Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides

Jesus Outside the Lines A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides Whether the issue of the day on Twitter Facebook or cable news is our sexuality political divides or the perceived conflict between faith and science today s media pushes each one of us into a fr

  • Title: Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides
  • Author: Scott Sauls Gabe Lyons
  • ISBN: 9781496400932
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
  • Whether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and science, today s media pushes each one of us into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides Polarizing, us against them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others ScoWhether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and science, today s media pushes each one of us into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides Polarizing, us against them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the bickering and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way Scott shows us how the words and actions of Jesus reveal a response that does not perpetuate the destructive fray Jesus offers us a way forward away from harshness, caricatures, and stereotypes In Jesus Outside the Lines, you will experience a fresh perspective of Jesus, who will not and should not fit into the sides.

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    1. Wonderful book that reads like a breath of fresh air! Every chapter was solid. It seems like nowadays it's all about taking sides for believers and non-believers alike, being pro-this or anti-that and winning arguments.cially on social media. We all have our own self-salvation projects wanting to be right all the time about whatever x issue (me included), but Sauls does a great job of helping us look honestly at the various issues (politics, abortion, sexuality, to name a few), but through the l [...]

    2. “What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in the state of mind I call, ‘Christianity And.’ If they must be Christians, let them at least be Christians with a difference. Substitute for the faith itself some Fashion with a Christian coloring.” ScrewtapeIn Part One of Jesus Outside the Lines, Scott Sauls counteracts Screwtape’s advice from the pit. To walk with Jesus outside the lines of my political leanings or my hobby-horse-of-the-week is to embrace the notion th [...]

    3. Scott Sauls is winsome. His honesty and humility are inspiring and compelling. The Jesus we worship is a Jesus who defied expectations. Sauls tackles debates relevant to the modern Christian (conservative vs. progressive, protecting the unborn, the local church vs. individual faith, sexuality, etc.) empathizes with both sides, and walks the line in a Christ-like way. As America becomes more politically divided, we as Christians must become more like our Savior. I finished this book very much wan [...]

    4. Somewhere along the line Evangelical Christians in America have become the antagonists rather than the protagonists. Instead of being the heroes and champions of the poor, the disenfranchised, the marginized, and the broken, we have become the rich, the entitled and the all too quick to judge self-appointed moralists who have it right while the rest of the world (including other kinds of Christians) have it wrong. It is an uncomfortable place to be and I have often wondered how I and others had [...]

    5. Refreshing, true, encouraging, thoughtful. This book made me feel hopeful and grateful about my faith in God and aboutfe. Broad but true. There are many divisions among people of faith but there is a way forward and through that allows both truth and grace. This author was new to me but I plan to pick up his other books. I appreciate his careful and loving treatment of those outside our faith and of those inside the faith with differing opinions.

    6. A powerful, practical little volume! I requested Jesus Outside the Lines because of the subtitle. Who isn't tired of taking sides? I can turn on the radio these days and my head starts spinning. So many issues, so many debates, so many hot topics. How do we pick our battles? And is that even an analogy we should use? Are these confrontations to win or opportunities to engage? This book claims to point to a way forward. Does it deliver? Yes. For me it did. Scott Sauls has arranged this book aroun [...]

    7. On the whole, I found this immensely wise and likable. Sauls writes with both grace and truth so very well. He is so refreshingly honest about his own struggles and shortcomings, yet so hopeful because of the gospel of Jesus. I did a whole lot of underlining, especially in the first half of the book. I found it less powerful and insightful as it went on, and even wondered how exactly the later chapters related to the main thesis. Part 1 is definitely the book's strength, as Sauls discusses the a [...]

    8. Really good. The influence of Tim Keller was easily discernible, but it was Scott's gentleness and vulnerability that really stood out for me.

    9. NeededThis book is a needed resource for the church. It caused me to step back and look at what I believe and ask myself why. It also caused me to fall more in love with Jesus.

    10. Refreshing, engaging, honest, and wise. Scott Sauls fleshes out so many of the things that have been on my heart in this polarized culture and has given me much to ponder. I love how he does not trade or water down the Truth of the Gospel in exchange for compassion and empathy, but rather he demonstrates how compassion and empathy are an essential part of the gospel and reveals how often we as Christians are lacking in these things. Sauls does a commendable job of speaking honestly to a number o [...]

    11. Who do I follow? As a Christian, I'd like to say, "Just Jesus." But in reality we follow others in politics, social issues and even how we do church. This book breaks it down and helps you to find that there is a road of freedom if we stay out of the extreme ditches that ensnare our thinking and threaten to sideline our effective witness to the watching world.

    12. With a title like this, who would not be curious about reading this book and finding out exactly what the concept of "Jesus outside the lines" means. Yes, that is what caught me - the title; the watercolor art was also quite intriguing for me, particularly because of the play on prime colors. Boxes around the title and blending in the colors - I knew I was interested in knowing what was inside the minute I saw the outside. And I was not disappointed. And I could not put this book down. I even re [...]

