42 Seconds: The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions

Reviewed by: Hope Bolinger, a professional writing major at Taylor University



Title: 42 Seconds

Author: Carl Medearis

Publisher: NavPress

Publication Date: 2018

Format: Print book

Length: 154 pages


On average, Jesus spent less than a minute in every conversation recorded in the first four books of the New Testament. But, according to Medearis, each of these connections made a lasting impact on the listener. Using examples from Jesus’ interactions, ranging from his bravery to his ability to stay present in every situation, Medearis applies these exchanges to our relations between ourselves and people who have not yet accepted Christ into their hearts.  He teaches us how to reflect Jesus’ example through being kind, courageous, and present in our interactions.

Medearis provides helpful insights not only through his examples derived from the Gospels but also through anecdotes of his blunders and successes in ministry. Although he speaks with a distinctive voice, his self-deprecating humor and cutesy renditions of what happened in the Gospel narrative often detract from the potential to have a larger impact on the reader. Furthermore, I did not find his observations terribly earth-shattering, but this may be understandable if he may have been attempting to reach readers who are much younger in the faith.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Christians who want to open a dialogue between themselves and nonbelievers in a meaningful fashion

Christian Impact

Jesus calls us to spread the good news to all nations. However, often we do not know how to facilitate such conversations. By mirroring the Lord’s interactions with those who spoke with him, we can glean a certain amount of information about how to spread the Gospel in a caring but courageous way.

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