In his new book, “Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches” Johnnie Moore takes the reader on an exciting journey towards understanding and experiencing the grace of Jesus Christ. Moore is the 29 year old Vice President of Liberty University and a sought after commentator and speaker. His experience as a world traveler, university public relations director, professor, and leader has given him a unique insight on the world. In “Dirty God” Moore introduces us to a Jesus that many have never known before. Rather than present the neat, well mannered, middle-class suburban Jesus that most of us have grown up hearing about, Moore shows us how Jesus got down into the trenches us life and got his hands dirty with us in order to reveal God’s enormous grace. He writes, “This is a book about grace. And how grace split time in half and made a broken world a playground again for the goodness and kindness of God.” In each of the chapters of this book, Moore explores the various aspects and demonstrations of God’s grace revealed throughout the Bible as He enters into the midst of a messy world to save sinners. I enjoyed the winsome and approachable way that the author presented well known stories from the Bible. His approach brought out the surprising and often radical ways in which Jesus entered into the suffering of the world. I believe readers who are familiar with the stories will be engaged and challenged to think about Jesus from a fresh perspective. Christians will gain a deeper understanding of grace from reading this book but they will also learn that grace is not just to be received, it is also to be given. The deeper we understand the grace of God that we have received the more motivated we will be to give grace to those who we find in need. This book is well written and will keep every reader’s attention. It is also deeply Biblical and practical. This book is especially relevant for our culture, which has lost the understanding of God’s grace.
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