Not Your White Jesus by Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Not Your White Jesus

Jesus is not white. Jesus is not American. Jesus does not want to make America great. While many of us grew up looking at gleaming portraits of Jesus with blond, flowing hair and hearing sermons reaffirming that we have the answers to save a fallen world, the real Jesus--a Middle Eastern Jew preaching radical, humble, self-emptying love--calls us to a different life.As we see oppression and hate run rampant in our nation, it's as if Christianity ...

Details Not Your White Jesus

TitleNot Your White Jesus
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
PublisherWestminster John Knox Press
GenreReligion, Nonfiction, Christian, Christianity, History, Spirituality

Reviews Not Your White Jesus

  • Brian Proffit
    (to be released October 9, 2018 by Westminster John Knox Press who provided a free copy for this review)First, I want to emphasize that the author does make valid, important points. Yes, a large “but” is coming, but I need to emphasize that we shouldn’t miss the validity of some of her underlying points just because of the antagonistic way she makes them. Large parts of the American Church has moved away from Jesus’ example.     Seco...
  • Katra
    The informal voice of Sheri Faye Rosendahl's writing style may well distance many intended readers. I hope that I'm wrong because her voice needs to be heard by, well, everyone. Yes, in parts it may seem like she's yelling. She obviously cares deeply and urgently wants to get her message across. True, her views may seem a bit radical, but they're worth pondering. This is a book I highly recommend for anyone who has any desire to follow Jesus, lov...
  • Shannon Holmes
    Let me preface my review with, I am a white, middle class, conservative Christian, I even homeschool my children. When I saw the cover of this book, I could feel my defenses rising, after reading the summary, I am still not sure this is a book I want to spend my time reading, but there was something leaving me slightly intrigued. I went to the author's website and realized immediately that there were going to be several points in her book that I ...
  • Stephany Snell
    In the current climate of our society, I often feel a bit isolated in my thinking. I find myself wondering if other people that call themselves Christians are reading the same Bible that I am and apologize far too often for the condemning & judgmental actions of the people that call themselves followers of a God that practices love, grace & mercy in a capacity so far beyond our mortal scope of imagination that we can’t really even comprehend it...
  • enyanyo
    Jesus is not a white guy. I hate to break it to you, but all those pictures you grew up seeing on the walls of your church or in your grandma's dining room showcasing the fair-skinned, blue-eyed, handsome, white Jesus are fabrications. The lied to you. Jesus isn't American; he's not even campaigning for America's greatness! Oh my…this book was hard to read. The author is quite passionate about social justice and encourages us to trade white Jes...
  • Rich Rosendahl
    I have read this book a few times and I weep that it wasn’t available 10 years ago! With a strong theological background, across many perspectives, it was easy for me to see that Sheri brings new life to our often tainted view of Jesus and humanity. She delivers an insightful analysis that requires readers to be; courageous. For far too long we have blindly followed the theological lead of seemingly well-read white men. Men like me who led us s...
  • Amy Nora
    This was a brilliant and brutal look at the American church. Christianity requires radical love; when we see how the American Church, especially white Evangelicals, have behaved inn the last 5-10 years there has been a degrading of what the Bible says and a greater selling out to political factions. Reading Sheri's work was exhilarating. Each page seemed to challenge a bit more. I hope we in the American church could learn to live a radical life ...
  • Jeannie Huie
    Very disturbing view of American Christianity! Ms. Rosendahl makes us re-examine how we view others and how we follow Jesus' commandment to love others. Very interesting and very disturbing and a very much needed wake-up call!
  • Lew Button
    Not Your White Jesus Not Your White Jesus is a disturbing book. First it is disturbing because so much of what Sheri Faye Rosendahl has to say about the church is true. The predominant church in the US (the White-Jesus Church as she calls it) is not known for its compassion and love. The author is not the first person to see this or to write about it. This is a theme in the book "They Love Jesus but not the Church" by Dan Kimball. Nevertheless, i...
  • Lisa
    This book was an excellent challenge to my faith. Sheri compares what she calls the American White Jesus to the Red Letter Jesus of the Bible. She makes it very clear how terribly short many Christians fall from what the person of Jesus would want. She hits on all sorts of current topics, such as the #MeToo movement, the LGBTQ issue, the Middle East, the NRA and the actions of our current President.She clearly has a passion for helping the "other...
  • A Cup of Brave
    Thank you to Westminster John Knox Press and NetGalley for providing an ARC in return for an honest review.I would not recommend this book to anybody who believes in Jesus. It is disrespectful and the book had cursing all throughout it.
  • David Smith
    A very powerful and challenging discussion of the real Jesus in comparison with current "white Jesus" positions in the US. Thank you, Sheri.
  • Nicki
