The cover looked somewhat promising. People often get Jesus wrong, and it's vital to look at the real Jesus depicted in the Bible, rather than our own caricatures of him. But that requires long, hard, careful examination of the Bible.
This book, unfortunately, does not provide that, for three reasons.
1. Stooping to the culture.
My first major issue with this book is the style.
No, theological books should not be stuffy. But no, that doesn't mean that you have to use crude language to stoop to the level of the audience you're trying to attract. Draw them up, not yourself down.
Phrases like "crappy," and "throwing theological paint at the wall to see if it would stick," are not the way to edify people, or show them true Christianity. Plus, theology isn't paint. It shouldn't be thrown, but rather mined like precious stones from the Bible, and not treated irreverently.
2. Misplaced focus
Yes, there are misconceptions about Jesus that need to be addressed. However, instead of primarily choosing to focus on the Bible, where we can actually read about Jesus, the author chose to spend the vast majority of his time talking about his own life story, with references to the Bible thrown in like the salt on an under-seasoned steak.
3. Dangerous silence
This issue is trickier. The book is focused largely on how Jesus will take us as we are, and will not turn His back on us because we have sinned. But although it's hard to tell if the author is committing this error, or just not clarifying his stance on the topic (and I hope it is the first), he veers perilously close to implying that sin is acceptable, because God will always love you.
As Paul says in Romans 6:1-2, "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?"
May we hold that truth close to our hearts. Fortunately, there are far better books out there on theology, and misconceptions. If you have a favorite, comment and share it below. :)