PRAISE

“Is there a contradiction between believing that ‘Jesus is the answer’ and not being a Christian? In this spiritually honest book, Krattenmaker is intent on showing that there isn’t. Whether you are a Christian or not, whether you are religious or not, you will benefit from his wrestling with Jesus as the embodiment of the ‘true life,’ the key to human flourishing. An important book in a culture in which Jesus has for many become a ‘moral stranger.’”

– Miroslav Volf, professor of theology at Yale University, author of Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World

“This is an important book; brilliantly subversive and extraordinarily helpful. This gift is for any of us ‘in search of a sun’ around which to orbit our lives.”

– William Paul Young, bestselling author of The Shack and Eve

“Tom Krattenmaker is a keen observer of culture and the American religious landscape, and I read everything he writes. In Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, Krattenmaker offers readers surprising reflections on the benefits of modeling one’s life based on Jesus’s ministry and teachings. While the book purports to speak to non-believers, don’t be fooled. A committed Christian will glean as much from this book as an avowed atheist.”

– Jonathan Merritt, author of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined and contributing writer for The Atlantic

“In a book rich with meaning for believers & nonbelievers alike, Tom Krattenmaker offers insightful analysis of American culture and makes a uniquely compelling case for the transformative nature of Jesus. ”

– Kirsten Powers, USA Today columnist, author of The Silencing

“Krattenmaker writes that Jesus’s “wisdom and way are far too compelling to be separated from me by anyone’s boundary.” This attitude is one that allows Krattenmaker to draw wisdom from multiple sources, not shunning any one simply because it is attached to a certain, opposing group. The story of Jesus, no matter what perspective you approach it from, teaches us not to make enemies of our fellow man, but to love, care for, and seek to understand them. That’s a lesson that we can all benefit from.”

Beliefnet.com

“Tom Krattenmaker defies category again with “Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower,” while also pointing to the growing needs in our post-religious culture. Always kind, thoughtful and eloquent, he loves both Jesus and those who claim him more honestly and thoroughly than stereotypes would suggest, and he is a hopeful voice for those who are compelled by Jesus, but who have been told they can’t because they don’t qualify. Tom Krattenmaker gets at the hart of what Christian seekers and community indeed are – or at least should be – at their heart: compassion, community, humility and love.

While too many of us in the Christian world are picking each other apart, Tom is about the real, substantive work of Jesus, right here and now.”

– Christian Piatt, author of Leaving A-Holiness Behind and postChristian, host of the Homebrewed CultureCast

“Asking what rock we should tether ourselves to in life, Krattenmaker makes a strong case for Jesus, not as a resurrected messiah or god, but as an ethical teacher and guide. Humanists and atheists have much to learn from this sage, Krattenmaker argues, and he spends his book outlining the basics of Jesus’s ethics. Most of this, with its emphasis on the loaves and the fishes (abundance), the Sermon on the Mount (radical nonviolence), and the good Samaritan (caring for others), will be familiar to anyone with an interest in or some exposure to Christianity, but for someone new to these stories or with a skeptical outlook, Krattenmaker’s book fills a gap. Krattenmaker…offers a reasoned guide that makes a 2,000-year-old story relevant to secularists today.”

Publishers Weekly

“What a wonderful, engaging book. I so appreciate how clear and accessible it is, how thoughtful and humane, and also how impassioned it is. I admire the ethical, activist spirit that pervades each chapter, Krattenmaker’s deft handling of pressing social and political issues, and the inclusion of his own personal experiences and struggles. Krattenmaker’s use and application of Jesus throughout the book works really well.”

Phil Zuckerman, Professor of Sociology and Secular Studies, Pitzer College

“Krattenmaker offers secular and religious readers a striking study of Jesus that could serve as a source of common ground and common cause.”

Library Journal

“The chapters move seamlessly through the ethics of Jesus and why he thinks Jesus’ take is still revolutionary yet grounded in a reality that many people dismiss far too quickly. Adroitly moving through topics like inclusion, narcissism, consumerism, dissatisfaction, criminal justice, racism, forgiveness, and sex, Tom writes to convince his readers that what Jesus taught two thousand years ago is not confined to some sectarian religious fundamentalism.”

– Jon Nitta