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Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus Paperback – June 1, 2011
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Kyle Idleman knows where we live and where we could live with God's help. His words are, at once, profound and practical. He is committed to helping us move in the right direction. If you need a helping hand in your journey, he will point you to the right Person. --Max Lucado - Pastor, Oak Hills Church and Author of Fearless. -- Jesus never asked us to sit on the sidelines and cheer for his cause . In Idleman's book, Not a Fan, Kyle will challenge you to grow from a fair weather fan to a full-time follower of Christ --Craig Groeschel - Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv and Author of The Christian Atheist. -- Not a Fan is truly a cutting edge study that will challenge even the most obedient Christians to re-look at their relationship with Christ. I highly recommend to individuals and churches everywhere. --Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas and Author of Do the Right Thing. -- Kyle Idleman's Not a Fan is a crucial message for our time. It's a powerful call to commitment and to following Jesus with all our hearts that has challenged me in the best of ways! --Jud Wilhite - Sr. Pastor Central Christian Church, Las Vegas and Author of Throw it Down
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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"And I want you to know, before we go any further, that Jesus came to free you from religion. To those who have been hauling around a long list of rules. To those who are pretending to be more than they really are. To those who are weighed down with teh fear and guilt of religion."
Why is it that we keep hearing this message - that somehow Jesus hates religion? It was made even more famous by the YouTube video "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" [...] that now has over 20 million views. I think the real problem here is that we are trying to sell the idea of Christ through these new catch phrases that are popular at the time. I don't really believe that Jesus hates religion, though. He does hate people forcing rules and laws over each other - but that is not religion. That is forcing an agenda through religion. I really love the response of Keven Deyoung here: [...] and the follow up with the video's author here: [...]. I think all the points made sum it up, so I don't really need to add anything on that.
The bottom line is that I don't think a book like this needs to add this kind of popular rhetoric into it - it detracts from the main point at the cost of alienating people out there that it is probably meant to encourage.
Would I still recommend that book? Sure, I would. As Christians, we need to be prompted to live out the lives of faith we claim to have.
Because of the couple of negative reviews, my friend and I decided to study "Grace Walk" by Steve McVey, as well. It will be interesting to compare the two.
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.
If you're looking for something that is simple, straightforward, and will help you to clarify your relationship with the Lord and rekindle your faith, then this is a GREAT place to start. I'm sure I will read this book again and again over my lifetime.
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