Citizen: Your Role in God's Kingdom
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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2014
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VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5An Understanding Of Citizen Rights & ResponsibilitesOctober 28, 2014VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rob Peabody in his new book , "Citizen" published by Monarch Books gives us Your role in the alternative kingdom.
From the back cover: As Jesus followers, we are citizens of Heaven. We have been set apart for His Kingdom work. We have a new allegiance. It's a fundamental change.
But how far has this truly penetrated? Is Jesus asking of us more than we are comfortable with giving? Is our faith anything more than a Get Out Of Hell Free Card?
So many believers feel stuck. They would like to move on, grow, see lives transformed-including their own! But how?
Do we really understand that once we become a Christian all kinds of activity happen. One activity is we are given a new passport that identifies us a citizens of Heaven. Becoming a citizen gives us all kinds of rights but we need to keep in mind that it also gives us all kinds of responsibilities. Rob Peabody provides us a user manual on what a citizen is, allegiances, choices and Ambassadorship. "Citizen" will help focus your attention to your true place in the kingdom of God and our respective roles. All of us need this book to help understand our identity and it would make a great gift for friends and family to help establish them as well.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Author shares his experiencesOctober 6, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3As a young mega-church pastor in the Dallas suburbs, Peabody had an epiphany: God was giving me a vision for His church, a vision that later came to be known as The Awaken Movement. (19) He and his staff looked into the needs and injustices in their community.
Peabody and his family moved to London, an experience that made him rethink the meaning of citizenship. We are to live primarily as citizens of the Kingdom of God. It is a lens through which we are to see our lives and the world.
Peabody is a storyteller and he tells lots of them. He illustrates his teaching points with long personal stories. Maybe its a guy thing, telling the stories. For me, the four page account of him and a friend sneaking into the Texas capitol building did nothing for me. The only stories I found valuable were those relating to living as a citizen in the Kingdom of God.
The important point I received from this book is that we must be intentional Christians. Our culture disciples us, he writes. (127) If we are not intentional about our Christian life, our Western culture will drown us out.
Peabody also reminds us that God works through people. We are His plan for His Kingdom project here on earth. (182) It's time to end the apathy and live as citizens.
Food for thought: Jesus is calling us to live with abandon for Him to live in our communities in a manner that represents heaven on earth. (99-100)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Books for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Explore All Aspects of Kingdom CitizenshipOctober 6, 2014JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Citizen by Rob Peabody wasnt exactly what I expected, but it was a great book to read. Peabody, founder of the Awaken movement in London, takes the biblical analogy of citizenship and explains every facet, every implication for life. As Christians we are citizens of Gods Kingdom, living here on earth. Jesus died to save us from our sins, but He also saved us for life in His Kingdoma life that begins right now, not after we die.
In the introduction, Peabody gives his personal testimony and explains how he ended up moving his family from Texas to London to launch a new ministry. That move itself provides many illustrations for this book on being a citizen of one country while living in another. But the Bible is the foundation for all of his ideas. He has taken the teachings of Jesus and clarified for Christians of today.
Personally, I thought the first two chapters dragged just a bit, but I realized as I read them that they were foundationaldefining. By the third chapter, I was engrossed. I appreciated Peabodys easy-to-read, storytelling style. I enjoyed the quotations at the beginning and scattered throughout each chapter. I loved the way he took this simple, yet profound analogy and fleshed it out into a well-written book. This is one I recommend.
I received my copy from Kregel Publications in exchange for this honest review. I thank them for the opportunity to read this book.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5An Awakening to a New Perspective on Following JesusSeptember 20, 2014richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleRob Peabody invites his reader to join in an Awakening Movement of Christians around the world willing to live in complete abandonment to Jesus. This abandonment will require a reimagining of your life, a repositioning of what you value, a re-identifying of who you are, and recentering on the true King of the universe Himself. This calls for radical living, honoring Jesus from Monday to Saturday in every area of life, not just for an hour on Sunday.
I appreciate Robs keen articulate communication style, sharp focus, and descriptive word choices. He is well read, powerfully articulate; his resources, background study, and research are carefully documented. His illustrations, stories, and examples are relevant, and I enjoyed his subtle humor. I found the book to be a wakeup call to the dangers of: losing focus and falling into the trap of living a tradition functional Church life. I was reminded of the importance of being part of a unified community recognizing the impact of today globalization on our culture, traditions, and identity. He also challenges the reader to work together with what the Holy Spirit is already doing around you and to take risks to accomplish Kingdom purposes.
Citizen is a book for anyone experiencing a Holy discontentment longing to be transformed to permeate Jesus throughout their being; strongly recommended for Vision-Casters and Kingdom Breakers, those seeking to live out Jesus way of life among people who are far from God who would never set foot in a traditional church.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
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