A Review of “Simply Jesus” by Dr. Joseph Stowell
In today’s age of consumerism and complexity, Dr. Joseph Stowell’s book “Simply Jesus” is a welcome invitation to simplify our relationship with the one who loved us enough to die on the cross in our place. This book is a thoughtful and concise call to experience Jesus. From the perspective of the author’s own experience, we are given a glimpse into his own personal journey of a relationship with a loving God and a Savior who not only loves us, but wants a meaningful relationship with us. Throughought these short nine chapters, Stowell uses thought-provoking personal illustrations to bring the vast, unfathomable riches of God’s love within the reach of those who may not feel as close to Him as they could be.
This book encourages those who desire to follow Jesus to draw near to their loving Savior instead of simply going through the motions of conventional Christian tradition. It is amazing how academic and behavior-oriented we can make Christianity. This book is sure to encourage readers in their journey to a vibrant, moment by moment friendship and intimate relationship with Jesus.
This book is not a difficult read, but is packed with Scripture references and appropriate illustrations. This book mirrors its title. It is a simple and refreshing read and is appropriate for new believers as well as more mature followers of Jesus needing a reminder to get back to a simpler, day by day, moment by moment dependence upon their loving Savior.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who yearns to experience a personal and close relationship with Jesus.
* I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review, as part of their Blogging for Books program. All views expressed are strictly my own.