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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Passio (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616386053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616386054
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Upended is a beautiful reminder of the principles found in the “upside down” kingdom of God, in stark contrast to the values and motives prominent in today’s culture. I highly recommend this book to anyone who sincerely desires to become an apprentice of Jesus Christ.” —Wess Stafford, president, Compassion International
 
“Upended shows how an authentic, reflective, engaged faith—the revolutionary faith taught by Jesus—can result in a life of meaning, purpose, compassion, and significance.” —Michael Gerson, columnist, Washington Post and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush
 
“Erik and Jedd have created a timeless resource for the everyday leader.” —Brad Lomenick, executive director, Catalyst

“I was refreshed in my desire to be fully congruent with the gospel of Jesus and to integrate, integrate, integrate His words and work into my daily words and my daily work. Apprenticing Jesus . . . brilliant!” —Sara Groves, singer-songwriter, winner of Christianity Today’s Album of the Year
Upended shows us how we can aspire to be more like Jesus in ways that infuse eternal significance into our daily life.” —Kristen Howerton, Rage Against the Minivan
 
“Writing with uncommon clarity, Medefind and Lokkesmoe explain how the strength and depth of our relational influence flows from both authentic discipleship and choices in how we communicate.” —Frank Wright, PhD, president and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters
 
Upended arrives at just the right time, in just the right tone. The reader is invited back to a simple yet sacrificial devotion to Jesus—in an area few ever think about: the way we connect with others.”—Lori Wilhite, founder, LeadingandLovingIt.com
 
“Upended delivers savvy and heart. Woven with story and insight, Upended is for anyone who wants to become a more skillful apprentice of Jesus Christ.” —Dr. Scott Todd, lead architect, 58: Campaign
 
Upended will help any leader’s message penetrate the noise.” —Gabe Lyons, author, The Next Christians and founder, Q Ideas
 
“The book is, like following Jesus, deep and joyful. Read this and see where Jesus wants to upend your life.” —Russell D. Moore, dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Theology and author, Tempted and Tried
 
“As we seek Jesus’s kingdom, God’s shalom takes tangible form where our influence is felt. This is the promise of which Upended reminds us. And then it shows us how. As an apprentice to Jesus, I need this book. So do you.” —Gideon Strauss, executive director, Max De Pree Center for Leadership
 
“Most of us know that the life we are living now is a full-size less than all that God has cut out for us. So, good for Upended, grabbing us where we live, knocking us on our religious assets, and pointing to the daily, right-sided revolution of grace Jesus always intended.” —Geof Morin, chief communications officer, American Bible Society
 
Upended is an encouraging, thoughtful, and challenging read. If you are in need of a fresh look at Jesus Christ and what He came to do in and through your life, then you’ve found it. If you take Upended seriously, you are going to be a much better person because you read it.” —Dr. Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife and host, FamilyLife Today

About the Author

Jedd Medefind serves as president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Prior to this role, he led the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. He and his wife, Rachel, love the great outdoors and have four children.

Erik Lokkesmoe is the founder and principal of Different Drummer, a LA/NYC-based audience and fan mobilization agency for top entertainment brands. Erik has a MA in public communications and a BA in political science. Erik and his wife, Monica, have three children.


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I usually read books at a slower pace - not this one!
Andy Lehman
Finally, the authors are masterful in weaving their stories and the stories of others into the fabric of the book.
F G Morton Jr
A great read for anyone who is serious in following Christ.
Roger Scalice

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F G Morton Jr on June 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love to read, and I find myself reading a lot. In fact, my library and love for reading has become a little bit of a joke with the church that I serve.

Even with that love of books and reading, I must admit that there are rarely books that I read that I cannot put down. Sure, there is the occasional John Grisham novel that is a little like eating two desserts for supper or a Tom Davis novel that has captured a subject that is so compelling that I cannot sleep until I finish it, but those reads are few and far between.

