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Tom Taylor (Ph.D., Fuller; M.Div., Yale; J.D., University of Illinois College of Law) is a speaker and the senior pastor of Glenkirk Church in Glendora, California. He is also adjunct professor in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of the award-winning 7 Deadly Lawsuits. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Jan, and their two boys, Aaron and Ryan.
Posted August 3, 2006
In this refreshing and much-needed book, Tom Taylor acts as a 21st Century translator for Jesus and the paradoxes that he taught. Taylor offers, not trite, canned, or boilerplate platitudes, but thoughtful, sensible, and calming insights into these thorny truths that otherwise might seem to contradict reality. In tackling them, most thankfully, Taylor does not propose simple solutions to life's untidy circumstances. Instead, he points us toward Jesus' radical, yet merciful, counterintuitive teachings about a well-lived life. In a writing style equally useful to scholars yet accessible to laypeople, Taylor combines the intellectuality of a Christian theologian with the moving, hilarious, human storytelling accessibility of writers like Anne Lamott. He lays bare messiness of life that Jesus seemed to know we'd all encounter. More reassuringly, Taylor demonstrates how the elusive keys to Jesus' promises for deeper, better life, are found in the very paradoxes that often (but need not) confound and derail our sojourns toward and with God. In an age where shallow get-rich-quick and you-mustn't manuals clutter 'Christian Living' and 'Inspiration' shelves of book marts everywhere, Taylor manages to lead us on a funny, cerebral, poignant, and often tender paradigm-shifting journey through his experiences, timeless literature, sound history, and, of course, the scriptures - a journey on which we learn to see life through Jesus' eyes. The utterly enjoyable, life-giving utility of this book will long outlive the paper on which it is printed. READ THIS BOOK. Then give it to someone else who needs it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.