I recently read Ed Dobson’s book, The Year of Living Like Jesus. Great stuff, I highly recommend reading it (doing it… well… you decide for yourself 🙂 )
From the cover:
Evangelical pastor Ed Dobson had a radical idea…
“Live one year as Jesus lived. Eat as Jesus ate. Pray as Jesus prayed. Observe the sabbath as Jesus observed. Attend the Jewish festivals as Jesus attended. Read the Gospels every week.”
Ed spent a year and literally asked himself, “What would Jesus do?” and then He did those things. Remember – Jesus was Jewish. He kept the law – AND He was sinless. What would that look like lived out?
I know a little bit about Judaism and what “the stuff” of Jewish-ness is. Or so I thought. All of those rules!! Just the dietary restrictions alone make my mind go to mush – and I’m a person who’s used to dealing with a restricted diet!! To keep perfectly kosher is a huge task.
Ed faced some interesting questions in his journey – ranging from “What would Jesus wear in the 20th century?” to “How would Jesus respond in this situation?”… when he sat down and really looked at it, our “WWJD?” falls way, way short of what Jesus would have really done.
I think the one thing that challenged me most in the “Why don’t you do that?” arena was reading the gospels every week. Do we really really really know all the things Jesus did and said? Isn’t that, um, kind of important? 😀
Ed did do some things that I disagree with, and I even question – for instance, he got together with the Catholics and prayed the rosary. I didn’t get it… why would he do that? Sure he doesn’t think that Jesus did? But those elements pale in comparison to the central theme of the book – The magnitude of how Jesus lived and His sacrifice for us is much greater than we’d ever imagined… and maybe we should take the time to imagine…
Want your eyes opened? Here are some Excerpts from The Year of Living Like Jesus.
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DISCLAIMER: (because your big government must protect you from evil bloggers like myself who might post positive reviews in return for free stuff for the sole purpose of deceiving you, the voter, who politicians consider too stupid to think for yourself (think of that, next elections): The publisher sent me this book for free so I could review it, which is standard business practice in the industry (and quite frankly none of the government’s business 🙂 ).