Me Too: Experience The God Who Understands, by Jon Weece
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.]
In reviewing a book like this, there is a tension between two contradictory pulls. On the one hand, this book has a lot to celebrate, and its warm and personal and confessional touch seeks to disarm criticism. On the other hand, though, people reading the book with more biblical knowledge than the author, specifically regarding God’s laws, will find a lot to criticize, including the author’s praise of the conversion of Muslims to Christianity so that they can eat bacon, something I hope is a joke because it reminds readers of one of the more objectionable jokes in Shakespeare’s A Merchant Of Venice about the conversion of Jews raising the price of hogs, and the author’s continual discussion about heaven as an escape from the problems of earth. If the reader can overlook these and other shortcomings, and see the heart of love the author has for outcasts and people who are loved by God but feel unlovable, and see his concern for abandoned women and unwanted babies and people who have survived abuse and broken families and traumas, the reader will likely find the book to have its heart in the right place even where its knowledge is not accurate.
The book itself has a skillful organization that seems somewhat random when looked at it on the chapter by chapter level, or when one considers the almost impossibly diverse set of awkward and embarrassing personal stories told by the author, including an experience of flying a plane with a backpack that smelled strongly of eau d’skunk and a traumatic experience of seeing a naked middle-aged to elderly neighbor after a wind-induced wardrobe malfunction. These uncomfortable personal stories are mixed with poignant tales about comforting women who have struggled with a history of past abortions or promiscuity or dealing with comforting the survivors of suicide victims, or encouraging people to give church a second chance after problems with overzealous legalists. Despite the somewhat drastic shifts in tone from chapter to chapter, and many of the chapters are only around ten pages apiece, the materials of the book are logically organized into three parts, the first dealing with the historical work of Jesus Christ on the cross in the past, the second dealing with the work of Jesus Christ through the Church in the present, and the third looking at the future New Jerusalem in the world to come. At times this book will make you laugh, at times it will make you cry, and at times it will make you cringe, yet despite the drastic changes in tone, the book has a point and makes it effectively well–that God cares about people, and that this present world is not all there is, and that we as Christians really do need to be a lot more loving. All of this is true and needs to be said, even if it has already been said often and often well .
The title of this book is unusually reflective of the contents of the book. When the author refers to God and Jesus Christ as being able to say “Me Too” to the sufferings of others, he is alluding to, without specifically referencing, parts of the Bible like Hebrews 4 with their discussion of the way that Jesus Christ can relate to our sufferings and burdens, and to the need for Christians to develop a strong sense of empathy and compassion for the suffering of their brethren and for those in the world in the grip of Satan’s rule. In looking at the book, this sense of empathy is all-encompassing, running the gamut from the author’s oversharing of uncomfortable stories as a way of drawing compassion from the reader, and also poignantly looking at how a lost and broken world  needs God’s love and our own. This point is not made subtly, it is made continually and passionately and deeply personally. Whether or not the reader appreciates that will greatly determine how the reader appreciates this book as a whole.
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