One of Library Journal's "Best Books 2013" (spirituality/religion) ForeWord 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalist (Graphic Novels and Comics) 2014 Midwest Publishing Association Honorable Mention (Special Trade) Thousands of people start each day with a shot of Coffee with Jesus, the enormously popular online comic strip. Irreverent at times, yet always insightful, this volume features classic entries and all new, exclusive material that was born out of artist David Wilkie's frustration with the polarized political climate in America. "Originally created as a one-off, single-panel comic on my blog, utilizing old advertising clip art for the main characters and Sunday school clip art for the person of Jesus, I simply enjoyed the notion of Jesus appearing at table with these people (dressed as they were and sharing coffee with them) to refute their claims of how he might vote on any particular issue, to convince them that they cannot confuse their flag with their God―to set them straight, as it were," explains Wilkie. But it didnt stop here. Soon the Jesus of Coffee with Jesus could be seen offering counsel to a recurring cast of characters on their personal and work lives. The characters―Carl, Lisa, Ann, Kevin and Joe―all honestly engage with Jesus about their successes and failures and wants and needs, effectively showing what conversation with God―or prayer―might look like. Poignant, pointed, and rife with good theology, Coffee with Jesus is organized around six themes: getting to know Jesus, spiritual disciplines, relationships, culture, church, and the challenges of life. With exclusive material like twelve-panel mega-strips and "behind the strip" reflections on life, faith and art, Wilkie inventively poses answers to the perpetual Christian speculation, "What would Jesus do?"
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I have followed the Radio Free Babylon page on Facebook for a while now while watching the Coffee with Jesus comics float by, often several times watching numerous friends share and share alike. They are usually four frame doses of reality needed by Christians. Often edgy, never preachy, but always spot on, creator David Wilkie highlights the often hypocritical and uninformed, but well meaning plight of the American Christian.
Wilkie has assembled the best strips, presenting them in 6 chapters along with an appendix of special events, such as Resolutions. They are the comedic outtakes of what we'd expect Jesus to say. I like my Jesus with some sass. Maybe they are a bit snarky, but there is much truth hidden behind the few words we often take as sarcasm. Presented are everyday complaints from Christians we all know. Jesus answers them succinctly and satisfyingly well. What emerges are four-act sermons much more fulfilling than the Jack Chick tracts you find on truck stop...
laugh your head off - some of the funniest church stuff I have ever read - only thing better? The follow-up book 'A Second Shot of Coffee with Jesus'
I like this better than the first volume. Contemporary issues, no controversial doctrinal statements.
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