Jesus Without Borders

Griffin Gulledge | July 8, 2015

Jesus Without Borders: What Planes, Trains, and Rickshaws Taught Me About Jesus is unlike any book you’ve ever read. It’s a Christian travel—as in tourism—book. If you’re like me, the idea of such a book gives you the willies. Is Christian tourism allowed? Don’t we have to have a reason?

But Gibbs’s idea is simple: visit countries across the world in order to get a glimpse of what God’s doing there. “I wanted to travel because God is at work all around the world,” he writes, “and I wanted to see it” (17). Over two years, Gibbs visited 12 countries (Brazil, Spain, England, Russia, Uganda, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, China, Israel, India, and Turkey) and various churches (Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox) in each of them.

Challenging ‘Americanized’ Christianity

I expect Jesus Without Borders to become popular among “Bible Belt” Christians. Gibbs, the author of God and Football: Faith an Fanaticism in the SEC(Zondervan, 2010), has something many pastor-authors don’t—winsomeness. His stories are easy to read and filled with humor. At times, his jokes are downright hilarious. Whether it’s his million-dollar cellular roaming charge in Spain or his gag-inducing encounter with a mouthful of herring in the Netherlands, you’re bound to laugh while reading this book. Even though…

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