This is a short, quick read from Andy Stanley. This book can be helpful as part of evangelism or outreach to others. It has enough 'milk' to help new believers. However, I do not think it is a book for many mature believers as there is not much 'meat' in it. I was surprised by the cost listed for this little book. I thought it would be closer to $5 or less.
Good conversational tone by the author and he makes his points without bludgeoning you.
I received this book through the Blogging for Books program from Waterbrook Multnomah.
Since Nobody's Perfect...How Good Is Good Enough?, written by Andy Stanley, is a minute book that tackles a massive theological mistake made by throngs of people.
Many people within today's society believe they will be spending eternity within the presence of Jesus simply because they are "good people." The presence of this idea, the existence of this false theology, has become a prominent excuse for those who have embraced the idea that a loving, caring God would not send good people to Hell.
Within this book, Stanley points out numerous hurdles that one must go through in order to make an attempt to maintain this world-centered view. He also points out serval insurmountable problems that all lead to the conclusion that this way of thinking is incorrect in all facets of thought.
Stanley further points out that it just makes much more sense to trust in the claims of Christ than to allow our eternal placement be held hostage by a theology that is completely flawed.
The tiny little book tackles a HUGE problem, and anyone willing to take the time to read it will be blessed immensely. Thus it is a recommended read.
Andy Stanley, both on TV and in his books, always seems to start off with an interesting or provocative statement that seems to draw you in--and then he unpacks all his thoughts and facts until he brings you to his powerful point.
Good people do not go to heaven. Andy Stanley confronts the very popular view that the requirement to enter heaven is to have lived a Ã¢â¬Ëgood' life. Stanley argues that, when looked into in depth, this idea doesn't even make sense. Although Ã¢â¬Ëgood' would hopefully be a description of the people who will enter heaven, it is not the requirement for getting in. In the first half of the book, Stanley explains some of the popular views held about what is required for entry into heaven. In the second half, Stanley lays out a solid Biblical view of what it takes to get into heaven, faith in Jesus Christ. To say that we can get in by being Ã¢â¬Ëgood' is to say that Jesus' work on the cross may have been unnecessary because we can meet the requirement ourselves. This is contradictory to the message proclaimed by Jesus and the rest of the Bible.
This book is very well written. Andy Stanley is both an extraordinary scholar and communicator. The book is written in a way that engages the reader and explains Biblical truths very clearly and thoroughly. Although the book is a short, easy read it is well worth the time.
I will definitely recommend this book to anyone searching for a Biblical account of what is required to enter heaven. This book would also be helpful for those leading others in a ministry setting as Stanley deals with real perspectives that many people hold. Stanley explains the Biblical view in a way that is more logical and compelling than its contrary popular opinions. Great book
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
Andy Stanley has excellent writing and persuasian skills, and asks many questions a typical unbeliever might ask. However, he provided very few answers for those who have studied this message before: 1. Why did God provide clear and miraculous evidence to the early church, yet is afraid of turning people into robots with the same proof for today?
2. If we don't have the capacity or permission to reason whether something is good or evil, then by what standards to we say that God is good?
3. What is belief? Can you force yourself to believe anything? Stanley gives us some challenging reasons the early church believed, a hypothesis commonly espoused by Josh McDowell and Ray Comfort. These are known as: "(a) liar, (b) crazy, (c) never claimed, or (d) he was who he claimed". The one that was omitted and that an unbeliever would like considered is (e) just mistaken. It would not be unreasonable to think that many have given their lives on a false premise.
Overall, I would recommend the book to some people, but probably not to those who have thought of these issues deeply.