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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400205794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400205790
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Owen Strachan is Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College, where he also directs the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. His work has appeared in The Atlantic.com, The American Spectator, First Things, and Resurgence.

Kyle Idleman is a pastor with Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. After attending Ozark Christian College, Kyle interned at Southeast, then moved to Southern California to plant Real Life Church in 2000. He returned to Southeast in 2002.

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Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan is a very well written book.
God's perfect love and good news through the gospel of Jesus Christ gives us all we need for life and godliness.
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I've found few nonfiction books I actually enjoyed reading.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Mahar on November 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Dr. Strachan’s book is a timely challenge for all Christians, to place their trust in God, and accept the mandate that He has placed upon us. We aren’t to be timid creatures, but rather God-equipped messengers of grace and mercy, ever-pointing to the Cross where the debt for sin has been eternally paid.

The book was personally edifying in its realism, created by the use of Strachan’s personal experiences of life back in Maine. By adding his personal examples, he added a sense of reality to the words that he uses. Instead of it solely being theology based, the book adds an additional layer of practicality, to ensure that the reader gains a better understanding of what Christians are called to do in this world.

I couldn’t agree more with Strachan’s assessment that too many Christians have settled into a sedentary, defensive position with regards to their faith. Instead of boldly living out their faith, and the power that God has endowed them with, too many Christians are merely trying to defend against the world’s influence within their personal relationships.

In this book, Strachan discusses many of the excuses that we come up with, as to why we aren’t more evangelistic about our witness of God’s grace and mercy within our lives. He shows how that hesitancy and fear is contrary to what the Bible says that God has given us. He provides some practical steps that we can use to help us overcome these fears, and boldly show God to those we come in contact with.

Dr. Strachan finishes off the book with a clear presentation of the Gospel, its importance to our lives, and how it is vital for us to share the Good News with those who don’t know Jesus as their personal Savior. It brings together all the pieces of the book, to that point, and points it back to the Cross, where we all find grace and mercy so plainly evident.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E-Cowboy VINE VOICE on November 27, 2013
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In moments of honesty, I think it'd be safe to say that most of us desire a deeper, bolder faith. We want to live in a certain way, but life seems to get in the way. I love how in tune Strachan is with the pressures and stresses of most of us in this book. He doesn't gloss over or minimize them in the call for a bolder, riskier faith...but he still challenges and calls us to something bigger. And that challenge isn't one-sized-fits-all. It could be something drastic or dramatic or it could be pressing further into our current lives and living with intentionality with our families, neighbors, churches, work, etc. I found his chapters on evangelism and work to be especially profound and insightful.

If you're feeling stuck and in need of a push out of stagnation in your faith, this is a powerful book that you need to read. I finished encouraged, convicted, challenged and resolved to live differently.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dave J. Jenkins VINE VOICE on November 26, 2013
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Many Christians have the wrong idea about the Christian life. In my early teens I was one of those people. I attended church all the time. At a summer camp in my early teens I came back from camp on fire for Christ in the biblical sense of the word. No longer was I interested in a superficial understanding of Christianity. I knew what I didn’t know and wanted more and not just more activity. I wanted more of Jesus and less of me. This set me on a journey of no longer being a mile wide and an inch deep to being a mile wide and by the grace of God daily growing deep in His Word and His grace. As I recently reflected on these events in my life, I read a new book Risky Gospel Abandon Faith and Build Something Awesome by Dr. Owen Strachan, Executive Director of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and assistant professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky.

Risky Gospel seeks to take a penetrating look into the lives of young people and help them apply the Gospel to their lives. Dr. Strachan does this by talking through risky faith, identity, spirituality, family, work, church, evangelism, citizenship and failure.

As I read this book what I quickly realized was how radical its message. Not radical in a bad sense but in the best sense of the word. Many Christians today view the Christian life in the wrong way. To them the Christian life is an all-out sprint. They believe that they need to go at it as hard as they can and never relent. Part of that is true and we see the Apostle Paul doing just that but Paul’s service for Christ was informed by his identity in Christ. His identity in Christ propelled forward his labor for Christ. It is in this spirit that Owen wrote Risky Gospel.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Conner on February 7, 2014
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Christians are boring, hypocritical, old, irrelevant, out of touch with reality and culture, and a bunch of other stuff… Well that is how many people view those who claim to follow Jesus. But what if Jesus never asked us to be comfortable? Hypocritical? Or to play it safe?

That is exactly what author Owen Strachan sought out to discover in his new book entitled Risky Gospel.

This book is all about how the good news of Jesus is not uneventful or safe, but risky, authentic, and adventurous. Through the book the author looks at ten different areas of life that Jesus desires to inspire with adventure and new life, including family life, work, church, and how we view failure.

This book was not the most interesting book all the way through; still, it was definitely a challenging book that attacked my desire for comfort and challenged me to be creative and be innovative because God is.

Owen made me think a lot about the way that people view the church. It sucks that many try to make the church into a social club when it was meant to be a gathering for a revolution and purpose.

Risky Gospel was not overly worded and was interesting. It did not attempt to give any revolutionary or new info, but it did retell some solid biblical principles in a way that anybody who reads it will be excited, challenged, and ready to stop playing it safe and start following Jesus.

I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks that Christianity is for the faint hearted and those who want safety… You won’t after you finish it.

Hope this helps,

Danny Conner
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