I've just begun reading Dethroning Jesus as a complementary book to our teaching through the book of Colossians. I'm just plowing out the introduction and I'm already seeing that this book is a timely and valuable tool for understanding current thinking about Jesus in the scholarly community and the culture at large.
We could be guilty of thinking that if someone respects Jesus and speaks reasonably well of Him that we are on the same team. That may not be true. This book is interested in clarifying what is being said about Jesus. And the issue is huge. In the first 6 months of 2006 alone, there were 4 books on the New York Times bestseller list that all spoke of Jesus in ways other than orthodox Christianity--in other words they present an alternate Jesus.
This book is not for everyone. But if you are engaging in dialogue with people who are big readers or people who are espousing theories about Jesus and the "hidden gospels", you may want to grab this book. The scholarship is first rate and the book is pretty readable and thorough.