Jesus Called. He Wants His Church Back (Book Review)

I was recently given a copy of Jesus Called: He Wants His Church Back by Ray Johnston to review from Book Look Bloggers.

 

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As early as AD 50, Christians had gotten away from knowing who Jesus really is. Our generation is no different.

In every decade we, as Americans, lost something important that we couldn’t afford to lose: • In the 1950s, we lost innocence • In the 1960s, we lost respect for authority • In the 1970s, we lost love • In the 1980s, we lost values • In the 1990s, we lost faith • In the 2000s, we lost security • In the 2010s, we lost hope in the future

What can restore what we’ve lost? Only Jesus. Jesus gave us His name, His friendship, and a commission to accept responsibility for ourselves and for the world. When introduced to His words and ways we’ll rediscover the Jesus who:

• Wants His enemies won over, not wiped out • Wants you to stop playing it safe • Believed great things were possible no matter what things are like right now • Was full of grace and truth • Unleashed compassion • Believed no one was too far from God to return to Him • Came to seek and to save that which was lost • Loves the church

Pastor Ray Johnston shares the Jesus of the Bible and how we can be Christians without being jerks. He reveals how the radical message of the gospel calls us to love and serve not only our neighbors but our enemies as well. That’s the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.

Jesus’ mission is clear—risk everything in order to take care of people, starting in our home, neighborhoods, cities, and those in need around the world. That’s the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.

 

My Thoughts

I wasn’t entirely sure what this book would entail and I’m still not sure what to make of it. The book wasn’t bad! Just not what I was expecting. I’m unsure if maybe it;s the fact I’m still getting used to reading more non-fiction or what. I’m starting to ease myself into non-fiction books so sometimes I don’t know what to expect. Aside from that fact I quite enjoyed the book. Though for a non-fiction this one was very factual. In this novel the writer discusses how, since the 50’s, the church and Christianity has changed.  The one thing that jumped out to me was the following statement by the author:

  • In the 1950s, we lost innocence.
  • In the 1960s, we lost respect for authority.
  • In the 1970s, we lost love.
  • In the 1980s, we lost values.
  • In the 1990s, we lost faith.
  • In the 2000s, we lost security.
  • In the 2010s, we lost hope in the future.

This was definitely a good read with facts on the church and how it has fallen from God in some senses then this is definitely a good read

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo || Meet Paisley

Hello Readers!

So today, I am going to be introducing you to Paisley Moore, one of my main characters from my Camp NaNo Novel titled ‘More At Home With Strangers’ I have written Paisley’s first chapter to kick of Camp NaNoWriMo so I will be sharing it with you today! 😀

In case you missed it, a couple weeks ago, I did the Beautiful People link-up in which I discussed all four of my POV characters meaning, you can go learn about them a bit more there! (You can get to that post by clicking HERE)

So, time to Introduce you to Paisley Moore

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Chapter 1
Paisley Moore

A loud beep interrupted the grogginess in her mind. That shrieking beep was followed by another quick one, then another, and another after that.

With a moan Paisley opened her eyes, her head pounding and body sore. She looked around the room from the strange bed she lay on. The grogginess filled her mind and remained leaving her unable to know where she was.

“Why am I wearing these clothes? What is this thing?” She thought as she poked at a tube that was attached to her arm via needle. Her head felt so heavy and her body moved so slowly. She was so slow she was annoying her own self with the amount of speed she was moving at.

“Paisley?” She heard an unfamiliar voice that made her heart start to pound as the beeping continued on but she couldn’t move as fast as her mind raced telling her to move and run away. She turned to look at who the voice belonged to and found a woman standing beside her. Even in her groggy state, Paisley couldn’t help but think about how this woman looked like a inflated balloon with curly hair.

“Who are you?” Paisley muttered, “Where am I?”

“You are in the hospital.” The woman replied in a deep voice. The sick place. She hated the sick place. She wasn’t sick.

“Why? WhyamIhere?” Her words slurred together as her eyes became heavy. She struggled to keep them open.

“You tried to kill yourself last night.” The nurse replied in a calm tone.

“Oh..”She whispered to herself as the grogginess suddenly faded for a brief moment as she remembered. Remembered the bottle of pills she had found.

Remembered how she took them.

Remembered why she took them in the first place. That filled her with dread that shook her body, her heart pounding hard inside her chest. She didn’t want to go back after this.

She wouldn’t.

 

PaisleyAs you can see, Paisley is in a dark place at the beginning of the novel. Cast out and mostly ignored by her parents was a hard thing for Paisley to accept. (and finding out at age eight, that she had a slight mental disorder was no help. She still didn’t and doesn’t understand why.) Paisley is also a poet and loves it a lot. In my novel I have, with the permission of (and credit to) my friend, Annie Prok, used/will use some of her poems that she wrote in this novel. (I will also be using some of my own poetry as well but mainly hers cause this girl is just talented!)

Paisley is, so far, the youngest POV character I have had in a novel so far. (She’s 13) and yeah, not like its a super huge difference in the way she would act compared to my other three characters who are 16 and 17 but it’s still a bit of a difference….Though it will be interesting considering Paisley is more mature than two of the other characters in this novel at points.

 

Now, here is a little bit about Paisley’s style/fashion sense so you can get to know her a bit more. These are some questions I found online….With that said, if you have any questions for Paisley you can comment on this post and I will interview her in another post!

 

How would you describe your character’s style? I would describe Paisley’s style as very simple and laid back.

If they were a cartoon character, what would be their signature outfit? Her signature outfit would probably be a pair of runners, jeans and a t-shirt/sweater.

Tattoos? Piercings? She just has her ears pierced. That’s it.

What color do they wear most often? Paisley usually wears green. It’s her favourite color and if a shirt or piece of clothing comes in green she WILL get it. No persuading her otherwise.

Would they wear two different socks? She doesn’t really like wearing socks, so she really wouldn’t care too much. Matched socks, mismatched socks, she doesn’t care.

Do they need fashion advice or do they give it to others? She always wants fashion advice (Even though she looks fine). She’s always going to the older three girls for advice.

How do they react to having their style criticized? She just ignores it. Her clothes are comfortable and she doesn’t care…..As long as she thinks they look nice.

What kind of shoes do they prefer wearing? Runners or sneakers mostly.

What do they usually wear at home? The usual. Jeans and a T-shirt. Sometimes a comfy sweater.

Which outfits would they definitely pack for a vacation? You know, I’m not really sure. Her style is pretty casual. I’m not really sure she has any favourite outfits she would definitely pack for a vacation or anything like that.

Do they have a particular skin care routine? Haha nope. She’s 13 years old and could care less about skin care or makeup.
How much do they care about their hair? She runs a brush through it, sometimes does it up and that’s about it. So…I think that answers a lot.