- Paperback: 215 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310331935
- ISBN-13: 978-0310331933
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,859 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
However, the problem lies in the fact that the entire book was merely that - prodding and questioning. It feels like an extended introduction to real Christianity. It supports the questions with Scriptures, and are valid. However, supposing one gets convicted and starts wanting to pursue the path of real discipleship, there is no clear guidance on how to go about it. The testimonial "Not a Fan" stories peppered throughout the book are for the most part, an emotional response and the start of an attempt to live out their renewed faith but not a life story of committed followership. It would have been better to highlight stories of faith lived out through the years and how the experience differed from mere church membership.
This is a good start to stir the waters (of a complacent faith), but I encourage the readers who get inspiration from this, to seek to dig deeper into the Word and the first century church, and start obeying and living according to the Scriptures. If you know of someone who is living our their faith, compare notes, and seek guidance. The attempt will not return empty. I don't know if I can recommend this book over a good Bible study - what I will do though is continue to live out my follower-ship and reach out to more people (including fans) who desire to live an active Christian life. I will do this by sharing my own personal testimony and my current daily life.
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.
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.
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Fan or follower, fan
But how to move to being a follower is not clear. Need to reread