A More Christlike God by Bradley Jersak | Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

When asked about what God is like, do toxic images come to mind: God the punishing judge, the deadbeat dad, the genie in a bottle? Bradley Jersak wants to right the wrong view of God in his new book, A More Christlike GodWhat if His love is more generous, his Cross more powerful, and his gospel more beautiful than we’ve dared to imagine? What if our clearest image of God is the self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering Love revealed on the Cross?

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{More about A More Christlike God}

A More Christlike God (April 2015)

What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior?

Believers and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian gospel has repeatedly lapsed into a vision of God where the wrathful King must be appeased by his victim Son. How do such good cop/bad cop distortions of the divine arise and come to dominate churches and cultures?

Whether our notions of ‘god’ are personal projections or inherited traditions, author and theologian Brad Jersak proposes a radical reassessment, arguing for A More Christlike God: a More Beautiful Gospel. If Christ is “the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God’s glory and exact representation of God’s likeness,” what if we conceived of God as completely Christlike—the perfect Incarnation of self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love? What if God has always been and forever will be cruciform (cross-shaped) in his character and actions?

A More Christlike God suggests that such a God would be very good news indeed—a God who Jesus “unwrathed” from dead religion, a Love that is always toward us, and a Grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners.

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Bradley Jersak

{More About Bradley Jersak}

Brad Jersak (PhD) is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC. He is on faculty at Westminster Theological Centre (Cheltenham, UK), where he teaches New Testament and Patristics. He also serves as adjunct faculty with St Stephen’s University (St. Stephen, NB). He is also the senior editor of CWR (Christianity Without the Religion) Magazine, based in Pasadena, CA.

Find out more about Bradley at http://www.bradjersak.com.


  • This is a heady book. I spent about a week reading through it, digesting it, arguing with it, rejoicing over it, and disagreeing with it. Overall, I like the argument that Jersak brings forth and am in complete agreement with his overall structure. But unfortunately, he reacts to the toxic imagery of God in another extreme, whizzing past a balanced view and in the process ignoring his own arguments.

    Written by Life is a Story on June 30, 2015


    Dr Brad Jersak [PhD] tackles the big question,
    “If there is a God, what is God like?” in this new book.

    “In the flesh and blood person of Jesus, we have the only life ever lived that perfectly reveals the true nature of God.”
    A Love that is always toward us and a Grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners. This book presents the challenge to readers to become another of those willing partners. Then engages readers with challenges to contemplate and prayers to prepare hearts in this journey to know and represent a more Christlike God – a more beautiful Gospel.

    Qualified both as scholar and pastor, rich reading from a fav Canadian teacher.

    Sorely needed, a book to recommend widely.

    Written by Infuse: InSpirit on June 28, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/More-Christlike-God-Beautiful-Gospel-ebook/product-reviews/B00WJG0NGE/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R1H1W1GIN0D0TT


    Overall it was a good read and the author did a good job at describing theological things in terms that the average person can understand which I appreciated. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on June 26, 2015


    As I started reading this book, I felt like it had some beautiful elements. For example, there is this quote by Bradley that I want to remember: “God is love and so defines love. All other claims to love either relate to God’s love or fail to be love at all.”

    Proceeding deeper into the book, I started to feel warning bells going off. I realized where this book was going (which, the title should have given away).

    For me, I don’t recommend the book. I think it is OK for someone that is strong in their faith. I think there is some great stuff here. However, to a weaker brother or sister, I think this book could be setting them on a path that is only seeing and believing a small portion of who God is. In doing so, that becomes exactly what Bradley is against: a god of our own making.

    Written by aTransParentMom on June 26, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/More-Christlike-God-Beautiful-Gospel/product-reviews/1508528373/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewopt_srt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent&reviewerType=all_reviews&formatType=all_formats&filterByStar=all_stars&pageNumber=1


    Jersak unwraths God, making the case that since God is fully revealed in Jesus—exactly like him—then God is a self-giving lover rather than a conquering emperor. He further argues that those negative actions we blame on God are rather, natural consequences of our sin or the action of the evil one. He effectively shows that God is a Love that is always toward us, and that Christ’s victory was actually won through self-giving.

    This exegesis in this book is theologically sound and well written, complex enough for the theologian, but simple enough for the layperson. It also seems to be well balanced, drawing near to but avoiding many of the more controversial theologies that have made their way into the church today. If you want to have your image of God transformed, I recommend this book.

    Written by An Ordinary Woman Pursing Splendor on June 25, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2GA3OTSGWGZY6


    As soon as I saw the email about this book, the title caught my eye, A More Christlike God. I read the description and was intrigued, so I ordered it for review.

    The idea of the book is so many people, myself included, have struggled to have the right view of God. Yet, it is rare for people to have the wrong view of Jesus. According to the Bible, Jesus and God the Father are one, so if that is the case, then God is just like Jesus. It is somewhat heavy of a thought, yet totally biblical and one that makes a lot of sense.

    The author tackles the most common wrong views of God in chapter two, then spends the rest of the book showing what the right view of God is.

