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Starving Jesus: Off the Pew, Into the World 2nd Edition

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About the Author

Craig Gross and J.R. Mahon are on a mission to inspire the people to get out of the pews. Too often Christians spend their time praying, talking, and being "spiritual" but not getting their hands dirty. When they're not writing a book Craig Gross and JR Mahon run the day-to-day operations of, a ministry to those caught in the sin of pornography. Both live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; 2nd edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781445485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781445481
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Craig Gross is a pastor as well as the founder of Fireproof Ministries and He is a sought-after speaker throughout the country. His latest book is called "Go Small".

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nervous Girl on March 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book changed my life!!! It forced me to look at the fact that I am a lazy Christian and its not okay. It is written in a really exciting way and it keeps you interested throughout the whole book.

I noticed someone complained about how the authors didn't seem very loving towards lazy Christians, but the authors were honest about that. And, just because they didn't like their lifestyle doesn't mean they didn't love them! Loving someone means wanting the most Holy thing for them, and being a lazy Christian isn't Holy!

And about the fasting, yeah they did not give very good advice on that. A 40 day fast is the longest fast in the Bible, and its probably a very bad idea to do one for your first fast. So, if you were inspired to fast by this book (which I was) do some more research.

I recommend this book to absolutely EVERYONE, because it is truly, truly life changing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nomer15 on December 10, 2009
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I enjoyed the style of the book--the two authors took turns writing and it was interspersed with a lot of Scripture. I liked the main themes that ran through the book, themes of digging into the Word on a regular basis, fasting, prayer, and becoming a disciple of Christ.

There were a couple of places where one of the authors came down really hard on a person who wondered why they didn't have a clear gospel presentation on their website and a pastor who wanted more information about their tour stop. It was hard for me to read they this author considered those people (and others who think like them) to be "super Christians," legalistic, and judgmental. Reading something like that detracts from the other messages of the book, which are really quite good.

Overall, this was just an okay book for me. There were things I really liked about it, and other things that could have been done better. The overall message is one that the Church needs to hear, but it came across pretty forceful in certain points.
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29 of 44 people found the following review helpful By KRS on October 30, 2007
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"Dangerous" is the first word I think of when it comes to this book. The authors will like that, patting themselves on the back for "offending" in the name of Christ. But this is not the kind of offense that should be spread around.

The book starts off well - with some spot-on critiques of the modern church. The premise is that American Christianity has become like the Pharisees - buildings that do internal programming for the "included", and leaves the desperate, addicted and outcasts without the gospel. It's true - in America we are far from the body Christ intended to create. Many of the ideas have been batted around emergent (a group they seem to love/use and hate/lampoon) and missional conversations for years. The solution - according to these two is three fold - Give, Fast and Pray. The give part goes okay. Then it all comes crashing down.

The authors advocate a 40 day fast (with water and juice - if you feel that is okay with God). It's medically dangerous, physically damaging, and spiritually harmful. Let me count the ways:

1. The book doesn't encourage a doctor's help or advice even though that kind of starvation has potential harm written all over it. What about people with undiagnosed diabetes, hypoglycemia or other conditions? What about the fact the human body is not wired to go that long without food? Just because the author's bodies are able to sustain this and they don't die doesn't mean it's a good idea - it means God saved them from themselves.
2. The book ridicules anyone who thinks this "might not" be a good idea for people. Mahan writes "Our tendency is to listen to the doctors and health experts of the world. It's an easy trap" (pg.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jay on April 4, 2009
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I bought the book thinking it would be an excellent book challenging the church to get out and serve the poor, the homeless, the hurting, and addicted. Instead it read like a fundamentalist primer in witnessing. It had next to nothing about serving the poor. In fact, the whole purpose of folks getting out there according to the authors is to witness as oppose to love and wash the feet of all people. They overuse a silly phrase "born again lazy" like they are hoping it will catch on. Save your money unless you are looking for a book on evangelizing in a confrontational way.
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By Amazon Customer on December 11, 2012
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This book is eye opening, and if you listen to the underlying message of the book, it has the potential to change your life. If you are struggling in your church, or starting to find that you are lacking something spiritually, you might be able to get started in the right direction with this book. The basic premise is that you need to step outside of yourself and start helping people that can't help themselves, spiritually and physically.

Other reviews have said that this book advocates a 40 day fast, but this is only partially true. The authors have done 40 day fasts, and they write about their experiences here, but by no means are they advocating that everyone quit eating and start doing this. The actual message of the book is that sacrificing will lead you closer to Christ. This is true. If you don't want to go without food for 40 days, you don't have to. Give up television or surfing the web instead. Find something that you lean on too much and picture what your life will be like without it for a few days. You'll (hopefully) discover that these earthly things don't matter, and that Jesus's love is out there regardless of the distractions that sometimes block this from our minds.
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