The Original Jesus: Trading the Myths We Create for the Savior Who Is by Daniel Darling is a novel book idea that was executed well. The author tackles ten common myths – like the Guru Jesus, the Post-Church Jesus, and the BFF Jesus – that we may not have had names for but have likely encountered.
The author does a good job of exposing the myths, being transparent about his own struggles and biases, and then offering an biblical portrayal of Jesus that counters the myths.
Overall, the book is well written and tackles some of the myths in unique ways. Yet, at times it does seem that the book gets a little redundant and may have oversimplified some of the arguments…but not to the point of making the mistake of overly reducing the myths to absurdity.
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