The Real Jesus


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After a year-long journey researching what teenagers really believe about Jesus, youth worker Jen Bradbury began to notice familiar gaps between common beliefs about Jesus and what the Bible actually tells us about him, culminating in her ground-breaking book, The Jesus Gap: What Teens Really Believe About Jesus. Now, in The Real Jesus, Bradbury addresses the questions head on in a book specifically written for youth themselves: Who is Jesus? Was he God? Was he human? What did he teach? What did he do? Did he sin? And why did he die?

These 50 devotional readings will bring the reality of Jesus to life for the teens in your life, helping them answer the same question he asked his friend, Peter: “Who do you say that I am?” The readings can be digested daily, studied by section, or powered through in just a few sittings. Each reading also contains quotes from real-life teenagers and questions to guide the reader into deeper personal reflection.


A Note to Youth Workers and Parents 

A Note to Teens

Section 1: Will the Real JESUS Please Stand Up? 

1: Who Is Jesus?

2: Jesus: More than Superman

3: Jesus: More than a Nice Guy

4: Jesus: More than a Spiritual Guru

5: Jesus: Better than a Bestie

6: King Jesus

Section 2: JESUS: God or Human? 

7: Jesus: God’s Mini-Me

8: Half and Half

9: Jesus the Demigod?

10: Both / And

Section 3: Was JESUS Really Like Us? 

11: Not Really a Silent Night

12: Dodging Bullets

13: The Homeless Man

14: Rejected

15: Cry Baby

16: Call Me

Section 4: What Did JESUS Do? 

17: Jesus Taught

18: Jesus Forgave

19: Jesus Performed Miracles

20: Jesus Rose from the Dead

Section 5: Did JESUS Teach…? 

21: Did Jesus Teach Christianity?

22: Did Jesus Teach that Good Works Will Save You?

23: Did Jesus Teach Tolerance?

24: Did Jesus Teach that It’s Okay to Sin?

25: Did Jesus Teach that Happiness Is Our Ultimate Goal?

26: Did Jesus Teach Self-Help?

27: Did Jesus Teach that Success Means Never Failing?

Section 6: Did JESUS Sin?

28: Does It Really Matter Whether or Not Jesus Sinned?

29: Disobedient Jesus?

30: Ticked Off Jesus?

31: Rebel Jesus?

32: Do the Winners Write History?

Section 7: Why Did JESUS Die? 

33: What Does It Mean that Jesus Died for Us?

34: An Unblemished Sheep

35: Ransomed

36: Represent!

37: Life Is Hard but God Is There

Section 8: The Difference JESUS Makes 

38: What a Ride!

39: I’m His!

40: The Outcasts

41: The Power of Touch

42: A Community of Doubters

43: Fight!

44: Nap Time

45: Jesus Staring Back at Me

46: Jesus-Style Leadership

47: There’s Enough

48: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

49: Don’t Be Afraid

50: Don’t Give Up


About Jen Bradbury

Jen Bradbury serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. She’s the author of The Jesus Gap. Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal and The Christian Century, and she blogs regularly at When not doing ministry, she and her husband, Doug, can be found hiking, backpacking, and traveling with their daughter, Hope.

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  1. ricknier (verified owner)

    I can’t wait to hand these out to my students. I read the first few chapters and instantly thought this was something teens would read. I’m excited to read through it with them and look forward to the conversations it will start.

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