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  • ISBN-13: 9781590524015
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/2/2003
  • Sales rank: 528,833
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    Clear and Concise

    This book explains Christianity and salvation in a way that is easy for anyone to understand. I've bought many and passed them on to friends, with great feedback. It's a real eye-opener, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004

    Read this book and pass it on!

    An excellent resource for Christians and non-Christians alike. I plan to pass along copies to several friends of mine who are kind of on the verge of giving their life to Christ-- it is a very logical, compelling and engaging presentation of true Christian belief. We are using it as a resource in our Sunday school class and have thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my favorite points is that while a lot of people will critique Christianity who do you know who would really stand behind the statement 'Jesus was a liar'-- I don't know anyone who would and if we think he was telling the truth about who he was a what salvation means then shouldn't we do something about that? Jesus was more than just a nice guy, a healer, a friend, a guru, or whatever people try to make him out to be to make him more accesible-- he's the Lamb of God, the sacrifice that set us right with our Creator if we choose to believe in him. He's not a 'good' way to get to God, he is THE way to get to God.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    Faith Changing

    After reading this book, I come to two conclusions; (1) Andy is an awesome christian author. (2) I had just read one of the most profound books in my life, and was forced to rethink (and strengthen) my faith. Awesome read, a great book to give to a friend or relative. BRAVO - AWESOME BOOK!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2003

    Leaves no questions unanswered...

    in this book. Andy is an outstanding communicator and his message of Christianity and how to get to Heaven is easily laid out in this book. We all know friends who believe they're doing the 'good things' to get to heaven and this book explains to them there is something else they must do...accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I've kept one of the books as my own and have bought several others to hand out to friends and family who need to know the truth. Overall and awesome book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013


    She lay on the floor infront of the fire on her side half asleep. A half read book lay open infront of her. 'For on the Winds of Desire.' Was the title and ita cover had a pretty brunet girl with a man whos face you couldnt see with his arms around around and their faxes tiled to each other as if they were going to kiss. It was a romnce noval.

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    Posted November 30, 2013


    He walked in and sat on the couch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    I was first introduced to the writings and messages of Andy Stan

    I was first introduced to the writings and messages of Andy Stanley approximately four years ago when exploring various podcasts. I was immediately taken by his clear speaking style that often addressed difficult issues in a loving and nonconfrontational way. The book "How Good Is Good Enough?" is a beautiful example of this approach.

    Andy confidantly approaches a commonly accepted social norm - "Good people go to heaven" and measures it against biblical truth. He does so in a smart and logical way that allows the reader to follow his analysis without giving the feeling of being forced into agreement.

    Not only is it a smart and easy read; I enjoyed it for his willingness to approach a socially accepted "truth" (that is indeed the opposite) and encourages the reader to do likewise. I love it when authors are led (and follow that leading) to have the difficult conversations with their readers - especially when they do it as well as he does.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    Evangelistic, apologetic and to the point!!!

    Tim Keller defines defeater beliefs as any culture's "'common-sense' consensus beliefs that automatically make Christianity seem implausible to people." If I may be so bold as to add to the wisdom of Tim Keller, I would suggest that any belief that makes Christianity unnecessary or inconsequential would fall into such a category as well. And of all the beliefs that make Christianity unnecessary or inconsequential, there is perhaps none more common than the one confronted in this book: "all good people go to heaven".

    In How Good Is Good Enough?, Andy Stanley spends the first two thirds of the book dismantling this defeater belief, clearing the way for a clear and compassionate gospel presentation. The dismantling of the "good people go to heaven" belief is surprising simple, primarily because it is so often assumed and so rarely analyzed. The frailty of this assumption is quickly revealed as Stanley begins measuring it against a few questions (the first of which is the title of the book).

    Consider. How do you know when/if you're good enough? According to whose standard of goodness? Jesus? Buddha? Mohammed? And if God is good, shouldn't he have communicated a little more clearly that standard and where exactly the cut-off line is? And the kicker in my mind: no matter where the line is, what do you say to the poor sap who falls below that line by one measly good dead? That he missed the cut-off for heaven and is now in hell because of one white lie? One errant word? One stolen piece of candy as a child?

    To put it another way: if a passing grade is 3.0, what do you tell the schmuck who scores a 2.999? "Sorry chump, to hell with you and Hitler and Pol Pot"."All good people go to heaven" is often touted as a much fairer option against the Christian view of the afterlife. Yet, like a good apologist, Stanley shows that this approach to eternity fails at its own test of fairness and equality.

    I can't decide if How Good Is Good Enough? is a really short book (92 small pages) or a long gospel tract, but either way it's well worth adding to your library so that you are ready to loan it or cite it next time someone says "Well that's great if Christianity works for you, but I'm just trying to be a good person".

