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Let me tell you a story about how Jesus' words impacted someone's life in a very powerful way.

My friend Sara has a sister, Alina, who was going through a terrible time. Her husband moved her with their three children to a new city, and then abandoned them, refusing to pay child support. Alina had been out of the workplace for years; now she was in a strange new place, a single mother with no home and facing the streets.

Sara, herself a mother of four forced to count every penny in a depressed economy, gave Alina a copy of Just Jesus. "It was the only hope i could share with my sister. What else could I give her?" reflected Sara, with longing compassion in her voice.

Having a dialogue with Jesus through this text had touched Sara deeply, spiritually strengthened her, and helped her navigate some challenging personal and family issues. Sara knew that connecting with someone who understands helps you realize you're not alone. She wanted the same thing for her hurting sister.

As we focus on his words, they begin to settle in our hearts. Things that settle sometimes seem hidden, but are still present. They may be tucked away, but God brings them to light when we need them most.

Alina is not out of the woods yet, but she has God's peace in her heart. She recognizes how he provides daily for her along with her children. She experiences his presence and protection in very harsh circumstances.

Strong and Simple
Jesus' words change lives. His perspective, his thoughts, and his ideas found in the Bible have greater impact than any other words ever spoken. They are so strong yet so simple. His words have compelled generations of people to devote their lives to serving him by serving others. His words have taught and brought true happiness, spreading like wildfire to countless others who have changed the world forever. My friend Nadia was touched by the simple, direct precepts Jesus offered and now implements them in her life. When her mom, Karuna, developed breast cancer and her dad, Dhir, faced open-heart surgery during the same year, all she could do was pray and offer them Jesus' words. Just Jesus carried her parents through one of the most difficult places they'd ever been in their forty-year marriage. "Why hasn't anyone thought of this sooner?" Dhir pondered, holding his book.

After surviving a twenty-year battle with alcoholism, he now prepared for his life-or-death cardiac operation by reading Jesus' words. These life-giving words brought both Dhir and Karuna into a place of peace, healing, and well-being. Jesus spoke the greatest words ever to bring redemption and hope into our lives.

God Is Speaking
Imagine you are walking with Jesus. How would his words have influenced you if you were a follower walking down the path as the disciples did with Jesus? As we walk with his words, it will have the same effect on us as it did with his followers. Following his words impact us as deeply today as they did his disciples when Jesus walked on earth. He is with you right now speaking to you as he did to them. His concepts will change your life now as radically as they did back in the day! His principles are still the same.

My friend Miguel loves reading Just Jesus. "It's so simple," he said. "What Jesus said is all we need to follow. Simply dwelling on what he says shows us what he wants of us. He makes it so clear. It's not history. It's just him." A relationship with Jesus is joyful!

Just Jesus so deeply impacted Miguel that he shared it with his friend Jason. Jason was having a hard time being motivated. Miguel knew that if Jason would spend time in what Jesus said, reading what he taught, this would bring clarity to some of the issues in his life. Jesus is magnetic and his words motivate us to seek and even to crave a relationship with him.

Because, after all, this is God speaking, and these are words to live by.

Jesus came to earth and spoke about his experience. He wanted people to see him. His words stimulate our ability to see him, to feel him, and to know him. We need his words to thrive as our bodies need air to breathe. What Jesus said motivates, encourages, and strengthens. Remember: we develop relationships through conversation, and you talk most with those you love and enjoy. Talk with Jesus and listen to what he has to say. He is always speaking, wanting to draw you to him. When Jesus speaks, lives change.

What Is He Saying to You?
Jesus lightens the load of life. Each evening before retiring for the night, my dad picks up Just Jesus lying on the nightstand next to his bed. For ten minutes, just before he falls asleep, he reads what Jesus is saying to him. This practice has changed his life.

"These are the most precious words ever spoken," he reflects with a reverential love in his heart. Jesus is cultivating that love in my dad's heart.

Jesus walked with my mom Jo through the devastating effects of cancer. The ravaging pain became so excruciating, dying started to sound better than living. But, Jesus was with her in those darkest moments. She abandoned herself, holding onto Jesus, trusting him with her life. She listened to his words spoken in the Bible that took root in her heart. Jo has been cancer free for ten years. The cancer is gone, but her deep abiding relationship with Jesus remains stronger than ever.

It is exciting to see the power Just Jesus has for making lasting change. Developing a deeper relationship with Jesus by focusing on what he said has been a life changing experience, strengthening my heart, giving me greater confidence. I feel as though I am sitting at his feet listening to what he is personally telling me. I never thought I could have a conversational relationship with Jesus, yet this is what Just Jesus offers.

I have seen lives changed. Jesus is the centerpiece of our faith and there is a very special power in his words. What better way to get to know Jesus than to read what he said? As you open this book, what do you think he will be saying to you?

Since sharing this book with Li, he loves reading Just Jesus. It offers an interactive relationship and a conversational growth model for him. He talks with Jesus and Jesus talks with him. It has deepened his connectedness with his savior in a way that has transformed his life forever. He wants to share this with others.

When Li's friend Sangam faced divorce, the unthinkable happened. A horrific car accident almost claimed the life of Sangam's teenage son. He suffered third-degree burns over most of his body. It has been an incredibly painful rough, rugged road for entire family. The only thing Li could do was pray. Then he gave his friend a copy of Just Jesus because he understood and had experienced the healing power contained in Jesus' words. The rocks in the rugged road have become gold nuggets of life and healing.

Jesus touched everyone he ever met with healing, life, deliverance, validation, forgiveness, and freedom. His words are central to the therapeutic strategy for this family as they face marriage issues along with each new surgery needed for healing their son. His words show them how to walk with God in each new fiery trial.

Before You Begin
Just Jesus is a relationship builder with Jesus. It creates connectedness with others. this book is about talking with Jesus. If you take this book in bite-size pieces, you'll enhance your relationship with him.

Before you begin reading, pray and ask God to show you what he wants you to see in his words. Then read a portion of Just Jesus. Take what you read as words spoken directly to you from Jesus. Let him disciple you through what he is saying to you. What would you say back to him? How is your relationship with him enhanced by your time with him? He is waiting right now to enjoy time with you. May you get to know Jesus better and love him more deeply through reading the most hopeful and redemptive words ever spoken.

It will change your life forever. You are never alone. Jesus is always with you.

— Lindsey Clifford