22 Jun

Is the pleasant robed man at the coffee shop really Jesus—or just Matt Mikalatos’s conveniently created imitation of Christ? With the help of the apostle Peter and a talking donkey, Matt searches Portland—determined to exorcise the impostor, find the real Jesus, and confront him with the question that’s haunted him for years. . . .

My name is Matt Mikalatos and I am a writer.  I wrote the book Imaginary Jesus.  I had a spectacular time writing it and if you read it you will probably laugh so hard you will break all the furniture in your house. I suggest clearing all the furniture out of one room and making it your “reading Matt’s book” room. In this way you will save a lot of money on furniture and still be able to enjoy the pure, distilled hilarity of my book.  Matt’s website: and his blog:

My Impressions:

Wild, weird and wonderful — 3 words to describe Matt Mikalatos’ book Imaginary Jesus.  This book is an exhilarating romp through the streets of Portland and the slightly off-kilter mind of Matt. Faced with the prospect of his Jesus not being the real one, Matt sets off with the Apostle Peter, a talking donkey named Daisy and a bevy of Jesus’s created from Matt’s very active imagination.  Before you can say, that’s crazy, you’ll be swept into examining your own Jesus.  (Mine didn’t fare very well in the presence of the real Jesus.)  This book is funny, poignant, frustrating and revealing. Don’t miss the scenes with Mary and John; you’ll never take communion the same way again.

The Jesus that Matt constructed is one I have come to know and embrace — Challenging enough to give the impression of being real, but accommodating enough not to demand actual change in my life. There are lots of other Jesus’s in Matt’s book that I recognized — legalist Jesus, King James Jesus, freedom Jesus — a Jesus for every mood and life stage.  If you don’t want to know how your Jesus measures up, don’t read this book. But if you want a glimpse of who the real Jesus is, pick up Matt’s book. When you’re done, get quiet and get to know Him.

Highly Recommended.

(Thanks to Matt, Tyndale House and the folks at CSFF for providing me with a copy of Imaginary Jesus to review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To purchase Imaginary Jesus, click here.

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  1. Tori June 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    I find that Matt’s Jesus resembles my Jesus as well. You really hit the nail on the head with that quote!

  2. Matt Mikalatos June 23, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    I’m glad you mentioned the communion… that’s one of my favorite parts in the book!


    • rbclibrary June 23, 2010 at 6:29 am #

      My church had The Lord’s Supper just the day before I read that. Boy what a difference. It sure has make me think and think and think . . .


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