I want you to know that Upended: How Following Jesus Remakes Your Words and World by Jedd Medefind and Erik Lokkesmoe was a can't put down book for me. Part of what makes that remarkable to me is the genre of this book. Usually, really good stories are the type of page-turners that I cannot wait to get through. Upended is a non-fiction book about how to follow Jesus contemporarily, but it is not the average discipleship book.

First, Jedd and Erik are quite insightful in the areas of life they have chosen deal with as important to our following Jesus. Whether it was wrestling with what it really looks like to inhabit Kingdom values in daily life or "making Truth touchable" by acting on our beliefs as a pretext to sharing them, I could not wait to move from chapter to chapter. Over and over, I found myself thinking, "These are the things I needed to wrestle with." Within each of the subjects, their approach was fresh. In a world where very little new is being said, Erik and Jedd caused me to consider new facets of thinking and action in some of the places I struggle most.

Second, the book is well researched and documented.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger Scalice on June 13, 2012
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Upended is a clear and compelling call to Christian discipleship, reminding us of who Jesus is and how He interacts with the citizens of this world. Medefind and Lokkesmoe take us back to basics in showing us how Christ communicates. As a follower of Jesus and pastor for over thirty years, Upended takes me back to my "first love". The essence of this book is really 1st Corinthians 13. Through a series of well written narratives, examples and anecdotes we are called to remember how selfless, sacrificial communication with others is the most powerful way to show a dying and dark world who Jesus really is. In an age of Christian gimmicks and strategies, Upended teaches instead that loving communication is an incredible weapon in our arsenal as disciples of Christ.
"The greatest is love." A great read for anyone who is serious in following Christ.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Lehman on June 18, 2012
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I usually read books at a slower pace - not this one! I absorbed and had thirst for more each page I read, and savored each page during a 3 hr flight on recent trip I've made.

I come away from Upended with renewed vision to apply the Truth, in practical ways. This is not just a book for how to live a radical life "on the mission field". I loved how this book invites us to follow Jesus in the EVERY day, the HERE & NOW, in the little choices...when you put that all together, your life will look "Upended".

My wife is eager to read it, so I'm passing on the "dog-eared" book to her to enjoy now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HiddenwithHim on June 9, 2012
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If the remaining books on my summer reading list are even half as stirring as Upended, it's going to be an inspiring season!

In discussing this book lately with a few friends, perhaps the most telling point is that I find myself inadvertently talking about Jesus far more than I find myself talking about the book or its authors. Isn't that a sign that Mr. Medefind and Mr. Lokkesmoe have accomplished exactly what they sought to do - to "connect the lofty convictions we claim with what we do day in and day out" (p. 16)? It doesn't take you long to sense their humble, sincere hearts that seek to close the gap between Christianity in thought and the Christ-follower in real life.

Going into the book like a nervous, poolside kid, I dipped a toe in carefully, reading only the Introduction on Day One. I was a bit worried. After all, the book is called Upended. Potentially, that could be as pleasurable as jumping into a pool of snow runoff. Preparing myself, I anticipated that moment when beautifully formed words would leave me gasping for breath and scrambling for the side of the pool, where I would proceed to wrap myself in shame and a resolve to "do better," be more radical. Fortunately, I didn't end up in that drummed-up scenario.

The first dive was as refreshing as the noonday water at junior high summer camp. The authors even addressed my angst, recalling their own personal commitments to such "grand goals, then wonder why we fail so soon after." (p. 2) And that's only on page 2!!
One simple, little word can best describe my perspective of authors Mr. Medefind and Mr. Lokkesmoe; maybe it's a word they would rather downplay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cbpuddleglum on June 9, 2012
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I just finished reading Upended. One word immediately comes to mind...Awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was filled with very powerful insights and life changing truths. It is challenging and inspiring. Actually, it is more than that it is transforming! I want to live differently as a result. Apprenticing to Jesus as this book recommends will change your life! In fact, if you are not careful this book just may upend your life.
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