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From the foreword to the book by Tim Keller:
“Here you will learn how we must contextualize, how we Christians should be as active in Hollywood, Wall Street, Greenwich Village, and Harvard Square (if not more) than the halls of Washington, DC. And yet, there are ringing calls to form a distinct, ‘thick’ Christian counter-culture as perhaps the ultimate witness to the presence of the future, the coming of the Kingdom.”
“Tullian Tchividjian, one of today’s brightest young Christian leaders, makes a refreshing call for orthodoxy. He does not apologize for the Gospel; he wears it like a red badge of courage. Read this book to recover the faith once for all delivered to the saints in fresh, courageous terms.”
– Chuck Colson, Founder of Prison Fellowship and author of The Faith

“The modern evangelical movement was launched by the crusades of Billy Graham. It will recover its identity only if it heeds this challenge by his grandson.”
–John Seel, Donegality Productions LLC and author of The Evangelical Forfeit and co-editor of No God but God

“Plainly, powerfully, and pastorally, Unfashionable gives a birds-eye view of the real Christian life–Christ-centered, church-committed, kingdom-contoured, future-focused, and counter-cultural all the way. It makes for a truly nutritious read.”
–J.I. Packer, Professor of theology at Regent College and author of Knowing God

“Tullian Tchividjian is the real deal. His life and his words speak in stereo. I love reading books that challenge the way I think. Unfashionable goes beyond that. It’s counter-intuitive. It’s counter-cultural. And it’s a must-read for those brave enough to really follow in the footsteps of Jesus.”
–Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church and author of Wild Goose Chase

“Love is the most powerful apologetic. It is the essential component in reaching the whole person in a fragmented world. Tullian understands the deep yearnings of this generation and thoughtfully expresses how making a difference as Christians in this world begins with a willingness to engage this world differently.”
–Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker

Unfashionable is theologically careful, biblically grounded and culturally in touch. It will challenge you and point you to the radically Christ-centered life you were saved by God’s amazing grace to live. Tullian Tchividjian hits us between the eyes when he says, ‘Christians who retreat into a comfortable subculture are bad missionaries–it’s that simple.’ It is that simple, and this book will help you find the way out!”
–Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC.

“With the right balance of reproof and encouragement, critique and construction, Unfashionable displays with succinct, vivid, and engaging clarity the relevance of the gospel over the trivialities that dominate our lives and our churches right now. The message of this book is of ultimate importance and its presentation is compelling.”
–Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor, Westminster Seminary in California and host of The White Horse Inn

“Although the Ancient Israelites were called by God to be a ‘holy nation’ they failed to reach their world because they were so much like it. Today’s church is succumbing to the same error. And this is what makes Tullian Tchividjian’s book Unfashionable so prophetic and such a book for this day. May the church take note-- and reach the world!”
–R. Kent Hughes, Sr. Pastor Emeritus, College Church in Wheaton

“It is not easy to stand athwart the tides of the culture and challenge them without sounding either terribly prissy or hopelessly out of date. How can a thoughtful Christian be genuinely contemporary while never succumbing to the merely faddish and temporary? The challenges are enormous–but they are also tied to the most elementary tenets of Christian faithfulness. Tullian Tchividjian is a helpful and engaging guide through these troubled waters.”
–D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and author of Christ and Culture Revisited

“Tullian masterfully articulates the importance of the ‘both, and’–showing that in order for Christians to make a profound difference in our world we must both gain a full understanding of the Gospel and express it practically in our world."
–Gabe Lyons, Founder of Q and co-author of UnChristian

“Here’s what we need–a young, fresh, outspoken voice, calling for renewal and reform in Kingdom language. With a deep appreciation for the Christian past, a powerful grasp of the Gospel, and a voice that resonates with those calling for renewal today, Tullian represents a breed of young church leaders who might just help us navigate our way through the stodginess of tradition and the silliness of much that is emerging as Christianity today. May his tribe increase.”
–T.M. Moore, The Wilberforce Forum and author of Culture Matters

