Release Date: October 2017
Page Count: 208
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Case Lot Quantity: 64
An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior
“Stolen Jesus does not shy away from the hurts inflicted by messed-up religion, yet this is the funniest Christian book I have read. Thank God for honest authors like Jami Amerine who are brave enough to write about life as it is.” Paul Ellis, author of Stuff Jesus Never Said and Letters from Jesus
Candid, vulnerable, and raw, popular blogger Jami Amerine delivers a hilarious memoir of her search for an authentic relationship with Jesus in a sea of impersonators.
Raised in the Mormon church, Jami Amerine was excommunicated for apostasy before she was even old enough to be baptized. This experience left her curious about all things religious and set her on a path that would introduce her to many apparitions of Jesus over the years.
It wasn’t until Jami stole a portrait of Jesus from a local YMCA storage closet and gave Him a home on her mantel that she began to ponder why the bad stuff of religion tends to stick the hardest. In Stolen Jesus Jami sets out to strip all her preconceived notions of Jesus to discover His genuine character. In doing so she discovers the real Jesus when she stops trying to fit Him in a box and allows Him to be her all-in-all.
Jami’s frank, tell-it-like-it-is writing style is full of the kinds of self-deprecating anecdotes that will have you laughing and crying all at the same time.
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"When the grace of God collides with our candid admission of failure, the result is often laughter and joy. Stolen Jesus does not shy away from the hurts inflicted by messed-up religion, yet this is the funniest Christian book I have read. Thank God for honest authors like Jami Amerine who are brave enough to write about life as it is."
—Paul Ellis, author of Stuff Jesus Never Said
"Stolen Jesus will steal your heart and compel you to keep turning the pages. If you feel as though you are on shaky ground in your walk with Jesus, this book will leave you standing on solid ground."
—Anna LeBaron, author of The Polygamist's Daughter
"As mere mortals, we tend to create different versions of Jesus our own experiences. Jami's fearless and funny categorization of her collection of different Jesuses is something to experience. Not only will you want to pay real money just to be in the backseat of her car during her next Starbucks run (because you will...), but this book will make you want to go deeper; truly examining your own Jesus collection and paring it down to one, true, Savior."
—Kathi Lipp, author of The Husband Project, Clutter Free, and Overwhelmed
"Jami Amerine takes the reader on a tender, riveting, multifaceted journey in Stolen Jesus. The Jesus she discovers in the New Covenant is like a cool glass of water after spending years in a relentless fiery furnace. There nothing mundane about this author and absolutely nothing boring in the poignant words of Stolen Jesus."
—Tracy Levinson, author of Unashamed
"Jami Amerine announces, 'I broke up with Jesus!' She does a good job of saying the things we all feel. Of searching for what we all want to find. And of refusing to settle for easy answers. I started reading her journey and ended up journeying right along with her. Thank you, Jami, for your humorously serious quest to find the Real Jesus."
—Kay Marshall Strom, 21st century abolitionist
"Jami's search for Jesus is authentic, vulnerable, and heart touching. She rips off clean and tidy façades, fights legalism, and hits back against backbreaking shame. Expect to go through these pages laughing, arriving at the last page loved and liberated."
—Kelly Balarie, author of Fear Fighting
"It's beautiful. It's authentic. It's delightful. It's honest. I chuckled and gasped and reflected and got covered in goose bumps. Every few pages, I found myself taking a break and pacing the floor to give my head a moment to catch up with what was happening in my heart. This book is a captivating story of a grace encounter with the Real Jesus. It left me praising Him. Pondering Him. Conscious of His presence. Aware of His love. Knowing Him more. Loving Him more...without even trying."
—Tricia Gunn, author of Unveiling Jesus
"I love a writer who tells the raw truth, shows her flaws and foibles, and keeps you smiling and hanging on every word! Stolen Jesus will have you laughing and nodding your head in agreement one minute and wiping away tears the next. Searching is good, questioning is good, but know that there are answers and Jami's book will help you find them. You'll come away wanting to know the Real Jesus."
—Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids
"Thank God that Jesus is not who I made Him out to be in high school—a roller coaster Deity that was hormonal and enjoyed grounding me if I crossed the line. Stolen Jesus is delightful freedom to all those who have ever been burned by fakes, phonies, or counterfeits of the True Savior. Come away from the crazy by entering Jami's crazy as you snort with laughter, cry with relief, and uncover Real Jesus in all His glory."
—Katie Reid, author of Made Like Martha
"Stolen Jesus is a book I'll read again and again, absorbing a different layer of wisdom with each pass. Jami Amerine has helped free me from a longtime struggle with faith-versus-works by reminding me to follow the real Jesus and not merely an impression of Him. This book is a life-changer."
—Varina Denman, author of Looking Glass Lies
"As I set this book down (after reading it in a single day), I realized what a gift I was holding. I've cried, laughed, smiled, and sighed with Jami through these pages. The real Jesus—the Jesus who I want my children to grow up with—He is right here. He is good. He is grace. He is everything."
—Mary Younkin, author of The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook
"In this raw, hilarious, high-energy narrative, Jami Amerine describes the various Jesus aberrations that she has encountered in the American body of believers. These false Christs drive her to interminable God-pleasing works, requiring rigid perfection but instead generating shame, fear, and guilt. This was the perfect condition for Jami to finally discover the Real Jesus, who saves by grace."
—Dr. Lynn Wilder, Ex-Mormon, Christians United for Jesus
"Jami Amerine will take you by surprise. She'll say what no one else is willing to say, reveal what no one else is willing to reveal, and do it in a manner that is self-deprecating, completely authentic, and emotionally real. Prepare yourself for an adventure."
—Jan Greenwood, author of Women at War
"Let Amerine take you on a new faith adventure, filled with hilarious anecdotes detailing the raw, unfiltered reality that is her life, and within the messy mayhem you too will walk alongside your new friend toward the purest most glorious love of all: The Real Jesus."
—Christine Carter, author of Help and Hope While You're Healing
"With refreshing candor and irrepressible humor, Jami Amerine takes her readers on a memorable journey in her quest to find the Real Jesus. As her travel mate, you will enjoy a delightful ride filled with unforgettable stories, and you will arrive in a new place—a place of fresh understanding of timeless truths that could change your life forever."
—Judy Gordon Morrow, author of The Listening Heart
"As a third generation pastor's wife, I have spent a whole lot of years trying to be good. I just can't seem to get it done. And yet here is Jami, chapter by chapter, reminding me that life with Jesus it is not about being good. It is about knowing Him, His deep love, His unbelievable grace. Stolen Jesus will crack open the deepest darkest lies that you believe about Jesus and let the light of His love pour in."
—Susanna Foth Aughtmon, author of Hope Sings and Queen of the Universe
"I have loved Jami's writing since a friend introduced me to her blog. In Stolen Jesus, she shares her journey of letting go of misconceptions about a Jesus who loves only those who succeed, fit in, and follow the rules, to embracing the real Jesus. Her authentic stories, humor, and depth draw her readers into the warmth of His grace and remind us that He wants to be part of every moment of our messy lives."
—Jeanette Hanscome, author of Suddenly Single Mom