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.
This is a book for adults and young adults, for Christians and also for those considering Christ. It is especially helpful for those who have excelled at mediocre Christian living and want something more. Through the book, Mark connected Biblical and contemporary life situations of those who attempted great things for God.
I enjoyed this book. It had at least a twitter worthy post per page. While it all pointed to the same theme, in some ways it felt like a sermon collection all saying the same thing but not really building on the main point.. A worthwhile read!
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"When are we going to realize that indecision is a decision."
And so Mark Batterson dives into a 170 page book on going "all in" for Christ.
Mark Batterson does an excellent job of stopping and making you think with his easy to read writing style. He takes every day situations and reminds us that with God truly all things are possible.
Each chapter has at least one story of someone who has gone all in for Christ and has been blessed because of their obedience to the Lord. Mark does a wonderful job of driving home how important it is that we live for eternity regardless of the difficulties and challenges it presents here on earth because as he states on page 155-156, "When everything is said and done, our only regret will be whatever we did not give back to God." YES.
As I read this book I was deeply challenged by statements like, "We focus on what Jesus asked him to give up (talking about the rich young ruler in Matthew 19) but fail to consider what He offered up in exchange." (pg. 27) "You cannot be the hands and feet of Jesus if you're sitting on your butt." (pg. 77) I don't want to be half-way with Christ. I want to be all in.
I've read two Mark Batterson books (well, I skimmed The Circle Maker) and while I agree with most of what he says (sometimes our opinions differ) and I respect him as a brother in Christ, his writing style doesn't speak to me as much as it may someone else. Hence why I gave the book 3 stars. It just wasn't a favorite, but that in no way means it won't be one of yours. God may use it to change your life! Or your perspective... which may change your life.
Included in the back is a list of all 70 resolutions of Jonathan Edwards. I really like that the author included this because it shows yet another example of someone who really went all in for Christ and modeled it in his actions and words.
If you like upbeat, encouraging yet challenging books then I recommend you pick up a copy of All In.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for the exchange of a review.