Awaken: Letters of A Spiritual Father To This Generation - eBook
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781629116211
ISBN-13: 9781629116211

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We live in a time when the church is failing to live up to its own standards. It has tragically been losing the respect of those it tries to win to Christ because it has succumbed to sin, pride, and corruption. In the past, a lost world looked to the church as the example of hope and integrity; today, many people laugh or roll their eyes when the church is mentioned. It has largely lost its relevance in the world.
In Awaken, best-selling author Terry Nance has composed a series of letters to younger and newer believers, aiming to help them avoid many of the sins and mistakes of their spiritual fathers as they hold high the standard of the kingdom of God with which they have been entrusted.
We the church must realize that we are called to be kingdom leaders for Jesus Christ, not empire builders for ourselves. We must awaken to the understanding that we carry Jesus to this world, and His spirit within us must be reflected in everything we do.
Nance’s challenge is clear: Set a standard of holiness in your own life, endure affliction as a good soldier of Christ, run your race with patience, and persevere until you come to the finish line. As you do, you will leave behind an army of leaders in the next generation who can take up your banner for Jesus and carry it forward with honor.

Author Bio

With more than forty years’ experience in local church ministry, Terry Nance is the founder and president of Focus on the Harvest, Inc. He’s traveled extensively for the past several years, awakening believers by helping them to discover their individual gifts and callings and to commit to the vision of their local church. Terry has authored three previous books, God’s Armorbearer, volumes 1, 2, and 3. These best-selling books have motivated thousands of Christians to stand with their leaders in faithful service, helping them to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. In 2008, Terry and his wife, Kim, began Impact Church, a dynamic and growing multicultural body of believers in Sherwood, Arkansas. Terry and Kim have been married for over thirty years and live in Sherwood with their three children, McCall, Alex, and McKenna.

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Paul told to the Corinthian church that they were living epistles, written in the heart by the Holy Spirit. This book is epistle material in its instructions to the young leader. Read it and allow the Holy Spirit to take you further and deeper in into how you should live the life of a God-called leader. Know that there are those who do have a desire to see you grow and succeed. This book is written clearly and accurately to give you, this new generation of leaders, divine insight into principles of leadership that you will not find elsewhere. Thank you, Terry, for being bold enough to communicate this vital message to the "young lions."
—Sam Carr, Senior pastor, Word of Life Center, Shreveport, Louisiana

Awaken is a book for young and older ministers alike. It is bold; it is challenging; it is definitely needed, but most of all, it is anointed. Terry has earned the right to give an honest critique of the way ministry has been done and the way in which it needs to be done. Every word is bathed with love and grace. A must-read! Thanks, Terry.
—Steve Dixon, Senior pastor, Christian Life Cathedral, Fayetteville, Arkansas

This generation is crying out for true spiritual fathers, and Terry Nance has heard that cry. In his new book, Awaken, he passionately speaks as a true spiritual father would to a son or daughter who is genuinely loved—with their best interests at heart. While not ignoring the faults/sins of past spiritual leaders, Terry challenges this generation to rise up and be all that God has called them to be. Having known Terry for many years, I can assure you that these letters are written from the heart of a true spiritual father. This is a needed and timely book that can be trusted to place into the hands of young men and women who are weary of charisma and are desperate for character.
—Mark Cowart, Senior pastor, Church for All Nations, Littleton/Colorado Springs, Colorado; Liberal, Kansas

I have known Terry Nance for many years and have always found him to be a man of prayer. God has given Terry these letters to Awaken the hearts of ministers, young and old, and to speak to this generation about God’s plan for them on this earth. Through these letters from a spiritual father of the faith, we will begin to see the restoration that God can and will do in this generation! If you can live through the turbulence of the tests and trials you will face as a result of your choice to know God better, you will be rewarded with a greater sense of intimacy with the Creator. Allow yourself to be pliable in His hands and let your hearts be disturbed to action by these letters that God has given to Terry.
—Daniel Bohler, Military chaplain, pastor, missionary

Terry Nance is God-called to help this generation understand the strengths and weaknesses of the church in today’s world. His honesty is refreshing; his answers to challenges are clearly understood. This work is important to many in the body of Christ who see the challenges the world is throwing at the church. Awaken is a call to all who want the best of God for their lives.
—Sue Whiteley, Missionary to Romania

As one who is also committed to raising up spiritual sons, I was so excited to read Awaken. I only wish that in my early years I had read a book like this! In 1 Corinthians 4:15 Paul wrote, "Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel" (niv). Terry has captured the essence of this message from Paul by laying out some of the revelations he has received during his forty years of ministry. Terry writes as a spiritual father to every young leader, providing the necessary insight of a lifetime. These truths will save young leaders years of misdirection and pain. Awaken should be read annually to remind us to keep an eternal perspective. These truths are life principles that must be more than a quick read; they must be principles seared into our hearts. I highly recommend that Awaken be read by every spiritual father who understands the struggle with the spirit of entitlement and with the belief that we as leaders deserve special treatment. God help us to be awakened as spiritual leaders!
—Jerry Nance, PhD, President and CEO, Global Teen Challenge Columbus, Georgia

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  1. 2boyzmommy
    Moorestown, NJ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Words of Wisdom for the Next Generation
    March 13, 2018
    2boyzmommy
    Moorestown, NJ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Awaken by Terry Nance is a book of proverbial words of wisdom. It is written to encourage a generation of new believers to avoid the mistakes of spiritual leaders of the past. It is also a challenge for them to set a standard of holiness for themselves in this age of compromise where the church as a body is today. Even though it is intended for new believers, anyone in Christian ministry can benefit from reading it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Whitaker House in exchange for my honest review.