“In Unfashionable Tullian Tchividjian offers all of us a window into his own life, full as it is of reading the Word and the world at the same time. His vision is theologically rich and pastorally engaging, calling us to join him in thinking deeply about things that matter most, viz. the reality that faith always shapes vocation which always shapes culture.”
– Steven Garber, The Washington Institute, author of The Fabric of Faithfulness

“Tullian Tchividjian persuasively argues that difference makers must be different. This book is an important and necessary reminder that Christians who strive to be relevant end up being redundant, while those who challenge our culture just may change the world.”
– Michael E. Wittmer, Professor of Systematic Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and author of Heaven is a Place on Earth

Unfashionable gets back to the heart of the Kingdom mission and the agenda of the gospel message. Striking a balance between being ‘in’ but not ‘of’ the world is not easy. Tullian, however, clearly and convincingly shows the way by telling how we can cultivate a Gospel-centered outlook and lifestyle.”
– Ed Stetzer, author of Planting Missional Churches and President of LifeWay Research

“What does it mean to be in the world but not of it, a question Christians have wrestled with for years? To what degree should we conform to the culture or how should we differ and why? Unfashionable addresses these questions directly and helpfully, pointing the way to faithful discipleship in the Twenty-first Century.
– Luder G. Whitlock, Jr., President of Excelsis and author of The Spiritual Quest

“Fashion is but a phase. If Christians want to see lasting change as the kingdom of Jesus Christ expands, they will refuse to seek the world’s acclaim. Tullian Tchividjian writes with a pastor’s gift for admonition and encouragement as he discerns the church’s failures and opportunities to represent Christ in this world.”
– Collin Hansen, editor at large, Christianity Today and author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists

“As Christians continue to chase relevance like a dog chasing its own tail, the world around us is quietly looking for something more–something deeper, something less self-aware, something unfashionable. With clear, crisp writing, Unfashionable challenges us to stop imitating the world and start working to renew her. Tullian makes it once again ‘cool’ to be uncool.”
– Kevin DeYoung, pastor and author of Why We’re Not Emergent

“The most wonderful thing happened to me as I read Unfashionable: I was helped. There are so many books that are interesting and informative, but few end up being practically helpful. Unfashionable is one of them. As I read this cogent call for the Church to live against the world for the world, I saw several ways that my thinking, affections, and actions needed to be prayerfully addressed. I trust the same will happen with anyone who dares to consider the contents of this book.”
– Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, author of What Is A Healthy Church Member? and The Faithful Preacher

Unfashionable–unrelentingly orthodox and winsomely written–is a call to follow Christ in being so biblically different from the world that the world can once again see the attractiveness of the gospel. I hope it becomes fashionable for Christians to read and discuss Unfashionable. Reading it made me glad to be a believer.”
– Denis Haack, editor-in-chief of Critique and founder of Ransom Fellowship

“If you are a Christian who longs to see the gospel shape every area of your life so that you make a difference in this world for the glory of the God, you will find Unfashionable a remarkable guide. With penetrating insight Tullian exposes the idolatry of our world and shows how the gospel creates a people who are both for and against the world in a way that makes much of the God who will one day make all things new.”
– Dan Cruver, Director of Together for Adoption

“In Unfashionable, Tullian calls us to a holistic Gospel centered journey that invites us, in a fresh way, to be in the world but not of it. He shows us how to be God’s peculiar people by displaying his Kingdom in the world around us.”
– Rick McKinley, Founding Pastor of Imago Dei Community and author of This Beautiful Mess

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

WILLIAM GRAHAM TULLIAN TCHIVIDJIAN (pronounced cha-vih-jin) is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and the author of Do I Know God?, Surprised by Grace, and Jesus + Nothing = Everything. A grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, Tullian is a frequent conference speaker and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program Godward Living. Tullian and his wife, Kim, have three children.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; Reprint edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601424108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601424105
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida native, Tullian is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal.

A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (M.Div.), Tullian is a best-selling author, having written six books, the most recent, One Way Love - God's Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World was released in October 2013. Other titles include, Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free, October 2012 (an ECPA finalist for Book of the Year) and Jesus + Nothing = Everything,(October 2011) which won Christianity Today's book of the year in 2012.
Tullian travels extensively, speaking at conferences, churches, and colleges around the country and is also the founder of LIBERATE--a resource ministry that seeks to "connect God's inexhaustible grace to an exhausted world" through an annual conference, a website, and a wide range of other media outlets including a daily radio program on Moody Radio called LIBERATE. As a respected pastor, author, and speaker, Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the amazing power of God's grace.

