Quotes from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus

John Eldredge ·  240 pages

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“He is the playfulness of creation, scandal and utter goodness, the generosity of the ocean and the ferocity of a thunderstorm; he is cunning as a snake and gentle as a whisper; the gladness of sunshine and the humility of a thirty-mile walk by foot on a dirt road.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“Now yes, yes, creation sometimes screams a confusing message—fear, pain, grief. Fire burns, rivers flood, winds go hurricane, the earth shudders so hard it levels cities. But you must remember—this was not so in Eden. Mankind fell, surrendering this earth to the evil one. St. Paul says that creation groans for the day of its restoration (see Rom. 8:18–22), making it clear that everything is not as it was meant to be. People come to terrible conclusions when they assume this world is exactly as God intended. (An assumption that has wrought havoc in the sciences.) The earth is broken.
Which only makes the beauty that does flow so generously that much more astounding. And reassuring.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“The purpose of his life, death, and resurrection was to ransom you from your sin, deliver you from the clutches of evil, restore you to God - so that his personality and his life could heal and fill your personality. Your humanity, and your life. This is the reason he came.

Anything else is religion.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“We need Jesus like we need oxygen. Like we need water. Like the branch needs the vine. Jesus is not merely a figure for devotions. He is the missing essence of your existence. Whether we know it or not, we are desperate for Jesus.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“Jesus came to reveal God to us. He is the defining word on God—on what the heart of God is truly like, on what God is up to in the world, and on what God is up to in your life. An intimate encounter with Jesus is the most transforming experience of human existence. To know him as he is, is to come home. To have his life, joy, love, and presence cannot be compared. A true knowledge of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness. To be mistaken about him is the saddest mistake of all.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus



“The spirit of our day is a soft acceptance of everything- except deep conviction in anything. The cry used to be for 'tolerance,' by which we meant, 'We have very strong differences, but we will not let those be the cause of hatred or violence between us.' Now it is something else, where all convictions are softened to second or third place while we all agree to enjoy the world as much as we can. But truth is not like conviction. Conviction might be a matter of personal opinion, but truth is like a great mountain, solid and immovable whether we like it or even acknowledge it.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“He is on a mission to rescue a people who are so utterly deceived most of them don’t even want to be rescued.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“If you do not know the power of his indwelling life in you, shaping your personality, healing your brokenness, enabling you to live as he did—you have been plundered. This is why we pray,”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“You learn a great deal about the true nature of a person in the way they love, why they love, and, in what they love.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“Child,” said the Voice, “I am telling you your story, not hers. I tell no one any story but his own.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus



“The cry used to be for 'tolerance,' by which we meant, 'We have very strong differences, but we will not let those be the cause of hatred or violence between us." Now it is something else, where all convictions are softened to second or third place while we all agree to enjoy the world as much as we can. But truth is not like conviction. Conviction might be a matter of personal opinion, but truth is like a great mountain, solid and immovable whether we like it or even acknowledge it.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“The spirit of our day is a soft acceptance of everything—except deep conviction in anything.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“Here’s the test—if you can’t take your church culture and language and drop it in the middle of a bar or a bus, and have it make winsome sense to the people there, then it’s not from Jesus. Because that is exactly what he could do. That’s what made him the real deal.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“You need to forgive me. Now that really blew her away. Forgive God? This idea is going to cause some readers to freak out. Just listen for a moment. If you are holding something in your heart against Jesus—the loss of someone you love, a painful memory from your past, simply the way your life has turned out—if you are holding that against Jesus, well, then, it is between you and Jesus. And no amount of ignoring it or being faithful in other areas of your life is going to make it go away. In order to move forward, you are going to need to forgive Jesus for whatever these things are. “But Jesus doesn’t need our forgiveness!” you protest. I didn’t say he did. I said that you need to forgive Jesus—you need it. Let me be clear: To forgive a person, we pardon a wrong done to us; “Forgiving” Jesus means to release the hurt and resentment we hold against him. This comes before understanding. We don’t often know why things have happened the way they have in our lives. What we do know is that we were hurt, and part of that hurt is toward Jesus, because in our hearts we believe he let it happen. Again, this is not the time for sifting theological nuances, but this is why it is so important for you to look at the world the way Jesus did—as a vicious battle with evil. When you understand you have an enemy that has hated your guts ever since you were a child, it will help you not to blame this stuff on God. Anyhow, the facts are it happened, we are hurt that it happened, and part of us believes Jesus should have done something about it and didn’t. That is why we need to “forgive” him. We do so in order that this part of us can draw near him again, and receive his love. Perhaps part of the fruit of that restoration will be that Jesus will then be able to explain to us why things happened the way they did. This is often the case. But whether we receive this or not, we know we need Jesus far more than we need understanding. And so we forgive—meaning, we release the offense we feel towards him.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“He is the playfulness of creation, scandal and utter goodness, the generosity of the ocean and the ferocity of a thunderstorm; he is cunning as a snake and gentle as a whisper; the gladness of sunshine and the humility of a thirty-mile walk by foot on a dirt road. Reclining at a meal, laughing with friends, and then going to the cross. That is what we mean when we say Jesus is beautiful. But most of all, it is the way he loves. In all these stories, every encounter, we have watched love in action. Love as strong as death; a blood, sweat, and tears love, not a get-well card. You learn a great deal about the true nature of a person in the way they love, why they love, and, in what they love.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus



“The personality of the artist leaks through their work. God included. He reveals himself through nature, as the Scriptures testify.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“He woos, he confronts, he delivers, he heals, he shoots straight, and then he uses intrigue. He lives out before them the most compelling view of God, shows them an incredibly attractive holiness while shattering the religious glaze. But still, he lets them walk away if they choose.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“...few things can mess you up as badly as trying to do your best. For the tender heart, the earnest heart, it is so discouraging to give all you have trying to do what you think Jesus would have you do, and find yourself falling short, sabotaging your own efforts at every turn. Discouragement and shame settle in like a long Seattle rain.

And this is what most Christians experience as the Christian life: Try harder; feel worse.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“No wonder when he steps into the heavens to accept the throne the cry goes up, “Worthy! Worthy! Worthy! Make him king!” This man is so worthy.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“We interpret Jesus through our brokenness. A painful truth, but also a hopeful truth. Maybe we can open up the doors and windows we didn’t know we closed.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus



“Can you picture Ghandi or Buddha storming into the polling place of a local election, shouting, overturning tables, sending the participants fleeing? Now throw a small carnival into the mix, which they also need rout. Impossible. Whoever did this would have to be really committed to clear the building. Fierce and intentional.

This is a breathtaking quality - especially when compared to our present age where doubt masquerades as humility, passivity cloaks as rest, and emasculated indecision poses as laid-back enlightenment.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“And loneliness is something we share with him. "The whole conviction of my life," wrote Thomas Wolfe, "now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon peculiar to myself and a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence." To be missed, or misunderstood. To be judged unfairly. To be wanted for what you can do, rather than who you are. To go on for years unappreciated, even unknown by those closest to you.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“Words are important. Words shaper our perceptions. When they define, they can also distort. There is a far better way to describe this man whose face is the most human face of all. Jesus is beautiful.”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


“We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are. (HEBREWS 4:15)”
― John Eldredge, quote from Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus


About the author

John Eldredge
Born place: in The United States
Born date June 6, 1960
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