  2. MaryAnn
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Every leader could benefit
    November 1, 2016
    MaryAnn
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 0
    As the back cover says, this enriching book offers words of wisdom to Christian leaders. Although geared to younger ministers, I found much of the advice pertinent for all believers especially those involved in ministry. The author draws on his decades of serving in the church and shares personal experiences as well as godly insights. The chapters contain thirteen letters directed to young people and a final one from the younger generation to spiritual parents. Topics covered include service, sacrifice, submission, change, adversity, and other practical subjects, with much scriptural support. I heartily recommend this book, which is easy to read, but harder to put into practice. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network), and this is my honest review.
  3. nkwbookreviewer
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouragement for Christians and Ministers
    October 29, 2016
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 5
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    "Awaken: Letters of a Spiritual Father to this Generation" by author Terry Nance is a 176 page paperback book published by Whitaker House. It is written as thirteen letters to young church leaders and new believers as inspiration and encouragement. Any person of any age would benefit from this book. It is extremely well thought and written so that anyone could understand its ideas. The author has outlined the book in such a way that it flows smoothly and reads well. The chapters read easily and give readers many things to ponder. It is a biblically based book.

    Author Nance wrote this to help young believers. He offers encouragement and help so that they will not fall prey to the same mistakes their seniors did. He uses real life experiences and quotes in his chapters to make his point. He wants to make the church and its leaders strong again. Urging Christians to be the best that God had has made them and to fulfill His purpose, author Nance tackles subjects such as authority, submission, and prayer among many others. He challenges readers to study scripture, have a deep, intimate prayer life, and to not just sit on the sidelines but be active. He states that the leaders must be good examples and set the standards. They must teach and equip their congregations so that others may go out, too.

    I would highly recommend this book. While it is geared to new ministers, leaders, and even believers, older seasoned Christians will certainly find encouragement and inspiration from this heartfelt book. It would be a perfect gift for someone in ministry. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
  4. Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
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    A help to anyone who is willing to read it
    September 6, 2016
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    This book is written as a series of letters to the younger generation, although personally, I feel many generations would glean from reading the content of this book.

    Terry uses his personal stories and experiences to encourage this generation to step up to the plate and become all God wants them to be. Each chapter(letter) is thematic and Terry addresses such subjects as Prayer, Sacrifice, Service, Submission, Authority (the use and misuse of it), and so much more. Terry calls this generation to step out and become armor bearers, to follow their dreams, but also to support their leaders; to be a generation of action, not just talk. He stresses the importance of a healthy prayer life, humility, knowledge of the Word, recognizing God's voice and waiting on His perfect timing.

    I enjoyed reading this book. I read a chapter a day along with my morning devotions. I felt convicted, encouraged, and inspired. I am not sure of the author's religious affiliation, but most of what I read in this book, stood true to Scripture and was in harmony with my personal beliefs. I feel this book is an asset to any church library, and a great read for teens, young adults and those of us who have been around for a while. It reminded me of Paul's mentor-ship of young Timothy.

    I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of TBCN and Whitaker House in exchange for my honest opinion. No other form of compensation was provided.
  5. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wise words to ministry leaders
    August 27, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
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    You may be a young Christian leader or a person feeling the call to ministry and leadership. Nance has written heartfelt letters in the style of a spiritual father to help you understand and develop your role in service to the church.

    I really appreciate the letters Nance wrote. He emphasizes the weight of God's call to be His spokesperson. He reminds of the standard of holiness that must be set as leaders live as examples to the church. He admonishes leaders that they are to be kingdom leaders, not empire builders. Their role is to make God look better, not themselves.

    With heartfelt compassion and godly insight, Nance writes about preparing for ministry when one feels called. He includes practical suggestions for increasing knowledge and experience. He reminds of the importance of prayer, the necessity of sacrifice and faith, submitting to authority, evidencing godly leadership, the reality of spiritual abuse, being a reformer, surviving and learning from adversity, upholding the truth of the Bible, and living in intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit.

    I really like Nance reminding leaders that they are setting the example to others. He suggests high standards for leaders, encouraging them to run the race faithfully to the end. Nance's book is a refreshing one focusing on character rather than numbers. He gives lots of examples of godly leadership, both as illustrations and as encouragement.

    I recommend this book to those in church ministry or leadership or feeling the call to ministry and leadership. You'll receive wise words from a spiritual father.

    I received a complimentary of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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