    This book is classified as theology, and that is the kind of book I rarely read, but it isn’t your grandfather’s old dusty and dry theology books. Even though there is a lot of depth in the book, it is an interesting and easy read, yet one that still makes you think.

    After each chapter, there is a “pausing to think” section, which has some points and questions to ponder relating to the chapter. Following that is a short prayer.

    As with any theology book, I don’t agree 100% with the author or how he presents a few things, but it is a book I would highly recommend, especially for those who struggle to have the right view of God.

    Written by Thoughts of a Sojourner on June 24, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R10P73YYZ5JSM6/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1508528373


    In this, I find that his book is a book that I will share with those who have been burned by their experiences with the church and with people who claim to be Jesus’s followers but have no actual experience with what the love of God looks like. (I once was one of those people, so my heart is for them.) I believe that many of those I know who think they know about Jesus could use a fresh look at God and his redemption plan, a pastoral look that shows our separation from God and God’s continual attempt to draw us to him. That is the audience that I will recommend this book to.

    Written by http://raventhreads.wordpress.com on June 24, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/REKXHGH80VG6K/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1508528373


    This book contains three hundred plus pages, it is not a quick easy read. One will need to take their time dissecting Brad’s information. I had difficulty connecting all the dots…and I cannot say that I agree with all that Brad writes, however he does make a very valid assessment of how we often make God to look a lot like ourselves.
    I am not a theologian, therefore I am unable to accurately comment on all that Brad has to offer his readers. This is a very deep and thought provoking book…and will give the reader much to chew upon. I would only recommend this book to individuals who like to digest profound scholarly works.

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on June 24, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review?ie=UTF8&asin=1508528373&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&ref_=cm_cr_dp_wrt_summary&store=books&#


    “Whenever we teach the beautiful gospel, we remind audiences of two cardinal truths:
    1. God does not change.
    2. God is perfectly revealed in Christ.” (p. 293)

    Bradley Jersak is a bold representative of the gospel. He challenges every religious spirit and tells them to flee, because The Cross IS the beautiful gospel. In all of its bloody splendor! In all of its loving sacrifice. In its completeness. The Cross is a beautiful gospel, and we dare not let religion steal that from our hearts and minds! We should dare to live victorious lives in the security of Christ’s great love for us!

    Jersak wants believers and non-believers alike to take a good hard look at religion – in all of its forms – and then to look at the finished work on the cross. Honestly, this is a rather academic book, but the truth of the conclusion will rock your world! There are some seriously weighty questions to be considered at the end of each chapter, but they are questions that need to be considered.

    Personally, I believe many will leave this book half-way through – offended because their religion has been shown faulty in the shadow of the cross. Religion has stolen something critical that has never left us….the truth of the gospel. But the reality of taking up our cross daily is too much, so we settle for a lesser religious answer instead of embracing Christ’s invitation to live and love as He did.

    This is a convicting book. A challenging book. A book you can share with unbelievers to cause them to take a look at the power of the cross. This is not a book for those afraid to take a hard look at their faith. Rather, it is a book that asks you consider hard truths and embrace Christ’s invitation to follow Him.

    Written by Window To My World on June 23, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_your_reviews&sort_by=MostRecentReview


    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading A More Christlike God by Bradley Jersak. . . . But when I finished reading the book, I came away with a sense of awe and a renewed belief in God’s love, mercy, and grace as revealed in His Son, Jesus Christ. Of course, no one will ever fully comprehend the enormity of God’s love in our short lifetimes, but then we will have all of eternity to rejoice in Him and His love.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on June 22, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1UKW4NBT6GN8O


    In A More Christlike God, we learn the ins and outs of the gospel more clearly and how it works as applied to our lives. This book is an in depth study that is somewhat long and drawn out but I personally think it has to be to firmly wrap your brain around it all. Very in depth and honest the author arrives at that place of complete surrender and reveals a more beautiful gospel.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on June 22, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RKLS5XYT4PTGK


    Brad Jersak has written a thorough, thought provoking and helpful book that tackles a very important subject…how one views God and the gospel. Throughout his book, Brad consistently throws a shining and revealing light on Jesus God’s Son. In the Foreword to the book, Brian Zahud says:

    “Jesus is the Message of God. Jesus is what God has to say. Jesus is the full and faithful witness to how God is to be understood. Jesus didn’t come to save us from God, Jesus came to reveal God as Savior. Jesus didn’t come to reconcile God to the world – Jesus came to reconcile the world to God. If Jesus’ life is the definition of God, the defining moment of Jesus’ life is the Cross.”

    Brad spends a little over 300 pages fleshing out the above thoughts in a conversational toned book. And while you won’t agree with everything Brad has to share ( I did not), you will be left with much to think about and take to God’s Word for Biblical study. In that sense, this resource will be helpful to you.

