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Living by the truth instead of following the latest trends isn't in vogue in today's world. Are you willing to be "out of style" for the gospel's sake? Showing how you can make a big impact by living differently, Tchividjian shows how refusing to "fit in" is a powerful witness for Christ! Includes study guide. 224 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
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Publication Date: 2012
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ISBN: 1601424108
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Against the World for the World
 
Unfashionable explains what it means to be out of style in culture and aligned with God’s thoughts on community, lifestyle, work, money, worship, and church. Only by being properly unfashionable can we once again become a powerful renovating force for God in the world. After all, Jesus made a difference by being...different. So go ahead. Buck the system. Discover the power and the freedom of being unfashionable for God.
 
"If you are a Christian who longs to see the gospel shape every area of your life so that you make a difference in this world for the glory of God, you will find Unfashionable a remarkable guide."
—Dan Cruver, director of Together for Adoption
 
"Tullian Tchividjian, one of today’s brightest young Christian leaders, makes a refreshing call for orthodoxy. He does not apologize for the gospel; he wears it like a red badge of courage. Read this book to recover the faith once for all delivered to the saints in fresh, courageous terms."
—Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and author of The Faith

Author Bio

WILLIAM GRAHAM TULLIAN TCHIVIDJIAN (pronounced cha-vih-jin) is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and the author of Do I Know God?, Surprised by Grace, and Jesus + Nothing = Everything. A grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, Tullian is a frequent conference speaker and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program Godward Living. Tullian and his wife, Kim, have three children.

Editorial Reviews

From the foreword to the book by Tim Keller:
“Here you will learn how we must contextualize, how we Christians should be as active in Hollywood, Wall Street, Greenwich Village, and Harvard Square (if not more) than the halls of Washington, DC. And yet, there are ringing calls to form a distinct, ‘thick’ Christian counter-culture as perhaps the ultimate witness to the presence of the future, the coming of the Kingdom.”
“Tullian Tchividjian, one of today’s brightest young Christian leaders, makes a refreshing call for orthodoxy. He does not apologize for the Gospel; he wears it like a red badge of courage. Read this book to recover the faith once for all delivered to the saints in fresh, courageous terms.”
– Chuck Colson, Founder of Prison Fellowship and author of The Faith

“The modern evangelical movement was launched by the crusades of Billy Graham. It will recover its identity only if it heeds this challenge by his grandson.”
–John Seel, Donegality Productions LLC and author of The Evangelical Forfeit and co-editor of No God but God

“Plainly, powerfully, and pastorally, Unfashionable gives a birds-eye view of the real Christian life–Christ-centered, church-committed, kingdom-contoured, future-focused, and counter-cultural all the way. It makes for a truly nutritious read.”
–J.I. Packer, Professor of theology at Regent College and author of Knowing God

“Tullian Tchividjian is the real deal. His life and his words speak in stereo. I love reading books that challenge the way I think. Unfashionable goes beyond that. It’s counter-intuitive. It’s counter-cultural. And it’s a must-read for those brave enough to really follow in the footsteps of Jesus.”
–Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church and author of Wild Goose Chase

“Love is the most powerful apologetic. It is the essential component in reaching the whole person in a fragmented world. Tullian understands the deep yearnings of this generation and thoughtfully expresses how making a difference as Christians in this world begins with a willingness to engage this world differently.”
–Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker

Unfashionable is theologically careful, biblically grounded and culturally in touch. It will challenge you and point you to the radically Christ-centered life you were saved by God’s amazing grace to live. Tullian Tchividjian hits us between the eyes when he says, ‘Christians who retreat into a comfortable subculture are bad missionaries–it’s that simple.’ It is that simple, and this book will help you find the way out!”
–Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC.

“With the right balance of reproof and encouragement, critique and construction, Unfashionable displays with succinct, vivid, and engaging clarity the relevance of the gospel over the trivialities that dominate our lives and our churches right now. The message of this book is of ultimate importance and its presentation is compelling.”
–Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor, Westminster Seminary in California and host of The White Horse Inn

“Although the Ancient Israelites were called by God to be a ‘holy nation’ they failed to reach their world because they were so much like it. Today’s church is succumbing to the same error. And this is what makes Tullian Tchividjian’s book Unfashionable so prophetic and such a book for this day. May the church take note-- and reach the world!”
–R. Kent Hughes, Sr. Pastor Emeritus, College Church in Wheaton

“It is not easy to stand athwart the tides of the culture and challenge them without sounding either terribly prissy or hopelessly out of date. How can a thoughtful Christian be genuinely contemporary while never succumbing to the merely faddish and temporary? The challenges are enormous–but they are also tied to the most elementary tenets of Christian faithfulness. Tullian Tchividjian is a helpful and engaging guide through these troubled waters.”
–D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and author of Christ and Culture Revisited

