2 months ago I started going through a season of doubt.
I've never been through one so hardcore as that one. I questioned everything. My prayers were short and filled with a lot of I don't understands, "Help me believe", "I need You", and tears.
I had gotten Firsthand and was excited to read it, but then I never did. It sat in a stack of books and stayed there. It turned out to be God's blessing that I read it when I did because it was exactly what I needed.
Ryan and Josh spoke on doubt in your faith and how we all will go through seasons of it and that it's okay. They were so honest and open that I felt instantly that I wasn't alone and that this is something people go through all the time.
Ryan and Josh shared many stories of faith, trials, fears, and doubts. They talked about how we can take our faith from secondhand to firsthand, ditching our parents, friends, pastors, or whoever's faith, for our own in Christ.
I think one of my favorite parts of the book was when they talked about ditching your religious checklist. That's something I've personally struggled with for many years. As I worked through this part of the book, God brought me so much freedom and showed me the true meaning of grace.
This is a beautiful book filled with a lot of raw, honest questions and you're taken on a journey of seeking out the answers just as the Shook brothers sought theirs out.
If you're going through a time of doubt I want to remind you that you're not alone and that God is with you. He's strong enough to hold you through your doubts. If you're looking for not just a good read, but something that you can kind of work through, get Firsthand.
This book has instantly become one of my all time favorites. I highly recommend it.
So, are you going to be content in having a secondhand faith that is easily shaken or are you gonna step out of the boat and seek out a firsthand one?
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing.
FIRSTHAND, by Ryan and Josh Shook, is a wonderful book about the need to know God firsthand, not ride the coattails of everyone else. It is not enough to understand what a relationship with Christ is like by observing others around you. It is important to experience it for yourself, firsthand. The Shooks have written an incredible book about this that is easy to read and relate to. I especially enjoyed the personal stories and examples. The book also includes a section in each chapter called "Making it Real," which includes quotes from everyday people, questions on how to understand the chapter, and steps that might help put the ideas from the chapter into practice.
I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to anyone who is serious about having a personal relationship with Christ.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
I grew up going to church and made a decision early on to follow Jesus. And I raised my children the same way. Each of them have made personal committments to become followers of Christ. But as they get older and move on, they must decide for themselves whether to continue to follow God or not. Firsthand is a book about just this decision, and how many young people are struggling with the decision unlike generations before.
Great read for teens and teen workers, also parents of teens. It help to understand the difficult world we live in.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from Waterbrook press. All opionions expressed are my own.
This review is based on the reading of the first chapter only, which was provided to me free of charge by Waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes.
Firsthand's first chapter was easy to read. It is geared toward young adults who can't quite seem to find faith for themselves. Their parents had it, but they never made their faith their own. Firsthand is the difference between firsthand faith and secondhand religion, something I have seen myself with my growing children. This book addresses a topic that many of us as parents may not like to face, that our children who have professed Christianity in our homes, may not be following Christ at all.
Title: Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own
Author(s): Ryan and Josh Shook
Have your someone you know (especially a young adult or teen) struggled with your Faith in Christ? Have you (or they) ever wondered if the faith you hold to is really yours or just something you picked up from your parents, teachers, or friends? If so then 'Firsthand' by Ryan and Josh Shook is the perfect resource for you!
In their book the Shook use real 'Firsthand' stories to help you understand what it means to have a true personal faith in Jesus. They examine motives and side effects of second hand faith and help you make the decision to ditch the rut or 'norm' you find yourself and use biblical principles applied to your life to help you make faith and its results in your life come alive.
The only real drawback for me was that its audience is definitely to the younger crowd or their youth leaders. While the lessons discussed can apply to anyone, the vocabulary, situations, and conversational style are geared toward the young adults who are just beginning to establish their permanent faith and paradigm for the life that God is leading them into.
I recommend this book for any young adult who wants to abandon the same old same old in order to let God rule their life in a way they've never seen before.
NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher in response for my honest opinion and review. While I thank them for this opportunity and love getting free books the thoughts and opinions as posted above are my own.