Jesus is Funny
Outskirts Press (2014)
Reviewed by Tammy Petty Conrad for Reader Views (11/14)
Is he really? I had never thought about using that word when describing Jesus. I can think of lots of descriptive words, but funny wouldn’t be one of them. That’s why I looked forward to reading “Jesus is Funny” by John Broerman. I was intrigued by the idea of a funny messiah. Through a chance meeting with a psychic, John, the author, at the age of 63 discovered he could channel Jesus. While skeptical, he was willing to give it a try. What developed was over 1,000 messages directly from the Son of God. John patiently wrote them down and compiled this book to share with others.
Unfortunately there is no rhyme or reason to these messages. An index would have helped immensely to find everything he had to say about the environment, other religions or telling the truth for example. With 27 chapters, it seems to be random thoughts on various topics. John has provided interpretation at the end of each chapter on some of the passages, but it isn’t always clear where he gets his answers from.
I want to believe that Jesus is walking amongst us and sharing wisdom. Some of the passages did speak to me, for example, “My miracles were from Him, my suffering from others, and my patience from within.” Others seemed too cryptic, or made me wonder why Jesus would bother to share that bit of information, i.e., “I played games as a child. My brothers won. My anger at losing had to be tempered.” And you can’t help but wonder, is this blasphemy or just someone having fun? Is it real and I’m being overly critical? As the author states, he just wrote down what Jesus said, he didn’t ask for more details or explanation. Why would Jesus appear to someone outside the church? Wouldn’t it make more sense to go to the Pope so people might believe it was real?
I admit a few of the passages were actually funny, “I walked on stones, not liquid, a pretty neat trick,” and I like knowing that Jesus appreciates the Beatles! Evidently John F. Kennedy is happy in Heaven with his “soul mate.” I wonder who that might be. One word I did see quite often throughout the book was “learning.” Jesus explained how things happened for our learning. He even says sometimes he would do things differently from God if he had the chance, but then we wouldn’t receive the learning that was intended.
"Jesus is Funny” by John Broerman is a book that will make you think and wonder, and maybe look at life just a little bit differently. Is it real or just mildly entertaining? You’ll have to decide for yourself.