Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of  Jesus  -     By: Kyle Idleman
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Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

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If Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have a DTR (Define the Relationship) conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly his follower or just a fan-or perhaps someone who doesn't even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life. Through biblical teaching, anecdotes, and humor, Kyle Idleman explores what it means to truly be a follower of Christ. He also shares several powerful Not a Fan stories--testimonies from fellow followers who turned to Jesus. Don't miss this wake up call to radical discipleship!

Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 215
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310331935
ISBN-13: 9780310331933
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Are you a follower of Jesus? Don’t answer too quickly. In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a “Define the Relationship” conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn’t ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you’re not into Jesus, period. In any case, don’t take the question—Are you a follower of Jesus?—lightly. Some people don’t know what they’ve said yes to and other people don’t realize what they’ve said no to, says Pastor Kyle Idleman. But Jesus is ready to clearly define the relationship he wants with his followers. Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.

Author Bio

Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth largest church in America.  He is the author of the award-winning and best-selling book not a fan. He is also the presenter of several video curricula, including not a fan, H2O, and the newly released study gods at war.


"Kyle Idleman knows where we live and where we could live with God's help. His words are, at once, profound and practical. He is committed to helping us move in the right direction. If you need a helping hand in your journey, he'll point you to the right Person." - Max Lucado, Pastor, Oak Hills Church and Author of Fearless

"Jesus never asked us to sit on the sidelines and cheer for his cause. In Idleman's book, Not a Fan, Kyle will challenge you to grow from a fair weather fan to a full-time follower of Christ." - Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of and Author of The Christian Atheist

"Not a Fan is truly a cutting edge study that will challenge even the most obedient Christians to re-look at their relationship with Christ. I highly recommend to individuals and churches everywhere." - Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas and Author of Do the Right Thing

"Kyle Idleman's Not a Fan is a crucial message for our time. It's a powerful call to commitment and to following Jesus with all our hearts that has challenged me in the best of ways!" - Jud Wilhite, Sr. Pastor Central Christian Church, Las Vegas and Author of Throw it Down

"This book disrupts the status quo and challenges readers to follow Christ with greater devotion." - Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor, National Community Church and Author of Soul Print

"Not A Fan is a book that every Christian should read and regularly re-read. I started to read the manuscript and could not stop until I finished. This is a NOW message for the Church and my hope is that every believer who reads this will become an authentic follower of Christ." - Christine Caine, Founder, The A21 Campaign and Author of Run to Win

There is a big difference between followers and fans. For example, I am a follower of sports, but a fan of only a select few teams. A follower is dedicated to the team, person, object, or ideal at a level that a mere fan is not. With this rough definition in place, Pastor Kyle Idleman outlines his argument that the church needs fewer fans of Jesus and more followers.

The tendency in American Christianity is to attract crowds, but Idleman points out that when confronted with large crowds, Jesus' message was more than likely to drive them away rather than attract them to stay. Clearly, He was searching for those who would truly follow and not just establishing a following.

Pastor Idleman walks his readers carefully through a series of diagnostic steps to help them honestly evaluate the relationship they have with Jesus. The thought-provoking emphasis is greatly enhanced by illustrations and real-life testimonies of those who share their experiences which lead them to the conclusion that they are not a fan of Jesus, but a follower.

The tantalizing dangers inherent in such a discussion are also highlighted, to assist the reader in their evaluation. Idleman carefully navigates to the heart of the issues regarding following Jesus instead of following rules, following Jesus rather than just associating with Him, and following Jesus exclusively rather than adding Him to a list of heroes – to name just a few. Earnest appeals are made without wandering into melodramatic or emotional manipulation.

Far from being just an appeal to become a follower, Not a Fan does an excellent job of detailing exactly what following Jesus is intended to cost. Discussion of the cost of earnest devotion to Christ is presented in such a way that the appeal is both direct and honest.

I commend Not a Fan to you. While not the first or last book to discuss this topic, it is a much needed read. – Charles Eldred,

Publisher's Weekly

"When it comes to Jesus, I am not a fan." That is the attention-snagging message megachurch pastor Idle-man hopes readers are repeating by the end of this book. Addressing all Christians--including himself, Idleman writes that "the biggest threat to the church today is fans" who admire Jesus but aren't fully committed to being followers. Using Biblical examples and 11 startlingly honest testimonials from present-day followers, the author shows that being a Christian requires sacrifice and an all-consuming commitment to Jesus. Though his message is a direct challenge to the reader, Idleman offers humor and conversation instead of guilt and condemnation. He takes old themes (e.g., take up your cross, suffer for a greater purpose) and repackages them with natural wit and 21st century relevance. The meat of this succinct message could be lost if the titular catchphrase becomes yet another T-shirt slogan. But if readers latch onto the deeper meaning, they could find themselves reevaluating everything from their careers to their relationships. A refreshing read to recharge apathetic churchgoers. (June) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not a Fan
    December 15, 2014
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Loved the book, very convicting!!
  2. Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Start in Section 2 and be careful in Section 1
    December 12, 2014
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    "It's true. A lot of it's true. Smothers Brothers

    This book is an interesting dichotomy for me. I'd like to recommend the second half of the book (sections 2 and 3) and only recommend the first section if you're really willing to read it carefully and wrestle with what's being said. It might even be better to read the first section, at least, in a group and not by yourself.


