“THE BACKWARD LIFE” by Jarrod Jones
Description [from Amazon.ca]: Jesus is totally backwards to the world. Rather than focus on his own desires, he lived to love others. He preached lessons that seemed contradictory: Die to live. Lose to gain. Love your neighbor as yourself. Is it possible to follow in his footsteps today? Can people live a faith that means something in a culture so focused on self? Meeting an MTV generation where it’s at, The Backward Life shouts ”YES!” In this provocative and challenging book, Jarrod Jones takes readers on a journey into a faith that dares members of our pop culture to live like Christ–to deny themselves and take up the cross. This kind of living may seem backward to the ways the world would have one find happiness and meaning, yet Jones shows how it delivers more fulfillment than anyone can imagine. Filled with real-life stories and honest teaching, The Backward Life offers a new look at a faith that will help readers discover who they are and who God is calling them to be.
MY REVIEW: When I first read the review of this book on the FaithfulReader.com website, I was intrigued. I had to read this book! So, I checked my local library — but they didn’t have a copy. I asked if they’d order one, and (thank the Lord!) they agreed to do so!
After waiting patiently, the book finally arrived, and I brought it home. I started reading right away… and then found that I couldn’t put it down! Right from the very beginning, you are drawn into the stories Jarrod shares from his own life. He then uses those stories to enlighten truths from God’s word. In so doing, Jarrod shows you how you can live a life that is “backward” to the world’s way of doing things… because we serve a “backward” God.
The back of the book says, “Discover how much fuller your life can be when you revel in living as Jesus taught: giving to gain, losing to win, and turning first and last around.“
I especially liked the chapter called “Gloriously Ruined”. In it, Jarrod shares a passage from Joni Eareckson Tada’s book, “When God Weeps“, describing Jesus’ crucifixion in a new light. And, let me tell you… I have never been so moved by that story! It really did give me a new perspective!
And, it’s the same with so much of this book … I have come to view a lot of things in a new light, thanks to Mr. Jones!
Some of the other chapter titles are:
Me, Me, Me
Will the Real God Please Stand Up?
God Gone Public
The Backward Mind
I can’t recommend this book highly enough … especially if you feel like you’re stuck in a spiritual “rut”. It is written in a down-to-earth, friend-to-friend style, with lots of humor thrown in for good measure. But, the truth is powerfully written… you can’t help but be changed! ;o)