    13. It’s been a while since I’ve struggled with how to review a book, but here I sit typing and deleting my introductory sentence over and over. I’ve never heard of Scott Sauls, but I respect him and what he’s attempting to do with this new book, Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides. The thesis is great, the introduction is wonderful (this should be made freely available on a blog somewhere [Edit: An hour after posting this, Scott sent me this link: [...]

    14. Essential read for our socially and politically heated times.All too often it seems like Christians’ lead foot is to divide and conquer. Why do we always have to have the last word? Why are we quick to point out others’ sins but fail to admit our own? And why is it so easy for Christians to draw lines and burn bridges with each other?This book is a liberating and refreshing take on navigating the sea of differences and disagreements faithfully and without becoming judgmental or contentious, [...]

    15. I really enjoyed the way this book was framed up. Each chapter hits a different topic (e.g. money, suffering, politics) and provides a biblical foundation for the Christian point of view. What I enjoyed most was the open-ended questions that are asked, such as:-What does it look like for contentment to grow and for greed to diminish in our hearts?- What if people think we are endorsing sin? What if . . . what if . . . what if we become guilty by association? What if people start to think that we [...]

    16. I've read a lot of Christian Living books over the years, but it's been awhile since I've read one. I bought Scott Saul's book on a lark just because I am a distant acquaintance of his, and I like to support up-and-coming authors. I expected it to be decent, but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved this book and will re-read it in the future. Scott thinks like I think, but he puts all the right words to it and has all the right detailed support. But it's not just his thoughts, it's his words and [...]

    17. Sauls does a great job engaging current controversies and conversations we are all having inside of the church and outside. While the cliche "What Would Jesus Do?" may seem tired and out of date, the church should never stop asking the questions "What did Jesus do?" and "What did Jesus say?" Sauls does just this by bringing to light the life and words of Jesus on the value of life, judgement, church involvement, sin and addiction and a host of other hot topics. Perhaps the best thing I can say a [...]

    18. I loved this book. When my own kids get old enough to tackle some if these issues, I'd love for them to read through it with me. The entire idea of being friendly to all schools of thought and yet uncompromising to what we hold dear's not talked about enough. It's such a tension and this author has a fresh view for the avid reader.

    19. I just finished readying Scott Sauls' "Jesus Outside the Lines" - wow! In this day of so much polarization this is a very good call to re-examine our commitment to follow Jesus Christ and how that plays out in our everyday thinking and living. I strongly recommend this to any Christian interested in living out their faith.

    20. Title: Jesus Outside the LinesAuthor: Scott SaulsPublisher: Tyndale House PublishersYear: 2015Pages: 210Disclaimer: Happily I was provided a free copy of Jesus Outside the Lines via Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my free and unbiased review of the book. Joyfully, I present to you my review--free of additives, preservatives, and sugary marshmallow shapes. Just my undiluted opinion, free of charge, here at Typepad and around the web at such places as GoodReads, , and elsewhere. Thanks for re [...]

    21. This was a phenomenal read. Our Sunday School class just finished this book. The author was looking at the Christ story and how sometimes taking sides is unavoidable. But, it is the hope that the side that is taken is that Christ lived and died, rose and ascended and is soon to return. It is hoped that even when taking sides is unavoidable that it is taken in such a manner that would be blessing to HIM.There, as we know, are many that can explain anything away. They can choose to look at Buddhis [...]

    22. Sauls’ message is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly weary culture of dividing lines and picking sides. His honesty and transparency about living outside the lines was challenging, convicting, and hope filled. To choose the Jesus way erases lines and reconciles the broken. In Scott’s words, “What matters more to us - that we successfully put others in their place, or that we are known to love well?Truth and love can go together. Truth and love must go together.”

    23. This book is perfectly timed and absolutely FANTASTIC!! Scott does an amazing job at communicating the Christ like pursuit of maintaining bridges between ourselves and those who think, act, vote, practice very differently than we do. He tackles many difficult topics from homosexuality to political affiliations. Even though he is my brother and I hate giving him praises (lol) , I will. Very challenging, extremely thought provoking, and convicting! Great job!!

    24. I listened to the audiobook read by the author. I always enjoy listening to authors read their own books because they put emphasis where it is intended. The book got a little dry in parts but am glad I finished it. The epilogue and final list of "Top Ten tips for Christian Evangelism" from an essay written by an atheist is very enlightening and helpful. This book was refreshing, honest and instructive.

    25. Not what I thought it was going to be. Thought it was going to be about respect and unity amongst believers of different stripes (political, cultural etc). That was the book I thought I was getting. Instead it was just another preachy argument for why the author's doctrines are right and the others are wrong (I'm so tired of theological arguments condemning homosexuality). Ironically, for a book entitled, 'for those tired of choosing sides' in the end he said we do have to choose a side.

    26. I love Sauls compassionate and aithentic way of humbly "sticking to his guns". An important book in an increasingly polarized world.Great stuff. Thoughtful and compassionate. A must read for Cheistian navigating a post christiandom wotld and for non-christians desiring a peek at sane and uncompromised Christian belief.

    27. Solid, but didn't break much new ground for me. I was engaged by the thesis, but I didn't necessarily feel like he stayed focused on it. Instead, he more generally engaged various topics. All good and helpful, perhaps not his fault that I had already processed many of these areas in similar ways.

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