**Post includes book giveaway
Do you think of Jesus as a friend? Your Savior? A good man who lived thousands of years ago?
Because what you believe about Jesus defines who you are.
For the March Bible reading challenge here on the blog, we finished Hebrews and we’re in the book of James. Yesterday I read this verse again and I’ve always found it very interesting:
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! James 2:18
How I Came to Know Jesus
I grew up in a Christian home and my mama took me to church the first week I was born. At 6 years of age, I walked down the aisle of a Baptist church and told the pastor I wanted to get baptized. I remember afterwards my dad asking me “Have you been saved?” Honestly, I had no idea what “saved” meant. All I knew was that I loved Jesus and wanted him to always be with me and that I was sorry for my sin. I knew that he had forgiven me and I wanted others to know how much I loved Jesus. From what I could understand, getting baptized would show folks that. So being a very logical and faith-filled 6 year old girl, I wanted to get baptized. No one asked me if I wanted to do it; I just knew it was my next step. I also remember being so nervous to walk in front of everyone that I went to the bathroom just before the pastor invited folks to come to the front. Just to make sure my nerves didn’t get the best of me, you know.
I’m still learning who Jesus is every day. Relationships work that way. It wasn’t until I was into my twenties that I really began to understand how much God really loved me and how to start purposely learning to live for Him. At that point, I started to move from striving to thriving.
Understanding Who Jesus Is as a Preteen and Teen
Recently I was given the privilege of reviewing the student version of a book, Jesus Is ___________, by Judah Smith. When I was a 10-14 year old,the targeted age for this book, I didn’t have a ton of Christian books to read. Of course, back then, we used The World Encyclopedia set (still sitting on the bookshelf in my dad’s house today!) for our school research and we were blessed to own a beautiful set of Bible storybooks. Two of them, actually.
But we didn’t have anything like this-Jesus Is ______ book by Judah Smith. I came to know who Jesus is through reading the Bible and spending time getting to know him. But wow, I see so much potential in quickly understanding more about Jesus from this wonderful book!
Jesus is life. Jesus is grace. Jesus is your friend. And that’s only the beginning!
What Jesus Would Say to Today’s Teen
One of my favorite features in this book is a little section,”What God Might Write in Your Yearbook.” I won’t say which of my children did this, but I actually found a piece of paper in our home that says “Yearbook Signature Practice Sheet.” And it was full of signatures. So I fell in love with this little section of Judah’s book because as a mom, I got a sneak peek at just how important this is to students! Here are a few examples of what God might write in your yearbook:
You make me smile! I love being a part of your life.
You’re perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing about you.
Guess what? I know your future and it’s awesome!
You Can Win A Copy of the Student Version of Jesus Is __________
Today I’m privileged to be giving away a copy of this cool book. Simply leave a comment answering the question:
How did you come to know who Jesus is?
Giveaway is open through 3/18/15.
PS: Judah Smith has a new book, Life Is__________, that only recently released March 3, 2015. I’m currently reading through it. You want to discover how to live life to the fullest? This book holds some incredible instruction on the topic!
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