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Reset: Jesus Changes Everything
July 29, 2016
Have you ever wished you could do something over, with the idea that you would be able to do it better? Everyone has that one thing, that one moment, where they say, "If I just knew then what I know now." If you have had this thought, especially when it comes to your faith, RESET, by Nick Hall is for you.
RESET: Jesus Changes Everything, written by: Nick Hall, and published by Multnomah Books is a publication centered around Nick's desire to help his readers clearly understand the traps that we fall into and formulate a plan to remove them from our lives.
Nick is a transparent, refreshing, and youthful voice, holding out a lifeline to his drowning generation, as well as everyone else. His message centers around the hope that is present no matter what infractions my have occurred in our lives, and that hope is only found in and through Jesus Christ.
This publication is filled with an amazing message, thus it is a highly recommended purchase for yourself and/or as a gift for others.
Nick Hall has written a book that has the potential to define the next generation. Probably the most used word in this book is Jesus, which just happens to be what the book is about. It is about how Jesus changes everything. The beginning few chapters begins with who Nick Hall is and how God has used his like to minister to countless young people through big events. After this introduction, the author hammers home his catch-phrase. The trend for successful marketing and branding of an idea is that it has to have a clever yet captivating name. The word Nick Hall uses is Reset. When sharing the gospel, he coins the word reset to describe what Jesus offers to people. Jesus offers a reset. He gives a second chance. It is a great word that captures an essential element of the gospel, namely that we cannot and never will measure up to God's perfect standard (and have indeed made a mess of our lives) and Jesus is the only one who can redeem or reset our mess of a life. The author makes it clear that it is not by personal effort that our lives can be reset but by surrendering to Jesus alone.
At first I thought that this book was going to be about how an unassuming and ordinary person rose in the ranks to do great things for the Lord. There are those stories of revivals starting from some small group of Christians meeting in a college dorm room. After a short period of time, a movement is born that sweeps across the nation and impacts millions of lives. Well, that is pretty much what the first part of this book describes. My first reaction is to be skeptical of such movements, not because they are fabricated or inauthentic, but rather because they are the exception. What lasting fruit do they often produce? Movements like the one mentioned in this book explode and then subside after a few years. However, one particular aspect of the movement Nick Hall is describing is that it is clearly and unabashedly about Jesus. So long as Jesus remains the focal point of this ministry, it will definitely be set apart from other so-called revivals or movements that tend to be little more than clever marketing and tactical prudence.
I received this book from the publisher free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
It started with a college English assignment to write a proposal. That led to the forming of PULSE ministry with the goal of Christ being the pulse of this generation. Over the years, Hall has seen the lives of many reset by Jesus. He wants readers of this book to have a similar experience.
He has included lots of stories from his own life, the lives of others, and stories from the Bible to illustrate his principles. We see that meaning in life is not found in earthly pursuits.
He has stories and suggestions for resetting our lives in the areas of faith, plans, self-image, relationships, purity, habits, affections, and resetting this generation. He includes action items at the end of each chapter for journaling or for discussion in a small group. Some of these resets, such as purity, require making choices and sticking with them. Having some accountability in the form of a small group would be helpful.
The subtitle of this book, Jesus Changes Everything, might be a little misleading. With Jesus in one's life there is the potential of everything changing. There is nothing automatic about the resets Hall is writing about here. We still need to make decisions, have good habits, etc.
This book would be good for career age people or younger. Hall uses many examples of lyrics from contemporary songs as well as some contemporary people. It is his desire that people of this generation would say yes to Jesus and allow Him to reset everything.
Food for thought: With God, nothing is wasted. The tests God has carried you through will become the testimony he uses in someone else's life. (113)
I received a complimentary galley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.