(Bev here, Jason's wife) I have just finished a book that has impacted me more than any others I have read in the last 2 years: Adrian Plassâ€™ â€œJesus Safe Tender Extremeâ€. (Not many books have drawn me to ignore screaming children, phones ringing, emails popping, but this one has been a magnet to my soul).
It is really a musing of Adrianâ€™s soul; his adventure with Jesus over the past 40 years. He writes about truth, about all the "good, bad, wonderful, silly, dreadful, puzzling, disappointing, heart-warming things that will happen when ordinary Christians like you and me seriously set out to follow Jesus in the real world". He is refreshingly honest , funny and self-deprecating .
Adrian writes so beautifully â€“ he makes you laugh out loud and weep so that tears are falling down your face. For me, it was like being thrown a life- ring at this particular point on my own journey with Christ. I finished the book in tears, feeling â€œnormalâ€ â€“a wonderful human being made in the image of a loving Father, but more than that, I met Jesus again.
In our small Christian world with debates raging over homosexuality, sex before marriage, Emerging church, modern church, how to â€œdoâ€ church, how to keep a church,, should we actually have a church, I felt like I was brought to my knees to the author and perfector of it all : Jesus.
I feel nourished and more hopeful of my own adventure.