This is a excellent book that is well written. Its format is an easy read for those who don't usually read books (me) and I'm certain a quick read for those who love to read books. You pick up snapshots of history that are then correlated to a story in scripture with real time applications for every situation in life! Amazing! Can't wait to read again! Burn The Ships!
Mark Batterson in his new book, "All In" published by Zondervan tells us You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life.
From the back cover: The Gospel costs nothing, but it demands everything. It's all or nothing.
If Jesus is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all.
Many people believe they are following Jesus but they have mistakenly invited Jesus to follow them. Mark Batterson calls it the inverted gospel. He challenges you to go all in and all out by fully surrendering your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. That is when the true adventure begins.
Suppose you got on a train going Southbound then realized you were supposed to be on the Northbound train. Wouldn't you completely vacate the Southbound train to get a seat on the correct Northbound train? Of course you would. It would be impossible to leave apart of you going South while the rest of you went North. That is exactly the point that Mark Batterson is trying to make. He believe that we have mistakenly asked Jesus to follow us instead of doing what Jesus told us which is to follow Him. In five sections, seventeen chapters Pastor Batterson explores how we need to get realigned with the Word of God. Once we vacate our old ways of thinking and acting then we need to be all in on the new ways without carrying over some of the polluted thoughts and actions we currently have. Pastor Batterson challenges us to stretch ourselves using the Word of God and convinces us to get off the bench and in the game. I think that everyone should have a copy of this book and give it as a gift to friends and family so that they can be properly aligned as well. Everyone will be better off for it.
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Once again Mark Batterson has hit it out of the park! Through the book the Holy Spirit has spoken to my heart about my having a plan B backup to have my way instead of trusting The Lord for things to go as He plans. I thought I was a follower, but in reality I want God to follow me. Total surrender keeps coming up time and time again. Now I have to trust God that he will show me how to totally surrender and not fight for control.
After reading just one chapter, you will be so motivated to make a very important decision in your relationship to God. You will want to be "all in." Mark Batterson's writing is that compelling. It is a page turner. You will not want to put the book down.
Mark Batterson issues a daring challenge to the church in his new book All In. I have read several of Batterson's books, and have been engaged in all of them. This book is no exception. The difference is that this book serves as a specific, in-your-face self-examination for believers.
His writing style is immediately engaging, filled with imagery, and emphasized with one-liners that pack an impressive punch. Each chapter addresses a specific anecdote from history or the Bible of someone who went all in with God, and history records the outcome of that decision.
Some of the people he highlights in his book are Joshua Chamberlain, Nicholas Copernicus, the apostles, Abraham (the father of our faith), individuals from his church, and even his own family. These examples give us real life research of how this one decision (to go all in with God) can impact your own life and your world.
One statement that caught my attention is about the rich young rule. Batterson points out that he was doing everything right. But he missed his appointed opportunity to follow Jesus. This is what the author says about that decision: He was following the rules, but he was not following Jesus. That sums up one weakness in the church today. We have trained rule-following disciples, rather than those with a real relationship with Jesus Christ. As a high school teacher (at a Christian school), I see this error with the teenagers who have grown up in church. They can recite rules, they may even feel committed to those rules, but they confuse that with a commitment to Jesus.
In the chapter about Noah and the ark, Batterson discusses the actual details of the building. He uses the example of the man who carved the Crazy Horse image. He talks about the character required to complete it. In similar ways he describes people like John Wesley in history who was determined to be all in with the kingdom.
This is a stirring read. Many of his statements will be laminated in my classroom. Dare to be challenged, read this book, then ACT on it!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Booksneeze and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.