Here recently I have been reading a lot of Batterson's writings. I don't know why that has been the case, but it has. When the opportunity to read this book before publication arose, I jumped at the opportunity. I am partially glad that I had the opportunity and I also wish I didn't take the time to read it. What do I mean?
While there are amazing point in this book and it is a solid page turner from page to page, it could use some help. What I mean is that if you have read most of Mark's other works, you have already heard the stories and the themes. Sure, this is a new title, but the same stories and thoughts have been used before in another of his writings. I would not say that it was a horrible read, and in fact there were a couple of statements worth quoting, but for the most part, it's a rehashing of the older things.
For that reason, I give the book three out of five stars. It's not that I enjoyed it, but I didn't dislike it either. For this book, I have a mediocre feeling. I feel like I have read most of the stuff before, but if I hadn't read it before, I would have enjoyed it.
I guess it could be boiled down to this, if you have read Batterson's work before, feel free to skip this work, but if you are new to his writing, please read this. He communicates in a style that's easy to follow and
As a matter of clarification, I did receive this book for free from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest and fair review. I feel like I have done that here.
Do you have just enough of Jesus to be informed, but not quite enough of Him to be transformed? The gospel costs us nothing, but it demands our everything. Being a Christ follower is not a spectator sport. Going "all out" is giving it all you got, maximum effort, 100%. Mark Batterson shows how we die and how we live when we go all out and all in, or completely surrender, our lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ in his book All In: You Are One Decision Away from a Totally Different Life.
Mark Batterson shows that when you give yourself to Christ and die to self, you don't really lose, you gain, and following Christ is an incredible adventure. With examples from the Bible, historical figures, and in his own life, he illustrates what a life lived for Jesus can look like.
While I am not certain exactly how the book is organized, it is still a great motivational book for change as we lose ourselves for the cause of Christ. Whether it be a small decision that is consistent over a duration or the push toward a big life-altering decision, this book inspires you to change. With short pithy sayings interspersed throughout the book, Mark Batterson comes across a bit like your own personal cheerleader, but sometimes, that could be exactly what we need to propel us forward.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Mark Batterson's book "All IN" is just that - an in-your-face, all your chips in the middle, MMA spiritual fight to the finish for the souls who are reading it. Batterson examines North American Christianity from a pastor's perspective and succinctly summarizes it as having "enough of Jesus to be informed but not enough to be transformed." His book is a call to transformation through consecration.
Consecration, he says, is "going all in and all out for the ALL in ALl." Batterson defines consecration as not following church rules but following Jesus. Consecration is a call to more - to risk more, sacrifice more and dream more.
"All In" examines the lives of biblical characters like Abraham, Noah, Elisha, and the rich young ruler; historical heroes like Joshua Chamberlain, Johann Bach and John Wesley and contemporary leaders like Michael and Mari Durso, and Bob Goff.
The conclusion of Batterson's book is an invitation to expect great things. He quotes Joshua (Joshua 3:5), "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you."
The Gospel cost NOTHING, but it demands EVERYTHING. It's all or nothing. If Jesus is not LORD OF ALL, then He is not Lord at all.
Mark Batterson is definitely one of my all time favorite authors. His writing challenges me to push for more, to not settle for what I'm already doing. His books always seem to find themselves in my hands at the most perfect times and minister to me in the ways I need to be ministered to.
If you have ever felt like your sacrifice is not so much what Jesus was asking from you, but it was your obedience, this book is for you. If you wonder how God asks for everything we have, yet promises to give us everything that He has, this book is for you. Be compelled to not just live your life but live it for the purpose it was given. As Batterson says, " Jesus didn't die just to keep us safe. he died to MAKE US DANGEROUS."
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review from Booksneeze.
"All in" is one of my favorite phrases to define commitment. Now All In is also one of my favorite Mark Batterson books. Mark balances life saved by 100% God's grace with the challenge to live all in with the grace and life we have received.
The key question All In answers is: Who's following who? Are you following Jesus or are you looking for Jesus to follow you?
Weaving together Biblical stories from Noah to Judas, Ezekiel to Peter, Mark defines and describes an All In commitment in living life for you and for me. In the 12 Biblical stories that Mark uses he provides defining moments of an All In lifestyle. Even better they are presented not merely as separate chapters in a book, but tied together throughout the chapters building off the solid foundation of God at work in the lives of people.
My favorite quote from the book is when Mark writes, "Going all out for God starts with one step of faith. It's often the longest, hardest, and scariest step. But when we make a move that is motivated by God's glory, it moves the heart and hand of God."
All In is a call for bold steps of faith that moves forward instead of shrinking back. Mark describes a life of living out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission with great faith. Building off the foundation of God's grace and God's love and God's ownership of all, All In invites readers to live totally surrendered to God. In a culture becoming obsessed with safety and security, All In calls for sacrifice and seeking a life that makes us dangerous.
I give All In 5 out of 5 stars. Mark's call to be All In inspired me to take that next step of faith in my life. This is a great book to study in a small group or on one's own for those who want to step out in faith in following God. Biblical stories as well as Mark's personal stories of faith will move you to seek an All In life.
My thanks to Booksneeze.com and Zondervan for an Advanced Readers Copy to review for free. I wasn't required to give a positive review, just an honest one.