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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801013992
  • ASIN: B008W3DRPC
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,902,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Andrew Farley is one of the best young writers yet most mature thinkers in the church today. Read God without Religion to hear the voice of a 21st century Bonhoeffer who shows how to ring in the good times when Jesus (not religion) is the cantus firmus, the enduring melody, of our lives."--Leonard Sweet, bestselling author and professor at Drew University and George Fox University

"Never have I encountered a book that so clearly and biblically explains new covenant Christianity. If you want to dump the religious burden and live in the true freedom and joy of Christ, God without Religion is for you."--David Gregory, bestselling author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and The Rest of the Gospel

"God without Religion is brave, genius, and full of the best kind of hope. Andrew Farley offers us a clear, more joy-filled, and peaceful route to God, without religion! And we need that now more than ever."--Matthew Paul Turner, bestselling author of Churched and Hear No Evil

"This is a book that every Christian simply must read before going one more step in their walk with Christ. Don't waste another day living under religious bondage. Stop everything you're doing and read this book now."--Darin Hufford, bestselling author of The Misunderstood God

From the Inside Flap

Andrew Farley's experience as a Christian was first characterized by self-effort as he tried to please God at any cost. His ruthless religion resulted in spiritual fatigue and disillusionment with church. Only then did he discover what relaxing in Jesus means and how enjoying God's intimate presence can transform everyday life. Using a unique story-driven format, God without Religion dismantles common religious misconceptions, revealing

a hopeful approach to what unites us rather than what divides us
the true meaning of walking by the Spirit
the facts about judgment, rewards, and God's discipline
the problem with the popular challenge to "die to self"

Pulling no punches, Farley shows how the truth about these controversial issues can liberate and unify believers as we discover how to rest in the unconditional love of God.

More About the Author

ANDREW FARLEY is quietly helping thousands of people discover the beauty of their new identity in Jesus Christ and how to live from God's grace like never before. Andrew is lead pastor of Ecclesia: Church Without Religion, a non-denominational church that resides on the high plains of west Texas. Andrew is a bestselling author of several Christian books including "The Naked Gospel", "God Without Religion", and "Heaven is Now." Andrew's writings have been featured in national news and media outlets including PBS, CBS, and FOX. You can hear "Andrew Farley LIVE", a nationwide call-in program, every Sunday afternoon at 2pm Eastern on Sirius XM, Channel 131.

Customer Reviews

It's a book that I recommend to friends, and loan out on occasion.
Wild Bill
The book is full of interesting stories and examples, as well as the truth of Scripture throughout.
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Andrew Farley describes God's love and grace for mankind in as clear as anyone.
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Rick McDonald on May 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just read Andrews book, GOD without Religion, I literally read it in three sittings, about 4 hours. I have to say that next to GODS Word this is without any doubt the best, most informative book I have "ever" read. Every single True Christian beliver simply must read this book. It has set me free in ways I could have never imagined. There is absolutely no doubt GODS hand was in this book. Thank You Andrew for your life changing insights.
Rick McDonald
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bradley L Newton on July 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a freeing message in Andrew Farley's new book! A great reminder that it's not about rules and regulations that end up bogging us down. Instead, Farley explains with great clarity the New Covenant message, discusses how God loves, and even likes us (what a thought!), gives colorful examples from his own life experience, and paints a practical picture of what everyday life can look like for a Christ follower. This book shook up many views I was taught growing up with in church, and reminds me to keep it simple with two commands: "Loving the Lord God with all your heart, and loving your neighbor as yourself." Before you dismiss this book because of the title or preconceived notions on what the book is about, I encourage you to read it with an open mind, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised, Highly recommend this book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By c.l.d. on January 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
i've noticed that a lot of people take offense to the idea that not all of Jesus' teachings are meant for Christians; that idea is in this book and it offends many people.

one passage in particular that people have a problem with is the Sermon on the Mount (SOTM). but let me put this question to such people: for unbelievers, isn't everything that Jesus said in the SOTM very literally true?

my understanding of what mr farley means is that... unless you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you MUST be perfect in every possible way. and the SOTM, read literally, is basically saying that you MUST be perfect in every single way. here are a few things to think about from that SOTM...

without Jesus, do you not have to be PERFECTLY merciful to receive God's mercy?
without Jesus, do you not have to be a PERFECT peacemaker to be God's child?
without Jesus, do you not have to be PERFECTLY righteous to receive/enter the kingdom of heaven?
without Jesus, can you make it to heaven while saying to anyone "you fool"?
without Jesus, would it not be better to lose an eye than to burn forever in hell?
without Jesus, would it not be better to lose a hand than to burn forever in hell?
without Jesus, don't you have to give more than asked to be PERFECT?
without Jesus, do you not have to forgive all other people of everything BEFORE God will accept you?
without Jesus, how can you be possibly worthy of heaven if you're worried about your life and clothes and what other people think of you?
without Jesus, how could you not be judged by God if you have judged others?
without Jesus, is the gate not impossibly small and the road not impossibly narrow?

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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dwayna Bailey on May 22, 2011
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There is nothing better than to find out those misgivings you have had about cultural institutions are there for a reason. That is what I get out of the book God Without Religion. The root of the word religion is explained right off the bat and that alone was enough to make me want to read the rest. There is a much needed new (Biblical) look at the traditions of the mainly Americanized Christian religion woven in this book. Tithing, the Lord's Supper, baptism and forgiveness just to name a few. Don't get me wrong, the author Andrew Farley isn't anti-church ( he's a pastor) but again he has drawn some lines in the religious sand that are worth studying, praying and deciding about. There is plenty of scripture and some great quotes from historical Christians who dared go against the cultural tide and cling to the only thing that really matters, Jesus Christ Himself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry Martinez on January 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing! I think most people in church today read a passage from the bible and never consider "WHO" and under what "covenant" Jesus spoke these things. But in Dr. Andrew Farley's book. He does an amazing job showing you the difference, as well as showing you what it means to understand the New Covenant VS Old Covenant. I can promise you the things you will read in this book will not only challenge your thinking. It will take you from being "self" centered to being "Christ" centered!

If your a person who gets tired of going to church and hearing on how much your not "doing" or how much you "should" be doing. Then this book is for you! Its no longer "doing".. its all about it being "DONE" and resting in his finished work!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By honzvermin on January 16, 2012
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Simplicity is best. And this is pure and simply the way we should understand anything if it is to be an explanation on how to understand and apply Gods word to our lives. Andrew Farley is today's AW Tozer. He explains things so well. Most theology is crazy and you can tell that they are just trying to be smart to pay for their doctorate. Andrew writes for the common man who wants to grow in their walk and get a proper understanding of what having Christ inside you really means.
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