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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2012
The message of "Not a Fan" has already been impactful across generations, but the focus of this new edition hits home in a new, maybe more powerful way. With so many teens graduating high school, going off to college, and losing their faith, Not a Fan is an excellent, timely reminder that Christianity is serious business. This book will challenge readers to take their faith seriously, to go beyond being a fan of Jesus to being one of His followers. This challenge can come at just the right time to develop committed Christian teens who stay committed Christians well past their teen years.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
Are you a follower of Jesus? Many would say so. What does a follower really consist of? If held up to the light of the Word, many "followers" would turn out to be fans. Being a follower is much more than just attending church, having a Christian ringtone, or staying pure until marriage. Being a follower means to have a personal relationship with Jesus, not to follow some rules. It means having a DTR talk, and seeing how committed to Jesus you really are.
I liked:

The premise. I really loved the book as a whole. It was interesting enough to keep up with a teenager's attention span, but profound enough to make you think. Hard.
The prologue. I could not believe how insightful it was. Literally. I read it a few times just to grasp the profoundness therein. Free bread? Ouch hallelujah.
The down to earth writing style. Wow. It is really hard to maintain the balance between profound and approachable. Kyle Idleman did it well.
The prologue. I know I wrote it twice, but seriously. It was fantastical.

I disliked:

How much it challenged me. Just kidding. That was my flesh talking, my spirit loved it J

Overall:
I would 100% recommend this book to anyone. Literally. While it is meant for teenagers, I think anyone could benefit from reading once, or twice, or a lot. (There is an adult version, which I hope to read soon.) I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Libbi H.

This book was given to me for free from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
This is the teen edition of Not a Fan, which was first published in 2011. I don't know how different it is from the adult edition, but it's easy to read and has some amusing asides that will appeal to teenage readers (well, they appeal to me, so I hope they appeal to teens as well).

There are some negative reviews for the adult version of Not A Fan, criticising the way it seems to promote two 'classes' of Christian and even going so far as to suggest that these second-class Christians might not actually be saved. But I think this is a valid question for teens. How many teens are in church because that's what their family does on Sunday? And how many are there because their friends are? How many are actually in church because they want to be?

I liked the start. Idleman not putting himself up there as some almost-perfect paragon that we should all follow, but as a fallible man who has learnt some things he would like to share. There are many nuggets of truth, such as "the one thing we are most reluctant to give up is the one thing that has the most potential to become a substitute for him" (being Jesus). However, I thought that the last quarter was pretty repetitive and didn't add anything new.

The author is not afraid to laugh at himself and has that rare gift of writing humour without descending into cliche or cringe. Although I'm much older than the target age group, the message came through loud and strong. It was challenging, but it was also encouraging. Overall, a challenging and encouraging read.

Thanks to Zondervan and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2012
Many books out there are motivating and inspiring for those seriously seeking to strengthen their walk with Christ, but this MUST READ is the most deeply stirring book I've read in a very long time, and I read A LOT!! If you find Chan to be a motivational challenger of your faith walk, passion, and integrity, you will LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I ordered the Teen Edition of Not a Fan for my teenage children, but read it for myself first, out of curiosity. "WOW!" is all I can say!! Aside from the distracting "sidebar" foot notes and the author's hilarious personal insights (that teens will thoroughly enjoy), I found this book to be challenging for even a strongly committed adult! Now I have to get the original "adult" version for myself too! This powerful book and it's crucial messages are just what you have been looking for if you crave a read that will speak to your own core, personally. This author truly gets what it means to be a human disciple struggling with the sinful flesh- while trying to discern the truth amidst the "watered-down-worldly-versions of Christianity" and the "self-righteous, judgemental, works-focused versions" of religion. Jesus was much harder on the Pharisees than the sinners and gentiles for a reason. Many miss that vital message that He repeatedly stressed. Being a true follower of Christ is not about a religion, it's about a RELATIONSHIP. It's not about the outward appearance or what "people think", it's about your inner self and what "God knows". Learn how to be a true "follower" of Christ, not just a dissillusioned... and condemned... "fan".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2012
Witty, interesting and compelling book. Idleman is adamant that Christians step away from legalism and religion and develop a true relationship with Jesus. Good points and helpful ideas to live as a follower, not a fan.

**I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan. My review is my own opinion.**
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I die daily. One of the many thoughts in this book. Are you a fan or a follower?

Matthew 7:23 "Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" (NIV) Many THINK they are followers but a good way to know, one anyway is what have you lost as you are following Jesus Christ? Or do you hold back from Him?

Kyle gives so many different thoughts and examples, many will have the reader cringing, saying oh my this is me. You really need to search yourself, find out if you are a follower or just an enthusiastic fan.

I know for myself what an immense blessing this book has been. I want to be a commited follower, taking up my cross daily, dying daily so I can live for Him.

Please become a follower, no one wants to be a crazy fan, half in!

I received a copy of this book for free from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2012
As anyone who follows my blogs or Tumblr knows, I am a fan of many things--Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, etc. I salivate over spoilers and squee over season finales. Being a fan is serious business. But is that the way I treat my relationship with Jesus? Am I merely a fan--or a follower?
Not a Fan: Teen Edition challenges teens to take their relationship with Christ seriously, allowing him to change the way they live, not just leaving him as an interest on Facebook.
I've read other books challenging believers to live out their faith, and think this one addresses the issues on a level that appeals to teens. It has some piercing challenges and hard questions. There are also brief biographies that help teens see what being a follow looks like in everyday life.
I received a free copy of this book through Zonderhaven but was not required to write a positive review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2014
This hits the nail on the head, but does it in a way that is easy to grasp. The truth is you are most likely going to love or hate this book depending on your response to Jesus' call that is laid out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2012
The author does a fantastic job at getting back to the basics of Christianity. It has never been about us, and it never will be. This book is a very easy read and well written for our modern culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
We have been using this book as a study curriculum at our church for Middle Schoolers (11-14 years old). It has challenged our teachers as much as the students to go beyond being a fan of Jesus, and start to actually follow Him. I would highly recommend.
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