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Reviewed by Claudia Robinson
Jesus is for Everybody is a bold, unabashed, uncompromising title for a book. It suggests to its reader that despite everything he or she knows or believes about religion, reading this book will change it all. It offers sanctuary in an unpredictable and tumultuous world and a hand of hope to anyone seeking the ‘truth’ of the matter behind one of the world’s most controversial and dichotomous subjects.
Unfortunately, Jesus is for Everybody by Sophia White fails to do that. In fact, if anything, it manages to alienate and confuse the subject, exploiting both personal belief and perspective by matching small, decidedly one-way statements with a myriad of scripture quotes from the Bible; conscripted as back up to the author’s rather inflexible perspective of what life under Jesus should be.
Even the introduction is prolific with quoted scripture, leaving very little room for actual author verbiage. Broken down in to 5 sections (God, Faith, Church, The World and Wisdom), the author expounds upon her personal experience with God and Jesus and their roles in her life as pertains to each subject. Sentences such as: “World government protects us from harmful behavior and physical violations towards one another. God instructs us to obey the government…” and “Once the pregnancy process begins, the fetus does not just belong to the woman. This future human being now has a father and other family members who deserve a legal say so in the decision making.” and “Cohabiting is a spiritual compromise. The old saying is why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.” that curdled my previous enthusiasm concerning this book and its promise. I wasn’t seeking a sermon when I chose to read this book; in fact, the title suggested some spiritual enlightenment. I didn’t get it. Instead, I got pissed.
While not condoning the behavior that Sophia is incontestably declaring ‘anti-Jesus‘ behavior, I couldn’t help but feel as if the author was preaching to me, rather than trying to coerce me, as the title suggests, into believing in Jesus (as perceived by her own relationship with Him and her interpretation of the scripture) as someone suited for everyone and anyone. If I were to write a book with such a bold title, I would surely want to appeal and disarm the general public rather than alienate them. The Jesus I know and love is a whole lot more liberal, loving and tolerant in His teachings than this book leads one to believe.
I will admit, grudgingly, that there are sure to be some people who find this scripture exploration and the author’s assignation of them to the world in general, “lovely”, and I certainly don’t want to dissuade anyone from reading this book. My beef, I suppose is not so much in the content, but in the misleading title of the book and lack of personal content. Sophia would have been better served titling this The Scripture and Jesus: An in Depth Analysis of the Bible. Perhaps then the content would have been relevant. Sadly, this book left me with a bitter taste in my mouth and the lingering notion that until we’re all left to see and feel spirituality on our own accord and within our own terms and boundaries, there will always be conflicts surrounding it.
Jesus IS for everyone. So is Buddha, the Goddess, Allah, Krishna…….
Claudia lives on Cape Cod with her husband and two children. She entertains her passion for reading in between providing services to help empower and improve the lives of low-income residents.