Imaginary Jesus

Imaginary Jesus
Any book that starts by someone kicking Jesus's butt has my attention. Bad, good, or indifferent. You have me till I turn that last page.

I'm doing something right now, something I never do- trying to write a book review without the book in front of me. Do you know why I have to write this without the book in front of me? Because the teens have snatched it from me and are both reading it. A rarity in and of itself. The boy and I may share some authors. The girl and I may share some authors but rarely do we all read (and enjoy) the same author.

Matt Mikalatos is just one of those awesome writers you can tell is a great person in real life. His personality is broadcast in every word on the page. I suppose I should tell you this is a Christian book written by a Christian author. We aren't a Christian family (well SuperGirl is but we keep her anyway) and we all loved it.

Jesus and Matt have been hanging for a long time. Sure Matt's Jesus doesn't seem to be very effectual but he's always there. A friend in a storm. Until Matt discovers the Jesus he lunches with isn't the real Jesus at all. A fake, a phony, a sham. Matt, with the help of some unlikely assistants, decides he wants to search for the real Jesus but first he must confront his old buddy-Imaginary Jesus.

Not too preachy with more than a couple of laugh-out-loud scenes. Best of all was the remember when conversation the kids and I had in the car. Plus the who is your favorite Jesus conversation. Mine was Testosterone Jesus. Man-child liked Legalist Jesus and SuperGirl really like the Magic 8 Ball Jesus.

Want to know more, watch below.

If you read this, come back and tell me. Who is your favorite Jesus?

Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with the book for editorial purposes. All reviews on are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.


Matt Mikalatos said...

Zoe, thanks so much for this great review! I enjoyed hearing your thoughts and I'm so thankful that you liked the book. And tell your teens to drop me a note if they want to...

I also thought I'd mention that Tyndale has a contest going where people can send in their own "Imaginary Jesuses" in art, video or writing and the winner will get a trip for two to Portland to hang out with me and my wife, plus a bunch of stuff people might actually want like Kindles and iPods and so on. Anyway, details on that at

Thanks again for the great review. Let me know if I can do something for the Zoe Reads blog... if you want to do an interview or something like that I would be glad to do that!


Anonymous said...

Love this review! Especially the great opening sentence.

mountie9 said...

Awesome review! I love your blog - thanks for commenting on my blog so that I could find out about your blog



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