Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Imaginary Jesus




Price:          14.99 
ISBN:
978-1-4143-6473-5 
Trim Size:
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 
Binding:
Softcover 
Release:
April 2012 

Matt Mikalatos liked Jesus a lot. In fact, he couldn’t believe how much they had in common. They shared the same likes, dislikes, beliefs, and opinions. (Though Jesus did have better hair.) So imagine Matt’s astonishment when he finds out that the guy he knows as Jesus . . . isn’t. He’s an Imaginary Jesus: a comfortable, convenient imitation Matt has created in his own image. The real Jesus is still out there somewhere . . . and Matt is determined to find him.

In this hilarious, fast-paced, sort-of-true story hailed as “Monty Python meets C. S. Lewis,” Matt embarks on an incredible chase to find the real Jesus and ask him the one question that his Imaginary Jesus has never been able to answer. It’s a wild spiritual adventure like nothing you’ve ever read before . . . and it might bring you face-to-face with an impostor in your own life. This new edition now contains a discussion guide, an interview with the author, and other bonus features! (Previously published as Imaginary Jesus.)

Matt Mikalatos
Author Bio
Matt Mikalatos
Matt Mikalatos received his BA in writing from the University of California Riverside. Like many future world leaders, he began his career as a clerk at a comic book store. Having discovered that such work caused women to shun him, Matt took control of a high school classroom and taught American literature and drama (although he was best known for his riotous "study halls"). Then Matt, in an unexpected move, joined Campus Crusade for Christ. In a moment of weakness, his best friend, Krista, agreed to marry him. He and Krista were briefly expatriated by Crusade to East Asia, where they ministered for three years. Now back in the States, Matt provides leadership to the international ministries of Crusade's northwest region. Matt has published articles in Discipleship JournalThe Wittenburg DoorRelief, and Coach's Midnight Diner. Matt and his wife live near Portland, Oregon. They have three beautiful daughters.

This book was not only engaging and refreshing but it was also hilarious!  Matt Mikalatos is a fantastic writer and he actually made me LOL or laugh out load and my children ran into my bedroom to see what was so funny.  I was able to visualize when he was talking about the different  Jesus' throughout the book.  My FAVORITE line of the entire book is in chapter 37, when Matt says,  “Not because of who he was once upon a time, but because of who he is today, and because of who he promises we can become”.  This line was like being hit between the eyes with a 2x4, hello!!!
I think a book club, reading group, or church group would absolutely love this book and would bring up some great discussions.  There is even a discussion section that addresses key portions of each chapter, this would be helpful for a book group.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars!


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