July 10, 2012

My Imaginary Jesus

When I first picked up this book I thought that it would be a humorous, challenging devotion styled book directed toward helping the reader evaluate their perspective of God. I was surprised to say the least, when I found that the analogy I thought was an attention grabber or illustration turned out to be the actual book.

 My Imaginary Jesus is a sort of true story. It tells about the experiences of a fellow named Matt. It seemed like Matt had known this guy named 'Jesus' all his life. In fact they were really good friends. Whenever Matt needed help with something he would just call up 'Jesus' and next thing he knew poof 'Jesus' was there. But one day Matt's friend wasn't there. And that was the day that he was needed most. That day Matt's wife started bleeding and then went into contractions which resulted in a traumatic miscarriage. Matt was crushed. "Why hadn't 'Jesus' been there?"
Through a strange series of events Matt comes to the conclusion that his friend 'Jesus' is FAKE! This is the start of a search. A search to find the 'REAL' Jesus. 

Matt Milalatos's writing style is engaging as well as full of unique twists such as a talking donkey and apostle Peter. While I understand that the purpose of Matt's book is to help bring you face-to face with any impostors in your own relationship with God, the flippancy with which the name 'Jesus' was used bothered me. So though I found My Imaginary Jesus engaging, my preference with such a topic would be a more serious approach.