- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (August 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801017475
- ISBN-13: 978-0801017476
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* It is raw. What do I mean by that? Chuck is really open about his struggles and his past. I don't know about you, but that connects with me. He essentially takes you along his journey and allows you to understand the process by which the Holy Spirit leads him in. Chuck lives a transparent life and his book is no different.
* Offers a different perspective. As you can tell by the title he comes to the conclusion that it was best that Jesus left the earth. This is something that should empower God's people. Chuck helps us understand there is a bigger story than our own and not only has God invited us into it, but has equipped us through the giving of the Holy Spirit.
* Addresses a HUGE question. I work with college-age people everyday. The number one question I hear is "How do I know what direction God wants me to take?" That is what this book is all about. Chuck writes; "Hearing God is what this book is about helping you do. If I can help you become more confident in your ability to hear God's voice, this book is a success for me."
* Greatly misunderstood subject/person. We have tended to put the Holy Spirit on the Trinitarian "back-burner" if you will. The topic of the Holy Spirit can sometimes intimate us, because his role is so different. Chuck helps us understand the Holy Spirit's importance and causes us to embrace His role in our life.
* It is practical. Like most of you, I typically pick up a book wondering; "How can this book help me?" Chuck gives many practical questions you can ask yourself when trying to discern through hard and everyday decisions. He helps you see the importance of denying yourself and adopting faith as a spiritual discipline.
Overall, "Better Off without Jesus" not only challenged me with how I lead college-age people, but caused me to address how I approach making Godly choices. Honestly it has wreaked me in a couple of areas. The wonderful thing is, it wasn't so much Chuck's words as it was his understanding of Scripture that did so.
Throughout the book, the author shares certain questions he asks himself to make sure he's hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit; questions such as "Does this put me in a position of dependence on God?" I found those questions particularly helpful. As you read through this book, you'll want to keep a pen and paper handy, so you can take notes and write down much of the guidance provided. Also, due to the powerfully practical nature of this book, you'll want to read it slowly and savor all the wisdom contained within these pages.
Along with being very applicable, this book is challenging because it calls us to stop focusing on some far-off, distant future and to begin offering ourselves to God TODAY. We are challenged to stop thinking about what-ifs and starting looking for opportunities to embrace what we already know. But we are reminded that God has the heart of a Father and celebrates every step of progress we make, despite set-backs and failures on our part. As a seminary student, I found this refreshing, challenging, and comforting.
I would recommend this book to those who aren't sure what it looks like to live out the Gospel in their daily lives, who yearn to hear God's voice, who feel bogged down with head knowledge yet stagnant in their walk with God, or those who are wrestling with a big decision. The bottom line is that if we want to hear God's voice tomorrow, we need to start obeying what He's already told us for today.