The Paradoxical Commandments have been quoted around the world for decades. It all started when Kent Keith first articulated the ten timeless principles when he was a college student in the 1960s, and then put them into book form in the classic Anyway. His modern credo for finding personal meaning in the face of adversity became a sensation.
Now the author returns to present an important and inspiring new book illustrating the Paradoxical Commandments through Bible stories and verses. In Jesus Did It Anyway, Keith draws from the Old and New Testaments, the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, and personal experiences to demonstrate how the Paradoxical Commandments are grounded in Scripture and the Christian faith.
Each chapter offers inspiring stories that illuminate the Paradoxical Commandments by examining how Jesus and other biblical figures lived their faith—they faced tremendous adversity, but always knew they were divinely blessed. Keith reveals how answering Jesus’s call to live a paradoxical life can lead to the deepest personal meaning and spiritual fulfillment.
The Paradoxical Commandments took on a life of their own after Keith wrote them as a Harvard sophomore more than 30 years ago. They became almost a law unto themselves for doing good despite people and circumstances. They were used by religious leaders across the globe, including Mother Teresa, to illustrate truths found in the Christian Bible. Now Keith writes his third book on the Paradoxical Commandments, this time relating them to Christian faith and the Bible. Keith, a person of faith himself, knows that people search for meaningful lives, and he uses his Paradoxical Commandments to help provide such meaning. Each chapter lists the commandment, then draws on a teaching of Jesus or other figures in the Christian Bible to help explain it. He uses the biblical stories of the prodigal son, David, Moses, Job and the "good Samaritan," among others, to illustrate the commandments. Keith's presentation is simple and straightforward, his links between each commandment and the Bible easy to understand if a bit obvious. This is a pleasing introduction to the Paradoxical Commandments, as well as an easy-to-swallow introduction to the Christian Scriptures. Study guides for each chapter move into deeper discussion and reflection.