Coffee with Jesus [NOOK Book]

Coffee with Jesus

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
Jesus freaks and coffee freaks can unite over this book-length version of the Internet comic strip. A suit-and-necktie-wearing Jesus whose visage never changes listens to, counsels, rebukes, and tweaks any of five recurring characters who articulate common Christian attitudes and questions (“Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven. Right, J-Man?”)in a four-panel strip. Satan, resembling William Powell in the 1930s Thin Man movies, also shows up for an occasional round of sparring. (“It’s such delicious fun, messing with your silly, sleepy sheep,” he tells Jesus.) The stylized art, drawn from Sunday school and advertising clip art, makes for distinctive iconography. The book is very loosely organized around six themes, from “Getting to Know Jesus” to “Suffering, Temptation and Comfort,” and cartoonist Wilkie adds some exposition. But the heart is the comic collection and its humor, at once gentle and barbed and more thought-provoking than many a sermon. Buy this for a Christmas gift, to be read over a cup of strong joe.(Dec.)
Susan Isaacs
"The day I discovered Coffee With Jesus, I felt a little less alone in Christendom. Wilkie's characters demonstrate our worst flaws, and Coffee Jesus skewers them with a wry balance of humor, solid theology and love. This might be the best evangelism tool since Mere Christianity. Perfect for a seeker or someone who's fed up with religiosity but thirsty for Jesus."
David Neff
"Christianity Today, the magazine I edited for twenty-eight years, was not known for its keen sense of humor. That's why Coffee with Jesus is one of my guilty pleasures. I read its sassy Jesus as a refuge from sober Christians and to make up for the smart-aleck gene missing from my DNA."
Dan Kimball
"If you don't buy this book, you will be cursed. Everything will begin to go horribly wrong. You will gain weight. You will lose your job. Your car will break down and you'll learn you need a new one. Your mutual fund will lose over 50 percent of its value. Please buy this book--for the sake of your children."
Tony Jones
"It's a comic strip, so it's funny, right? Yes, of course. But it's also poignant, and pointed. And rife with good theology. So read it for a laugh, but be prepared to be challenged as well. Jesus probably has something to say to you too."
Sean Gladding
"Like the first cup of the day, Coffee with Jesus offers a much-needed jolt to our culturally captured versions of Christianity and some beloved sacred cows. Yup--including my own."
Mark Oestreicher
"I remember when the 'What Would Jesus Do?' tsunami almost completely engulfed all of us who worked with teenagers. Suddenly, we felt compelled to provide an answer to that impossible question. Problem was: most of us didn't really have a clue what Jesus would do, really. And any honest reading of the Gospels reveals that his disciples didn't know what Jesus would do either. Coffee with Jesus steps into that same tension, responding with plucky, snarky and occasionally awkward honesty. We don't really know the full answer to 'What Would Jesus Say?' But I'd sure like it to be close to the Jesus in these panels."
Chris Heuertz
"Sometimes I wonder if one of Jesus' love languages is 'hang out'--you know, time together, minus the quality part. In this little collection of pithy, advice-columnesque comic strips, David Wilkie nails this little love language of Jesus. It might be going too far to call these little comic strips modern icons, but they do serve that purpose."
Jon Acuff
"I loved this book! I never use the phrase 'LOL'--I'm sorry, that's just how I was raised. But this book honestly had me laughing out loud."
John Muraski
"The cheeky, online comic strip that has gained a cult audience of 40,000-plus followers in less than three years is now ready to burst upon the world as a giftable, brightly hued coffee-table book. . . . The wit is barbed, theology surprisingly relevant, and the overall effect highly addictive."
Chris Smith
"We have much to be thankful for in Wilkie's creative work here, and the ways in which is ever so gently prods us toward a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him in our times."
Jeff Friend
"David Wilkie accomplishes in a four-panel comic strip what preachers try to achieve in a 45-minute sermon--making one solid point that delivers a spiritual truth. Wilkie's popular Coffee with Jesus strip invites the reader to eavesdrop on conversations between Jesus and a diverse cast of characters as they discuss everyday topics including relationships, culture, and church. Worship leaders will gain insight into the types of questions and issues real-life people struggle with daily."
Heidi Schlumpf
". . . Irreverent yet insightful. . ."
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"Organized around six themes, the comic strips in this devotional feature a recurring cast of characters who honestly engage with Jesus about their lives, effectively showing what conversation with God--or prayer--might look like. . . . Recommend Coffee With Jesus to youth and young adults."
Library Journal
★ 11/15/2013
Wilkie, cofounder of radiofreebabylon.com, has done an exceptional thing: presented Christianity without cant. This is a collection of his online "Coffee with Jesus" strip cartoons, illustrated with clip art, which features several stock characters inadvertently revealing their limits and hypocrisy to a surprisingly amusing—and amused—Jesus. VERDICT We can all wish that the author is right and that Jesus was as funny as this; Wilkie's book deserves a place on the shelf of every pastor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830884100
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 646,511
  • File size: 32 MB
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Meet the Author

Coffee with Jesus. He and his wife Katie cofounded Radio Free Babylon, a media creation consortium that produces literature, music, software, web sites and less tangible ideas about life. Dave has held numerous and varied positions in his career, including writer, creative director, producer, musician, on-air talent, clergyman, fax repairman and artist, sometimes all at once.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    I've been reading Coffee With Jesus strips on Facebook for at le

    I've been reading Coffee With Jesus strips on Facebook for at least the past year. They are clever and funny, and also will challenge your thinking. Jesus "has coffee" with a group of people who are struggling in their lives and in their faith (or lack of faith). A pastor and even ol' Satan  himself drops in for a cup. One common criticism of the strip is that Jesus's tone is sometimes snarky, sarcastic or downright condescending. But it that way, the strip also challenges your preconceived notions of Jesus. Whatever the strip is, it's always on target. The book includes strips that have not appeared online. 

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