An award-winning USA Today columnist makes the case for how a Jesus freed from religion and politics meets the need for meaning and purpose in secular America.
Tom Krattenmaker is part of a growing conversation centered at Yale University that acknowledges - and seeks to address - the abiding need for meaning and inspiration in postreligious America. What, they ask, gives a life meaning? What constitutes a life well led?
In Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, Krattenmaker shares his surprising conclusion about where input and inspiration might best be found: in the figure of Jesus. And Jesus not only as a good example and teacher but Jesus as the primary guide for one's life.
Drawing on sociological research, personal experience, and insights from 15 years studying and writing on religion in American public life, Krattenmaker shows that in Jesus, nonreligious people like himself can find unique and compelling wisdom on how to honor the humanity in ourselves and others, how to build more peaceful lives, how generosity can help people and communities create more abundance, how to break free from self-defeating behaviors, and how to tip the scales toward justice.
In a time when more people than ever are identifying as atheist or agnostic, Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower is a groundbreaking and compelling work that rediscovers Jesus - and our own best selves - for the world of today.
"Is there a contradiction between believing that 'Jesus is the answer' and not being a Christian? In this spiritually honest book, Krattenmaker is intent on showing that there isn't. Whether you are a Christian or not, whether you are religious or not, you will benefit from his wrestling with Jesus as the embodiment of the 'true life,' the key to human flourishing. An important book in a culture in which Jesus has for many become a 'moral stranger.'" (Miroslav Volf, professor of theology at Yale University)
"In a book rich with meaning for believers and nonbelievers alike, Tom Krattenmaker offers insightful analysis of American culture and makes a uniquely compelling case for the transformative nature of Jesus." (Kirsten Powers, USA Today columnist)
"This is an important book; brilliantly subversive and extraordinarily helpful. This gift is for any of us 'in search of a sun' around which to orbit our lives." (William Paul Young, best-selling author of The Shack and Eve)
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this should be required reading for life