When I first ordered this book I was kind of disappointed that I had ordered a fiction book. I normally am against reading stories that are made up which do me no good as far as building me up with Godly wisdom. When I began to read this book my attitude changed greatly.
Within a couple of pages I was laughing hysterically as Matt Mikalatos conveyed an imaginary Jesus who could not fix parking tickets and an overweight guy named Pete. The story begins with Matt sitting in a coffee shop with his imaginary Jesus who happened to listen to an IPod and have gleaming white teeth. As I progressed in the story I was introduced to a huge array of images that people make Jesus into. They range anywhere to Testosterone Jesus who comes out at Men’s Ministry Camps and 8 Ball Jesus who only has a limited number of answers to any question.
While reading the stories and laughing out loud I had no idea of the punch in the gut that would accompany the last couple of chapters. My laughing turned into tears welling up in my eyes as I connected very deeply to the sort of true story that unfolded before my face. The moment was quiet as Jesus stood and wept, and oh how I felt those tears fall for me too. After the quiet moment with Christ I entered a room with another apostle and enjoyed some good time as I saw the gospel unfolded with a few arts and crafts items. If none of this makes sense to you then you will just have to pick up a copy and find out what I mean for yourself.
Matt Mikalatos has a fast paced writing style which is easy to understand. Full of humor, wonder, and reality, My Imaginary Jesus, was a perfect book at a perfect time in my life. I needed the laughter and I needed to see the Real Jesus in the midst of so many fake images. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to laugh and be confused in wonder all at the same time. It made me question the images I have made Jesus into and helped to reveal areas in my life that I have made more comfortable to me in order not to face any sacrifice. I loved this book and will treasure the revelation it brought me through the wisdom of Christ in Matt.
I received this book complimentary from Tyndale House Publishers for writing this review. To pick up your copy of this amazing story just head over to Tyndale House Publishers Site