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For years, Christians have argued, debated, and fought one another while "speaking the truth in love", yet we are no closer to the grace-filled life Jesus modeled. Biblical scholar and popular podcast host of The Bible for Normal People, Jared Byas casts a new vision for the Christian life that's built not on certainty but on the risk of love.  

A biblically based Christian life is not grounded in having all the answers but in a living relationship. This ultimately shifts our focus from collecting the "right" answers to loving others deeply and authentically. With stories and insights drawn from his years as a pastor, professor, and podcast host, Jared Byas calls us back to the heart of the Bible: that truth is only true when it's lived out in love. 

In a refreshing voice that's both witty and profoundly revelatory, Jared unpacks the concept of truth, its meaning, and why we so often fight over it. He makes a compelling case for how what we believe is less important than how we believe it and that, more than anything else, telling the truth in love is about following Jesus.

For anyone who has ever felt forced to choose between truth and love, acceptance and rightness, this book offers a path forward beyond truth wars and legalistic religion to a love that matters more.

©2020 Jared Byas (P)2020 Zondervan

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Some theological missteps but overall a fantastic book.

While I don’t agree with all the conclusions the author makes, I do heartily agree with his overall thesis. Byas carefully constructs his compelling argument for Love above all else. A very thoughtful and engaging book that is sure to refocus a Christian’s faith walk.

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many words of wisdom !

wow, I need to own a paper copy of this ! and go nuts with my highlighter !!!

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Eye opening. Must read for every Christian

Really changed the way I think about and approach my faith. Opened my eyes to how I can love better and not oppress/hurt others.

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  • Remikit
  • 2021-03-21

One to listen to every year

Great book. Really appreciated how we can keep the Bible 😄 but read it the way Jesus would have read it: you have heard it said, but I tell you....

Love as the compass we use to figure out how to navigate this present moment. Thank you for this.

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  • 2021-03-04

Amazing!!!

This book challenges but only towards love. One might think it’s easy, but it’s hard and continuous! The love talked in this book is real, genuine, and leads to truth. I HIGHLY recommend for all Christians!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-03

Masterclass. Favorite book of 2020

Don’t let the title fool you, this is highly academic look into the interpretation of the bible and God himself. However, it oozes with humility and reads like a compassionate love letter to the dearest of friends. While making well grounded arguments, Jared Byas is never afraid to say the three words I wish all religious leaders would say more, “I don’t know.”

This book is a fresh lens in which to view Christianity and what it means to love in all circumstances. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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  • gary russo
  • 2021-01-02

Great takeaway

Not everything aligned with 'my' beliefs of Jesus but for someone who allowed rules and expectations to weigh me down, this book shifted my focus to the beauty of loving others and not on me and where I am falling short.

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  • Roderic Rinehart
  • 2020-11-22

Excellent book. Loved it.

I was already a fan of Jared from his podcast “The Bible for Normal People” with Pete Enns. I love their progressive, Jesus-centric, love-focused take on the Bible and its place in its own culture and ours.

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  • Brooke Lawrence
  • 2020-11-19

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I am so grateful I read this book. God led me to this book. My family, most of them are conservatives. I have felt so heartbroken, like I’m not allowed to love them, like that’s wrong. But that thought is the wrong one. God wants me to love - that is exactly what God wants me to do. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  • Brandon & Kelsey Payton
  • 2022-06-23

Essential Read

In my 2 years of deconstructing modern evangelicalism, this has been the ONLY book that has helped me in my love and connection to Jesus. When nothing else makes sense, the love of Christ is what remains.

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  • James G. Mcmahan
  • 2022-04-06

I was overwhelmed with clarity from this book!

the ideas are so well explained in a manner that is very thoughtful and well researched.

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  • Amycp
  • 2021-07-18

Clinging to Jesus, while questioning modern religion

A lifeline read If you are looking around at the Church and wondering what the heck is happening. If you were just bopping along thinking all of Christianity was on the same page at least when it came to Jesus, then felt that rug yanked from under you, read it. If you feel alone and lost in your Christian faith because of politics or organized religion, read it. If you are suddenly struggling with family members over faith when you were once aligned, read it. It will convict you to love. I like how much supporting scripture is there. Many excellent insights. Both challenging, and liberating. Shows Jesus as the answer to all of your questions.

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  • Bradley Paul Dykstra
  • 2021-06-27

A Loving Challenge

Jared lays out what Christ's love looks like in our modern world in a kind, gentle way. His approach emphasizes that love and truth are action verbs and moves the open minded reader to action. This was book was thought provoking and will lead to my intentional seeking of God's Spirit to lead me to love others unconditionally. Whether people I'm in contact with are churched or not, agree with me or not, I will strive, with God's help, to show them acceptance and inclusion. Thank you Jared for this book and imposing the wisdom God certainly has blessed you with. I look forward to hearing more from you whether it's on social media, your podcast, or in another book.