I just finished Mark Batterson's new book called Ã¢â¬ËAll in.' I have read every single one of Batterson's books and I have to say, he just gets better.
The cover says it all: All in- You are one decision away from a totally different life. Batterson mixes bible truth with personal examples and it is easy to see how the bible interacts with real life.
My favorite chapter was chapter 7: Ã¢â¬ËCrash the party.' It is about the woman who crashes the party and anoints Jesus. While everyone thinks it is a waste of money, Jesus thinks of it as worship. Batterson says to break our alabaster jars which he says I repentance. As a pastor I have to say that repentance isn't only biblical it is the way to bring about revival in any church.
I challenge you to buy this book and learn some biblical truth and put all your life into the Jesus life. Put your chips Ã¢â¬ËAll in' the middle of the table and bet your life on God. You will be blessed as you read this. I highly recommend this and rate it 5 out of 5.
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Mark Batterson is a best-selling author and I hate to admit I've never read him before. You can bet I WILL be reading him in the future.
There are so many nuggets in this book, I cannot hope to give them justice. The author says, "If Jesus is not LORD OF ALL, then He is not Lord at all." Ultimately, the book explains how so many believers are not fully experiencing what God has for us/them, because we/they have not fully given ourselves to Him.
Using clever illustrations, Batterson encourages you to give 100%, stop being a rim-hugger, and take the hike. Experience God, don't just observe Him.
An excellent book, well-written and easy to read, All In is definitely a book to read. Five stars!
I received a complimentary copy of this book for an unbiased review.
This is a book for adults and young adults, for Christians and also for those considering Christ. It is especially helpful for those who have excelled at mediocre Christian living and want something more. Through the book, Mark connected Biblical and contemporary life situations of those who attempted great things for God.
I enjoyed this book. It had at least a twitter worthy post per page. While it all pointed to the same theme, in some ways it felt like a sermon collection all saying the same thing but not really building on the main point.. A worthwhile read!
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"When are we going to realize that indecision is a decision."
And so Mark Batterson dives into a 170 page book on going "all in" for Christ.
Mark Batterson does an excellent job of stopping and making you think with his easy to read writing style. He takes every day situations and reminds us that with God truly all things are possible.
Each chapter has at least one story of someone who has gone all in for Christ and has been blessed because of their obedience to the Lord. Mark does a wonderful job of driving home how important it is that we live for eternity regardless of the difficulties and challenges it presents here on earth because as he states on page 155-156, "When everything is said and done, our only regret will be whatever we did not give back to God." YES.
As I read this book I was deeply challenged by statements like, "We focus on what Jesus asked him to give up (talking about the rich young ruler in Matthew 19) but fail to consider what He offered up in exchange." (pg. 27) "You cannot be the hands and feet of Jesus if you're sitting on your butt." (pg. 77) I don't want to be half-way with Christ. I want to be all in.
I've read two Mark Batterson books (well, I skimmed The Circle Maker) and while I agree with most of what he says (sometimes our opinions differ) and I respect him as a brother in Christ, his writing style doesn't speak to me as much as it may someone else. Hence why I gave the book 3 stars. It just wasn't a favorite, but that in no way means it won't be one of yours. God may use it to change your life! Or your perspective... which may change your life.
Included in the back is a list of all 70 resolutions of Jonathan Edwards. I really like that the author included this because it shows yet another example of someone who really went all in for Christ and modeled it in his actions and words.
If you like upbeat, encouraging yet challenging books then I recommend you pick up a copy of All In.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for the exchange of a review.
All In, is Mark Batterson's newest book which will be released on September 24, 2013. Batterson is the Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., and is the author of numerous books.
All In is a challenge to truly follow Jesus with all you have and all you are. All In has been compared to Francis Chan's Crazy Love and David Platt's Follow Me, but I find that Batterson's writing style makes it quite a different offering. All In leans more towards the style of a storytelling pastor/preacher.
The book is divided into five sections: Now or Never, All In, All Out, All in All, and All or Nothing. From front to back the book is calling out "followers of Jesus" to really examine whether or not they are followers at all. Is there anything stopping us from fully surrendering our entire lives to the lordship and leadership of God? Are my dreams His dreams? Are my plans His plans? Is my heart fully consecrated to Him?
What I appreciated the most from this book was the unrelenting call to die to self and to cross the line of faith to give all my hopes, dreams, plans, and heart to God. To truly be a disciple is to go "all in", and Batterson does a great job asking tough questions and sharing inspirational stories of those who have gone "all in".
One thought I found incredibly challenging was on how I view the dreams and gifts God gives me. Here is what Batterson says: "_if the gift ever becomes more important than the Gift Giver, then the very thing God gave you to serve His purposes is undermining His plan for your life_Which do you love more: the dream God gave to you or the God who gave you the dream?" (p. 42-43). I can absolutely see how we (I) can become so enamored by God's gifts (ministries) and dreams that if God ever decided to take those from me, my love for them could potentially cloud or overshadow my love and obedience to Him. Again, is my heart fully His?
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
"I'm afraid we've cheapened the gospel by allowing people to buy in without selling out. We've made it too convenient, too comfortable" (p. 18).
"I know some people who have been saved for twenty-five years, but they don't have twenty-five years of experience. They have one year of experience repeated twenty-five times" (p. 40).
"There comes a moment in our lives when enough is enough. The pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change" (p. 81).
If you are looking to have your faith challenged, or maybe God is already challenging you and calling you to take a huge step of faith, Batterson's new book will be a great read.
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