dobsonReviewed by Claudia R.

Some of my best experiences in living like Jesus have come because of alcohol! Jesus was accused of being a glutton and a drunkard, and you can’t be accused of that unless you eat food and drink wine. (The Greek word for drunkard means “wine imbiber”.) Jesus often attended parties with people who were offensive to the religious establishment. So, if I am to follow Jesus, I have to do the same!” – Ed Dobson, The Year of Living like Jesus

I’ve always been interested in religion. I am certain, that at the time of my death, a gate will open and a myriad of Gods, Goddesses, Buddhas, fairies, sprites and Spirits will race to my side and fight to the death for my soul. And then Jesus will appear, smote them all and shake his finger at me, a look of great dissatisfaction upon His face at my obvious RDHD (Religion Deficit Hokey Disorder).

Naturally, a book written by a preacher about his journey discovering what Jesus would really do piqued my curiosity. I have no regrets. Written in diary form for the first few chapters, abandoned, later, to descriptive chapters, Ed delivers an insightful, meticulously researched narrative of what it would be like walking in Jesus’ shoes in this day and age, along with the trials and tribulations modern life presents with such a task.

Humorous, honest, heartfelt and inspiring, Ed allows the reader into his soul as he journeys up, around, in and about the life of Jesus, eating, drinking, speaking, living and laughing according to Gospel and the Word of God. Quirky, hilarious, sublime, adventurous, The Year of Living like Jesus manages to present it’s readers with an extraordinary insight to the platitudes and dichotomies being the Son of God must have been like. What would Jesus do certainly takes on a whole new meaning after reading Ed Dobson’s book!

Delivered from many different aspects of religion, and encompassing a multitude of faiths and beliefs, The Year of Living like Jesus offers a penetrative and amazingly honest portrait that is heart-warming and full of grace. It made me laugh, it made me think, it made me want to read the Bible again. A great book to read and debate. It’s food for thought and faith of all ages and denominations. Different. Unique. Daring.

Ed Dobson has a great website which definitely merits visiting!

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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.

The review copy of this book was provided by Zondervan.