The Power of Together: Discover the Christian Life You've Been Missing  -     By: Jim Putman
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Nobody's perfect---and that includes churchgoers. People can become unreasonable, arguments flare, and feelings are hurt. But Putman warns that we're "hard-wired to connect"---so withdrawing from Christian community is not the answer! Looking to Jesus' ministry for inspiration, he offers a look at biblical discipleship that models spiritual maturity for loving others and welcoming all. 256 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 080100800X
ISBN-13: 9780801008009

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An Invitation to Deeper, More Joyful, and Rewarding Relationships with God and Others

None of us is lovable all of the time. People are unreasonable, arguments flare, feelings are hurt. And no one can make us feel worse than those closest to us. It's easy to fall into the trap of closing ourselves off in order to protect ourselves, rather than opening ourselves up for relationship with each other. But think of who Jesus invited into his life and ministry. They weren't always lovable. Yet he modeled perfect love for us and showed how the mark of a spiritually mature believer was always love.

In The Power of Together, pastor and author Jim Putman uncovers the core of true discipleship with an in-depth, biblical look at how Jesus always invited people into relationship with himself. He loved them with God's perfect love and, in the process, showed everyone around him that the act of following God is the act of extending and receiving love that endures all things.

Author Bio

Jim Putman is the senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, one of the most influential churches in America. A three-time all-American wrestler in college as well as a successful wrestling coach, Putman holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College. He is the author of Church Is a Team Sport, as well as the widely adopted Real-Life Discipleship program.

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  1. Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Much Needed Analysis of the Christian Life
    August 1, 2016
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jim Putman writes a book with a greatly needed message for all Christians today. In a culture spiritually and relationally starved, Putman argues that we need deep, spiritual relationships. A basic survey of church members would find that most people attending church are "fine" but not getting fed in the spiritual depth in which they need to function in the body of Christ. Putman identifies the elephant in the room and calls it for what it is. We lack deep relationship because we lack transparency. The Christian life was never meant to be lived in isolation. Putman convincingly builds a case against the "me and Jesus" mentality of the modern church. His call is to come back to relationships. The reason why many Christians feel they are not being "fed" in church or still cannot fight off sin and temptation is because they are disconnected from God's primary method of accountability and encouragement, the body of believers. Putman cuts to the heart on these issues believing that local churches are "family reunions" in which pride is the ultimate killer. Though mainly geared toward a small group setting, the invaluable insights from this book will (not might) influence your spiritual life and bring you closer to Jesus and His people. He constantly makes the point that relationships is the most important part of the Christian life, even to belaboring this point a little too much. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not obliged to write a positive review.
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    A good point, but so difficult to read that it becomes a waste of time
    July 18, 2016
    Laura
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I'm a bit late on reviewing this book for the Baker Books blogger reviewer program because it was extremely difficult to get through. Honestly, I finally gave up about halfway. The main point is made in the first few pages and - though I agree with what's said - the rest is extremely dry. It's worse than a history textbook; the closest it came to "interesting" was in the anecdotes and even those were just examples of how the author had done a good job pastoring people who had done a bad job at this togetherness thing.

    I agree with the point he's trying to make. I understand where he's coming from and though I'm in an area where most of his suggestions aren't very realistic, I get why he would come up with these things as the solutions to the problem. It's just so incredibly boring to read, and I wouldn't recommend it unless you have a solid day of uninterrupted reading time available and a lot of willpower.
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Power of Together
    July 13, 2016
    Gini
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I wish I had gotten an e-version of this book instead of the print version. Why? To see how many hits I would get on the word relationship. This book delves into that topic from several angles attempting to encourage the reader to become more involved in forming genuine relationships. Those of us that are older may remember the word friendship. The real sort, not the sort established on social media with the touch of an icon. Thats what Putnam feels is missing in the Christian life. Thats what he spends 245 pages trying to explain, illustrate, model, or extol. He has diagnosed a major deficiency in current life for many inside and outside the church.

    So what is the solution to the problem? Happily, he offers some suggestions that should be obvious by the time he gets to the end of his book. We must develop, maintain, and champion close relationships with other believers---Its the means to maturity and its maturity itself. (227) After listing some of the usual objections that start with Yeah, but he writes this. Im not asking you to change your church. Im only asking you to change one person---yourself. (228). By this point in the book the reader has an idea what he means by that, so its no surprise ending. Nor is it the quick fix most of us wouldve liked to hear.

    The book makes several good arguments, but for me the author and his editors belabored the point to the point of exhaustion. By the end of it I had learned to cringe every time I saw the word relationship or any of its related forms. And to be honest I think theres another term that covers what this book is about, but isnt as trendy---love. The biblical version that Jesus modeled.

    This book just didnt make the grade for me, but I guess for some that want to be in a relationship it would be a place to start.

    I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.

  4. Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouragement for relationships with Jesus and others...
    July 4, 2016
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Having been made by God to partake in relationships with others as well as to be a part of a community, senior pastor and author Jim Putman strives to show the importance of being deeply and meaningfully connected to other Christians and Jesus. Through Biblical scripture, personal stories, strategic teachings and strong encouragement, The Power of Together demonstrates the necessity of Christian bonds.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Though often difficult and sometimes resulting in avoidance, relationships within a Christian community are important. Providing a helping hand, offering encouragement and caring, growing in Jesus, and attaining spiritual maturity are only a few of the opportunities resulting from taking the chance, time and effort to cultivate relationships. Perfect as a Bible study, a sermon series or personal devotion time, The Power of Together is not only absorbing and engaging, but definitely fuel for thought and action. I especially thought the cover of the book was ideal to the message found within.

    RATING:

    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of The Power of Together from Baker Books for my honest review*
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Connections
    June 28, 2016
    cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    A few years ago I had one of the best professors ever explain to me that no matter what humans need to make connections and it floored me. I have always been one of those types that can be completely content alone. Devouring books in my corner quietly lost amongst pages of a story. Connections were my last priority. I just never saw it that way and after reading the latest faith based book on Christianity, I know she was completely one hundred percent correct. The Power of Together: Discover the Christian Life You've Been Missing by Jim Putman states that "the culture around us is polluted and there's a spiritual enemy who would love to destroy us" but if we follow the right recipe of Christian living life will move along smoother. Less deception, poison, and distractions will lead any Christian to a better more spiritually fulfilled live with Him. And isn't that the whole reason anyway? This book is so good and worth several repetitive reads to absorb all of Putman's message. I remember thinking that I have to find some of his resource material too. Must read! I received a copy for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
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