Coffee with Jesus

Coffee with Jesus

by David Wilkie
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Coffee with Jesus by David Wilkie

One of Library Journal's "Best Books 2013" (spirituality/religion)

ForeWord 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalist (Graphic Novels and Comics)

2014 Midwest Publishing Association Honorable Mention (Special Trade)

Thousands of people start each day with a shot of Coffee with Jesus, the enormously popular online comic strip. Irreverent at times, yet always insightful, this volume features classic entries and all new, exclusive material that was born out of artist David Wilkie's frustration with the polarized political climate in America.

"Originally created as a one-off, single-panel comic on my blog, utilizing old advertising clip art for the main characters and Sunday school clip art for the person of Jesus, I simply enjoyed the notion of Jesus appearing at table with these people (dressed as they were and sharing coffee with them) to refute their claims of how he might vote on any particular issue, to convince them that they cannot confuse their flag with their God—to set them straight, as it were," explains Wilkie.

But it didn't stop here. Soon the Jesus of Coffee with Jesus could be seen offering counsel to a recurring cast of characters on their personal and work lives. The characters—Carl, Lisa, Ann, Kevin and Joe—all honestly engage with Jesus about their successes and failures and wants and needs, effectively showing what conversation with God—or prayer—might look like.

Poignant, pointed, and rife with good theology, Coffee with Jesus is organized around six themes: getting to know Jesus, spiritual disciplines, relationships, culture, church, and the challenges of life. With exclusive material like twelve-panel mega-strips and "behind the strip" reflections on life, faith and art, Wilkie inventively poses answers to the perpetual Christian speculation, "What would Jesus do?"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830836628
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 651,175
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David Wilkie is the artist behind the popular online comic strip 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.