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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Maybe you're not as free as you think you are. Even worse, you may have been duped into believing that a "balanced" life is the key to happiness (it isn't) or that a relationship with God is about layering on rules and restrictions (nope).
Whether its media-fueled fear, something a parent or teacher said that you just cant shake, or even the reality of dark spiritual forces bent on keeping you down, something is holding you back from the full-on freedom God intends for you.
The Bible says, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." Not fear. Not guilt. Not morality. Freedom. You can have the sort of joy you thought only kids could have. The day of freedom is here.
Brian Tome leads Crossroads church, a movement of over 12,000 people connecting their seeking friends to a community of growing Christ-followers who are changing the world through combating poverty in Cincinnati, building an HIV/AIDS clinic in South Africa, and battling child sex slavery in India.
Christian ReaderBrazilAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5It's refreshingMarch 13, 2012Christian ReaderBrazilAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sometimes people think mistake freedom with doing everything they want... In the book, Brian Tome shows us that we are all free in Christ, not to be bound by religion and other conventions. As he wisely reminds us, the central theme of the Bible is all about Freedom.
He writes somethings that have reached deep inside my beliefs and status quo I imagined should be.
It's kinda revolutionary the way he addresses his message, with a youthful enthusiasm that makes everyone want this kind of freedom... That may sound pretentious but, as I always say, that's just my opinion.
I would give it 5 stars if it did not have the commentaries about how he loves to ride his bike without a helmet, but, other than that, it is a refreshing great read that makes us want more of the freedom he talks about.
Want to check it out? Get the book and tell me what you think. I would love to read some comments.
Abby3 Stars Out Of 5It was "okay"August 7, 2011AbbyQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Free Book by Brian Tome
Have you ever had to something that you didn't want to do? Or maybe everyone tells you that you have to do something, so you feel like you must? And the more things that come into your life where you feel controlled leaves you feeling the very opposite of free? I think that sometimes people feel this way about Christianity.
In his book, "Free Book," Brian Tome explains that Christianity isn't about rules and regulations, but freedom in Christ and how Jesus is the ultimate Freedom Giver. Many things allow us to experience freedom: forgiveness (both giving and receiving), giving to others, getting rid of strongholds. He talks about how the grace that God gives us allows us to experience freedom, and so does truth.
I think that Brian has some good things to say, but to be honest, I had a hard time getting through the book. Freedom and being free is attractive, and the topic itself is refreshing, which is why I wanted to read a copy. But something about the way his voice came across didn't draw me in. He was very straightforward and blunt, which is fine (he does say on the cover "I'm fanatical about coming at your hard in this book"), but it also felt very serious to me. He did have some interesting stories, and the last chapter brings a nice conclusion to the book (which I won't give away if you decide to read it!).
A good topic, but I struggled with this review and getting through the book. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ®.com book review bloggers program. 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
BroRandyMorgantown, KYAge: 35-44Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5This book was a mixed bag.February 12, 2011BroRandyMorgantown, KYAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 2Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Brian Tome's Free Book is about the freedom that comes from knowing Jesus. It's about stepping out in faith--overcoming fear, guilt, moralistic legalism, strongholds, and spiritual forces. It's about walking in the grace of God. It's also about dreaming big dreams for the glory of God, and pursuing them with passion.
From the moment I agreed to review this book, I wanted to like it. The title, Free Book, caught my attention, as did the orange cover (the book however is not "free," you have to purchase it. However, I got my copy free through BookSneeze). I liked the challenge reviewing a book would give me. The back cover's synopsis of the book was intriguing. I looked forward to it's arrival with great anticipation.
However, my enthusiasm waned after I began reading the book. Tome writes in a conversational style that engages his reader, but often speaks with vagueness. I found myself repeatedly asking, "What exactly does that mean?" He is also fond of making over the top statements like, "We don't need another book about the cross. . . . But a book on freedom? Yes." Tome is confident that there are ample resources that explore and explain the cross, but not many books exists to explore and explain freedom in Christ. However, it is the cross that makes freedom possible in the first place. They aren't mutually exclusive topics, and based on what he says elsewhere in the book, I believe he would agree. I found myself agreeing with much of what he said, but annoyed at how he said it.
The book felt like a discipleship manual for new believers and seekers who had negative religious experiences. It's a primer for postmodern believers who fear becoming shackled by religion. Although I have concerns, I find there some commendable things:
â€¢ Chapter 5, "The Forgiveness Freeway," is an excellent treatment of overcoming guilt and bitterness.
â€¢ Chapter 6, "Strongholds," offers helpful insights into seeing the "why" behind some of the things we struggle with.
â€¢ Chapter 10, "Blahs, Break, Blues, and Blessings," does a wonder job of explaining the process of change.
I agree with the general message of the book, we are free in Christ. However, I had to make myself finish reading the book, and I have struggled to write this review. Overall, Free Book was a mixed bag. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it much either.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Randi4 Stars Out Of 5September 30, 2010RandiBrian Tome hits home hard in this bold, "no corners cut" book about freedom found in Christ. He challenges believers to grasp the full freedom that can be found in Christ and to let go of their inhibitions and preconceived ideas about their faith. He steps on toes, but does so out of a love and passion that Christ has put in his life. Addressing areas such as spiritual warfare, forgiveness, community and yes...even tattoos (very briefly)...he keeps it straight forward and light-hearted.I received a complementary copy of this book by the publisher (Thomas Nelson) through BookSneeze. It kept my attention through every page and challenged me to embrace my freedom in Christ even more so than I already had. Brian inspired me to be more bold (out of love) and to quit worrying so much about "stepping on toes" or "offending" those that might not like what I have to say. I loved the way he was willing to talk about things in his life to make it more personal versus taking the "finger pointing" approach.I hope more people read this book, take it to heart, and start to live more freely in Christ. I think this would be a phenomenal book for a lot of pastors to read and challenge their congregation with...or just utilize more in their own lives and preachings. Read Brian Tome's "Free Book*" and open your heart to what God has for you to hear in this man's daring text!
Amit4 Stars Out Of 5August 2, 2010AmitBooks on religion are dime a dozen. Most of the time these books just regurgitate whats already available in the scriptures or the Holy books without actually explaining or shedding some light on whats already written.I came across FREE when I was already starting to read the bible. Im very fascinated by the mystery that the Bible holds. Not only is the Bible a religious book but also a practical guide to everyday questions about life, business, behavior, dignity and ethics.Brian lays out his thoughts as it is. His writing style is very clear and often he admits about things which normal people wouldnt (at least not in a book!) He admits blowing up the mailbox of his teacher and how he stole money from a Church fund he looked after.Not only does he by tell how to live a more free life but also backs it up with quotes from the Bible.At times, the book feels a little boring. In a chapter Brian, the author admits that they were enjoying beer outside the Church which he is a pastor in. One of the unhappy Church followers writes him back disappointed with his behavior. Brian tries to justify his actions but I didnl like his act. A religious place should be what it should free from liquor and other stuff which could have a bad impact on small children.Overall the book is a fresh perspective on religion from a progressive author. A must read if you dont agree with everything the Church says.
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