In THE BACKWARD LIFE, Jarrod Jones tackles the question that must face preachers every week as they prepare their Sunday sermons: Is it possible to live like Jesus in a culture that worships "self?" According to the author, the answer is a resounding "yes." In this concisely written first book Jones illustrates through his own experiences and those of others how they were able to transition from a "me" centered life to a Christ centered life.
Jarrod Jones was an NCAA Division I basketball player and enjoyed all the goodies that life in the spotlight had to offer. Yet somehow none of this provided satisfaction in any lasting way. He felt empty. In college he began listening to God more carefully and soon his life was turned upside down. When he drew closer to the Creator, "self" no longer occupied the throne in his life. As he learned to focus on Christ and put others first, his life took on new meaning, and fulfillment became a lasting reality.
Whether you are a Fundamentalist or a curious seeker of God, the book does require a basic acceptance of the Bible as the word of God. Jones highlights the Biblical truths that allow believers to understand why they were created, how to make the most of their time while they are here, and what to expect once their life on earth is over.
Just as Jesus was able to refine the Ten Commandments down to two basic statements, the author ably demonstrates how applying these principles will lead to a full and rewarding life. "…The Lord our God is one Lord. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength" and "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:31). Can you imagine how living by these principles would turn your life upside down?
THE BACKWARD LIFE is filled with hope and motivation for achieving a better, more fulfilling way to live. Through personal anecdotes and scriptural references, Jarrod Jones illustrates his points with humor, passion and an ability that has made him a popular evangelist who brings the good news of Jesus and the Backward Life to more than 40,000 people each year.
--- Reviewed by Maggie Harding, a substance abuse counselor in Phoenix, AZ who wanted to be Brenda Starr before life intervened. She reviews for www.bookreporter.com and www.womenonwriting.com To contact Maggie, e-mail Magster2@cox.net.