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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9780718022006
ISBN-13: 9780718022006

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Stop being a poser. Start being a Christian.

Is your faith for real? How about your walk?

If everyone who claimed to love Jesus actually did, this world would be pretty close to paradise. Yet we live in a time when being a poser is not only easy, it’s rewarded—especially where Jesus is concerned.

But claiming to love Jesus without following him is bogus, fraudulent, and—frankly—it’s not you. God has called you to be set apart, to live authentically, to walk a genuine Jesus Swagger. He wants followers, not pretenders.

From Christian blogger Jarrid Wilson, Jesus Swagger is about calling out the phony, showing the pretender the door, and letting Jesus in instead. If you are suspicious of your own motivations, your own talk, or even your own Christianity, it’s time to be honest, come clean, and get real. It’s time to take the Jesus Swagger litmus test and start walking the walk.

Author Bio

Jarrid Wilson is a millennial pastor, best-selling author, and inspirational blogger. His articles have been viewed by millions, showcased on some of today's hottest talk shows, and featured on national news stations worldwide. He is a dynamic speaker whose outside-the-box perspectives have gained him national recognition from some of today's most influential Christian leaders and pastors. Jarrid and his wife Juli live in Smyrna, Tennessee where Jarrid currently serves as the NextGenpastor at LifePoint Church.

 

 

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  1. pa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Book
    May 6, 2015
    lorealle
    pa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'll admit, I was totally intrigued by the title of this book. What in the world is Jesus swagger?

    It's not just calling yourself a Christian. It's not just going to church every Sunday. It's not just placing a Jesus fish on your car.

    According to author Jarrid Wilson, Jesus swagger is all about your life being infected with the love of Christ. Being different, noticeably different , so much so that people wonder, What is different about that person?

    I absolutely loved this book and found this to be a breath of fresh air. I don't know exactly who this is marketed to, but I would definitely recommend it for teens and young adults. I think the topics Wilson discusses are things they especially need to hear. It's not about one religion, or what your denomination is, it's about Jesus and His love. That's what we have been called to do, and that's what he focuses on. It's not about acting a certain way to fit in with a crowd. Instead, it's about following the example Christ gave us, and I think Wilson does a great job of showcasing that in this book.

    Here are a few quotes from the book:

    Sometimes your willingness to love those who need it will be the difference maker in whether or not people come to realize the love of Jesus really does exist.

    Regardless of what the Bible says about cursing, drinking, homosexuality, sex, cheating, lying, or stealing, we are still called to love one another. Its that simple. No questions asked, regardless of how you interpret Scripture.

    This book was provided to me free of charge by Book Look in return for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Jesus Swagger :)
    April 21, 2015
    Dani
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Summary:

    Is your faith for real? How about your walk?

    If everyone who claimed to love Jesus actually did, this world would be pretty close to paradise. Yet we live in a time when being a poser is not only easy, its rewardedespecially where Jesus is concerned.

    But claiming to love Jesus without following him is bogus, fraudulent, andfranklyits not you. God has called you to be set apart, to live authentically, to walk a genuine Jesus Swagger. He wants followers, not pretenders.



    My review: This book was pretty inspiring. It made me look at the things I do and decide whether or not I was faking my Christianity. It did take me a while to read just because of the time I had to sit and think about the content and truly examine my life. I would recommend this for any Christian anywhere, whether you think you struggle with poser Christianity or not. The book will challenge your faith every step of the way and make you truly come to terms with your relationship with God.I rarely enjoy books like these but I can truly say that I have enjoyed this one. I recommend reading one chapter a day and having it take over your devotional, because this book will make you think. I give is 5/5 stars and a must read!
  3. Georgia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Jesus Swagger: Break Free from Poser Christianity [Book Review]
    March 24, 2015
    incitefaith
    Georgia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Are you a poser Christian?

    This the question Jarrid Wilson wants us to ask ourselves in his book Jesus Swagger. Ive been following Jarrid since 2011 and have seen him evolve the past few years thanks to social media. Jesus Swagger offered a small glimpse into Jarrids personal life offline, but I felt there was more his book could have offered.

    Jesus Swagger has a lot of tweetable quotes and is targeted primarily for younger generational Christians who are new in their faith. Jarrids book asks good #heartcheck questions, but I felt his approach was a bit too cliche.

    I connect more with writers who are authentic, who share their stories, and connect their message through their own personal experiences. There wasnt much story telling in Jesus Swagger, as it was more of eight chapters of what not to do and what to do more of as believers. I think my expectations were set too high for this one.

    Chapter 3, Love Without Limits resonated most with me. Jarrid made a lot of solid points about what it means to love other people. Some of it was a #heartcheck for me as I read through it, so it connected with me out of all the other chapters.

    Some quotes that stood out to me were:

    What we cannot see, God still provides. What we cannot understand, God still creates. And what we cannot comprehend God still continues to make reality.

    Sometimes your willingness to love those who need it will be the difference maker in whether or not people come to realize the love of Jesus really does exist.

