Once again Mark Batterson has hit it out of the park! Through the book the Holy Spirit has spoken to my heart about my having a plan B backup to have my way instead of trusting The Lord for things to go as He plans. I thought I was a follower, but in reality I want God to follow me. Total surrender keeps coming up time and time again. Now I have to trust God that he will show me how to totally surrender and not fight for control.
After reading just one chapter, you will be so motivated to make a very important decision in your relationship to God. You will want to be "all in." Mark Batterson's writing is that compelling. It is a page turner. You will not want to put the book down.
Mark Batterson issues a daring challenge to the church in his new book All In. I have read several of Batterson's books, and have been engaged in all of them. This book is no exception. The difference is that this book serves as a specific, in-your-face self-examination for believers.
His writing style is immediately engaging, filled with imagery, and emphasized with one-liners that pack an impressive punch. Each chapter addresses a specific anecdote from history or the Bible of someone who went all in with God, and history records the outcome of that decision.
Some of the people he highlights in his book are Joshua Chamberlain, Nicholas Copernicus, the apostles, Abraham (the father of our faith), individuals from his church, and even his own family. These examples give us real life research of how this one decision (to go all in with God) can impact your own life and your world.
One statement that caught my attention is about the rich young rule. Batterson points out that he was doing everything right. But he missed his appointed opportunity to follow Jesus. This is what the author says about that decision: He was following the rules, but he was not following Jesus. That sums up one weakness in the church today. We have trained rule-following disciples, rather than those with a real relationship with Jesus Christ. As a high school teacher (at a Christian school), I see this error with the teenagers who have grown up in church. They can recite rules, they may even feel committed to those rules, but they confuse that with a commitment to Jesus.
In the chapter about Noah and the ark, Batterson discusses the actual details of the building. He uses the example of the man who carved the Crazy Horse image. He talks about the character required to complete it. In similar ways he describes people like John Wesley in history who was determined to be all in with the kingdom.
This is a stirring read. Many of his statements will be laminated in my classroom. Dare to be challenged, read this book, then ACT on it!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Booksneeze and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I just finished Mark Batterson's new book called â€˜All in.' I have read every single one of Batterson's books and I have to say, he just gets better.
The cover says it all: All in- You are one decision away from a totally different life. Batterson mixes bible truth with personal examples and it is easy to see how the bible interacts with real life.
My favorite chapter was chapter 7: â€˜Crash the party.' It is about the woman who crashes the party and anoints Jesus. While everyone thinks it is a waste of money, Jesus thinks of it as worship. Batterson says to break our alabaster jars which he says I repentance. As a pastor I have to say that repentance isn't only biblical it is the way to bring about revival in any church.
I challenge you to buy this book and learn some biblical truth and put all your life into the Jesus life. Put your chips â€˜All in' the middle of the table and bet your life on God. You will be blessed as you read this. I highly recommend this and rate it 5 out of 5.
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Mark Batterson is a best-selling author and I hate to admit I've never read him before. You can bet I WILL be reading him in the future.
There are so many nuggets in this book, I cannot hope to give them justice. The author says, "If Jesus is not LORD OF ALL, then He is not Lord at all." Ultimately, the book explains how so many believers are not fully experiencing what God has for us/them, because we/they have not fully given ourselves to Him.
Using clever illustrations, Batterson encourages you to give 100%, stop being a rim-hugger, and take the hike. Experience God, don't just observe Him.
An excellent book, well-written and easy to read, All In is definitely a book to read. Five stars!
I received a complimentary copy of this book for an unbiased review.