Honestly: Really Living What We Say We Believe


Johnnie Moore, vice president and campus pastor of Liberty University, inspires readers with an enthusiastic challenge to live out fully what they say they believe as Christians.

In his uniquely confessional tone, Johnnie takes readers on a journey of belief from the hilltop home of the Dalai Lama to a mass grave of more than 250,000 people in Rwanda. He dares to address the doubts and challenges that have turned many well-intentioned Christians into hypocrites. Like a good ...

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Johnnie Moore, vice president and campus pastor of Liberty University, inspires readers with an enthusiastic challenge to live out fully what they say they believe as Christians.

In his uniquely confessional tone, Johnnie takes readers on a journey of belief from the hilltop home of the Dalai Lama to a mass grave of more than 250,000 people in Rwanda. He dares to address the doubts and challenges that have turned many well-intentioned Christians into hypocrites. Like a good pastor, Moore helps heal the wounds he opens, and he leaves his reader with one curious question, "What could happen if the world's Christians actually began to live what they say they believe?"

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"Most of us are looking for authenticity. We're turned off by people who talk big and don't deliver. That is especially true when it comes to the subject of religion. Johnnie Moore has given us an honest, believable book on what the Christian lifestyle is all about. I highly recommend it."
?Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages

"Johnnie Moore writes with a refreshing passion. His perspective on mission is first-rate, and his chapters on suffering and failure are reason alone to pick up this book."
?Luis Palau, World Evangelist

"I am breathing a huge sigh of relief for the next generation with leaders like Johnnie at the helm. This book will challenge all generations to get real in their walk with Christ."
?Gary Smalley, bestselling author of The Blessing and The DNA of Relationships

"I have watched Johnnie from a distance for several years. As I read this book, I got to know him personally. This is must reading for anyone who wants to take their faith seriously."
?Ed Dobson, advisory editor, Christianity Today, author of The Year of Living like Jesus

"In Honestly, Johnnie Moore is essentially asking you to put up or shut up, get on board or get out of the way. And I guarantee, when you're finished with this book, you're going to do one or the other."
?Jerry B. Jenkins, novelist and biographer, owner, Christian Writers Guild and Jenkins Entertainment

"It is safe to assume that many of us have shaped our current view of God from past experiences, fears, disappointments, and frustrations...all of which can hinder an accurate understanding of God's purposes, his heart for this hurting world, and his invitation for us to be part of what he's doing in it. In this new book, Johnnie Moore shares his own journey to spiritual health through humorous and touching stories, and challenges us to really live what we believe! As a champion for children in poverty for more than 30 years, I encourage you to read this book, check your own spiritual pulse, find a passion that can move you to tears within 30 seconds, and then pour yourself into that ministry!"
?Wess Stafford, president and CEO, Compassion International

"Johnnie Moore opens the wounds of his heart to show his journey to a true faith in Jesus, a faith that cannot be stolen by someone else's experience. He not only uses analogies from his own life but delves into the genocides of Rwanda and Bosnia, demonstrating how only Jesus can heal the wounds of the world. In the midst of the book, he also intellectually proves the existence of the Creator who started it all. This book helps the seeker to learn to believe in God and choose to stand up for him in their daily life, despite the evil that exists in the world."
?Ron Luce, founder and president, Teen Mania Ministries

"Johnnie Moore writes with wisdom and insights far beyond his years. This new book gives all of us a lot to think about and put into action. Start reading and achieving."
?Pat Williams, senior vice president, Orlando Magic, author of Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours

"Johnnie Moore embodies the hope that American Christianity is not on its deathbed, but rather on the precipice of a new awakening. In Honestly, one of America's emerging leaders reconciles an unbridled commitment to biblical orthodoxy with a horizontal healthy dose of grace-filled reflection and analysis of our twenty-first-century prophetic witness. Definitely a must read!"
?Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals

"This book is a captivating look at faith and life. In it my good friend Johnnie Moore gives an honest account of his own struggles and provides us with the answers that we all need. Johnnie is a voice that every generation needs to hear. I have witnessed firsthand his passion for living a life of authentic faith and his tremendous desire for others to do the same, and it's contagious. He doesn't just write what he believes?he lives it."
?Vernon Brewer, president, World Help

