Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos - Book Review

With a title like My Imaginary Jesus, you might think this book was sacrilegious but you'd be mistaken.  Matt Mikalatos has taken this strange idea and used it to readers face to face with some (hard?) spiritual truths.

Matt stars as the protagonist of this story, a Christian who discovers the Jesus who accompanies him is imaginary.  He meets the Apostle Peter and a talking donkey named Daisy who join him as he tries to discover who the real Jesus is (just writing that seems absurd).  Along the way, Matt meets many other Jesuses: Testosterone Jesus, Magic 8-Ball Jesus, Legalist Jesus, TV Jesus, Free Will Jesus, and a multitude of others (again, it sounds sacrilegious).  At times almost too over-the-top, My Imaginary Jesus slowly pulls back and reveals some startling truths.  I particularly liked the section that speaks to Communion.

Several times as I was reading, I found myself wanting to share the story with my wife or pastor.  It is well-written and touching.  I am curious, though, about how much of Matt's actual life made its way into the book.

I give this a hearty recommendation!

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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