Book Review: Your Jesus is Too Safe

Jared C. Wilson is a pastor in Nashville Tennessee.  He has written Your Jesus Is Too Safe: Outgrowing a Drive-Thru, Feel-Good Savior, in his words, as a reminder of the original message of Jesus.  It is an excellent and complete explanation of Christology.   The book is divided into 12 chapters, each dealing with a different aspect or attribute of Jesus. The necessity of this book in postmodern America seems obvious.  Because Christians, or even churches have chosen to pick and choose the characteristics or attributes of Jesus that seem most appealing to them, this book is a reminder that Jesus is all these things.   For example, some churches choose only to view Jesus as the provision and ignore the fact that He is also king.   The message of Your Jesus is too Safe is that those aspects of His character cannot be overlooked.

I will give my highest recommendation to the chapter on Jesus the judge.  This aspect of who Christ is has been so badly distorted or ignored that this chapter is necessary.  This chapter is so fair and complete in its discussion of the topic it is probably the best work I have ever read on the topic.  I wish I had written it.  It was also a good decision on Wilson’s part to follow up the excellent chapter on Jesus as judge with the chapter on Jesus as redeemer.

The footnotes in the book are brilliant.  I am always annoyed when books have endnotes rather than footnotes.  But it would have been a crime to do that with this book.  Fortunately they are kept as footnotes and are used masterfully.   At one point the footnotes included a link to this.

Also, it seems that Wilson’s voice comes through in this book strongly.  It is humorous and enjoyable while dealing with very serious subject matter.  That is something I try to do as I write, but I am only marginally as successful as Wilson.

It is not a scholarly work on Christology, if that is what you are looking for, there are better sources.  It is, however, thorough and accurate.  I would recommend it to anybody in my church.  I just wouldn’t recommend it for my CBC students trying to write a paper.