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In his latest book, McKnight, a professor of religious studies at North Park University in Chicago and the author of the acclaimed Jesus Creed, argues against the Christianity he was taught in his youth, an interpretation he finds overly fixated on the personal piety of believers rather than their influence in society. He contends instead that Jesus called believers to action and to the establishment of a world of justice, compassion, and peace. This scriptural reading is hardly new, but McKnight’s writing makes it fresh and engaging. His frequent pop culture references serve to draw in younger readers; other stylistic choices, such as unusual punctuation and line breaks, can distract from his message instead of creating a contemporary feel. Dividing the book into chapters addressing different aspects of a believer’s life, such as “” and “,” McKnight combines knowledgeable scriptural exegesis with anecdotes drawn from his own life and his experiences with college students to provide insight into Jesus’ life and message. This results in a highly readable work that can serve as an excellent introduction to Jesus and his teachings for a new generation. (Jan.) (Publishers Weekly)


“Scot McKnight is a gift to the body of Christ as he challenges us to think about our faith more deeply, practice being a disciple more intently, and love God more passionately. Each of us is only given one life, and after reading this book, you’ll desire to live it with abandon to God.” -- Margaret Feinberg, , Author|“In One.Life, Scot McKnight challenges readers to become followers of the Jesus characterized by life, justice, peace, and wisdom. This inspiring book will transform believers into agents of change. I recommend this passionately written book to young and old Christians alike.” -- Tremper Longman III, , Author|“Scot is one of the clearest, keenest voices I know in helping us come to a deeper understanding of the Jesus we meet in the New Testament. This book won’t so much change your life as help you to find it.” -- John Ortberg, , Author|'Scot McKnight’s book, One.Life, is the clearest, most readable, most applicable exposition of the Kingdom in everyday words I have ever read. I am fascinated by how he describes the idea of dreams and imagination and how they connect with the reality of the Kingdom.' -- Eddie Broussard, , Director|“Wake up from a truncated version of Christianity and take action today to fully live the One.Life God has given you, following Jesus in his dream for the kingdom!” -- Mindy Caliguire, , Director|“With rare candor and remarkable courage, Scot McKnight weaves his own personal story into a contemporary quest to find the true meaning of Christian faith in a modern world. Effectively written and filled with insight for the reader who rarely reads theological books, McKnight can reach audiences here that most of us never will. Well done.” -- Gary M. Burge, , Professor
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 11.8.2010 edition (December 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310277663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310277668
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Southern Illinois, came of age in Freeport, Illinois, attended college in Grand Rapids, MI, seminary at Trinity in Deerfield, IL.

Now a professor at North Park University.

Two children.

Kris, my wife, is a psychologist and the greatest woman on earth.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Schmidgall on December 19, 2010
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Scot's latest book is subtitled "Jesus Calls, We Follow." He reclaims Jesus' Kingdom message from modern disinterest and reveals its rightful glory and centrality for today's followers. I relished fresh challenges from Jesus' life and ministry in virtually every chapter. Some (out of context) snippets from several favorite chapters:

- Peace - "peace is a result and not a goal" and "anyone who loves others and serves others will bring peace into the world"
- Wisdom - "the most important posture for the one who wants to be wise is to be receptively reverent toward those who are wise"
- Church - "somewhere along the line kingdom ceased being society and became spirituality" and "I owe my primary commitment to my local church, not because it is what I want and not because it is the ideal place, but because the only way for Jesus' dream kingdom to take root is when local people commit to one another to strive with one another for a just, loving, peaceful, and wise society, beginning at home, with friends, and at their local community of faith."

Thought-provoking insights in chapters on Sex, Vocation, Love, Eternity (he talks about hell!), God, and more. He successfully weaves stories of his personal life and his students' lives with liberal scripture quotations (not merely references). Bravo!

I recently finished reading David Platt's "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream" and Floyd McClung's "Follow: A Simple and Profound Call to Live Like Jesus." Scot's "One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow" fits very well as another excellent wake-up call to slumbering, complacent or bored followers. Is someOne talking to me!?
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Coram Deo on January 8, 2011
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"Followers of Jesus follow Jesus." I don't think the ground just slid out from underneath you; nevertheless, this is one of Scot McKnight's base premises in his new book One.Life: Jesus Calls We Follow, "a manifesto of the Christian faith."

One.Life, a book intended "for people who really do think a Christian is someone who follows Jesus and for those who want to focus once again on what Jesus meant when he said, `Come follow me,'" largely came out of McKnight's Jesus of Nazareth class at North Park University (197). The book, beginning with a vision to spend your One.Life on "Jesus' Kingdom dream," systematically encompasses characteristics of the Christian life. McKnight utilizes the first eight chapters to build a working definition of what it means to be a Christian. Ultimately, he defines a Christian as,

"One who follows Jesus by devoting his or her One.Life to the kingdom of God, fired by Jesus' own imagination, to a life of loving God and loving others, and to a society shaped by justice, especially for those who have been marginalized, to peace, and to a life devoted to acquiring wisdom in the context of a local church. This life can only be discover by being empowered by God's Spirit (106)."

In One.Life, McKnight helped clarify two great things for me. First, "there's a difference between focusing on being right and focusing on being a follower of Jesus" (47). McKnight used the parable of the good Samaritan as an example. The Levite and the priest passed by the mangled man because it would be ceremonially unclean to engage him. They were "right," but not right enough. The Samaritan was ultimately right because he extended love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nate Yoder on January 17, 2011
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I have long admired Scot's blog and enjoyed reading some of his other books. But One.Life may well be Scot's best work yet. His love for God and love for others comes through repeatedly in the book. When offering needed critiques to aspects of evangelical Christianity, it is always done with prophetic insight and a pastoral heart. Much more than needed critiques, Scot's dream and vision that people experience the life and mission of Jesus is found on nearly every page. This book is driven by the confident faith that Jesus' way manifests itself in every area of life.

So many books today reduce following Jesus to an exercise of the head, or a cause to embrace, or a "spiritual" inner life. This book integrates all areas of our humanity and calls us to live with Jesus in every area. I highly recommend this book to pastors, young adults, and anyone hungry to discover who Jesus really is and how he can help you live your best
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jdb VINE VOICE on February 1, 2011
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One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow

One.Life is a very timely and a very important book. Written by Dr. Scot McKnight, One.Life "invites you to discover what Jesus meant when he announced the arrival of God's kingdom, and why his message had such a profound impact on his listeners."
I believe this book is timely and important for several reasons; first, is the primal call it illustrates in its subtitle: "Jesus calls, We follow." This is the foundational summons of Jesus' gospel message; "The kingdom is here and the kingdom is coming... Follow me to become part of it."

A second reason this book is important is the present day and age which we now live in serves us a reduced gospel. The kingdom message of Christ is a "high bar" message; it costs the recipient their One.Life if they choose to become part of the kingdom in full. Just today (illustrating the timeliness of the book), I was deeply saddened by a blog post that (in my opinion) depicted a very reduced gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a transformative message that alters and radically changes individuals in the kingdom today as well as the kingdom tomorrow. This is further supported through the chapters of One.Life as McKnight takes the reader through elements of the kingdom today life depicted in example areas of love, justice, peace, wisdom, church, commitment, sex, and vocation.

"Followers of Jesus follow Jesus. Those who aren't following Jesus aren't' his followers. It's that simple. Followers follow, and those who don't follow aren't followers." (p.
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