Jesus Christ was hardly the meek and mild figure depicted in children’s Bibles and stained glass windows. He was tough and courageous and controversial. When He said “Follow Me,” He called people to a life that was mostly difficult and often dangerous.
Today, the Christian life is popularly described as a blessed life proven by answered prayers and God’s good favor. It promises much and asks very little. Are we to believe the Way of Christ has become easy and safe? Or have we exchanged the real thing for a domesticated version of it; inconsequential to most and offensive to no one? The Untamed challenges this popular view of the Christian faith and takes Jesus at His word.
This book is for anyone who has been living a good Christian life, but knows in their gut there has to be more. It’s for anyone who doesn’t like everything Jesus said, but knows He was right. It’s for anyone who admits Jesus makes them nervous, but wants desperately to know Him anyway.
An Excerpt from the Introduction...
"The former image of God, which I can now admit resembled a genie in a lamp, evaporated in a puff of smoke. Once that smoke cleared, a new understanding of God was revealed to me. He is not subject to the desires of men. He will not conform to their impressions of who they want Him to be. He is not controllable or manageable. He owes no debt. He is not obligated to anyone but Himself. To put it as succinctly as I can:
God does not exist for me, but I for Him.
With my domesticated faith lying in tatters, I found myself naked and alone in a spiritual wilderness. That’s where I found the real Jesus…or I should say He found me. "
Michael E. Gunter
Somewhere in The Untamed, January 2019
Perry Tuttle - Husband and Father,
Clemson ‘81 National Champions, NFL PLAYER, NBA Chaplain, Author, and Speaker
Ruth Graham - Author of: In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart, Hope for the Hurting and Forgiving My Father Forgiving Myself, An Invitation to the Miracle of Forgiveness
Danny Nicholson - President,
Connie Maxwell Children's Home
Growing up in a missionary family in Puebla, Mexico, John Northrup is an international film and tv producer with a host of celebrated projects. John’s media production credits include: Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life Video Series, Louis Zamperini, Captured By Grace, Ruth Bell Graham, Footprints of a Pilgrim... and much more.
"The Untamed is way more than a good read. It is an essential tool to take on your journey to grow in faith. It calls forth new, honest reflection on what it means to follow Christ, live beyond attempts to 'make' Jesus Lord, and get God to conform to what we want."
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” ― C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)