This was an incredibly fun review. Usually, I do book reviews for more scholarly or academically oriented books, but this one was a much needed break from the regular routine of lengthy reading. That does not mean, however, that this wasn’t heavy. There’s some incredibly weighty and thought provoking material contained within the pages…albeit, in a fun comic-strip style.
Many of you are probably aware of the funny but somewhat poignant Coffee With Jesus strip produced by Radio Free Babylon. They’ve become almost as popular as the Your E-Cards which are frankly getting a bit annoying. If you’re unfamiliar with the comics, see below and you get the general idea. If you are, you’ll be glad to know that InterVarsity press and David Wilkie have come together to compile a massive collection of them into a book which includes some unpublished strips and some information about how the project started and developed. For those that like physical compilations, Coffee With Jesus is just a really neat coffee table book…or, in my case, a good substitute for my usual Dave Ramsey bathroom reading.
Okay, so what’s the big deal? Can’t you just read them online. Yes. And in that vein, I intend not to promote the book so much as the whole project. They are simply some creative (which I never though I’d say for a project which uses clipart for its artistic foundation) and well thought out strips which reflect particular devotional dimension. One of the great things about Coffee with Jesus is the fact that with so few words so much can be said (hmmm…kinda reminds me a bit like Jesus’ own aphorisms) and sometimes they come with a bit of a personal sting, like coffee with Jesus likely would. 😉 This makes them a good and sporadic devotional reading.
Another point to the compilation is the six main chapters under which the strips fall, with an additional section for seasons and special events (see below).
- Getting to Know Jesus
- Spiritual Disciplines
- Suffering, Temptation and Comfort
This makes it an easily accessible little book for small groups, youth groups, or family devotions. The questions at the back of the book also help, to a limited extent, at provoking conversation. All in all, this is a book that will sit on my coffee table for some time and I’ve already found myself sporadically picking it up from time to time…
All this reminds me…I need to go brew some coffee! 😉