Honestly: Really Living What We Say We Believe   -     By: Johnnie Moore
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An enthusiastic challenge to live out what you believe! In this call to authenticity, Liberty University's campus pastor urges you to use your doubts as a catalyst for faith, seek soul health by obeying God, become a "get back up again" believer when facing trials, go public with your beliefs through action and compassion, and more. 224 pages, softcover from Harvest.

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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
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ISBN: 0736939466
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Publisher's Description

Johnnie Moore, vice president and campus pastor of Liberty University, inspires readers with an enthusiastic challenge to live out fully what they say they believe as Christians.

In his uniquely confessional tone, Johnnie takes readers on a journey of belief from the hilltop home of the Dalai Lama to a mass grave of more than 250,000 people in Rwanda. He dares to address the doubts and challenges that have turned many well-intentioned Christians into hypocrites. Like a good pastor, Moore helps heal the wounds he opens, and he leaves his reader with one curious question, "What could happen if the world's Christians actually began to live what they say they believe?"

Author Bio

Johnnie Moore is the vice president and campus pastor of Liberty University, the world's largest Christian university. He is a popular speaker, a professor of religion, a communication advisor to educators, preachers, and politicians. He is on the board of trustees of World Help and has traveled to more than 20 nations on missionary and humanitarian trips. He and his wife, Andrea, live in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Editorial Reviews

"Most of us are looking for authenticity.  We're turned off by people who talk big and don't deliver. That is especially true when it comes to the subject of religion. Johnnie Moore has given us an honest, believable book on what the Christian lifestyle is all about. I highly recommend it."
--Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages

"Johnnie Moore writes with a refreshing passion. His perspective on mission is first-rate, and his chapters on suffering and failure are reason alone to pick up this book."
--Luis Palau, World Evangelist

"I am breathing a huge sigh of relief for the next generation with leaders like Johnnie at the helm. This book will challenge all generations to get real in their walk with Christ."
--Gary Smalley, bestselling author of The Blessing and The DNA of Relationships

"I have watched Johnnie from a distance for several years. As I read this book, I got to know him personally. This is must reading for anyone who wants to take their faith seriously."
--Ed Dobson, advisory editor, Christianity Today, author of The Year of Living like Jesus

"In Honestly, Johnnie Moore is essentially asking you to put up or shut up, get on board or get out of the way. And I guarantee, when you're finished with this book, you're going to do one or the other."
--Jerry B. Jenkins, novelist and biographer, owner, Christian Writers Guild and Jenkins Entertainment

"It is safe to assume that many of us have shaped our current view of God from past experiences, fears, disappointments, and frustrations...all of which can hinder an accurate understanding of God's purposes, his heart for this hurting world, and his invitation for us to be part of what he's doing in it. In this new book, Johnnie Moore shares his own journey to spiritual health through humorous and touching stories, and challenges us to really live what we believe! As a champion for children in poverty for more than 30 years, I encourage you to read this book, check your own spiritual pulse, find a passion that can move you to tears within 30 seconds, and then pour yourself into that ministry!"
--Wess Stafford, president and CEO, Compassion International

"Johnnie Moore opens the wounds of his heart to show his journey to a true faith in Jesus, a faith that cannot be stolen by someone else's experience. He not only uses analogies from his own life but delves into the genocides of Rwanda and Bosnia, demonstrating how only Jesus can heal the wounds of the world.  In the midst of the book, he also intellectually proves the existence of the Creator who started it all. This book helps the seeker to learn to believe in God and choose to stand up for him in their daily life, despite the evil that exists in the world."
--Ron Luce, founder and president, Teen Mania Ministries

"Johnnie Moore writes with wisdom and insights far beyond his years. This new book gives all of us a lot to think about and put into action. Start reading and achieving."
--Pat Williams, senior vice president, Orlando Magic, author of Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours

"Johnnie Moore embodies the hope that American Christianity is not on its deathbed, but rather on the precipice of a new awakening. In Honestly, one of America's emerging leaders reconciles an unbridled commitment to biblical orthodoxy with a horizontal healthy dose of grace-filled reflection and analysis of our twenty-first-century prophetic witness. Definitely a must read!"
--Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals

"This book is a captivating look at faith and life. In it my good friend Johnnie Moore gives an honest account of his own struggles and provides us with the answers that we all need. Johnnie is a voice that every generation needs to hear. I have witnessed firsthand his passion for living a life of authentic faith and his tremendous desire for others to do the same, and it's contagious. He doesn't just write what he believes--he lives it."
--Vernon Brewer, president, World Help

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  1. Poland, ME
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A stirring book
    October 27, 2011
    Nate
    Poland, ME
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In Honestly: Really Living What We Say We Believe, Johnnie Moore, vice president and campus pastor of Liberty University, challenges readers to live an authentic Christian life. He argues that one of the chief problems with Christians, particularly those in the US and other developed countries, is that we have become hypocrites, whether intentionally or otherwise. We need to start living what we say we believe.

