Sunday, February 2, 2020
The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there's another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament--a word we've mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process.
Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and awaken to the life you were meant to know. Using Scripture and stories from his own experience, Addison Bevere makes a compelling case that the life you desire is found in the mystery of this sacred identity.
If you want to exchange lifeless religion for the wonder of following Jesus, this book will spur you onward in your journey.
"In Saints: Becoming More Than 'Christians,' Addison will encourage you to stop fighting for victory and start living from the victorious destiny we already have through Jesus."--Christine Caine, bestselling author and founder of A21 and Propel Women
"Saints is a clarion call to look past ourselves and to the only one who offers us the good life."--Kyle Idleman, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church and author of Not a Fan and Don't Give Up
"All I can say is 'Wow'! This 'Wow' speaks to the depth of knowledge, strength of wisdom, and keen insight found in Saints. It's obvious God has given Addison a voice, one that calls all generations to a higher level of living. As a father and fellow minister, I couldn't be prouder."--John Bevere, bestselling author and cofounder of Messenger International
"While the word Christian seems to mean a lot of things to a lot of people, Saints calls us back to following our one and only, Jesus Christ."--Chris Hodges, senior pastor of Church of the Highlands and author of The Daniel Dilemma and What's Next?
"Addison encourages us to put on our identity as a saint and live in a relationship with Jesus. Saints is an authentic look at what faith can be."--Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author of Love Does and Everybody, Always
"In a time when so many young men are deconstructing the sacred, Addison has leaned into it. I am challenged, corrected, and lifted by Saints."--Lisa Bevere, New York Times bestselling author and ridiculously proud mother
"Addison Bevere has a unique voice in this generation. His new book is a force to be reckoned with in a world that misplaces its identity."--Heather Lindsey, author, speaker, and founder of Pinky Promise
My thoughts: This book is an excellent one to pick up! I needed the reminder of what I signed up for when I decided to follow Jesus. I appreciated how Addison weaves this book together with Scripture, personal stories, and the call to come up higher. Some of my favorite quotes:
"Love's true aim is freedom-freedom from anything that abases. That's it. True love has no other motive."
(in reference to the woman caught in adultery) "Jesus, more than anyone, knows that sin has a cost. And he won't feed the darkness in this woman's heart. He is light. And Light reveals truth."
So many good reminders of what it means to love and calling sin out in our lives out of love, since it separates us from Jesus.
This is an excellent book to pick up!
I received this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.
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