Starving Jesus: Off the Pew, into the World

Starving Jesus: Off the Pew, into the WorldWritten by the Pastors of XXX Church a church that fights against pornography and helping people recover or get out of the business , this book is offensive but in the way I believe Jesus meant us to be To look at the church s lack of inactivity of fighting the real problems of the world, in being truly transparent in the body of Christ to encourage one another, and in taking His Word to the streets the way He did. I enjoyed the style of the book the two authors took turns writing and it was interspersed with a lot of Scripture I liked the main themes that ran through the book, themes of digging into the Word on a regular basis, fasting, prayer, and becoming a disciple of Christ There were a couple of places where one of the authors came down really hard on a person who wondered why they didn t have a clear gospel presentation on their website and a pastor who wanted information about their tour stop It was hard for me to read they this author considered those people and others who think like them to be super Christians, legalistic, and judgmental Reading something like that detracts from the other messages of the book, which are really quite good Overall, this was just an okay book for me There were things I really liked about it, and other things that could have been done better The overall message is one that the Church needs to hear, but it came across pretty forceful in certain points. I ll admit that I am overly critical with Christian books It is not because I dislike them or I found them unnecessary but most of them follow the same format There are many books that are full of cliches and the content is not saying anything that I have not heard before It is rare for me to really enjoy one, but there are a few exceptions However I do look for titles that catches my eye, that is a sure way to grab my attention For instance take this for example, the title is what made me want to read it but I felt slightly disappointed after finishing it.The positive portion about this book is that it is calling Christians to GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING It calls out the laziness in the church how we always want people to come, instead of going out and getting the people I applauded that aspect of the book, there are far too many churches that want the world to come to them and not the other way around Also I love the transparency and how the author used examples from his personal life The scriptures went along with what he was saying, it really struck a cord with me.On the other hand,the second half of the book seemed rather predictable The author expounded on his reasons for writing the book and that lost me Granted it is not a bad thing to explain why you wrote the book but I think the readers should draw their own opinion Maybe I am being extra picky but nevertheless,it had valid points but also flaws. Well, it was blessedly short The premise or at least what I believe is the premise isn t bad Christians should be far active in their faith, get up and DO something However, the authors don t really seem to give solid ways that people should do that there are vague references to paint your neighbor s house and a commercial for what I take to be the author s own ministry to sponsor a child, but the lists of what ordinary people should do were generally along the lines of pray, read the Bible and fast The first two are hardly revolutionary, and the idea of fasting was given short shrift, which is unfortunate in that a forty day fast which one of the author s engaged in is not something to be taken lightly, and certainly not something that should be done with no direction than was given here.In addition, on several occasions where the authors COULD have made a difference, they chose not to do so the Hurricane Katrina example is particularly striking A porn ministry yep, you read correctly is great, but until the authors are ready to make some harder choices and sacrifices that those covered in the book, their hard edged instruction comes off as a bit hypocritical.Definitely not recommended. Strong, solid Christians need to get off their asses and change the world talk from two guys who are dedicated enough to the concept that they launched their own ministry reaching out to save pornographers Gross and Mahon trade off in dialogue Mahon in particular gets personal in discussing his Born Again Lazy tendencies and how he finally shook them off.One thing I found interesting frustrating is that while it seemed like the 40 day cross country Starving Jesus fast and motivational speaking tour was a big driving force behind this book, it actually doesn t even into play until close to the end It feels like that has a lot to do with how personally turbulent the tour ended up being for them, but the stories they do choose to share are compelling and make you want to hear.I m not 100% with these guys, but their sincere desire to make the world a better place comes through loud and clear. It s hard for me to evaluate this book I spent my time agreeing with the authors and being angry with them simultaneously It was a bizarre feeling that I didn t appreciate, but I believe was needed to rock my comfortable world.The gist of the book is that Christians are too lazy in their faith and are not getting out and doing what they are meant to be doing We are paralyzed about failing or have a pride issue or whatever, that we don t do anything I find this timely in my life Just days ago when I was writing in my journal I wrote about feeling paralyzed in making decisions for my future So, I know that this book has given me some hard words to deal with I think most could benefit from this reality check.The things that drove me crazy and caused me to want to throw the book in the trash several times was the condescending tone of one of the authors It got old very fast, but the information he shared in his portions allowed me to deal with it It also reminded me that we can all learn something from every person, even if we don t necessarily like them very much. Never quite understood the title but eventually got the messageThis book was a little hard to follow at first because two guys are writing it separately, bouncing back and forth within each chapter The intro says it is a conversation between them, but all of it is directed at the reader.If I d only gotten through the first part I might have given it two out three stars For me, it got better, and cohesive, as it went along I think the general over all message is good and important get out there and do something I don t know that the methodology, our perhaps the lack thereof, necessarily best supplies to everyone, but it usually takes radical voices with radical examples to get others to take the first steps. I definitely feel challenged after reading this book I like the writing style of having two writers take turns presenting their ideas I don t like how the book doesn t really give the reader many tangible ideas of what to do to act out his or her faith Not everyone can fast for forty days while going on a speaking tour chained to a pew They also don t get into what you re supposed to do while fasting Go about your normal day Sit in a closet and pray the whole time I ve got the challenge, but I don t have the method to take it on. I found the two authors to be very transparent a good thing but I also found them to be full of themselves I agree with the books encouraging to fast, a very forgotten discipline in the church Today, but I think these two men wore it as a badge of honor rather than individual discipline meant to foster intimacy with God Matthew 6 16,18 When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you Luke 18 11 13 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed God, I thank you that I am not like other people robbers, evildoers, adulterers or even like this tax collector 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get 13 But the tax collector stood at a distance He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, God, have mercy on me, a sinner In one part of the book the authors even admitted to struggling with Pride in this area, it seems they have used there ministry context of reaching those in The Porn Industry and those struggling with porn as a badge of honor in a church that I agree treats most of this context like outcasts It seemed this book had one or two good points and turned them into a longer than needed book I was however encouraged by the testimony of Ollie Horne, a southern Pastor who s life and ministry seemed changed by the authors encouragement to fast and pray I would say this book is just another in the lines of books that represent a segment of the church that is upset with status quo. 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  • Paperback
  • 239 pages
  • Starving Jesus: Off the Pew, into the World
  • Craig Gross
  • English
  • 05 August 2018
  • 9780781445481

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