Jun 1, 2015

Gospel by JD Greear :: Reivew


To follow up my last review, where I could not exactly recommend that book to anyone, this book, Gospel - Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary by JD Greear, I would recommend to everyone!


Unlike most of my reviews, I did not receive this copy for free in exchange for my review but I did receive it as gift from my dear friend Bevy!  It was left to us after her and her sweet family came to stay with us. (If you missed that adventure, you can read all about it here!) and though I don't review everything I read - I thought I would contrast my last read with this one!






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Gospel by Greear is, in his own words, nothing revolutionary or new.  It is in fact, in my own words, a tangible and applicable way to approach the gospel of Jesus.  He presents the gospel message afresh but also familiar, suited for both the seasoned Christian, the new believer and even the searcher!  As for me, again, God placed this in hands at just the right time!


At first I was slightly skeptical, as I found some of Greear's language to be...a tad vulgar and almost there for shock value.  I felt, initially, that the tone he set almost 'cheapened' the message he was trying to tell.  But as he expounded on what he was saying, my thoughts on his particular language choices were dwarfed entirely!


Greear's book, Gospel - Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary, is centred around a prayer created by the author, that he calls, the Gospel Prayer;


In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more 
and nothing I have done that makes You love me less.

Your presence and approval 
are all I need for everlasting joy.

As You have been to me, so I will be to others.

As I pray, I'll measure Your compassion by the cross 
and Your power by the resurrection.


He begins the book explaining the gospel and why it is such good news (for that is the definition of the word gospel).  He goes through his gospel prayer and shows how the focus and the point of God's good news, the gospel, is tied into these four sections of this prayer and what that really means in the life of a true believer.

Greear touches on common dangers and pitfalls that come to most of us Christians and points all solutions back to Jesus and His message.  Greear stresses that a love for the gospel is what will characterizes a believer - both in our freedom to love and our desire to serve God, (seek righteousness) because of a deep love for Him.


This book resonated with so many of my heart's desires and gave me a picture of where I am and where I would like to be!  I found this book extremely challenging, liberating, encouraging and convicting!  A wonderful read and I encouraging anyone looking to better understand how to live a gospel centred life to pick up a copy!





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Thank you Scott and Bevy for working by the Spirit's prompting to leave this with us!



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6 comments:

  1. {smile!}

    You're welcome!!

    We love you!

    ~Scott and Bevy

    PS: Friends - if you think of us. Pray for Scott, on Wednesday evening, as he leads out in Chapter 8 for our next study in this book!

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    1. that time got changed to the 18th!! instead. thanks!

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  2. Sounds like a good read! You are becoming quite the bookworm!

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    1. It was!! Becoming? No, always have been...well.. took a break for a while but fining my groove again! lol!!
      OH and check out this site for cheap books - not everything is there but you never know what you'll find!
      http://bookoutlet.com/ (shipping is around $5 to Canada)

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    2. I guess I was thinking in the non-fiction department - in the past you've been more of a fiction reader? And thanks for the link, I will definitely check it out!!

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