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If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk:…

If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk: Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better… (utgåvan 2021)

av John Pavlovitz (Författare)

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Titel:If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk: Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans
Författare:John Pavlovitz (Författare)
Info:Westminster John Knox Press (2021), 238 pages
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If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk: Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans av John Pavlovitz


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This is well worth your time! I fear that those who are already Christians will read it, but searchers may not. So give them a copy! Another subtitle might be: If God is love, don't be a Trump-Republican. ( )
  emr093 | Jun 18, 2021 |
John Pavlovitz, a well-known speaker, writer and activist who served as a pastor for many years, is the author of If God is Love, Don’t be a Jerk. The target audience for this book appears to be people who wish to be Christian but are troubled by things that Christians in the U.S. do and say.

The main point of the book may be summarized in a single quote: “. . . your theology is only valid to the degree that your life is loving.” (p. 57) Pavlovitz seeks to illustrate how the thinking and actions of many Christians fails to align with the central message of Jesus’ life and teaching, i.e., to love others. Along the way, he describes his personal journey with regard to an understanding of hell, prayer, biblical exegesis, and the nature of God.

The style is readable and engaging. The text is peppered with lines that could be stand-alone aphorisms. Pavlovitz writes with a good deal of humor, often poking fun at himself, but occasionally descending to the level of mocking others’ actions and beliefs. Some readers will, no doubt, see the book as too closely aligned with the agenda of the political left and will, sadly, miss the main point.

Perhaps this book will encourage right-thinking, right-acting people in their pursuit of justice - I hope so. Or perhaps it will cause right-thinking people to feel less lonely and more justified in their thoughts . . . more inclined to go on thinking their righteous thoughts but still unable to act on them. Or, unfortunately, it may be one more brick in the wall that separates people.
  Doswald53 | Jun 2, 2021 |
Although there were chapters in this book that spoke to common sense and how wacky people have behaved this past year, there were many things that I just could not get passed. This quote from the book "So, God lovingly made you and have you life and placed you here in the middle of the world you've never been to - but despised you out of the chute for something two people supposedly did millions of years before you were ever born?" was just too much for me. I am not here to debate, but I think he has gone too far in one direction and although he seems to claim he believes, it seems like he is choosing only to believe certain things in the bible, which is sad! We cannot pick and choose and try to put a spin on things to fit what will be shock worthy in a book. I would not recommend this book , sadly, because there are a few really good things in there! ( )
  katieandthekids | May 24, 2021 |
This is the book the U.S. needs right now. It’s very relevant to the current culture of dehumanizing those who are different or who have different views while using religion as the reasoning for doing so. If people can read this book with an open mind and an open heart, I believe it will make them better people. I was able to see areas in my life where I need to stop judgements and embrace differences more and I know this is what God expects of me. My only critique, and it’s not a critique of the book by any means, but of the masses, is that the people who have the most hate in their heart and who use religion as this rationale for it, are most likely not capable of internalizing this material, let alone reading it in the first place.

I very much believe this book is one that you should leave out in plain view in your home so that people ask about it. I believe anyone that reads it and wants to induce change for the better should post about it, talk about it, recommend it, etc. get people excited about this book. The more people that read it, the more this way of thinking can start to take hold in our society, drowning out the hate and making us a better society. ( )
  AMidnightSoul | May 20, 2021 |
WOW. I have already gone on recommending this book to multiple people I know. "If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk" is a book on religion that is relevant to the times. Pavlovitz presents honest and relatable evidence supporting a loving, just God rather than the increasingly popular image of a God with Republican political beliefs that do not budge. The sum of it all can be found on pg. 57 in the quote, "[T]he sole universal truth I can hold onto -- is that faith shouldn't make you a jerk."

The vast majority of this book had me saying, "Duh," to myself over and over because it just makes sense. Pavlovitz includes occasional questions throughout that act as a sort of status check for morality, helping to internalize the content as you're reading it. As someone with a heavily Catholic upbringing, this book put words to many thoughts I have been unable to verbalize, whether out of indecision, doubt, or guilt. I believe that anyone and everyone who believes in God should read this book, whether because you're questioning things yourself or because you want to broaden your perspective. ( )
  bridgetisrad | May 14, 2021 |
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