Book Review: Untamed by Lisa Harper


Lisa Harper’s new book Untamed challenges our  stereotypical assumptions about Jesus. The subtitle of the book is How the Wild Side of Jesus Frees Us to Live and Love with Abandon. The first chapter, “Exposing the Myth of a Milquetoast Messiah”, sets the stage for a refreshing look at Jesus. Each subsequent chapter introduces us to the “untamed” Savior who sets us free from shame, fear, and sin.

In her informal yet intelligent style, Harper introduces the reader to a Savior who is “wildly compelling” enough to convince disciples to follow Him and “wildly unconventional” enough to challenge the religious establishment. The book includes personal testimony from the author’s life and from other people. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter include Scriptural references.

After reading this book, I feel closer to Jesus than ever before. I highly recommend this book, especially for women who want to radically grow in their faith. The chapter entitled “A Little Pink in the Party” (on women in ministry) is worth the price of the entire book. If you want to embrace the deep — sometimes dangerous — faith that Jesus and His disciples lived, read Untamed by Lisa Harper. You’ll see the Savior in a new, even better light.

FTC Disclosure: I received my copy of Untamed free of charge from Waterbrook Multnomah through Blogging for Books, in return for writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated in this review are my own.

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