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Insurgence: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom Paperback – June 5, 2018
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Christian Book Reviews, Donald Stevenson
From the Back Cover
Why does the allegiance that radical terrorists give to their false cause exceed the allegiance that most Christians today give to Jesus Christ? Have we lost the explosive, earthshaking gospel of the kingdom that Jesus, Paul, and the other apostles preached? Have we exchanged this dynamic, titanic, living gospel for a gospel of religious duty or permissiveness and "easy believism"?
Yes, says bestselling author Frank Viola. And it's high time we reclaimed it.
In today's politically charged era, Christians on the progressive left as well as the conservative right both equate their particular viewpoints with the kingdom of God. Viola dismantles these perspectives, offering a fresh and revolutionary look at the radical gospel of the kingdom. With gripping power, he challenges Christians to reclaim the lost kingdom message of Jesus and join a spiritual insurgence that can change the course of history.
Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. His mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact. Viola has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on Earth, From Eternity to Here, and Jesus Manifesto (with Leonard Sweet). His blog, frankviola.org, is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.
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I have heard Frank speak over the years and the one thing that strikes me most about him is his unwavering dedication to revealing the beauty of Christ that captured the early church so rapturously. Insurgence is not an intellectual read for intellect’s sake; it is a call to action to behold the beauty of Christ and the Kingdom of God Jesus came to this earth to bring. This is a kingdom message you have likely not heard before. Insurgence is the message and clarion call to break from this world and embrace the kingdom on earth as it is heaven.
Insurgence is profoundly biblical, deeply engaging, and life-altering. It is an invitation. But it comes with a warning: this work will require you to examine your life in light of the Kingdom of God message; it will not be an easy examination. You will need to read this more than once. You will be re-introduced to Christ and His incomparable beauty! It will elicit radical change in you and you will never be the same again, nor will you want to be.
Note: I received an advance audio version of the book from the published. I also purchased a paperback copy for myself so that I can read it again.
In a climate filled with agendas, half truths, and positioning and postulating, Frank Viola comes with this timely book that exposes all of this jockeying like an interrogator’s spotlight. As is typical with Viola’s works, Insugence offers a unique, vital, and full perspective that is not seen in other works.
This book is about the Kingdom of God. It will challenge you as it challenged me. With boldness, Viola shows what is lacking in the typical depictions of the Kingdom from the strict conservative and legalistic view as well as the loose and free libertine posture. What Frank presents in the wake of this is challenging, provocative, and explosive. Viola raises the bar.
As I try to summarize my thoughts on the book and what it invokes in me I am drawn to the the verse from Revelation. “Because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” For too long, our grappling with and understanding of the Kingdom of God has been lukewarm. Viola, through Insurgence, turns up the heat!
Note: I received an advanced audio version of the book and preordered a paperback copy of the book due to a desire to read the footnotes and dig into the depth in a more intentional way.
In a time where the Bible is preached to a legalistic end or it is watered down to the point of ineffectiveness, we, as the Church, desperately need to hear this message.
Frank has a gift of painting a beautiful image of the big-picture themes we’ve all come to know from Scripture and he makes connections that aren’t typically preached on. In addition, he makes these pictures relevant to our daily lives, making them very practical.
His use of Scripture (the entire Bible) is masterful as he relies heavily on the Word of God.
In this book, Insurgence, Frank Viola sets out to make the reader a passionate, dedicated Christian disciple and I am convinced that if the reader continues to read the book and follows through with the action steps it will accomplish just that.
Be warned, if you are not prepared for a gut check or are unwilling to submit yourself to self-examination, do not read this book!
Take the risk. Read this book, and open your mind to a new understanding of the faith. Highly recommended.
Top international reviews
I have been feeling a strong urge for some years to be the living example of an expression of Gods love, within a community of fellow believers, which would differentiate me/us from the world.
This is a powerful book which will challenge you in your walk with Jesus, allowing you to perhaps examine aspects of your life which have not been examined before, through the eyes of the Lord and what it is He is wanting from us, as His family.
It is painful to read, yet true. The Spirit will testify in your soul as you read, at it will open up your heart. And, if you are open, it will break it. For the Lord.
What Viola have written is what we need to go to the true depths of our faith. First then we will be able to change the world, with truth, love and grace. From the inside out.
I even had to take a break halfway to catch my breath. Sort out the feelings. I also know I will have to read it again.
I don't think you will truly get to the essence of what Viola is writing by approaching the book intellectually. The book has been written by the Spirit, through Viola, and needs to be read with the help of the Spirit.
The words from the Lord come to mind: And Jesus answered him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven."
This book is unlike anything Viola has written so far. It may very well, in the end, prove to be the pinnacle of his authorship.
This book is for ALL that is serious about their faith, including scholars.