    I found this book to be inspiring. Through a variety of stories and musings, Moore unpacks what authenticity looks like and what we need to do to have an impact on our world. One of my favorite things about this book is the author's own authenticity. Moore goes to great lengths to be honest with readers about his own shortcomings and struggles. That combined with his conversational writing style yields a book that is big on conviction and inspiration without feeling preachy.

    This book seems targeted at millennials, the author's own generation, but is well-suited for people of all ages. I feel transformed and convicted after reading this book and I urge you to read it as well.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advance reading copy of this book free from Harvest House Publishers via netGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a plea to end hypocrisy
    October 22, 2011
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "This book is about becoming spiritually healthy by identifying and combating soul sickness that threatens to weaken our faith and inhibit it from producing the appropriate actions in our lives." (16) Hypocrisy threatens the livelihood of our faith. Healthy Christians face hypocrisy straight on.

    Moore knows about hypocrisy. He grew up in a church where everyone faked living the wonderful Christian life. The phoney smile of his parents hid a marriage heading for disaster. The phoney smiles of their pastor to whom they went for help hid his affair. Moore's world fell apart with the divorce and his father's attempted suicide (in his presence).

    Moore knows hypocrisy hurts yourself and others. Moore asks his readers to go with him on his journey to authentic faith. He takes you through his doubting God, then visiting Bosnia and Rwanda, seeing the reality of evil, and then knowing there must be a real God.

    He outlines five steps to becoming serious about your spirituality: pray, read the bible, think, write, do. But it is the "doing" that is the problem. "Do what God tells you to do. It's not enough to just believe. _ And it's a matter of life or death. All the spiritual passion and activity we can muster will be totally useless if we never decide to submit to that truth and actually practice it in our daily lives." (95) The challenge is the battle of your will. We must daily submit our will to His.

    Part of our trouble: "we care too much about what the Bible says and not enough about what it means." (103) Churches need to let go of things not essential to salvation. The devil wants to keep your mind off eternal things. "We need to transform our thinking. Every moment of every day is an opportunity for us to know God better and show His love to the world." (107)

    Why does God allow our lives to be hard? Perhaps it is for us to learn the lessons we can learn only by persevering in hardship.

    Today, being a Christian is easy, provided it is just an internal and selfish faith. Moore encourages his readers to start living what they say they believe, and see God at work. He gives several inspiring examples of people doing exactly that.

    "Our soul is begging us to turn away from what we think is important and focus on what really is important. The remedy for our dissatisfaction is paying attention to our soul and to God's desire for our lives, and to live for the glory of God and the good of man." (195)

    Moore has written this book "to help you crawl out of the mire of Christian culture, to discover real faith, and begin to see your world through fresh eyes." (198) He wants you to have a living, breathing, experimental faith.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A clear call to become truly Christian
    September 13, 2011
    markn12
    Quality: 5
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    Johnnie Moore's thoughtful and challenging book Honestly takes a close look at how to actually live by what you believe, not in theory, but in reality. In a time when the true reality of what it means to be a follower of Christ seems to be quickly dwindling, this book is a seriously important and vital work. Drawing from how the early church followed Jesus, Moore asks questions about how our own twenty-first century lives don't measure up to the kind of dedication and commitment the early Christians displayed.

    I found myself challenged and disturbed by some of Moore's honesty, in a way I haven't been with other books of a similar nature. Using his own painful experiences of a broken home and a glib pretence of Christianity as a cover for what was really going on, Moore takes a look at how Christianity often becomes a veneer that hides great pain, loss of faith, or simply a lack of belief that it can actually transform life. He expresses his disappointment with this type of Christianity, and it is this honesty, this willingness to speak the hard truth about our modern Christianity, that gives this book its value and its quality of disturbance. Above all, it perhaps questions our desire to live life undisturbed by our Christianity, to live Christianity on our terms rather than Christ's.

    The basis of the book is that it really is possible to live a vibrant, passionate life in Christ that changes your relation to the world and the people around you. Moore addresses my own questions about how faith in modern life seems to lack any relevance, vitality or ability to illuminate and guide one's life. He looks at how suffering, doubt, evil, the frenetic pace and distractions of the digital life, our work, our boredoms, our rebellions and our crises can all be transformed into a real life in Christ that is exciting, alive, and above all, honest.

    If you find anywhere within yourself a desire to know how to live a genuine life in Christ outside of all the pretence, of all the loss of belief in its ability to transform, and in a manner that strips away everything about Christianity that is false, boring, and irrelevant, I would highly recommend this book as a starting point.
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