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Half way is no way to live! Quit holding back. Quit holding out. It's time to go all in and all out for God.
All In Student Edition explores what going all in can mean for your life, with unique illustrations, unforgettable stories, and compelling accounts of biblical characters. Throughout, authors Mark and Parker Batterson demonstrate the amazing things that can happen when you surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Number of Pages: 192
|Publication Date: 2014|
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Halfway is no way to live.
Quit holding back. Quit holding out.
Its time to go all in and all out for God.
The good news is this: If you dont hold out on God, God wont hold out on you. If you give everything you have to follow Jesus, youll receive amazing spiritual rewards. But this reality also comes with a deeper truth: Nothing belongs to you. Not even you.
In All In: Student Edition, Mark and Parker Batterson explore what going all in can mean for your life, sharing unique illustrations and unforgettable stories, as well as compelling accounts of biblical characters. Throughout, they demonstrate the amazing things that can happen when you surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Mark Batterson writes: When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? Jesus didnt die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.
Mark Batterson serves as the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. Recognized as one of Americas 25 most innovative churches, NCC is one church with seven locations. Marks blog (www.markbatterson.com) and webcast (www.theaterchurch.com) also reach a virtual congregation around the world. Mark is the author of several bestselling books, including New York Times bestsellers The Circle Maker and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. He and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children. You can follow Mark on Twitter: @markbatterson
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good book for young adultsApril 23, 2014kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Written for Young Adults, this book makes the point that unless we are "All In" with Christ, we are going to be unfulfilled and unproductive in our Christian lives. Batterson makes the point with several examples from those whose accounts are recorded in the Bible, as well as historical figures and current examples. He does a good job of always coming back to that point. I think it is a good, spiritually challenging book for those who are making life decisions. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
KayetkmSydney, AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5A book about giving our all to God.April 20, 2014KayetkmSydney, AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleThe premise of All In by Mark Batterson is that Christians should live consecrated lives which he defines as "going all in and all out for the All in all". His primary message is that being a Christian is not about the things we do, but about being fully devoted to God. For Batterson, consecration is about "full devotion"; it is "an ever-deepening love for Jesus, a childlike trust in the heavenly Father, and a blind obedience to the Holy Spirit". This is a great message for a young person who might pick up this Student Edition of All In.
It is an easy book to read. The chapters are short and filled with anecdotes and paraphrased Bible stories. There are some good suggestions for living a "consecrated" Christian life. But I have some concerns:
First, Batterson starts his book with the statement "Jesus didn't die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous." Actually, Jesus died to bring us to God. "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit" (1 Peter 3:18). The by-product may be that we become better people, even dangerous people, but that is not why Jesus died.
Second, I am concerned with how Batterson uses the Bible to make his point. In children's ministry it is important to teach our children what the Bible is and what it isn't. We want to give them the tools and knowledge to read the Bible for themselves. The books we read, or encourage young people to read, should model how the Bible should be read.
For example, the retelling of the Rich Young Ruler from Luke 18, Matthew 19 and Mark 10 in chapter three of the book is a good example of how Batterson uses the Bible. According to Batterson, the rich young ruler "eventually became the Old Rich Ruler" who didn't follow Jesus because "he didn't have the guts to go for it". However, although Batterson writes this as fact (and does not reference the passage) the Bible passage actually says that when Jesus told the man to sell everything and then follow Him, the man "became very sad, because he was very wealthy". That is the last we hear of the rich young ruler in the Bible. We do not know what became of him after this story and so it is irresponsible to use this made up part of the story as a guide for how we should live.
In another example, Batterson tells the story of Moses throwing down the shepherd's staff and explains that "Throwing you're your staff is letting go and letting God". He challenges us to take what we hold in our hand (our staff) and "put it into the hands of God". Apparently when we do this "He will use it beyond your wildest imagination_ even if you're generous in much smaller ways, it always comes back around." I am just not comfortable with using this story in this way.
I am glad that Batterson makes it clear that the gospel is about what Jesus has done for us and not what we do for Him.He pointsout that "Religion is spelled do. The gospel is spelled done." He also reminds his readers that being a disciple means denying ourselves and following Jesus. But I am wary of Batterson's statement that "God wants to do amazing things for us. That's His job, not ours. Our job is consecration. That's it. And if we do our job, God will definitely do His." I am concerned that there seems to be a promise here that there are amazing things ahead. But for many Christians there is suffering, pain, heartache rather than events that can be turned into exciting anecdotes.
Batterson's Book All In is a good reminder of how we want our children to be "all in" for Jesus. But I would not recommend this book because I am uncomfortable with the way Batterson uses the Bible to show a young person how to be "all in".
Please note: the publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers.
Kara LynnWVAge: 18-24Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring!April 3, 2014Kara LynnWVAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We need follow Jesus, going all in for him - holding nothing back. Mark and Parker Batterson tell us how in this book in a way that's encouraging, but far from boring. It kept my attention with real life stories and inspired me to be a better person for Jesus.
Each chapter was just the right length and perfect for any teenager and young adult. I highly recommend this book!
AnneKYAge: Under 18Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Good points, but...March 17, 2014AnneKYAge: Under 18Gender: femaleValue: 2Meets Expectations: 3I found this book to have some good points. There were several chapters that caught my attention and I found myself moved a couple of times. The author was correct that a person must be fully committed to the Lord and he backed up his statements with many stories from Scripture. However, I found it silly for the author to use such phrases as "get off your butt," etc. I am sorry, but it was ridiculous and somewhat crass. I would have enjoyed it more if his writing had been more mature.
The copy that I received had several errors (such as grammar and punctuation), the worst of which was a section of missing pages replaced by blank ones. Hopefully, this will be corrected for the final copy.
Overall, I was not greatly impressed, but I will say that the author is on the right track. He did have a good message; it was just not delivered to its full potential, in my opinion.
Thank you, Zondervan, for my Advance Reading Copy in exchange for my honest review.
BookLoverGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent book!February 17, 2014BookLoverGender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I hadn't read any of Mark Batterson's books prior to this one and I wasn't sure what to expect. I am very happy to say that I was very impressed with this book! It is about going "all in" with God, using your life, everything you have, to bring honor and glory to our Savior.
I loved how Mr. Batterson uses so many examples of people who gave God their all. People in different fields of work, from completely different backgrounds, who made a huge difference for God and His kingdom. He shows us that it doesn't matter what your income or station in life, God will use anyone who is willing. Not all of the stories ended well, there are no fairy-tale endings in this book. He tells it like it is, he doesn't gloss over the hard parts, in fact, he points them out. He wants everyone who reads this book to know that following God isn't a decision to be made lightly. Being a "real" Christian, being someone who isn't afraid to stand up for God, someone who will do the hard things in life, is difficult and will become more so. Mr. Batterson makes this very clear. He doesn't want anyone going into this with any illusions. I appreciate his honesty and bluntness. He isn't rude or crass, or intentionally offensive (though I'm sure this book will offend some people), he just wants to make sure that we understand what being an "all in" Christian is all about.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching for more of God. Though, I may add that it is recommended to read The Circle Maker first, as he says that it is kind of a prequel to this book.
I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from Zondervan publishing for my honest review, which I have given. I have received no compensation for my review and all opinions expressed are solely mine.