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    This book is short and to the point. Taking on the most common o

    This book is short and to the point. Taking on the most common objection to the Gospel, Stanley does a good job addressing the argument. Stanley moves through the basics of how we can’t really define “good people.” With a floating standard of good, how can we assure ourselves a place in heaven? Less than a 100 pages, it is a good book to share with someone that thinks about heaven but doesn’t understand that only Jesus’ sacrifice assures us a place there. It is the literary equivalent to “The Way of the Master” evangelism style. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All thoughts and descriptions are my own.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    How Good is good enough by Andy Stanley

    A lot of people and religious groups believe that being good equals a free ride to heaven. That if they do good and are good they will go to heaven. But who really knows if that is true or not. Like the title of this book, "how good is good enough". How will we know if we will make it to heaven. This is what Andy Stanly discusses in this book.

    This book is small and could be read in 2 hours and would be good for new believers or people who want to grow stronger in their faith. Andy Stanly holds the reader in suspense by not giving you any clear answers until toward the end of the book so it make you want to keep reading.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Read this book, and then give it away. Now repeat.

    Just finished SINCE NOBODY'S PERFECT... HOW GOOD IS GOOD ENOUGH? by Andy Stanley. This is a pretty short book, easily read in one sitting, and well worth the time invested. This book is a gospel presentation designed to address the common misconception that "good" people go to heaven and "bad" people do not.

    This book is fantastic. It is a brilliant delivery of the gospel truth. In addition to adding to my frequent re-read list, I plan on giving this great resource to anyone needing help sharing their faith or to anyone with questions themselves about salvation.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    Fantastic explanation of the REAL gospel

    I recently read a book challenging the notion that good people go to heaven. Andy Stanley discusses this in a simple, easy-to-grasp way in How Good Is Good Enough? There are a lot of people not only in the world who hold the belief that good people go to heaven, but also in Christian churches. It's something we may not have been taught deliberately, but many Sunday school lessons, the kind I received as a kid, focus on what we do, how we behave, whether we're obedient. Teachers post sticky stars on charts for the whole class to see, ranking us on things like attendance and bringing our Bible. As adult church-goers, we don't receive stars like that, but there's something in us that says there's still some cosmic chart tracking our behavior. Stanley's little book (less than 100 pages) is fantastic for people who are searching to know and understand God, whether they've never been to church before or if they've been "saved" for a long time. He breaks down the commonly-held view that adherence to things like the Ten Commandments and overall morality will assure us a place in heaven. Stanley says the problem with the good people go view is that we have nothing to measure against. Look at the world religions and you'll see all kinds of answers for this predicament, but surely they all can't be right-as some like to claim, that they're all an avenue to God. Religion's intent has been to help us where our conscience gives only a vague sense of when something's amiss, sort of like the all-encompassing engine light. That warning light on my dash tells me something's wrong, but I have to take it to a mechanic to see what's going on inside. Religion is like that mechanic. Though there are a lot of garages out there offering service, religion is as useless as I am at fixing cars. It can't fix us. And, in fact, it's misdiagnosed the problem for thousands of years. Wonderfully insightful and humorous at times, Stanley's short book is great to share with friends and family who have questions about God. I think it's also a must-read for church attenders who still think there's a chart with stars on it and wonder where they stand with God. Stanley clarifies Scripture, especially the Apostle Paul's writings, in helping us understand the truth about how we can come to know God, which cannot be earned by our own efforts. None of us is good. But God is. And he has made a way for us to know him.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Interesting Analysis

    Book Review
    How Good is Good Enough? By Andy Stanley
    ISBN: 9781590522745

    This book is an analysis of the common argument that good people go to heaven and why it is not true. The book is aimed at those that are not already Christians, but those that are exploring the idea. There were many good personal stories to illustrate the points, but perhaps lacking in scripture backing.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    I love this book!

    We all ask ourselves this question at one time or another, "Surely there is more than one way to get to heaven, right?"
    Stanley addresses this exact question in his book, How good is good enough?
    I am still in my journey, as most people are. We never know who is really going to heaven and what can we do to get there.
    This book helps you answer the question if good people go to heaven, because this is what everyone thinks, good people are supposed to go to heaven, while sinners aren't so lucky.
    Stanley helps lead believers and skeptics alike to a grateful awareness of God's enormous grace and mercy.
    Actually, it doesn't really make any sense at all. Smart, educated, accomplished men and women everywhere are banking their eternities on a theory that doesn't hold water. Chances are, you've never really thought it through. But you owe it to yourself to do so.
    Find out now what's wrong with the most popular theory about heaven-and what it really takes to get there.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Simple but though-provoking read

    I just finished re-reading the short book "Since Nobody's Perfect ... How Good is Good Enough?" by Andy Stanley. It is a simple read (about 2 hours). There are deep biblical truths revealed, but they are presented in an easy-to-understand way.

    Stanley presents the dilemma that faces most thoughtful people. If there is a heaven, how do I get there? What are the standards I must follow? How good must I be? These questions are presented and addressed using biblical truths, but you won't find this little book to be laced front-to-back with biblical quotes. There are a few, but writing a theological treatise on sin and salvation was not the author's intent. His intent is to get people to consider life, eternity, salvation, and Jesus.

    He accomplishes his purpose.

    I have already given one copy of this book away. I wish I had boxes full of them to distribute to all who would have one. It is a simple, straightforward consideration of one of mankind's greatest questions ... just how good do you have to be to get into heaven?

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