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736939461
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,002,110
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Johnnie Moore is the vice president and campus pastor of Liberty University, the world?s largest Christian university. He is a popular speaker, a professor of religion, a communication advisor to educators, preachers, and politicians. He is on the board of trustees of World Help and has traveled to more than 20 nations on missionary and humanitarian trips. He and his wife, Andrea, live in Lynchburg, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Joni Eareckson Tada 13

Introduction 15

Part I From Doubt to Belief

1 There Has to Be More to This, Right?: Using Disillusionment to Lead You to Faith, Not Away from It 21

2 Proudly Doubting Thomas: Why Thomas Should Be Celebrated 31

3 The Liberation of Belief: Why Belief in God Makes Sense 41

4 Belief in the Ashes of Genocide: How Even Evil Supports Belief 49

5 We Are All Orphans: Seeing Jesus in Full Color 61

Part 2 Front Belief to a Healthy Soul

6 The Necessity of Soul Food: The Emaciated Soul 73

7 Tuning Your Ears to the Voice of God: The Distracted Soul 83

8 Giving In to the Will of God: The Rebellious Soul 95

Part 3 From a Healthy Soul to Perseverance

9 WeAre "Get Back Up Again" People: What to Do When You Fail 105

10 When Your Ship Wrecks: What to Do with Seasons of Suffering 117

Part 4 From Perseverance to Mission

11 GoingPublic: Becoming Vocal Eyewitnesses 129

12 Empathy for Terrorists: The Power of Compassion 141

13 HolyCalluses: Seeing Work as Divine 153

14 On Staring Down Lions: Finding Jesus Worth Your Life and Death 161

15 Making the Miraculous Everyday: God Is at Work in the World 175

Part 5 From Mission to Vision

16 Redeeming Imagination: Why Imagination Is Meant to Make a Difference 187

17 Becoming Dominoes: History's Casting Call 195

Afterword 203

Notes 205

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    A clear call to shed the pretense of Christianity and truly become a follower of Christ

    Johnnie Moore's thoughtful and challenging book Honestly takes a close look at how to actually live by what you believe, not in theory, but in reality. In a time when the true reality of what it means to be a follower of Christ seems to be quickly dwindling, this book is a seriously important and vital work. Drawing from how the early church followed Jesus, Moore asks questions about how our own twenty-first century lives don't measure up to the kind of dedication and commitment the early Christians displayed. I found myself challenged and disturbed by some of Moore's honesty, in a way I haven't been with other books of a similar nature. Using his own painful experiences of a broken home and a glib pretence of Christianity as a cover for what was really going on, Moore takes a look at how Christianity often becomes a veneer that hides great pain, loss of faith, or simply a lack of belief that it can actually transform life. He expresses his disappointment with this type of Christianity, and it is this honesty, this willingness to speak the hard truth about our modern Christianity, that gives this book its value and its quality of disturbance. Above all, it perhaps questions our desire to live life undisturbed by our Christianity, to live Christianity on our terms rather than Christ's. The basis of the book is that it really is possible to live a vibrant, passionate life in Christ that changes your relation to the world and the people around you. Moore addresses my own questions about how faith in modern life seems to lack any relevance, vitality or ability to illuminate and guide one's life. He looks at how suffering, doubt, evil, the frenetic pace and distractions of the digital life, our work, our boredoms, our rebellions and our crises can all be transformed into a real life in Christ that is exciting, alive, and above all, honest. If you find anywhere within yourself a desire to know how to live a genuine life in Christ outside of all the pretense, of all the loss of belief in its ability to transform, and in a manner that strips away everything about Christianity that is false, boring, and irrelevant, I would highly recommend this book as a starting point.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Very benefical to the Christian journey

    This was one of the most convicting but helpful books I've ever read. The author is right on point in regards to Christians needing to begin living what we believe. The author's personal examples along with the challenges that Christians face in other parts of the world further enhances the need to put serving God as our top priority.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    a must to check out

    i found this book very thought provoking but easy to read, definitely a five star book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    highly recommended

    Great book, easy to read & great information. Couldn't put it down.

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