Author of popular YouTube Video Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus with 25+ Million views online

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Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved.
Jesus is Greater than Religion by Jefferson Bethke

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.


  • Jefferson bridges the gap between Gen X and the Millennials. He doesn't try to rediscover the Bible, but is biblically sound when asking life's big questions and answering them with a fresh approach using today's language and current examples. Jesus > Religion is gritty while effortlessly balancing truth and grace. This is the book for the Millennial generation. It should get more views than his YouTube video.

    ~ Candace Cameron Bure, Actress & NYT Best-Selling Author ~

  • A leader has the ability to affect the attitude and beliefs of their followers. Jefferson Bethke is a young leader that has the attention of a passionate generation yearning for truth. This book offers a chance to uncover what an authentic relationship with Jesus looks like. Be prepared for a trip unlike what you'd expect. Buckle up! It will open the eyes of readers of all ages and strengthen the faith of those chasing after the greatest leader this world has ever known.

    ~ Governor Mike Huckabee, Syndicated TV and Radio Host, and best-selling author ~

  • This book helped me to understand and think about the freedom to live in Christ. With biblical principals Jefferson takes us to see Jesus way beyond simply just doctrine and rules.

    ~ Ricardo Kaka, Midfielder for Real Madrid ~

  • After viewing his spoken word "Jesus > Religion" multiple times, I knew Jeff was a Christian that I could easily and readily relate to. The wisdom and knowledge he has of the Bible is a direct correlation of how much he loves Jesus! With great discernment, he wrote this insightful work that has helped shape my knowledge of God's word, thus directly growing my love for our Creator that much more. It's modern, it's biblically based, and Jeff's testimonies allow readers to easily identify with the goodness of God in their own lives!

    ~ Landry Fields, small forward for Toronto Raptors ~

  • Jesus is the focal point of the gospel. He is the center and the essence of Christianity. That's why I love Jefferson's wholehearted determination to make Jesus the main thing. As you read his book, you will find yourself challenged to look past prejudice, habits, and traditions and rediscover the person you fell in love with in the first place: Jesus.

    ~ Judah Smith, Lead Pastor, The City Church & Author of NYT Best-Selling Book Jesus Is ~

  • Jeff's book will make you stop and listen to a voice in your heart which may have been drowned out by the noise of religion. Listen to that voice, then follow it - right to the feet of Jesus.

    ~ Bob Goff, NYT Best-Selling Author of Love Does ~

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About Jefferson Bethke

Jefferson Bethke

Jefferson Bethke 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.

He currently resides in Tacoma, WA, with his wife, Alyssa.