On a recent flight from Nashville to Los Angeles I was able to make use of the time by reading a book I’ve been looking forward to reading since I heard about the opportunity to review it and read a little bit about the book and the author.
The full book title is “When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette: Loving People Like God Does” by Max Davis. Max has published quite a number of books but this is the first one of his that I’ve read. I enjoyed his writing style and conversational tone he used for writing the book and communicating with the reader.
Here’s the quick synopsis of the book provided by the publisher:
When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette weaves heartwarming and miraculous stories of Jesus showing up in ordinary people, revealing that He knows us and is fully present in our everyday circumstances, especially in our difficulties. Those hurting and weary from worn-out religion are longing for a fresh touch from the living Jesus. Best-selling author Max Davis challenges us to do more than simply receive God’s grace—we need to allow grace to soften, change, and shape us. As you read this book you will laugh, cry, and come face-to-face with the living Jesus, much like Davis did, when he found Him living in a green-eyed brunette. As Davis puts it, “Jesus is very much alive today and still does incredible things—sometimes supernatural things—through us!”
The book was a good read and I really enjoyed it, but I’ll be honest, given the synopsis above I was actually expecting the book to be more of a collection of vignette type stories of where the author or other individuals come into contact with people in their lives who embodied Jesus to a degree that was far too uncommon for what we normally expect to see in each other’s lives. The verse in the Bible, Hebrews 13:2 comes to mind in my expectations of the book:
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
And that also makes me think of the old song by Newsboys, “Entertaining Angels”.
Davis goes through a variety of personal experiences and stories that speak on his faith journey and becoming a Christian. One of the story lines that is very much a sub-text but that I found myself attaching to was the transitions the author seemed to go through in the denominational style of the church he grew up in and his feelings about worship and church styles he prefers now. This has been a similar thread in my own life.
Overall, I recommend this book as a good book to read to expand and clarify your faith. The challenges that Davis presents in his own life and his own perceptions and awareness of how things have occurred to him will help you see similar events in your own history and future that will hopefully help clarify the person of Christ in your life and the lives of others as well.
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