Daily Devotions for People Who Hate Daily Devotions
Let's face it. A lot of Christian resources can feel cheesy, out-of-touch, and a little boring. But when Skye Jethani started doodling and writing up some of his thoughts about God, his Twitter and email list blew up. What If Jesus Was Serious? is a compilation of all-new reflections (and hand-drawn doodles) from Skye. He takes a look at some of Jesus' most demanding teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and pushes us to ask whether we're really hearing what Christ is saying. The visual component of the book makes it memorable and enjoyable to read, and Skye's incisive reflections make it worthwhile for any Christian. If you've traditionally been dissatisfied with Christian devotional resources but love to learn about Jesus and think deeply, this book was written for you.
Praise for What If Jesus Was Serious?
When Jesus is listened to, really listened to, His words always come to life because they are living words. They have life and they give life. Skye has really listened to them and has responded with this life-giving book. Like Jesus' words, it is surprising and shocking and frustrating and alive in its own way.
Faith-based musician, author, and teacher
I found it hard to read more than 3–4 pages without stopping, as it forced me to strongly consider what God was saying to me, through this fresh look at Jesus' words in His most famous sermon. For many of us, the Sermon on the Mount has become too familiar for our own good. We've neutered it by this familiarity, and often miss the way it was designed to bring us to our knees. I'm going to be reading this for years to come. Skye remains a gift to the church, and a prophetic voice that we desperately need for these challenging times!
President of the Luis Palau Association
What if Jesus Was Serious? is a stellar step forward in Skye Jethani's mission to help us all consider the reality of God's kingdom and Jesus' outstanding invitation to us to live life with Him. Full of whimsy that only makes Skye's insights hit harder, this is a book I'd recommend to anyone who is tired of religious games and wants to truly consider who Jesus is and what He might be saying to us today.
Author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House about the Future of Faith in America
This book is exactly what I've been looking for: a deep dive into Jesus' most powerful teachings merged with Skye's provocative insights and application to life and culture today.
Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and coauthor of Growing Young and Growing With
Skye Jethani always makes you think with his fresh but faithful approaches to Scripture. Too often we are tempted to be, as James warns us, hearers but not doers of the word. Skye challenges us to not only listen to Jesus but to obey Him. His creative study here of the most famous sermon in history will challenge you, comfort you, and most importantly, provoke you to take Jesus seriously. I encourage you to use this resource with your church or small group.
VP of Communications for ERLC; author of several books, including The Dignity Revolution and The Characters of Christmas
What If Jesus Was Serious? is witty, incisive, and a fresh perspective on the teachings of Jesus. We too often stroll past the revolutionary call of Jesus to give up our possessions and follow Him. Skye Jethani helps us pause, look a bit deeper, and consider what Jesus actually meant in and through His teachings.
New York Times bestselling author, Thirst
The content—and the style—of Skye's book are unique. But so is Skye. In his consistent and valuable manner, Skye helps us understand the age-old truths of Jesus' call to follow Him, but in new and fresh ways. Clear. Prophetic. Whimsical. Corrective. Insightful. As a visual learner, I loved this book. And I'm confident you will, too."
—J. R. Briggs
Founder, Kairos Partnerships; author of The Sacred Overlap and Fail
Skye offers us a user-friendly guide to the bedrock teaching of Jesus. What If Jesus Was Serious? provides new depth of insight for those who are familiar with the Sermon on the Mount and accessible footholds for those who are new in their faith.
Lead Pastor, Colorado Community Church, and author of Discipled by Jesus: Your Ongoing Invitation to Follow Christ
We have done everything in our relationship to Jesus over the years. We have taken him personally, politically, culturally, religiously, but when it comes to discipleship, we have somehow evaded actually taking Jesus seriously. In this compelling and challenging book, Skye does a masterful job of casting a vision of what serious discipleship looks like. Highly recommended.
Author of Beautiful Resistance
Lead Pastor, Church of the City New York