Jesus Greater Than Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jefferson Bethke

Narrated By: Jefferson Bethke

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Date: October 2013

Duration: 4 hours 12 minutes



Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved.

Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus." The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged.

In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks similar contrasts that he drew in the poem-highlighting the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior.

Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he's not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.


  • Ryan Grimes

    This book changed my life. I learned how to become closer to Jesus by learning love, truth and grace, not by doing Christian things. I recommend this book to anyone, Christian or not. Jeff will explain something to you in this book that will change your life, impact you, so then you can impact others. Thank you Jeff for explaining your video! This is by far the best book I've read/listened to.

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  • Anonymous

    Wonderful wonderful wonderful work. This book is for every and anyone. It really emphasizes the point that GOD is love. Thank you Jefferson.