Book Review: Dirty God by Johnnie Moore

I was familiar with Johnnie Moore before reading this book due to his work at Liberty University.  Being a graduate from there, I try to stay on top of the activities going on at the university.  This; however, was my first time reading one of his writings.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.  A more detailed review comes up after the break.


Johnnie’s writing is easy to understand.  He writes clearly and precisely.  Rather than making the sentences complicated and hard to understand, they were very easy to understand and it results in a fast read.

The concept of the book is one that has meant a lot to me throughout the years.  I have found that most Christians have given a picture of Jesus that doesn’t match history or scripture.  Rather than Jesus being this blonde haired, well manicured meek man, he was actually a very dirty God.  He wasn’t dirty in His thoughts or in His actions, but dirty because of the place He came.  He came to this dirty world to save us and heal us.  I think the cover photo works very well for this concept.

Another idea is that Jesus came not only that we would have eternal life, but we would also show grace to others in our own lives.  We are called to get our hands dirty in sharing the Gospel and grace with the world around us.  If you are intentional about showing grace to those around you, you will get dirty.  It is a fact that we must consider, but we must not be afraid of penetrating the darkness with the light of Jesus.

The only complaint I would have is that the book contains numerous quotes.  In fact there are multiple, lengthy passages quoted from other authors.  This is not a huge complaint though as they are aptly applied and help to drive Johnnie’s point even more in to the depths of my heart.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone.  Moore has included endorsements from a great cast of Christian leaders.  The foreword is even written by Rick Warren.  I would give it four and a half stars out of five due to the discussion of important issues and the ability to read it and comprehend without having to ask for an interpreter.

As a legal disclaimer, I received this book from BookSneeze in order for a fair and honest review of the book.  I have not been pressured to review it in a positive way, but choose to do so of my own free will.


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