1. Fake or Follower: Refusing to Settle for a Shallow Faith
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    Baker Books / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Brianna
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: Fake or Follower
    December 22, 2018
    Brianna
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    In Fake or Follower: Refusing to Settle for a Shallow Faith, Andi Andrew challenges readers to envision and pursue a true, deep relationship with God that actively affects daily life. The Introduction draws readers in with an intriguing summary of what lies in the following pages. Beyond the Introduction, Andrew leads readers to reconsider whether their need for affirmation, presence on social media, and involvement with community reflect solid faith or a shallow belief when it is convenient.

    Readers should approach all books, including Fake or Follower, with critical thinking. Andrew incorporates Scripture throughout the book, however she utilizes at least five versions. Readers should remember that some of the versions referenced are considered commentaries rather than translations and may be used because the words seemed to provide support for particular concepts in Fake or Follower. Though this is likely an innocent use of multiple versions to connect with readers, critical thinking will enable readers to consider the passages within the context of the broader Biblical story.

    Overall, Fake or Follower is a book that may challenge readers to pause and consider how to allow their faith to soak deeply into every part of their lives. As Andrew notes in the first few pages, if readers disagree with Fake or Follower, hopefully their disagreement or questions will draw them to look more deeply at Scripture and ultimately lead to a closer relationship with God.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. DeJama
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fake or Follower
    December 4, 2018
    DeJama
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book really puts things into perspective for its readers. It's easy to get lost in today's world but Andy does a great job of keeping the faith of her readers in check.
  3. JK Turner
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Some good points, questionable theology
    November 28, 2018
    JK Turner
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    My Rating -Probably not worth your time

    Level -Easy, short/moderate in length

    Summary

    This is another book that is hard to summarize. In her intro, the author tells the story of being confronted with what matters in life due to the death of her mother in law. Of course, on of those things is whether she is a legitimate follower of Jesus. The following 10 chapters really are more of a collection of loosely connected essays than a defense or story arc related to her title or thesis. This is likely more on the editors than it is in on the author.

    Her first chapter, Refuse to Fake it, generally follows this idea and has very solid critiques of modern American Christianity. Other chapters criticize our 'misplaced loves' and overuse of social media versus actually living in community. Unfortunately, many of the other chapters seems scattered and disconnected, partially because the basis of much of what she wrote seemed to be autobiographical.

    My Thoughts

    I was torn on how to rate this book, and eventually lowered it as I tried to write out a summary. This is mostly due to the massive gap in theological agreement between us. She appears to be fairly far out on the Charismatic spectrum. In the book she claims to see visions and have dreams sent by God, including receiving direct revelation from God. This is problematic theologically that is beyond the scope of a book review, but it does seem to inform much of her thought in the book.

    Another problem I have is her use of Bible 'translations'. I had thought The Message was on of the worse one to use, but she also uses the The Passion, which I had never heard of. Neither of these are actually translations. The Message at least tries to convey the original thoughts; albeit in dumbed down/'modern' language. The Passion is similarly a paraphrase, but instead of being written by someone who at least knows Kiona Greek, it comes from someone who claims Jesus came into his room and breathed the spirit on to him and he has 'downloaded' his version.

    Though, as I said above, I do enjoy many of her points, especially on community and the kind of cultural Christianity that is prevalent in America, the theological implications and issues are too much to ignore. You could likely find most her salient points on her blog, or by other writers who similarly criticize and challenge us. Overall, the book probably isn't worth your time.

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    More reviews at MondayMorningTheologian.com
  4. muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Challenging Read!
    November 3, 2018
    muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Fake or Follower" by Andi Andrew is a challenging and life changing read. Andi asks the hard question, "Are we really following Jesus? Or are we just faking it?" I appreciated Andi's honesty with real life stories and relevant scripture. She reminds us that we have to surrender daily to God. Sometimes it's easy to get complacent in our Christian walk. These kind of reminders are what we all need.

    I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
  5. Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fake Or Follower
    October 14, 2018
    Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Fake Or Follower" is a good read for anyone tired of the faith in Jesus that is shallow, convenient, centers around only good times, and is devoid of trials and struggles. Just over 200 pages, the book describes the author's struggles and examples of others who want a deeper walk.

    My favorite chapters were: "Crowd Pleaser Or Mountain Climbers" (stop trying so hard to make everyone happy and trying to earn their approval - impossible), "Introverted Extroverts" (it's fine to have a balance of solitude with God and spending time with others - some people can't stand being alone while others can't stand being around people), and "Posting It Or Living It?" (instead of posting on social media, is your life an example of racial reconciliation and seeking to improve other social ills?).

    A good read for people of different ages and genders. I was given a review copy by Baker Books and appreciate the opportunity.
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