Not Your White Jesus (Paper)

Following a Radical, Refugee Messiah

  • 9780664264161
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • 204
  • 50.00
  • Paper
  • 0664264166
  • 10/9/2018
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$ 16.00


Jesus is not white. Jesus is not American. Jesus does not want to make America great. While many of us grew up looking at gleaming portraits of Jesus with blond, flowing hair and hearing sermons reaffirming that we have the answers to save a fallen world, the real Jesus—a Middle Eastern Jew preaching radical, humble, self-emptying love—calls us to a different life.

As we see oppression and hate run rampant in our nation, it’s as if Christianity has lost sight of the red letters altogether. Sheri Faye Rosendahl takes a look at important social issues in our society, the responses of American Christians, and the true ways behind the red letters. Not Your White Jesus addresses the need to reexamine the true ways of Jesus that we find clearly in the red letters, enabling readers to discover what it truly means to follow the ways of Jesus in contrast to following the ways of the American Christian elite.


“Sheri Faye Rosendahl gives those of us who follow Jesus a tremendous gift. She holds his life and words up to us like a well-lit mirror, and asks us to look closely, unflinchingly. With boldness and brutal honesty, Sheri invites we who call ourselves Christians, to decide if we're okay with what we see—or if we want to aspire to something more beautiful. I'm grateful for her courageous challenge.”

—John Pavlovitz, author of A Bigger Table and Hope and Other Superpowers



“Be moved by the passionate, heartfelt reflections of a brutally honest, refreshingly real woman who is totally devoted to following Jesus into the hard places and among those often overlooked by the church. Yes, she’s forthright and candid. Yes, she says things that will likely rub you up the wrong way. She’s just trying to be true to Jesus – the radical, brown-skinned, refugee Jesus.”
—Michael Frost, author of Keep Christianity Weird, and Surprise the World!



“Dust off your hope and ditch the despair as Sheri Faye Rosendahl unleashes us to breathe deeply and love as boldly as the Jesus we follow. Not Your White Jesus challenges us to love our Palestinian, refugee, pro-choice, Muslim, marginalized brown and black neighbors, like Jesus’s reputation depends on it.”

—Diana Oestreich, writer, speaker, and justice activist



“If you are over it with the blonde haired, blue-eyed, white Jesus…

If you struggle to see the connection between Jesus and the actions of his ‘followers’…

If you believe that Jesus was a badass but are having a hard time finding him in today’s world…

Look no further. Sheri Faye Rosendahl delivers that Jesus and so much more.  Not Your White Jesus will have you nodding your head and saying, ‘There you are, Jesus. Welcome back. I thought I lost ya.’”

—Jerry Herships, Founder/Pastor of AfterHours Denver and Author of Last Call: From Serving Drinks to Servin

"In her persuasive debut, Rosendahl, codirector of the Nations, a humanitarian organization, challenges the image and ideals of the Americanized, blond-haired, and blue-eyed Jesus. Addressing the recent election of Donald Trump, she writes directly to a Christian audience that, she believes, has forgotten Jesus’s original message. Well-researched and sometimes tinged with sarcasm and disbelief, Rosendahl’s forceful book will appeal to progressive Christians." —Publishers Weekly

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