“Tullian masterfully articulates the importance of the ‘both, and’–showing that in order for Christians to make a profound difference in our world we must both gain a full understanding of the Gospel and express it practically in our world."
–Gabe Lyons, Founder of Q and co-author of UnChristian

“Here’s what we need–a young, fresh, outspoken voice, calling for renewal and reform in Kingdom language. With a deep appreciation for the Christian past, a powerful grasp of the Gospel, and a voice that resonates with those calling for renewal today, Tullian represents a breed of young church leaders who might just help us navigate our way through the stodginess of tradition and the silliness of much that is emerging as Christianity today. May his tribe increase.”
–T.M. Moore, The Wilberforce Forum and author of Culture Matters

“In Unfashionable Tullian Tchividjian offers all of us a window into his own life, full as it is of reading the Word and the world at the same time. His vision is theologically rich and pastorally engaging, calling us to join him in thinking deeply about things that matter most, viz. the reality that faith always shapes vocation which always shapes culture.”
– Steven Garber, The Washington Institute, author of The Fabric of Faithfulness

“Tullian Tchividjian persuasively argues that difference makers must be different. This book is an important and necessary reminder that Christians who strive to be relevant end up being redundant, while those who challenge our culture just may change the world.”
– Michael E. Wittmer, Professor of Systematic Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and author of Heaven is a Place on Earth

Unfashionable gets back to the heart of the Kingdom mission and the agenda of the gospel message. Striking a balance between being ‘in’ but not ‘of’ the world is not easy. Tullian, however, clearly and convincingly shows the way by telling how we can cultivate a Gospel-centered outlook and lifestyle.”
– Ed Stetzer, author of Planting Missional Churches and President of LifeWay Research

“What does it mean to be in the world but not of it, a question Christians have wrestled with for years? To what degree should we conform to the culture or how should we differ and why? Unfashionable addresses these questions directly and helpfully, pointing the way to faithful discipleship in the Twenty-first Century.
– Luder G. Whitlock, Jr., President of Excelsis and author of The Spiritual Quest

“Fashion is but a phase. If Christians want to see lasting change as the kingdom of Jesus Christ expands, they will refuse to seek the world’s acclaim. Tullian Tchividjian writes with a pastor’s gift for admonition and encouragement as he discerns the church’s failures and opportunities to represent Christ in this world.”
– Collin Hansen, editor at large, Christianity Today and author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists

“As Christians continue to chase relevance like a dog chasing its own tail, the world around us is quietly looking for something more–something deeper, something less self-aware, something unfashionable. With clear, crisp writing, Unfashionable challenges us to stop imitating the world and start working to renew her. Tullian makes it once again ‘cool’ to be uncool.”
– Kevin DeYoung, pastor and author of Why We’re Not Emergent

“The most wonderful thing happened to me as I read Unfashionable: I was helped. There are so many books that are interesting and informative, but few end up being practically helpful. Unfashionable is one of them. As I read this cogent call for the Church to live against the world for the world, I saw several ways that my thinking, affections, and actions needed to be prayerfully addressed. I trust the same will happen with anyone who dares to consider the contents of this book.”
– Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, author of What Is A Healthy Church Member? and The Faithful Preacher

Unfashionable–unrelentingly orthodox and winsomely written–is a call to follow Christ in being so biblically different from the world that the world can once again see the attractiveness of the gospel. I hope it becomes fashionable for Christians to read and discuss Unfashionable. Reading it made me glad to be a believer.”
– Denis Haack, editor-in-chief of Critique and founder of Ransom Fellowship

“If you are a Christian who longs to see the gospel shape every area of your life so that you make a difference in this world for the glory of the God, you will find Unfashionable a remarkable guide. With penetrating insight Tullian exposes the idolatry of our world and shows how the gospel creates a people who are both for and against the world in a way that makes much of the God who will one day make all things new.”
– Dan Cruver, Director of Together for Adoption

“In Unfashionable, Tullian calls us to a holistic Gospel centered journey that invites us, in a fresh way, to be in the world but not of it. He shows us how to be God’s peculiar people by displaying his Kingdom in the world around us.”
– Rick McKinley, Founding Pastor of Imago Dei Community and author of This Beautiful Mess



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    March 21, 2011
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    Being unfashionable doesn't seem like an attractive aspiration within our culture. The stacks of gossip and glamour magazines that line grocery store check-out lines encourage us to be fashionable. The local mall and the clothing stores that over-crowed its corridors encourage us to be unfashionable. Home shows, home improvement stores, and home improvement magazines encourage us to be fashionable. Business seminars and sales training conferences encourage us to be fashionable. Social networking site upon social networking site encourage us to be fashionable. So, Tullian Tchividjian's book "Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Bing Different" stands out.

