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“Life Is ___,” a follow-up to New York Times bestseller “Jesus Is ___” (170,000+ copies sold), addresses the age-old question “What is life?”
Judah Smith is known to many as Justin Bieber’s pastor, to others as the best friend of Masters champion Bubba Watson and Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson, and to even more as the leader of the rapidly-growing City Church in Seattle. With an exploding online platform and a New York Times Bestseller on the charts, Smith continues to defy the stereotypes of ministry and share the message of Jesus with a wide and diverse following.
Life Is ___, Smith’s follow-up book to the bestselling Jesus Is ___, will hit shelves on March 3, 2015. Mirroring the format of his first book, released two years prior, this new title asks readers to fill in the blank on an age-old question of the purpose of our existence. Smith directs readers to four key truths about the purpose of life.
In this new book, Smith completes the sentence “Life Is ___” over and over, revealing how:
• Life is to be loved and to love.
• Life is to trust God in every moment.
• Life is to be at peace with God and yourself.
• Life is to enjoy God.
Within the pages of Life Is ___, Smith calls readers to see that the love of God defies human logic. That radical love is the centerpiece of our purpose and existence here on earth. He speaks to the question of the ages “What is life?” by unpacking Biblical stories with humor and relevance. Smith’s unique style resonates with readers, Christians and non-Christians alike, as proven by sales of Jesus Is ___, which has sold more than 170,000 units since its release in Winter 2013.
He says, “When I preach and write, I try to retell biblical stories in modern language. It’s not a new translation; it’s a paraphrase. It is my attempt to put myself in the shoes—well, sandals—of the original audience.” In the introduction to Life Is ___, he writes to readers, “Maybe you aren’t sure what you believe about the Bible, and I’m fine with that. But we can all learn from it. It was written to help real people facing real issues. It has stood the test of time, and its teachings have shaped cultures, governments, and nations.”