In this ultimately disappointing book, Antonucci, a Virginia-based pastor, criticizes the superficial subculture of American Christianity. Antonucci's working assumption is that many Christians are actually disenchanted by their spiritual lives and wonder why they don't have the abundant life Jesus promised. The solution to this deadening state of affairs? Christians need to shake loose the trite trappings of Christian-speak and get back to the "adventure" of faith. Antonucci takes aim at some of the beloved shibboleths of evangelicalism, suggesting, for example, that instead of talking about having a relationship with Jesus, Christians should worry about whether (as per John 15) they "abide" in Jesus. Some of his turns of phrase are thought provoking, as when he urges readers to "be the good news" before they worry about sharing it. But his autobiographical vignettes go on too long, and his message-that the Bible asks us not to behave well or even to believe in Jesus, but to follow him-is not greatly different from many Christian-living books. Too often, Antonucci replaces the clichés he disdains with more platitudes. On prayer: "spending large quantities of quality time with God-face-to-face" will make believers "glow." In short, this book promises more than it delivers. (Feb.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirtby Vince Antonucci
"We all read about the life Jesus describes and are painfully aware that our lives don't match his words," says Vince Antonucci, a disarmingly funny and edgy pastor. Raised by a Jewish mother and abandoned by his professional poker-playing father, Antonucci found Jesus at age twenty after studying the New Testament
Many people find themselves asking, "Is this it?"
"We all read about the life Jesus describes and are painfully aware that our lives don't match his words," says Vince Antonucci, a disarmingly funny and edgy pastor. Raised by a Jewish mother and abandoned by his professional poker-playing father, Antonucci found Jesus at age twenty after studying the New Testament. When he finally went to church, he was disappointed to discover a "boring, stale religion."
Through provocative storytelling and raw honesty, Antonucci unearths the life Jesus lived and wants us to experience, challenging us to move past spiritual boredom into a faith that's exciting, beautiful, and powerful. Recommended for all Christians thirsty for a fresh perspective on Christianity.
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I don't think people who lived in the Bible times had it easy, but at least when Jesus said, "Follow me" they could see the guy. You knew whether you were following him or not because â€¦ "Whoa, there goes Jesus!" He'd be off somewhere and you'd still be eating your cheese fries (because chili cheese fries hadn't been invented yetman, they had it rough) and you'd realize, "Whoops, I guess I didn't follow." I think in many ways those of us who live today have it easier, but following an invisible guy can be tricky. . . . . I decided to look at the original followers of Jesus in the Bible. I was still a little annoyed with them, because they had the advantage of getting the non-invisible Jesus, but I hoped maybe I could learn something. What did it look like for them to follow Jesus? Did following Jesus lead them to obedience and morality? Yes. But was it more than that? Way more. It's wacky. People follow Jesus into a storm your momma would have made you come in from. People give up everything and leave their jobs to follow Jesus. . . . Jesus says that to follow is to serve. . . . People stop following Jesus in droves because it's too weird, or too scary. . . . Everywhere I looked, it seemed like following Jesus led people to be astonished and afraid. . . . Jesus was constantly on the move. He had an agenda. And following him meant you would be going where he was going and doing what he was doing. Following Jesus is a long obedience in all different directions.
Meet the Author
Vince Antonucci is the founder and lead pastor of Verve, an innovative church plant for the unchurched near the Las Vegas strip. Vince's passion is creatively communicating biblical truth to help people find God, and he also serves with the Emerging Leadership Initiative (ELI). He is the author of I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt and Guerrilla Lovers.
Vince Antonucci is the founder and lead pastor of Verve, an innovative church plant for the unchurched near the Las Vegas strip. Vince's passion is creatively communicating biblical truth to help people find God. He also blogs at vinceantonucci.com, and speaks and coaches for Auxano.com. He is the author of I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt and Guerrilla Lovers.
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This book may be light of heart, but it doesn't forget--or let the reader forget--who is the light of the world. The author has a great style of writing and brings a rejuvenating spirit to a Christian narrative without slipping into the dangers of "cashing in" or "commercialization" the message of Christ. The real life examples are at time humorous and maybe even a little irreverent, but they are always pertinent and thought-provoking--I especially thought the one of the old man who never knew how to pray was, potentially, life-changing. What if we lived like we knew, we really knew, that God is sitting next to us, listening to us, and interacting with us on every level? All in all, the only thing this book would need to get 5 stars is if it came with a "lousy t-shirt".
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I have been a Christian for more than 50 years and have always been amazed by the self-righteouness of what I now understand to be "t-shirt Christians" I highly recommend this book.
I became a Christian and all I got was this Lousy T-shirt is about a naive college student who becomes a Christian by looking at his girlfriend's Bible one night. Through reading and experiencing God's Word that night, he discovers the truths and words of wisdom God's Word has to offer. Throughout the story, the author addresses that we as Christians do not need to be wearing a souvenir (or lousy) t-shirt, but we need to experience the amazing journey God has to offer by sharing a strong relationship with him. From cover to cover, Vince Antonucci uses several illustrations that reflect the quote "replacing souvenir religion with a spiritual passion." So many people go through the motions of being a Christ follower, but never experience the authentic journey of following him. They are t-shirt wearers. Another unique illustration he uses in the book is about a baby living within its mother's womb. We need to be the same with Christ. Not actually living inside him, but living with him. Throughout the book, Vince uses different examples and illustrations that share similar concept of following Christ authentically. In conclusion, we do not need to be the side line Christian. We all need to be on the field shining for Jesus showing others what he has done for us. The world does not need any more t-shirt wearers but needs more authentic Christ followers who can share His love with a corrupt world.
An easy read as it had me laughing in one moment and in deep thought the next. My favorite chapter was ¿Monk¿. If you¿re interested in growing your faith and would like to have words that can describe what your experiencing, this is it.
Reading this book was easy and fun. It has a very practical approach to christianity. I would recommend this book to both new and old christians alike. There is something in it for everyone.
After reading this book I have a new outlook and an all new energy. I found myself deep in thought over and over again. It revealed and reminded me how I am wearing the t-shirt and showed me how to get rid of it. If you feel held back, bored or tired, read this book.