    Tchividjian begins with his own personal story of being a prodigal son. All the fashionable things of this world left Tullian empty, burned out, and washed up. He describes his return to the church as a "cry for something different" (title of chapter 1). This personal experience sets up the primary principle of the book: because the fashions of the world only leave us empty and wanting more, the church can best make a difference by being different - by being unfashionable. I liked how Tchividjian starts out with his personal testimony because it gives the book a level of credibility that an academic research piece wouldn't.

    In chapter 2 Tullian likens our western cultural vantage point or world-view to living in a room without windows. He suggest that scientific-like over classification, the illusion of technological control, and a sea of endless change has contributed to a narrow, small, and confined view of the world (reductionalism for the sake of survival is you will). In a world of seemingly endless change, for simplicity sake, we tend to interpret our culture by using stereotypical labels and utilize technological gadgets to gain a sense of control. All the while, we loose our awe-filled sense of the transcendent - we live in a room without windows and assume that we've seen it all. Then, in chapter 2 Tullian makes the case that when the church is seduced into being cool within the surrounding culture, the church becomes indistinguishable for the narrow myopic culture it is trying to love, bless, and serve.

    From this launching point, in chapters 4 - 10, Tchividjian elaborates on what makes the church different from the culture in which it is embedded. In these seven chapters, he describes six characteristics that make the church different so that it can make a difference:

    1). The Cross of Christ defines us; as such, we are to die to self and live in Christ.

    2). We have been redeemed by God to be a force of renewal in the world.

    3). We live in the present with the sure and certain hope in the promise of eternal life.

    4). God is on a mission to seek and save his lost sheep and we are a part of that mission.

    5). God is building his church out of a mish-mash of unfashionable misfits and ragamuffins; this miraculous unity is to glorify God.

    6). As the Body of Christ we are to actively make a difference in the world around us - Christ's body is not ineffective.

    For me, the payoff of this read came in chapters 11 - 16. In these chapters Tchividjian lays out a practical road-map for how to develop a church, ministry, or group that makes a difference by being different. He develops six practical points based Ephesians 4:25—ff:

    1). The church is to be a truthful community, which means that we need to be honest about who we are as sinners saved by grace (simul iustus et peccator, at the same time justified and yet sinner). Such honesty will go a long way toward cultivating a winsome humility that will surely stand out in our selfish culture.

    2). The church is to be a community that is moved by righteous anger. On this point I whish Tchividjian had made another word choice. Instead of titling chapter 12 "An Angry Community" I would have liked to have seen a title like "A Provoked Community" or "A Provocative Community" (even though anger is the word used in Ephesians 4:26). Gabe Lyons takes this tack in his recent book "The Next Christians": Lyons argues that the things which rightly anger or offend aught to provoke the church to action (I will post a review of "The Next Christians" in the coming month).

    3). The church is to be a generous community that puts off stealing. By stealing Tchividjian doesn't simply mean stealing in the strictly legal sense - although he surely does not exclude stealing in this sense. By stealing he means to include any form of undue or inordinate taking that precludes or hinders generosity.

    4). The church is to utilize and employ redemptive, healing, life-giving speech. Our words are to be a reflection of the Word.

    5). The church is to be noted for hospitality. We are to exude a God-instilled kindness among ourselves as Christians. And, we are to welcome others into our midst so that they can witness that God-instilled kindness first-hand.

    6). Finally, the church is to be a place where love trumps lust. We are to be driven by love that seeks the ultimate good of others, as opposed to being driven by the whims of our physical appetites.

    What sets this book apart from the glut of Christian books that analyze culture is the practical nature of the book. Tchividjian draws his practical applications directly from Scripture (Ephesians 4). On top of that, his practical applications are corporate. He doesn't just exhort individuals to make a difference by being different; he instructs Christian communities on how to make a difference by being different. To that end, the discussion guide for small groups is a wonderful bonus - this book offers more than theory. If you are worried that this book's subject matter may be too difficult or intimidating; fear not! The writing style is clear, easy, direct, and to the point, and, the book itself is short. Buy this book and read it with a group, then enjoy working out how you-all can implement what you have learned.
  2. Nancy Adams
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    June 1, 2009
    Nancy Adams
    This book is not only my "must read" for the year but also my "must share". In the setting of a church trying to fit in with the new culture norms this book gave me the words to express and confirm that Christ is and wants us "Unfashionable" and that's great.
  3. tomrep@verizon.net
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    "Unfashionable" is the newest bestseller by Tullian Tchividjian and grandson of Billy Graham and newest minister of Coral Ridge Church. This very indepth and most inspirational book helps the believer find their perspectives in life through the use of scripture and some very helpful comments that show how we can make a difference in the world with the talents that God has given us. Sometimes its hard for the Christians struggle with there faith and what they want to do in the world and how they can make a difference for Christ this book shows you how you can put your faith into action. great gift idea for a friend or family member or a great Bible study.
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