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Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus Paperback – June 1, 2011
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This book disrupts the status quo and challenges readers to follow Christ with greater devotion. --Mark Batterson - Lead Pastor, National Community Church and Author of Soul Print
Not A Fan is a book that every Christian should read and regularly re-read. I started to read the manuscript and could not stop until I finished. This is a NOW message for the Church and my hope is that every believer who reads this will become an authentic follower of Christ. --Christine Caine - Founder, The A21 Campaign and Author of Run to Win
About the Author
Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth largest church in America. He is the author of the award-winning and best-selling book not a fan. He is also the presenter of several video curricula, including not a fan, H2O, and the newly released study gods at war.
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His overall point about believers should be a follower and not just a fan is spot on. And several of his points do help one look much more introspectively than most of us tend to do.
Kyle Idleman's message in Not a Fan reminds me of David Platt's message (but not his style) which I have appreciated over and over. It's the message that many who think and call themselves Christians will one day be surprised to hear Christ say He never knew them. That's because there's a subtle but eternally important difference between a fan of Jesus who cheers him on "from the sidelines"and a follower who personally, daily, and entirely follows a Savior who served and suffered. This is the message of Not a Fan, and I'm convinced it's one that we would do well to hear over and over.
There were a few stylistic choices that I didn't like so much, which vary in their importance. Most notably, I sometimes felt that Kyle Idleman was poking fun at those he calls "fans" of Jesus when it is, in fact, a very tragic and sobering subject. I thought he was spot on when he called this group of people delusional, but at times he seemed to tease and ridicule them, which I didn't appreciate. On a less important note, I felt like he overused the literary device of starting consecutive sentences with the same phrase. It's very effective when used in moderation, but I admittedly got tired of it in Not a Fan. Much to the author's credit, however, his book was packed with powerful analogies and examples that I wish I could remember in the future.
In summary, Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman promotes a good, much-needed message and has just a few stylistic choices I didn't like. I appreciated it and would read it again and recommend it to just about any Christian. That's 4/5 stars for my experience of the book.
I give it 4 stars because a lot of the information is redundant, and you just want to tell the author, "Yes, OK, I GET IT. Now what?" But he keeps drilling down on the distinctions of 'fan' and 'follower.' It's not until the very end that he gives a direct call to action and a lifting of the burden imposed by 95% of the book.
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I do believe that in order to become a true Disciple, then, according to Luke 9:23, that the Believer must have a full surrender and dying to self experience.
The author ably describes what the true life of Discipleship looks like and what it will mean for anyone to take up their cross and follow Christ.
This is a challenging read, but to read this book and leave it down without making a choice between mere Christianity and Discipleship is not a choice!
Read it if you dare!
Easy read as Kyle Idleman is funny. He is definitely straight to the point but give worldy examples, which I think is superb, the decribe his points.
Loved this book !!
"...The LORD is my light and my salvation...The LORD is the stronghold of my life..." Psalms 27:1
I recommend this book to every Christian person, to make an evaluation in their commitment to follow Jesus.
I rated it 5 as just from the beginning of the book, it changes my life in following Jesus.
it with others. I have just started reading it for a second time.