    I'm glad you asked. This book, while far superior in content to other books by contemporary celebrity pastors, still creates some problems that have to be unraveled and contextualized before they can be understood. In the first section I found phrases and theology that are misleading and sometimes wrong. It was enough to make me not want to finish the book, but I'm glad I did finish the book. In the second half his theology gets back on track and is worth the read, but unfortunately he doesn't retract the first half of the book.

    The primary contention for me is the place of Law and Grace in the life of a Christian. The Law shows us our sin, but it cannot save us. The Grace of Jesus Christ brings us salvation and throws off the burden of the Law, even though we still use the Law as a guide to right living. Idleman seems to want it both ways in the first section. He wants to turn fans who pay lip service to Christ into followers who are committed to Christ by using the Law. In other words, you must be more obedient in order to be a follower of Christ rather than believe God and trust in His grace and mercy. A follower of Christ will be obedient, but obedience does not make you a follower.

    There's a good example in chapter 2. Idleman writes, "So in case someone left it out or forgot to mention it when they explained what it meant to be a Christ, let me be clear: There is no forgiveness without repentance. There is no salvation without surrender. There is no life without death. There is no believing without committing." What Idleman sets up here is a judgmental God who expects you to accomplish certain goals prior to Him showing you grace and mercy.

    If God is merciful and loving, if "God so loved the world that he gave his only son to die for us" (John 3:16) and "while we were yet sinners Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8) and if Jesus really said, from the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34) then the exact opposite of Idleman's statement is true. There is no repentance without forgiveness (Romans 2:4). There is no surrender without salvation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). There is no death without life (Galatians 2:20). There is no committing without believing (Galatians 5:25, Romans 8:5, 1 Corinthians 2:14).

    Idleman does go from here to talk about denying ourselves to follow Christ (Matthew 16:24), but the impetus is through the Law and not Grace.

    The second half of the book is a different story.

    In the second half and especially in the last three chapters, Idleman brings us to a critical question; if Christ is willing to suffer what he suffered to save us from sin, death and hell because he loves us so much, how can we not respond in kind?

    The heart of this book is our response to Jesus. A half-hearted response is as good as no response. Putting Jesus off is as good as saying never. The constant plea from Christ is today, don't look back, follow me, now and Idleman does a great job of bringing this to light"in the second half of the book.

    In the first half of the book there's a lot of phrasing that puts the emphasis on us and then has to be reexplained in the light God's grace. One in particular that throws me is the "fully committed Christian." Even as a Christian I'm still a sinner and I can't in good conscience call myself fully committed to Christ. I'm only mostly committed, and that might be a stretch, but by God's grace I'm growing more committed.

    What we see in the second half of the book is that plea for greater commitment. Christ gave all for you, how can we give any less? It's a goal, not a starting point and Idleman gets to this in the second half.

    Idleman uses the story of Matthew as an example. When Jesus calls Matthew to follow him, Matthew gets up and leaves everything behind to follow him. Contrast that with the three men in Luke 9 who want to follow Jesus, but we're not sure if they do. Matthew, when he got up to follow Christ, was not instantly a fully committed follower. He stumbled and sinned. He asked stupid questions and didn't understand what Jesus meant when Jesus predicted his own death. Still, Matthew continued to follow Jesus. Growing and learning and never looking back.

    That's what it means to follow Christ. So, if I had my way, and it's probably good that I don't, I would say we're followers of Christ looking forward to that day when we are fully in Christ. Until then, we learn to love God through His Word and through the calling of the Holy Spirit root out those things in our lives that keep us from following completely.

    The question remains valid; are you a follower of Christ, or just cheering him on from the sidelines?

    Have you read Not A Fan? What did you think?
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not a Fan
    December 1, 2014
    awesome book
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Eye opening!
    November 24, 2014
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Helped answer so many questions
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Definition and Clarity
    November 16, 2014
    This book helps you take a closer look at your walk with God. Are you and enthusiastic admirer (fan) of Jesus or are you a follower? Fans sit on the side lines, followers come after Jesus, deny themselves, pickup their cross daily and follow Him. I gained wisdom and clarity from this book. The book will help you define your personal relationship with Jesus.
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