    Written by Mother of Three on June 22, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/AG8L0K3H4O50T


    Mr. Jersak shines a spotlight on Him to focus our attention on Him in order that we might see The Father more clearly.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on June 21, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RVP69791X2L6Z


    Sometimes when nonfiction books such as the one titled above are offered for review, I sense the Holy Spirit prodding me to sign up to read the book. There are times when I come away with a treasure, which means that though there are some things I might disagree with in the book it contains some nuggets of gold that I might want to refer back to. Some of these nuggets of gold help expound Scripture and some speak deeply to my heart and are found in the Bible. Other times I come across books that just aren’t Biblical in their stance or in the defense of what points it puts forth to readers. So as I began reading the book to prepare writing a review it wasn’t long before I was confused or upset by some of the points made by the author.

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on June 20, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R1VIK8RRMPDAR1/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    I was given a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review. This book was a refreshing look at God through the life of Jesus. Though I didn’t agree 100% with all of his views, Bradley Jersak helps us to see God how He really is. We need a better understanding of this as His Church, His Body and this book helps us to get there. Some of the hard questions about “why?” are answered in this book in a clear way, some I found unanswered (like the flood, or some other hard Old Testament themes), however I agree totally with the fact that God is Love, and He loved people. He is good and He wants good for people. Good read, I give the book four stars. I really liked it. It may be hard to understand for young teens so I can recommend for ages 16 and up.

    Written by authorjodiwoody.com on June 20, 2015
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    As excited as I was about reading this book, I also arrogantly expected it to confirm my beliefs about a “Christlike God.” This was not that kind of book. It would surprise me if anyone walked away from A More Christlike God unchallenged. The ideas contained in this book and their implications will leave readers with much to wrestle with. I expect it will be a book that people will return to again and again. I know I will.

    Written by Erlenmeyer’s Mind on June 19, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2BNLZVXHOZAH1


    In this book, Jersak goes over some really tough theology. I just have to say that this book really made me think, and question some things I have always heard growing up. I like getting a fresh perspective, and I think he is a great writer because he wasn’t speaking over my head. He is speaking to the common reader in this book. Jersak talks about things like the God of wrath that so many people love to point out, or God as someone who turns His back on those who sin (which is similar to things I’ve heard basically my entire adult life). I don’t have time in this review to get into it, but I think Jersak says some powerful statements and asks some powerful questions, all which are backed up by scripture.

    Written by The Talbert Report on June 18, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R1VWAHZADJ2BGG/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    This book was absolutely a blessing to me, so many questions that were answered, some to that fact how people view God as evil, cruel and unjust, and the way it was depicted here was not in huge theologian words, or words that only a scholar could comprehend. Mr. Jersak breaks things down to a level that every person could understand. And in turn, showed us a “Father” that loves all His beloved children.

    I HIGHLY recommend this book to those that question the existence of God, His infinite love, and so much more. Questions will be answered.

    This book should be on the shelf of every person, Believer or non-Believer alike.

    Written by My Daily Trek on June 16, 2015


    A More Christlike God is a provocative book, one with a powerful impact when read with an open mind, and I found it quite fascinating. While scholarly, theological, and deep, Mr. Jersak writes with passion in a style that is easy to understand and follow. Many people are easily drawn to Jesus as Savior, but to the seemingly wrathful, angry God of the Old Testament? Not so much. It would take a lot more time and study for me to form an opinion as to theological accuracy, but I love that he gives us much to dwell upon. I loved how he delves into exactly what God is like by consistently pointing us toward Jesus Christ. Recommended.

    Written by The Power of Words on June 13, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RRQ98OG3OH656

  • You will need to have a string faith to get anything from this book. To not know or follow God at all, then this is not your kind of book. To want to find and explore with faith, this might peek your interest. If you are a faith loving holy roller and love everything pertaining to God’s love and want to soak yourself in knowledge, this is going to be an excellent read.

    Written by Cassandra M’s Place on June 13, 2015


    Jersak proposes that we get our understanding of God’s character solely from the Incarnation. There are a number of problems with that proposal, the biggest being that John 21:25 tells us the gospels record only a tiny fraction of what Jesus said and did. Jersak’s proposal also requires we throw off a literal view of the Old Testament and reinterpret it as metaphor. He reinterprets the epistles similarly. There are just too many problems with this book for me to recommend it.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on June 13, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R305D89N8PRTRR/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00WJG0NGE



    When I was young, I thought that God wouldn’t speak or listen to me if I was being bad. No one told me this. Somehow I just came to this conclusion. There are two things you can do regarding God. To make God love us more – stop sinning. To make God love us less – sin more. This book is based on grace and redemption, a book that is a modern classic. The author took three hundred pages and split it into three sections. Part 1: Two competing ways we see God. Will and Love. “What is God really like?” Many people are afraid of God since they see him as angry, wrathful. The only thing keeping him from doing away with sinners already is his mercy. There will come a day when time for repentance will run out. Part 2: Exploring and enlarging God’s love in the cross’s

    Written by BOOKS REVIEWS ETC on June 11, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/More-Christlike-God-Beautiful-Gospel-ebook/product-reviews/B00WJG0NGE/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R2FH6ILV9J46CJ

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