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  • Series: LifeChange Books
  • Hardcover: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (September 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590522745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590522745
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Stanley is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the pastor of North Point Community Church in Atlanta , Georgia . He carries on a tradition of excellence in ministry with a youthful congregation of over 12,000. Andy is the author of the 1998 Foreword Book of the Year finalist Visioneering and the bestseller Like a Rock . He and his wife, Sandra, have two sons, Andrew and Garrett, and a daughter, Allison.

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Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries (NPM). Since its inception in 1995, North Point Ministries has grown from one church to five in the Atlanta area and has developed a global network of 30 churches.

Each Sunday, more than 36,000 people attend NPM's five Atlanta-area churches: Browns Bridge Community Church, Buckhead Church, Gwinnett Church, North Point Community Church, and Watermarke Church.

Andy's books include How To Be Rich, as well as Deep & Wide, Enemies of the Heart, The Next Generation Leader, and How Good Is Good Enough? Andy and his wife, Sandra, live in Alpharetta, Georgia, and have three grown children.

For more information about Andy Stanley and North Point Ministries, visit

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This is a very nice little book, easy reading, thought provoking.
Anne W. Orr
The conversation centers around one important question: "Do good people go to heaven? If so, how good is good enough?".
A friend gave me this little book some time ago and after reading it, I wanted to have more to give to others.
Marti Coleman

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It takes a brave man to write another book geared towards convincing unbelievers that being good simply isn't enough to earn God's favor. There are so many similar books available and most unbelievers have heard the arguments so many times that they simply fall on deaf ears. Andy Stanley, though, wrote How Good Is Good Enough? to cover this topic one more time and he covers it admirably.

The book is based around the premise that every religion other than Christianity is based on the premise that good deeds can earn us a favorable place in the afterlife. This, the world's most popular theory about heaven, falls flat when examined in depth, and Stanley examines it thoroughly. He asks the usual questions ("if you were to stand before God and He were to ask why He should let you get into heaven, what would you say?") and uses the familiar arguments ("Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic or exactly who He said He was") yet somehow avoids making the book fell like it is filled with nothing but cliché. Perhaps the fact that it is written conversationally, almost as if Stanley was sitting in a room with you and just sharing his faith, makes it feel different. It is filled with examples from his own life and ministry, giving it a sense of genuineness.

The book is divided into two sections. The first speaks about common understandings of God, the afterlife and how we can secure a place in heaven. The second section presents the Christian alternative to the arguments of other religions. Stanley shows, for example, how a common objection to the reality of heaven and hell is that sending people to hell is not fair. To counter this, he presents God as merciful rather than fair, for fairness would condemn us all to hell.
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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Darling VINE VOICE on October 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you've been involved with any major religion for longer than an hour, you'll come away with its basic message: be good and chances are you'll get to Heaven.
It's a wonder why so many are fed up with the church. Andy Stanley begs the question that plagues those stuck in institutional religion. How good is good enough?
Stanley takes us to the heart of the very un-religion--Christianity. He speaks with a clarity rare among evangelical preachers, boldly proclaiming God's truth as the only truth while also clearly defining the parameters of our faith.
His conversational tone takes us through the main arguments for works-based religion and refutes them with the statements of Jesus and simple logic.
Not only is this book great for seekers, tired of performance based faith, but it would also be an excellent primer for Christians who still wonder if they are saved or not.
Lastly, Stanley cuts to the heart of the great debate within the church, refuting the arguments put forth by Lordship Salvation proponents and clearly stating the foundation of the Gospel: by faith alone in Christ alone. Plus or minus nothing.
I would highly recommend this book--its a simple, yet profound read. And it may just shake your thinking when it comes to the most important issue in life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D_VANZ on June 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a pastor, I talk to people. Two questions seem to pop up in my discussions with them: 1. Don't all religions worship the same God? 2. Don't good people go to heaven? Andy Stanley sets out to answer the second question (and subtly answers the first) in this book Since Nobody's Perfect... How Good is Good Enough?

In this short book (90 pages) Andy Stanley tries to ask poignant questions about a common misconception. If you look at most of the religions of the world you realize that there is a common thread holding them all together. All religions seem to base their core beliefs on whether someone does the right things or not, all religions except one of course. Doesn't matter if you look at Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, or Hinduism their basic premise is focused on doing certain things or enough things to appease god(s). So according to these leading religions if you're good enough you could make it to heaven, nirvana, the next level or where ever else is the ultimate goal. Christianity is different. It isn't necessarily about what you do, it's about your acceptance of what Christ did on the cross. According to Christianity good people and bad people will be in heaven, and good people and bad people will be in hell simply based on their decision about Christ, which the author suggests is really the fairest way of all.

Likes: This book is super short, 90 pages, so that anyone could spend an hour and read the entire thing. I also like that it not only answers the question of 'How good is good enough' but also focuses the reader on the gospel of Christ, making sure to present the gospel by the end of the book. Lastly I liked how the question of goodness and fairness were handled, making sure to try and deconstruct those beliefs through logical dialogue.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richard K. Biggs on December 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you're not a Christian, you're going to have a hard time with this book, but you should read it anyway. And if you are a Christian, you're going to reminded of your wise choice.
You see, every faith except Christianity is about a set of laws and trying to be good enough to live up to them. Jesus Christ, God's only Son, lived on earth for 33 years and taught us that Christianity is about grace, mercy and forgiveness because no one is good enough to live up to a set of divine laws as a means for going to heaven.
Andy Stanley gets to the heart of the Gospel (Good News) message by stating: "Christianity is the fairest possible system in a world that is irreversibly unfair. What could be fairer than this? Everybody is welcome. Everybody gets in the same way. Everybody can meet the requirement." The requirement is so simple it's easy to dismiss: Ask God to forgive your sins; place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior; and claim your eternal reward (see John 3:16).
The author concludes by saying that "the ultimate question
each of us must answer for ourselves is not whether Christianity is fair" but "is Jesus who he claimed to be?" I invite you to read this book, study the Bible and draw your own conclusions.
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