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Plastic Jesus: Exposing the Hollowness of Comfortable Christianity [Paperback]

By Eric Sandras PhD (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  1576839230  
EAN  9781576839232  

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Eric Sandras seeks to empower readers wherever they are to live life as Christ intended: with a radical sense of purpose that only He can provide.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eric Sandras, Ph.D., is pastor of the Olympic Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Port Angeles, Washington. A founder of Vineyard's Emerging Leaders Initiative, he also frequently speaks across denominational lines at various seminars and gatherings. Eric and his wife, Cindy, live in Washington State with their two children.

Eric Sandras currently resides in the state of Washington. Eric Sandras was born in 1965.

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extremely dangerous ideas promoted  Aug 28, 2008
I could say some good things about this book.. but all of the good things I could say are outweighed by the extremely dangerous emphasis on emergent and contemplative spirituality, especially his constant praise of the apostate Madame Guyon.

There is absolutely no room for this kind of gnostic mysticism in the Bible.

There are MUCH better books on the real Jesus
Wonderful  Apr 9, 2008
This is a book which will nudge you along in your fellowship with Jesus. After reading "Plastic Jesus" I am more determined to walk a closer walk with my Savior. It is an easy read and really touches on what Christianity is all about.
Just Jeremy, Author of "Just Loving Them"
Plastic Jesus Thoughts  Jan 23, 2008
This (164) pager reads real easy; I actually felt like I was reading an extended devotional. Sandras brings up some great points on how easy it is for those of the CHRISTian faith to get caught in a system of doing rather than experiencing the ultimate love of our Lord.

There were several interesting points I made sure to highlight. I appreciated his description of God's prodigal nature:

"prodigal: One who extends money extravagantly, viciously, or without necessity; one that is profuse or lavish in any expenditure; a waster; a spendthrift.

If we apply this definition to the characters in the parable Jesus tells in Luke 15, then the story is not just about a prodigal son (who represents us), it is also a bout a prodigal father (who represents God). God and humanity both are lavish and wasteful. One in a lift-stealing way and God in a life-giving way."

Sandras seems very willing to allow his readers to share in some of his personal struggles; that is a characteristic of an author I always admire (when appropriate). That is actually a topic point later in the book--being willing to share our hurts and failures with others. The story he told of Budapest Frank was pretty affirming (page 91--read it!).

One last comment I underlined was towards the end. Speaking of trying to do the good that God wants us to, he talked about the difference between committing and surrendering (committing yourself to do, or not do, something and surrendering to God and allowing Him to make the change):

"The biggest difference between commitment and surrender is who you put in control: God or yourself. Give up trying to overcome your hurt, addiction, and brokenness. Surrender. It is the only way you will succeed."

I did feel like he went overboard trying to come up with as many illustrations, or quips as he could. Overall, I enjoyed the read and am considering reading his other advertised book Buck-Naked Faith.
Seeking Spiritual Depth in a Shallow World  Feb 3, 2007
Sandras goes after the shiny veneer we all have within North American Christianity. In the process he pulls no punches and weaves together his own failures and struggles with emptiness and Christian fakery. Something I can also identify with. It is rare to find a pastor throw himself 'under the bus' so often and with such humility, but Sandras does that with enough grace for himself and others.

Here are a couple of text grabs that I underlined in my copy:

Page 82: "The easy road of pat answers and pretend certainty lulls us into a catatonic spiritual stupor. Some of the most boring Christian I know are the ones who have every question answered, every behavior controlled, and every hardship glossed over with some pious Christian slogan. Spiritual suburbia has roads that are so smoothly paved and so straight and flat, that if we looked West we could see the back of our heads"

Page 153: He talks about American evangelicals as having a "...Wonderbra spirituality. We use whatever contraption we can to pump up what little substance we actually have..."

This is a great book for anyone who feels stuck in the routine of church life. This is an essential book for those who already know they live in Spiritual Suburbia.

Mike Barrett
Author, "The Danger Habit - Turning Your Love for Risk Into Life Changing Faith" (Random House/Multnomah)
To be Real, or Not to be Real? ; that is the question  Dec 10, 2006
Plastic Jesus helped me in my search for genuine faith. Raised in the 80's when nearly everything was plastic, I have sat in church for years looking for someone to pop the bubble of what Eric refers to as spiritual suburbia. Thank you, Dr. Sandras for risking your own reputation with your peers to help others experience God, not just read about Him.
Can't wait for the next insightful book!

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