- File Size: 1176 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
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- Publisher: Jeff Keaton; 1 edition (January 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HW50F4W
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,717,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Life of Radical Faith Kindle Edition
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After reading the first 22 chapters I have had enough.
What people need to understand is this is dangerous teaching. Unless Jeff ended this book doing a complete 180 he makes the Christian life all about the Christian. This is what Michael Horton would call "Christless Christianity" Sure Jeff talks about Jesus but the power is in the Christian. Jesus is helpless on the sidelines until the Christian gets serious about their Christian life. At one point in the book he says "We are all call to repent and trust Christ for the forgiveness of sins . That's the starting point" as if we go on to bigger and better things than trusting Jesus. But even there he doesn't tell us about Jesus only that we are called to repent and trust Him. Maybe he will tell us about Jesus somewhere in the end of this book but in the first 22 chapters their is no gospel. The end of last chapter I read was a call to serve out of genuine love for Jesus. While its true our serving others should be from a heart that love Jesus, Jeff fails to share with the readers where our love for Jesus comes from. Do we just try real hard to love Him? Of course not. "We love Him because He first loved us" Sadly Jeff fails to dive into what motivates our love for Christ and our neighbor, he tells us to.just do it and if we don't we're not living the life we should be living.
I agree that love for others must be genuine, but that kind of love only comes from hearing and believing the gospel over and over.
The Christianity taught in "The life of radical faith" is a Christianity that causes spiritual pride or despair because it's all about you and what you need to do rather than what Jesus has done on your behalf. If you want to read a book that will truly show you how to live the Christian life, read One Way Love by Tullian Tchividijian with the bible in hand.
If Jeff does start teaching the readers about the radical nature of the gospel in the final chapters I will come back and change my review, but even if he does why would.it take more.tgan half the book to ever get to what Jesus has done?
Finally you might say this book isn't about the gospel so why get so negative? Because without the clear teaching of the life death and resurrection of Christ their is no faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. Faith comes by hearing the gospel of Jesus not the law. This book tells us what to do, not how to do it.
I just finished "The life of radical faith" and I'm sad to say nothing changed.
At the end of the book Jeff give a call for unbelievers to pray a prayer. The problem is, no where in this book does he teach Christ crucified. If an unbeliever reads this book they will think becoming a Christian is about them doing great things for God rather than God doing something great for them. No teaching of the cross, atonement, grace, forgiveness, imputed righteousness, justification, or even the power of the Holy.Spirit that raises the spiritually dead to life. What is a sinner being called to believe?
According to "The life of radical faith" they're called to live the sold out life. That's not the gospel! My surrender doesn't save me, Jesus' surrender does. Radical faith, (if you want to call it that) is believing in the finished work of Christ. Trusting His death paid the sin debt you owe and could never pay. This book should be called the life of radical law keeping, but thanks be to God Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.
I am once again reminded why I thought the Christian life was up to me. This kind of teaching sounds so bibical until you examine it in light of God's word, because God's word is about Jesus and this book is about man. Even when he talked about David and Goliath he made David out to be the hero. But the story of David and Goliath is about Jesus being victorious over our enemy, standing in the gap on our behalf. It's not about how we can defeat the giants in our life if we just muster up enough faith.
The kind of faith called for in this book is the kind of faith the Mormons, Jehovah Witness, Muslims, Buddhist and all the other world religions have, if you do good enough God will reward you. But Christianity isn't about me being good enough, it's about God the creator taking on human flesh, suffering, dying, and being raised from the dead. Its not.about my surrender, but it is about Jesus' surrender. His blood and righteousness.