“Jesus with Dirty Feet”
By Don Everts
A Down-to-Earth Look at Christianity for the Curious and Skeptical
This book has been a privilege to read. The content is really good and has spoken to me in big ways as I seek to learn and grow in the Lord more. It has enabled me to learn new truths that I was not able to clearly see before.
Two things hit home for me as I read this book: Kingdom of God and Salvation
The bigger “insight” is on the Kingdom of God. In this book, it really connected for me all that the Kingdom of God encompasses. The Kingdom changes how we want to live out our lives. As a kingdom dweller, I am given many new things: new identity (Child of God), family, allegiance (to Him), King, diet (spiritual), constitution (God’s words are the truth), relationship with my Creator, perspective on life, hope in the future, record (stains of sins are replaced by the cleanness of the forgiveness of Jesus Christ), and purpose. The Kingdom of God changes everything. The Lord showed me the significance and what the Kingdom of God really means. Also this book reminds us that salvation does not start when we get to Heaven, it starts now. Salvation is much more than eternal life and Heaven. Those are very important, but that is not all salvation is. Salvation is realizing God is on our side and our defender! God continues to walk with us, guide us, protect us, and send us into the green pastures. His salvation and kingdom are starting now and are so much more than I could imagine. God is leading me to green pastures. He is protecting me, and continuing to rescue me from harm. He is giving me wisdom, His Holy Spirit, and guiding me wherever I go.
The purpose of Jesus with Dirty Feet is not to have a theological discussion, but to show the true essence of Christianity. It is about seeing Jesus. It is learning to not accept the stereotypes or viewpoints we may have heard or seen in Christians or the world we live in, but investigating the truth for ourselves. This book examines who Jesus really is, and what is Christianity. Is Christianity following rules? Is it avoiding smoking and drinking to be seen as “good”? What is Christianity really—what is it about? The book is leaning into see the Gospel and who Jesus is. It is choosing to not take someone’s word for it, but searching out the scriptures ourselves. Christianity is choosing to know and follow Jesus Christ.
I love how this book is written.
It is written in such a way that it is easily understood by anyone and relates to the reader using modern language instead of placing the Scripture in front of us and giving a commentary. The author chose to re-illustrate the truths, as we, the readers, get to actively walking through the process of examining all the facts for ourselves to see the truth of Jesus and Christianity. It brings out the truth versus what others may say or do. It looks at the Word itself. Bottom line: Don Everts uses this book to bring the truth of the Gospel to anyone who is willing to read it.
The book focuses on answering who Jesus is and what is Christianity. It is a fairly short book, but so engaging! It is only 122 pages, which includes 8 chapters. Each chapter focuses on a different, important area of Christianity. The book may be designed for the curious and skeptical, but it also reminds the believer about the truth of Christianity. It refocuses us on our relationship with Jesus, which is where our attention should be. This is the essence of Christianity. It is not about doing or following others, but seeking Jesus and learning more about Him as we follow Him.