    Regardless of what the Bible says about cursing, drinking, homosexuality, sex, cheating, lying, or stealing, we are still called to love one another. Its that simple. No questions asked, regardless of how you interpret Scripture.

    This chapter stood out most to me because Ive been there. Ive been slandered and rejected for loving people who the world chooses to reject and shun. Isnt that what Jesus did?

    Jesus Swagger is a fast and easy read. Its not a book I would recommend to a mature believer, but it is definitely for teenagers and young adults who need a little push in their walk with the Lord to begin taking it seriously.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Jesus Swagger by Jarrid Wilson
    March 1, 2015
    ldesherl
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This fast-paced book is a mixture of how-to, why-to and motivational writing. The title is meant to attract attention. The book is a wake-up call to end what the author calls "poser Christianity" in our local churches, which is not Christianity at all. It is time to end just claiming to believe in Jesus and to actually and completely follow him. This author uses many subheadings throughout his book, making it very easy to read and follow in a literary sense. His introduction and the first chapter provide a blistering description of the problem and includes questions meant for our self-evaluation in our role in it. The rest of the book provides principles to prod us to end our complicity in our part of the problem and shows us how to be part of the solution. Some footnotes are provided at the end of this book.

    This book proved incredibly easy to read. I read it it only a few sittings. But it is not emotionally easy to read! Painfully conscious of the areas in my life which are not what I know God wants them to be, I found myself convicted of them in this book. I was thinking especially of the area of social anxiety, where the author includes a segment where he admonishes the reader to make it a lifestyle of practicing love for others by socially engaging with the casual people we encounter daily, including strangers. That was an "ouchie" for me. I'm a person who has never gone out of my way to talk with strangers, even though my rational mind tells me that being outgoing and loving people in this way is a God-honoring thing and would even improve my social life. Also, the author includes a chapter on fear, and I was convicted when he declares that cultivating fear of God (in the sense of reverential awe for Him) will drive out all other fears and he backs this up by including quotes from sources, including the Scriptures. It just left me thinking: If I fear God, then why do I fear these other things? He seems to address all the areas in which I struggle most and so this book hit where it hurt. I would have been totally discouraged and turned off by this book if this author did not include enough Gospel and grace messages about the power of grace to forgive us and then empower us to live as we should. This author avoids any topics that divide the Christian community, keeping the focus solidly on our crying need to live without "poser Christianity" and to be light to the culture. I got the sense that this whole book is just a vastly amplified version of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount for modern-day followers of Jesus.

    Who do I recommend this book for? It is obviously directed to all people in the realm of the organized Christian Church in the West, especially in America. This author is clearly on a mission to shatter the lukewarmness, apathy and complacency of many in Christendom who attend worship services but who do not embrace Jesus as the center of their lives. He calls out people who use Jesus as a means to an end, whether fire insurance from Hell or personal happiness, but who do not bow to His Lordship in their lives. I recommend this book to all Pastors, especially to the many who water down the Gospel and make services "seeker-friendly" and give ear-tickling messages for the entertainment of the hearers. I recommend this book for every person who attends worship services and who fill positions of church leadership. If you are one of the many in Christendom, the institutionalized Church, you will be profoundly challenged to answer the call to "take up your cross, deny yourself, and follow Jesus." You will take yourself out of the ranks of those many who will hear Jesus' terrifying words on Judgment Day, "I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"

    I received this book free of charge from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review of this book.
  5. Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Jesus Swagger
    February 18, 2015
    GiniB
    Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Swagger? A persons style---the way they walk, talk, dress is the definition Wilson chose to use for this work. OK. Not liking the word much, but well go with it for now. See if works or not.

    The subtitle is where the book goes with the swagger idea. Real or fake. Arrogant or humble. Inclusive or exclusive even. Thats the kind of look he explores in his book. Perhaps the thin layer of respectable Christianity that has been around for a while has failed often enough for some folks to look for something more. And that is where Wilson steps into the discussion.

    Wilson along with other authors have explored this topic a lot recently. Maybe it is time to step back and check out where we are in this and then decide what comes next. I applaud him and them for saying what has been painfully obvious to those outside the church for a long time. Talk and walk dont match. Who needs that? Nobody. And the mainline denominations are feeling the pinch.

    Wilsons treatment is adequate, but uneven, I think, perhaps as an effort to avoid sounding preachy. I found myself skimming large sections and then slowing down to hear what he has to say in other spots.

    So in the end does swagger work? This author objects to the use of homeboy in relationship to Jesus near the end of this book and says, I dont think homeboy is something that magnifies the importance of his being.Jesus is not your homeboy. (147-8). He has more to say in that vein but Ill leave that for you to read. Sorry, Jarrid, using swagger and especially an urban dictionary definition strikes me the same way.

    Do I recommend this book? A reserved yes. If you want to soft place to start exploring the topic, this one is it.

    This book was provided by the publisher in return for a review.
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