did and how he did it.
Reading this can help you see things you didn’t notice before…or didn’t really think about anyway.
It is a good book and was easy to read.
About the book:
What was it like to follow Jesus…Literally? Picture this: a thirty-year-old carpenter exchanges his career for a job that pays nothing for the last three years of His life. As He dodges in and out of crowds teaching, preaching, and healing, He relies on twelve guys to carefully watch what He shows them and listen to what He tells them–so that years later they will remember those special three years and be able to accurately write down their memories with specificity. For us.
In Gospel Grit, Pastor Randy Butler guides us through the Gospels, examining the 729 statements that reflect what Jesus showed and told his disciples. Dr. Butler, in his often humorous and down-to-earth style, fires our imagination to understand what might have taken place around the campfire with Jesus after He made a strong comment, or what might have been discussed while walking down a dust-plagued road outside of Jerusalem. And he challenges us to cultivate the simplicity of trust and obedience in our own following.
Dr. Butler believes these statements in the Gospels are for us today–and we can accept the challenge to become more authentic followers of Him, living the true Gospel Grit.
About the Author:
Randy R. Butler is also the author of Reclaiming Heaven’s Covenant (Deep River Books, 2011) and Forecasting Temptation (Deep River Books, 2012). He holds a BA in religion and an MDiv from Western Evangelical Seminary, along with a DMin from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. For nearly three decades, Dr. Butler has been pastor of Salem Evangelical Church in Keizer, Oregon, where he lives with his wife Joanie. He enjoys riding motorcycles, archery, and politics.
I received a free book from Tell Us The Truth Reviews for this review.