Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God Does
John Weece (@jonweece)
Available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle edition, Audible audiobook download, and Audiobook MP3 CD. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, audiobook CD, and MP3-CD. I read the paperback edition.
Jesus Prom will forever change the way I interact with people. For a long time, I’ve been searching for a way to make a difference. I was looking for something big and unique, but Jon Weece showed me that the real adventure is in simple, loving gestures. Seeing people. Listening to people. Serving people. Loving people.
When Jesus sees you, He sees all the people you could help if you could just get your eyes off of you.
–Jon Weece, Jesus Prom, page 36.
In an endearing narrative style, Jon Weece weaves together stories of simple love and changed lives. Rather than telling a story and teaching about it, he weaves together Bible stories with real-life incidents to create a unique learning environment where the reader can see truth in a new way, without a lecture.
Here is a sample of his writing style and his loving style:
Love asks. Love never assumes. One of the best questions we can ask people is, how can I love you? Too often we assume we know how people need to be loved or want to be loved.
One day, I picked up a hitchhiker who was barefoot. After buying him some shoes, I told him he could borrow my car anytime he needed it. He laughed. “I like walking,” he said.
I had assumed he needed a car.
“But I do need to see a doctor,” he added. I couldn’t tell from looking, but his back hurt. So I called a friend of mine who is a doctor, and he was able to help him.
Don’t assume. Ask.
I was driving down one of the busiest roads in Lexington when I saw an older woman seated on a bench near a bus stop. Because it was raining and because I had an appointment to make, I didn’t stop. As I drove past her, the Spirit reminded me that Jesus put His life on hold to give life to people like me. So I turned around, drove back to the bus stop, and got out of my car. As I walked toward her, she got a scared look on her face and put her foot up as if I was going to tackle her.
Seeing she was terrified, I gently said, “Can I give you a ride somewhere?”
“No thanks,” she said.
So I asked, “What can I do for you?”
“I’m hungry and I need to get my prescriptions filled,” she said as she looked down through fogged-up glasses. Across the street were a pharmacy and a fast-food restaurant. It’s not always that easy. But that day it was easy. She was easy to love, even if she didn’t receive love with ease.
The more I love people, the more I fall in love with God. The more I fall in love with God, the more I love people.
–Jon Weece, Jesus Prom, page 12.
I read this book in about 24 hours because I could barely put it down. I never cruise through a book that fast, but I found it life changing and profoundly beautiful. I want to live a life like that and, Lord willing, I will.
Jon Weece doesn’t write long teaching sections, as most Christian nonfiction writers do. Instead, he weaves in bits of teaching to explain his methods.
One of the best ways to start a conversation is with a question: Is there anything I can do for you today? When we present ourselves in a loving way to people, people will let us love them. And when people let us love them, usually, they’ll let us talk about why we love them.
–Jon Weece, Jesus Prom, page 61.
Sometimes you’ll hear a preacher or author teach something and it just comes across as a gimmick. There are no gimmicks here, just plain love for God and God’s people—all of God’s people, no matter their situation in life. Jon Weece is the real deal. If you’re looking for authentic Christianity, you’ll find it in the pages of Jesus Prom.
Oh, one last thing: What is a Jesus Prom? Read Luke 14:12-13 to find out.
I give Jesus Prom by Jon Weece five cups of love.
|Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God DoesBy Jon Weece / Thomas NelsonAre you a wallflower—somebody who sits on the sidelines? Prepare to get out of your chair because Jesus has invited you to dance! Encouraging you to leave the passive behind, Weece helps you live out your faith by using the dynamic words Jesus did—“come,” “rest,” “learn,” “hear,” “give,” “go,” and “love”—and by putting them into action. 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.|
|Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God Does – eBookBy Jon Weece & Bob Goff / Thomas Nelson|