Since learning of John Eldredge one day in chapel, during my undergrad days, I’ve been reading his works on and off. As I’ve said in a previous post, there’s a kind of adventure that Eldredge takes me on that I’ve come to associate with his writing–it’s an adventure that serves me well.
Beautiful Outlaw, which explores the playful, disruptive, and extravagant personality of Jesus, takes me on such an adventure. For years now, I’ve made it a habit of reading through all four Gospels, and I always pick up something new. And reading Beautiful Outlaw, which is largely based on the Gospels, has helped in this regard.
Through seventeen insightful chapters, John Eldredge seeks to remove much of the religious fog that has settled over the personality of Jesus for centuries. Mr. Eldredge’s burden is to help his readers behold afresh the Beautiful Outlaw that is Jesus of Nazareth.
The subtitle “Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus” gets the conversation going. Walking through the Gospels with Mr. Eldredge has been quite refreshing. Along the way, the reader encounters several stories of how Eldredge, his family, and others have experienced the personality of Jesus in their own lives.
And thanks for reminding us that there is difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus.
But I must confess that some of the stories of how Jesus has spoken to personally to some believers have made me somewhat uncomfortable. You see, I was taught otherwise and never to expect such.
Of all the books of John Eldredge I’ve read, Beautiful Outlaw has got to be his most theological thus far. As someone who is Reformed, I was very pleased with Eldredge’s affirmation of the historic creeds, hell, and the like.
Thanks Mr. Eldredge for this work, and I commend it to the reader who longs for the Beautiful Outlaw—free of the religious fog.