Jami Stole Jesus...
And Jesus Stole Jami
Let's be honest. The journey to discovering Jesus—Real
Jesus—can be complicated, messy, and a little crazy. Just ask
Jami Amerine. Banned from the Mormon church as a child, she's spent
the rest of her life trying to reconcile Fifth-Grade Jesus,
Catholic Jesus, and Americanized Jesus (just to name a
But when she met Real Jesus, everything changed.
You can meet Him too—right here, just as you are. With designer coffee in hand or your jar of pickles for lunch. (Jami will tell you that story in chapter 1.)
If you've ever felt confused by the conflicting representations of Jesus you've encountered in the world, you're invited to join Jami's quest to release all the wrong ideas and get to know Jesus as He really is—bewildering grace and all.
(Oh, and Stolen Jesus? He sits on Jami's mantel. You'll get to meet Him too!)
"When the grace of God collides with our candid admission of
failure, the result is often laughter and joy. Stolen Jesus
does not shy away from the hurts inflicted by messed-up religion,
yet this is the funniest Christian book I have read. Thank God for
honest authors like Jami Amerine who are brave enough to write
about life as it is."
—Paul Ellis, author of Stuff Jesus Never Said
"Stolen Jesus will steal your heart and compel you to
keep turning the pages. If you feel as though you are on shaky
ground in your walk with Jesus, this book will leave you standing
on solid ground."
—Anna LeBaron, author of The Polygamist's Daughter
"As mere mortals, we tend to create different versions of Jesus
our own experiences. Jami's fearless and funny categorization of
her collection of different Jesuses is something to experience. Not
only will you want to pay real money just to be in the backseat of
her car during her next Starbucks run (because you will...), but
this book will make you want to go deeper; truly examining your own
Jesus collection and paring it down to one, true, Savior."
—Kathi Lipp, author of The Husband Project, Clutter Free, and Overwhelmed
"Jami Amerine takes the reader on a tender, riveting,
multifaceted journey in Stolen Jesus. The Jesus she
discovers in the New Covenant is like a cool glass of water after
spending years in a relentless fiery furnace. There nothing mundane
about this author and absolutely nothing boring in the poignant
words of Stolen Jesus."
—Tracy Levinson, author of Unashamed
"Jami Amerine announces, 'I broke up with Jesus!' She does a
good job of saying the things we all feel. Of searching for what we
all want to find. And of refusing to settle for easy answers. I
started reading her journey and ended up journeying right along
with her. Thank you, Jami, for your humorously serious quest to
find the Real Jesus."
—Kay Marshall Strom, 21st century abolitionist
"Jami's search for Jesus is authentic, vulnerable, and heart
touching. She rips off clean and tidy façades, fights legalism, and
hits back against backbreaking shame. Expect to go through these
pages laughing, arriving at the last page loved and
—Kelly Balarie, author of Fear Fighting
"It's beautiful. It's authentic. It's delightful. It's honest. I
chuckled and gasped and reflected and got covered in goose bumps.
Every few pages, I found myself taking a break and pacing the floor
to give my head a moment to catch up with what was happening in my
heart. This book is a captivating story of a grace encounter with
the Real Jesus. It left me praising Him. Pondering Him. Conscious
of His presence. Aware of His love. Knowing Him more. Loving Him
more...without even trying."
—Tricia Gunn, author of Unveiling Jesus
"I love a writer who tells the raw truth, shows her flaws and
foibles, and keeps you smiling and hanging on every word! Stolen
Jesus will have you laughing and nodding your head in agreement
one minute and wiping away tears the next. Searching is good,
questioning is good, but know that there are answers and
Jami's book will help you find them. You'll come away wanting to
know the Real Jesus."
—Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids
Jami Amerine is the author of the popular blog Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors, where she posts about Jesus, parenting, marriage, and the general chaos of life. She holds a master’s degree in Education, Counseling, and Human Development. Jami and her husband, Justin, have six kids and are active in foster care.