When he is not reading, studying, preaching, or writing, Tullian enjoys being with people and relaxing with his wife, Kim, and their three children--Gabe, Nate, and Genna. He loves the beach, loves to exercise, and when he has time, he loves to surf.

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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Every now and again I pick up a book that I feel I should really enjoy. And yet, for one reason or another, it simply does not "click." Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian is just such a book. It has been widely praised by Christians I respect and its six (!) pages of endorsements contain a veritable who's who of prominent Evangelicals, each of whom tells of his esteem for the book and its author. And yet, after reading it through twice, I have significant concerns.

Unfashionable is about making a difference in the world by being different. The point Tchividjian tries to drive home throughout the book is this: Christians make a difference in this world by being different from the world; they don't make a difference by being the same. And certainly we have seen the inevitable fallout from too many Christians who have done just the opposite, chasing every trend in a vain attempt to win the world by being nearly indistinguishable from the world. "In contrast, I'm asking you to embrace the delicious irony Christ demonstrated in bringing a message of God's kingdom that subversively transforms both individuals and the world. Only by being properly unfashionable can we engage our broken world with an embodied gospel that witnesses to God's gracious promise of restoration, significance, and life." And so, through this book, Tchividjian seeks to give a clear picture of what it means to live "subversively and redemptively--for God and his expanding kingdom."

He divides the book into four sections, making it well-structured and easy to follow.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Trevin Wax on April 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Some evangelical Christians believe that the best way to win the world is to be like the world. Looking like the world might help us gain a hearing for the gospel.

In Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different (Multnomah: 2009), Tullian Tchividjian demolishes the fallacy of such thinking. Instead, Tullian skillfully shows how we as Christians make the biggest difference in the world when we are most different from the world.

The power behind our proclamation of the gospel comes not from our being in step with the world, but from our being out of step with the surrounding culture. Once you sacrifice the counter-cultural nature of the gospel in order to be "cool" in the present, you abandon the greatest opportunity you have to make a difference that will last forever.

Unfashionable is a book of depth and breadth. Tullian doesn't leave us with superficial spiritual sayings. The book demonstrates a passion for theology. Tullian goes deep into the truth of God's Word in order to emerge with a robust, strengthened Christianity for the world we live in.

But the book also contains a variety of topics. In less than 200 pages, Tullian writes about:

the atonement
the purpose of Jesus' resurrection
God's intention to renew the cosmos
the loss of Truth with a capital "T"
our culture's hunger for trascendence
the importance of the church's "togetherness
sex and lust
greed and theft
anger and truth-telling
This is a short, accessible book that ably covers a number of subjects.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alex on April 21, 2009
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Pastor Tullian Tchividjian joins the provocative conversation on Christ and culture with this newly released (and widely endorsed) book, Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different. For those unfamiliar, there are a plethora of books (particularly recently) on the complex topic of how the Christian (and the church collectively) is to relate to the world. We've all heard the phrase "in the world, but not of it." But what does that look like? That's what Unfashionable is all about.

Following a helpful Foreword by Tim Keller, the book is divided into four sections: The Call, The Commission, The Community, and The Charge. The Call first describes Tullian's conversion story: briefly, though raised in a Christian family (the grandson of Billy Graham), he had abandoned the faith of his parents and left home at 16. At 21, God dramatically and quite suddenly converted him. Attending church for the first time in years, Tullian recalls being struck by how different those he met at church were from his regular "in" group. This leads to the book's theme: Christians make a difference in the world by being different from this world; they don't make a difference by being the same. He spends the rest of the section talking about the world's quest for authenticity and the church's seduction with being fashionable. Tullian writes:

"It's both sad and ironic that this shift is now putting the church in the wrong place at the right time. Just when our culture is yearning for something different, many churches are developing creative ways to be the same. Just as many in our culture are beginning to search back in time, many churches are pronouncing the irrelevance of the past. Just as people are starting to seek after truth, many churches are turning away from it.
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