From Spoken Word to the Word of God: A Conversation with Jefferson Bethke


The Author

Jefferson BethkeJefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). That poem turned into a two book deal, with the first book, Jesus > Religion, hitting the NYT bestseller’s list.

The Book

Review of It's Not What You Think by Jefferson BethkeJesus was most upset at people for seeing but not seeing. For missing it. For succumbing to the danger and idolatry of forcing God into preconceived ideals. What if there were a better way? What if Jesus came not to help people escape the world but rather to restore it? Best-selling author and spoken word artist Jefferson Bethke says that ‘Christians have the greatest story ever told but we aren’t telling it.’ So in this new book, Bethke tells that story anew, presenting God’s truths from the Old and the New Testaments as the challenging and compelling story that it is – a grand narrative with God at the center. And in doing so, Bethke reminds readers of the life-changing message of Jesus that turned the world upside-down, a world that God is putting back together.


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