    This is a book that I nearly stopped reading after 3 chapters. It just didn't sit well with me. My spirit tugged at me that something was off. Aside from the profanity (which has no place anywhere in my opinion, much less a Christian book), the author was bashing the president. I am not a huge fan of Trump, but he was elected and is certainly not any worse than his rival would have been. (Having people killed, siphoning money away from a foundati...
  • Carol Evans
    Not Your White Jesus is a difficult book to write about. Rosendahl makes some good points about Jesus and how he dealt with people throughout the New Testament. However, her tone and slang are totally off-putting.I definitely like Rosendahl's main message. When asked what the greatest of the commandments was, Jesus responded, "The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and p...
  • Kamaria Nurse
    This is a book that speaks to the issues of American Christianity in contemporary times that brings into stark contrast what Jesus ACTUALLY was and who He is portrayed to be in current American culture. To be a Christian in the mold of Christ we have to understand that Jesus in his time was a rebel, a radical, He broke ALL the rules. He spoke to "undesirables," He stood for the outcasts in fact He stood up for all marginalized people. What Jesus ...
  • Audrey Adamson
    Not Your White Jesus is a book needed for the times but with it's provides no answers or suggested on what Red Letter Jesus would have them do. I truly understand Sheri Faye Rosendahl; I live in the Deep South and see White Christianity at its worst. Pretty much everything she says, I agree with. We are taking the love out of Jesus focusing too much on traditions that benefit only us. I enjoyed learning more about Syria and Israel; this broadened...
  • Megan Byrd
    This book compares and contrasts what the author calls “White-Jesus Christianity" with “Red-Letter Jesus." She talks about Jesus's MO of bold love and how the hate and exclusion and self-centeredness of many "Christians" do not look anything like love. She covers a lot of topics including racism, nationalism, refugees, violence, consumerism, misogyny, and the marginalized. I really appreciated what she had to say and the Biblical stories of J...
  • Bethany
    I agree with the ideas behind nearly everything Sheri Faye Rosendahl says in this book. Unfortunately, though, her seemingly arrogant sarcasm will keep me from recommending this to anyone. She says early on that she hopes this book will spark conversation but then spends the remainder of it dismissing and talking down to the very people on the other side of the issues she mentions. There is no room for dialogue here. Speaking truth to power still...
  • Libby
    I struggle with the audience and purpose of this book. I think it feeds into the filter bubble mentality afflicting society at the moment. Those who already share Rosendahl's views will appreciate finding an author they agree with, but beyond identifying issues, she offers few practical ways to effect change. And if those who disagree with her positions do read the book, they are likely to be turned off by her constant shrill condemnation of thei...
  • Gina
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC for my Kindle.I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't for me.I agree that Jesus is not white, but the author comes across with very radical and hateful tones.Using profanity in any book automatically causes to me to lower my rating and/or not finish the book. In this case, I lowered my rating and didn't finish the book. I did read the first few chapter until the profanity began, read the last chapter,...
  • Shannan Harper
    The title drew me to the title of the book. Being an African American Christian that has been disgusted by the so called evangelical "Christians" that have not been living like Jesus would have wanted us to, I wanted to see what was in the content of the book. While I don't agree with everything that was written, the author does give some valid points, especially when referring to being pro birth (instead of pro life like a lot of evangelicals cl...
  • Laci
    LOVED this! Rosendahl writes to my Christian (yet sarcastic) heart. If you're tired of the "holier -than-thou" religious books that glut the market, this is a GREAT alternative title for the rest of us. Speaking with a natural voice, the author dives into the "white Jesus" that Western Christians have constructed for themselves and how this diverges greatly from the real, Red Letter Jesus found in the Gospels. Highly Recommended.
  • Steve Callahan
    Jesus is not white. Jesus is not American. Jesus does not want to make America great. A good read about where the church has gone astray from Jesus's words and what is needed to be done to get back to standing up for the refugee, sick, poor, women and marginalized.
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  • Leona Atkinson
    This book, "Not Your White Jesus" is different from any book I have seen because it deals with a very touchy subject which is something that has recently been a controversial subject--"White Jesus".I first heard the name "White Jesus" last year from a friend who was doing biblical research and brought up the idea that Jesus Christ was not white in skin color and that He was much different than the Jesus many churches worship now. At first, I was ...
  • Alex
    (I received a free ebook copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)I don't read a whole lot of non-fiction, but when I saw this come across NetGalley (sorry I finished so late!), I had to pick it up. This title seemed right up my alley.I wanted to love this...(full review at https://mydearwatsonbooks.wordpress.c...) (I received a free ebook copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
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