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.
I never really read any of this authors' other texts in the past, but I have to say that I am going to go out and check them out now that I have read this one.
What I loved about this book was that it challenges you to think outside the box and work toward living a life of purpose, and not just a meaningless one. He challenges you to change your routine and start living in a whole new way with God at the center.
I also enjoyed how the author uses examples that yo can relate to while pulling it all back to biblical characters as well.
You will be amazed at how much this book encourages you to make changes that you knew you should make but have been reluctant as well as giving you the motivation to act on it this time and stick with it!
I am a huge Mark Batterson fan, and he does not disappoint with his newest book All In. We're all one decision away from a completely different life, and this book challenges the reader from living the status quo, to living extraordinarily. Author Mark Batterson features 12 main chapters that take you from going All In, to All out, for the All in All.
I'm about to embark on planting a church, so this book came to me at a timely time. Mark Batterson, through his amazing ability to tell stories of Bible characters, historical figures, and members from his NCC church takes the reader to the place where you can no longer be stagnant. This book will challenge the reader to stop living defensively, and to start taking ground! The references that Batterson uses to support his points are unique and intriguing, and it makes the book impossible to put down. Each point is supported mainly by a character from the Bible, or a story about real life people who have pushed all their chips in the middle and gone All In. Get this book, read it, and be ready to do the same!
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