Official Review: Jesus Christ: A Perfect Hero

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Official Review: Jesus Christ: A Perfect Hero

Post by Mercy Bolo » 10 Apr 2018, 16:31

[Following is an official review of "Jesus Christ: A Perfect Hero" by Beau Herbert.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Jesus Christ: A Perfect Hero by Beau Herbert is a nonfiction novel that seeks to convince young people that following the example of Christ’s flawless character is all they need in order to live a productive life. The author goes on to justify why there’s no better role model besides Jesus, citing evidence from among other sources, The Book of Mormon.

In his younger years, the author confesses to being a fan of a particular singer for whom his fanaticism led him to pin multiple posters of on his bedroom wall and even tried unsuccessfully to mimic the singer’s dance moves. I was taken aback when he revealed that this had a devastating effect on him. This experience, coupled with advice given to him by his grandfather drove him to the conclusion that there’s a perfect hero for young people to follow, instead of spending all their energy idolizing worldly heroes who’re often riddled with flaws.

Being an ordained member of the Aaronic priesthood, it didn’t come as a surprise to me when the author quoted several verses from The Book of Mormon. I found this a welcome gesture because the Latter-day Saint movement is something I know very little about. Out of pure curiosity, I sought to dig a little deeper to read for myself the context behind these verses and I was pleased that it led me to places i never imagined I would venture into.

The author uses a simple writing style to expound on the numerous teachings of the Latter-day Saints spread throughout the book. I flipped through the pages smoothly and at no point was I left uncomprehensive of the material I consumed. At 131 pages long, this is a relatively short book. The author goes straight to the point and doesn’t bore the reader with irrelevant information. It's also commendable that the tone of the work is firm but friendly, instead of the accusatory or often condemning tone synonymous with works based on religious content.

The concept of sin, it’s origin, it’s consequences, plus the plan of salvation are thoroughly explained. The Jesus story is tactfully dissected to give readers a comprehensive analysis of why He made the choices He did and why His eventual death was necessary. The author also goes a step further to outline lessons that the youth should pick up from the happenstances of Jesus’ life.

If you’re clueless about the Latter-day Saints, you’ll find some insightful information in this book. You might, however, find yourself gasping at some of the teachings this group professes, i.e. their peculiar account of the creation story. This one had me pausing to reflect on what I learned both in church and in school. Besides that, I only encountered two typos which didn’t detract from this eye-opening read. I, therefore, give it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars and I recommend it to anyone in need of a role model and anyone who desires thought-provoking read.

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Post by Jamasenu » 11 Apr 2018, 09:11

I'm learning to walk in Christ and as I'm growing, I'm starting to understand the Bible and about myself. In your review, you stated that this book pushed you to delve further to get a better understanding about the things you didn't know. If the author was able to provoke you to investigate, just imagine if more people read this book.

We all have made the mistake of worshipping someone or something in our lifetime. As we learn more about Christ, the things of the world will matter less and less. I really liked your review and will be adding this book to my to-read shelf. :tiphat:
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Post by kandscreeley » 11 Apr 2018, 09:26

Since I'm not Mormon, I'm pretty much going to stay away from this one. Thanks for the information, though. Glad you were able to enjoy it.
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Post by nathanielbivan » 11 Apr 2018, 10:22

I enjoyed your review. I have often wondered about the folly of modelling ones' life completely after another human. I think this book will make an important read.

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Post by melissy370 » 11 Apr 2018, 10:58

It is great that he is reaching out to teenagers to follow Christ. But I do not agree with what the Mormons teach so I will pass on this one. Thanks for your review.

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Post by cpru68 » 11 Apr 2018, 11:48

I think this one might be one for me to add to my shelf after reading your review. I like to read books that focus on spirituality, and one of the reasons why, is because like what you said, it makes me pause and think about what I believe, and how that belief became a part of my life. I know a little bit about Latter Day Saints and the beliefs they prescribe to, but I don't think I have ever read a complete book on the subject. Thank you for your insightful review.
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Post by crediblereading2 » 11 Apr 2018, 16:19

I love Jesus Christ and his teachings. I agree with the author that he is the perfect role model, however, I do not agree with the teachings of the Mormon faith. Your review is excellent though.

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Post by KSuho » 12 Apr 2018, 01:17

This book actually awakens the good side of me. The review is very great.

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Post by Eileen R » 12 Apr 2018, 04:35

The book does sound interesting. I think it's about time we look at the subject of the youth and religion. Nice review

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Post by Meggison » 12 Apr 2018, 04:56

Its quite an interesting review, straight to the point and timely to our youths.

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Post by Riszell » 12 Apr 2018, 09:57

It is opportune that I read this review as we are still very much in the Easter season and the Readings from the Acts of the Apostles give us a clear picture of what life was for the early followers of Jesus Christ and this book of how productive life could be if young people follow Him. I'm not familiar with The Book of Mormon though.

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Post by CLM1978 » 12 Apr 2018, 10:27

You have a great review. I don't like the Mormon way, but I think I will read it anyway. I just started going back to church (Disciples of Christ) Christian, where I am from and will stay.

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Post by bigirimanacelestin » 12 Apr 2018, 17:07

I can't say that I don't know Jesus Christ, I know Him. I read Bible many time specifically the Gospel of John but the title of this book enlightened me, Jesus Christ: a Perfect Hero . The book of Mammon is new to me and even last day saint. I think I need this book in my bookshelf. Thank you for great review.
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Post by Seenpeterson » 12 Apr 2018, 19:30

The official review of the book Jesus Christ The Great Heroe by Beau Hebert was quite interesting and impressive, as it reveals the need for youths to embrace the teachings and the way of Jesus, it encourages them to look to him as their only Heroe, because every other heroe or role model in the world is insignificant. The book talk about the important of Christ death, which was not a mistake, but the plan of salvation to save mankind, it also talk about the irrelevant teachings of the book mammon, and also pinpoint some important lessons in the book of Church of Christ of Later Days Saint. From the review, I found this book to be very interesting not only for the youths, but to every one. so I rate this book 4 of 4. Thank You.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 Apr 2018, 03:41

I'm glad this book encouraged you to delve deeper and do a bit of your own research. It sounds like a thought-provoking read and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the interesting review.
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