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Week of February 10, 2003
Get the here and now on being a Jesus Freak
Live Like a Jesus Freak: spend today as if it were your last, by dc Talk. Albury Publishing: Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2001. 184 pages.
Review by DEAN SARNECKI
The message - the call to witness and live a radical life for Christ - is awesome.
Just like the book Jesus Freaks, I found the How to Live Like a Jesus Freak interesting. The young man who lent it to me was very excited by it and felt that I would be intrigued by it.
I was . . . but I was immediately struck by the people who were included, those omitted, and the nature of the language of faith.
The book has a highly evangelical slant. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it just makes me uncomfortable at times. It is not "Catholic" language.
The only noteworthy "Catholics" mentioned were St. Francis and Mother Teresa.
A few Old Testament figures were used as examples of Jesus freaks: Elijah, David, and Jeremiah. This, despite the fact that Jesus was centuries away from appearing!
Like many of these types of books, I find myself torn. The message - the call to witness and live a radical life for Christ - is awesome.
The examples of faith, the style it is written in, and even the graphics make it a book that I believe will encourage teens, the intended audience, to read.
I guess I wonder why I cannot find books like this written by Catholics, for Catholics. The closest I've read are those by Amy Welborn, Scott Hahn and others, but these tend to be more apologetics or aimed at adults. Despite this, How to Live Like a Jesus Freak offers some good Scripture and many ideas for sharing faith.
If we could just get our kids to read it.
(Dean Sarnecki is one of many Jesus freaks at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School in Sherwood Park.)
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