- A medium-rare filet mignon
- BLTs (Has anyone else noticed that I'm a fan of food?)
- Duke (yes, it is possible to like Clemson & Duke)
- Anyone playing for Team U.S.A. in the Olympics
- The Big Bang Theory (the show, not the actual theory)
- The Bourne Trilogy
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- The Star Wars Trilogy (hmm...seems I have a thing for trilogies...)
But there's a line somewhere between "I really like it" and "I'm so crazy about it that I'd give up/do anything for it" that most people never cross. (Those who do wind up at Star Trek conventions or show up at midnight release parties...um...wait...scratch that last part...I've done that before. Drat.)
Anyway...if you'd asked me a few months ago if I was a fan of Jesus, I would have said, "Yes. Absolutely. Huge Fan. One of the biggest. Love that guy. He's Awesome!"
But after reading not a fan by Kyle Idleman, I have to say that I am not a fan and I'm not interested in being one.
What I am interested in is following Jesus.
I actually know a thing or two about what can happen when you do that. And folks, it's not always pretty.
And that's what not a fan is all about. It's a wake up call to people who "want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires sacrifice."
Here's what I loved.
- I found it very entertaining to read. There are quite a few references to and examples from pop culture that you rarely find in a "Christian" book. I think I would enjoy hanging out with Kyle Idleman. The footnotes were a hoot.
- I appreciated his honest approach. He's not interested in introducing you to a Jesus who is going to make all your problems go away. He's showcasing the Jesus of the Gospels who said "take up your cross and follow me."
- I found his examples both informative and convicting. He uses stories from his personal life, as well as "not a fan" stories at the end of each chapter to highlight his points.
- I thought the book was written in a very accessible style. It would be a great choice for a teenager/young adult, or a very grown up adult who doesn't love to read.
- He walks a fine line between grace and works, and at times, I felt he crossed a bit too far into the works category. I don't think he was trying to preach salvation by works, but I can also appreciate the fact that James (lots of works) and Galatians (lots of grace) are both true. I'm not sure if I'd be comfortable handing this book to someone who was either very new to the faith or already in bondage to legalism.
- There were a couple of things that I felt were actual mistakes - a few geography and Scriptural quotes that weren't quite right and that put me a bit on guard as I read.
Not just a fan.
So tell me....are you a fan of not a fan?
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