I confess. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw the title, When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette.
But, I can say, whatever I expected, it wasn’t this.
I suppose, in the back of my mind, I expected a book about looking to serve Christ through serving others, no matter what they might look like. Something along the lines of
That isn’t it.
Yes, the book is a series of stories, tales, anecdotes relating personal experiences. But when the author was seeing Jesus in these other people, it wasn’t people he was supposed to be serving.
It was people who were serving him. People who were so full, had so internalized Jesus and the Holy Spirit that they could do nothing but serve, and in ways entirely unexpected. Just by their existence, they effected dramatic change in the author (over the course of his life). This isn’t the story of an overnight spiritual make-over, however. Rather, it’s a series of events that take place that so moved, so motivated the author to make deep seated, radical changes in his life and the perseverance to stick with them.
Sometimes, when we look to read books on spirituality, or any other self-help book, we are seeking ways that we can take action and that we can effect change. In the stories shared here by the author – stories of his own personal experiences and others, it is more about the realization of the presence of Christ working through others, and how the change is effected on us. In a sense, this book is a series of modern-day experiences on the Emmaus road. As has been noted in recent research, the number of “nones” (those who identify with no particular religion) has risen. An interesting point that I had not seen addressed, however, was that, of those who identify as “nones” or religiously unaffiliated, a full 30% of them identify as having a medium or even high level of religious commitment. On the surface, it seems counter-intuitive that anyone who remains religiously unaffiliated consider themselves to have strong religious commitment, but then, I have to wonder. Perhaps it is just these sorts of experience that author Max Davis is describing, those where we observe working in others, that are the driving force behind the commitment of “nones.”
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