In "Your Own Jesus: A God Insistent on Making It Personal", Mark Hall and Tim Luke describe wonderfully how important that we as Christians have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Too many times, young people in particular, just coast along in their lives because they're living out other people's belief systems instead of grabbing hold of their own personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe. I teach middle school Bible classes and can't wait to incorporate some of this book in our school curriculum. Hall sums it up best with the following statement. "Many of us believers, even longtime members of the body of Christ, have genuine faith but parasitic practices. Sometimes our only experiences with God have trickled down secondhand from the lives of more mature believers." This book has inspired me and hopefully will do the same to examine our lives and strive daily to live in such a way that it will match what we say we believe.
This book was the best I have read all year. It is about how to build an intimate relationship with Jesus. Since I am a fairly new Christian, it has really opened up my eyes on how I should be walking with Christ beyond the alter and door. The testimonys given in this book are awesome. They help give examples of how Gods Grace and Love for us is sufficient. But, we must have the initiative to take the walk and allow Gods Word to change our lives in the home and community. This book is fantastic from beginning to end. You will not want to put it down; it is a well written book that breaks down for us How to Live For Jesus, and Not for Ourselves. That we must be obedient to the Word and God, to build the intimate relationship that we need to Be a Disciple for Jesus. Personally, my favorite chapter is the fourth entited NEWNESS. I recommend this book to all Christians, from beginning to mature. Because it will spark a new fire for Jesus in all aspects of your life, so that we can be the Light of the World for Jesus through our good works, so others will give praise to your Father in heaven.
The new book Your Own Jesus by Mark Hall of Casting Crowns is one of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend this book to Christians and Non Christians. Mark Hall captures the relationship that God wants to have with us and that we need to have with him. I love how Mark uses everyday examples of his life and those around him to get the message across. You have to have your own Jesus; he cant be your youth pastors or your grandparents. You need the personal relationship with Jesus. The fact that each chapter tells a story from the songs that are on their album is wonderful. When you go back and you listen to the CD you really understand the way Marks heart is speaking in every song. Im the drummer for the Contemporary Christian band Broken Together and this book is helping the way we look at our ministry. I had just finished reading Mark Halls book Life Stories and was amazed at how well it was written when I received this copy of Your Own Jesus. I love the examples given in the book like darkness that comes out in my life is the fruit of my own appetites or Our counsel is what initiates a slow fade.My favorite is the Philippians Filter Philippians 4:8 the way Mark phrases this Dont ask, is this wrong? Is this good? Is this bad? Thats like asking how close to sin can I get and still not sin? If we want to honor God we have to ask what is the wisest thing to put into my head?I pray that as people read this book they will get their painting of what the true Jesus is really like and not the wrong picture that may have been painted for them in the past. This is a must read.Everyone needs to read Your Own JesusKevin B. Merwin of Broken Together
Mark Hall's new book "Your Own Jesus: A God Insistent on Making It Personal" is a wonderful tool for any believer. Like the messages in the songs he sings with Casting Crowns, he challenges believers to more than just casual Christianity, but to an actual friendship with God of their very own. Hall uses the entire text to explain how being a Christian is a personal experience and relationship with Jesus. "We need our own, everyday, walking-around friendship with God. I'm using 'Your Own Jesus' to convey just how much God insists on the personal" (pg 18) is just one of the many statements he makes explaining the purpose behind his book. Bold, truthful statements, along with stories form lives of various people as well as his own, create an easy dialogue to follow, with passion to see action inside the body of Christ. More than just an easy, good read, this book will call you to examine your own Christian walk and personal relationship with Jesus. It will push you, comfort you, encourage you, and help you to discover how to have "your own Jesus" instead of "nothing more than empty religion" (pg 18). I highly recommend it to anyone looking to have an authentic walk and more personal relationship with the Lord.
In "Your Own Jesus: A God Insistent on Making It Personal", Mark Hall shares how our human nature limits our thinking about the love of God and his desire for a relationship with us, his creation. Through his natural ability as an author and songwriter, Hall relates his passion for Christ and for God's Word and guides readers, through scripture, to understand how to develop personal intimacy with Jesus. Using language that everyone can understand; he challenges the reader to a relationship of obedience and surrender to Christ, and relates personal examples of his own surrender and that of friends. What a powerful message of love and the pursuit of Christ! "Your Own Jesus" is a must-read for those searching for something more, a rock-solid faith!