When it comes to Jesus, are you a fan or a follower? According to Idleman, “Are you a follower of Jesus?” is the most important question you will ever answer. Many claim to be followers of Jesus. We point to our church attendance, tithing, charity work, etc., as proof. However, most would be surprised to find that when their lives are compared to Jesus’ own words, they are really nothing more than enthusiastic admirers. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. We have accepted his work of salvation and follow the rules… but we don’t put Jesus first in our lives. We give ourselves to God on Sunday, and maybe a Wednesday, but there are things in our lives we won’t hand over to God. In “Not a Fan” Idleman explains how you can determine if you are a fan or a follower, and shows through scripture what it really means to be a follower of Jesus.
As someone who has claimed to be a follower of Jesus, this book both confirmed and convicted me. What really struck me about this book is that I’ve heard most of this before, but the presentation makes it hard to ignore. Idleman has found a way to lay this all out so that it can’t be misunderstood. He talks about the dangers of not presenting what it’s really like to be a follower of Jesus when sharing the gospel, or turning the church into a kind of Consumer Christianity. He discusses the connection between believing and doing (James 2:17). And it all comes back to Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:21-23. Everyone, especially those who call themselves Christian, should read this book.
1) Is it understandable? = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 5
3) Accuracy = 5
4) Quality of Writing = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 5
Average of score 5
Overall grade = A
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This was book 47 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.