Jesus Did It Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments for Christians

Jesus Did It Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments for Christians

by Kent M. Keith

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Millions of people have read the ten paradoxical commandments that Kent M. Keith enumerated in his 2002 bestseller Anyway. Many readers asked if timeless principles such as "People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered; love them anyway" might relate specifically to the Bible and Christian faith. In Jesus Did It Anyway, Keith offers an affirmative answer to that query. Drawing from stories from the Old and New Testaments, he connects his simple paradoxes to the straightforward message of the Scriptures. An inspiring read.
Publishers Weekly
The Paradoxical Commandments took on a life of their own after Keith wrote them as a Harvard sophomore more than 30 years ago. They became almost a law unto themselves for doing good despite people and circumstances. They were used by religious leaders across the globe, including Mother Teresa, to illustrate truths found in the Christian Bible. Now Keith writes his third book on the Paradoxical Commandments, this time relating them to Christian faith and the Bible. Keith, a person of faith himself, knows that people search for meaningful lives, and he uses his Paradoxical Commandments to help provide such meaning. Each chapter lists the commandment, then draws on a teaching of Jesus or other figures in the Christian Bible to help explain it. He uses the biblical stories of the prodigal son, David, Moses, Job and the "good Samaritan," among others, to illustrate the commandments. Keith's presentation is simple and straightforward, his links between each commandment and the Bible easy to understand if a bit obvious. This is a pleasing introduction to the Paradoxical Commandments, as well as an easy-to-swallow introduction to the Christian Scriptures. Study guides for each chapter move into deeper discussion and reflection. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this sequel to the very popular Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments; Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World, Keith spells out the biblical bases for his assertions in the first book. While some may say that his "Commandments" are old news, this explicitly Christian counterpart to Anyway sheds important light on the crux of Christian theology: the unbearable paradoxes inherent in Christ's teaching, which was explicitly directed at those who were in the world but not of it. Keith's restatement of his ideas in a Christian context should find a wide audience. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Author and motivational speaker Kent M. Keith helps people find personal meaning and happiness in their lives and work. He earned his B.A. at Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and at Waseda University in Tokyo. He holds a law degree as well as a doctorate in education.

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