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Packeracct5 Stars Out Of 5Everyone Should Read ThisJune 23, 2022PackeracctMy Men's Group just read this book and we feel that the issues Andy addresses are critically important as we have seen or heard of churches becoming divided and/or members have encouraged leaders to take political stands. Andy emphasizes the gospel message (commandment) of Jesus to love one another, and that ultimately Jesus 'lost' his life to save us from sin. He also calls out other church leaders who 'took sides' and increased division. He goes into significant detail to state and defend his position and yet the book is approximately 200 pages.
glickyglack5 Stars Out Of 5A Book the Church NeedsMay 20, 2022glickyglackQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Politics, COVID-19, masks, the mission and future of the Church -- making sense of the last two years have been difficult for evangelical Christians. I'm still looking for a new church, as are many others. Shaken loose from once secure moorings, not just church members but pastors and staff are afloat. After the craziness, I'm not sure I even want to know my fellow believers or pastors right now. Andy Stanley offers some answers to make sense of the chaos. "Not in It to Win It" is a book that has needed writing for a while now. Thank you, Andy Stanley. You get an award for courage; however, your prize may be a big target painted on your chest.
This short book is 218 pages, in small format, with a large font size and a casual writing style; it makes for a quick and easy read. But don't let the approachable size fool you; it is thoughtful and nuanced. Andy attempts to make sense of some of the most contentious issues in evangelical Christianity. Issues need discussing, but most people don't want to bring them up. When politics, nationalism, COVID-19, and masks are discussed in church, claims are often asserted with fevered emotional rhetoric and no reference to Jesus or his commandments.
The book is divided into three sections, "Part 1: My 2020" gives some fascinating stories from the front lines of ministry that unfolded over the last two years. "Part 2: Our History" provides a concise and accurate synopsis of Church history to show how the Church has responded to crises in the distant and recent past. "Part 3: The Way Forward" lays out a biblical and practical path for progress.
Andy dissects recent events, putting them in the historical and biblical context. His critiques are devastating and decisive. After nuanced and astute analysis, he advances a genuinely shocking claim. "I'm convinced that a significant percentage of evangelicals would, in fact, disapprove of Jesus." That's a strong claim; however, the book justifies it with empirical solid, historical, and biblical evidence. After the flood of popular books demanding that believers go to war with their enemies, this little book is a refreshing change. You won't find the typical tired pop-cheerleader-for-tribalism allegations, but a step back into scripture. "Not in It to Win It" is grounded in biblical truth and mature, godly wisdom. Wow, we need this to help heal the deep wounds within the Church.
I'll contend that Andy gets it; his critiques succeed, and I wish a lot of other Christian leaders would get it as well. The Church is hurting and shaky and needs help, and I maintain Andy is bringing the balm we need for the hurting Church. Even if you disagree with his claims, they are worth prayerful and focused consideration. The sign of a mature Christian, as Augustine said, is not just to believe but to understand what we believe. If you approach this book with an open mind, seeking truth as your primary objective, you'll be richly rewarded. Five stars.
teknopasto5 Stars Out Of 5A Needed Word!May 2, 2022teknopastoAs a local church pastor, I have felt many of these same things this past year. Andy Stanley, though he overstates the case at times, has done the church a service in providing a way forward. Whether we will take that way or not remains to be seen. As usual, his writing is conversational, easy to digest, and his adherence to his main message is straightforward. If I could put this in the hands of every person and they would read it, we would be in a better world.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I was provided an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
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