Naked Gospel: The Truth You May Never Hear in Church

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I found myself lying on the floor of my apartment, sobbing for hours on end: “God, I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do, and I still don’t feel closer to you. In fact, I feel worse than ever! How could this have gone wrong? I can’t see any way out. Help me.”

As a university student, Andrew Farley found himself physically and emotionally addicted to street evangelism and Bible study. Yet despite his fervid behavior, he knew something was missing. That something was an ...

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Overview

I found myself lying on the floor of my apartment, sobbing for hours on end: “God, I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do, and I still don’t feel closer to you. In fact, I feel worse than ever! How could this have gone wrong? I can’t see any way out. Help me.”

As a university student, Andrew Farley found himself physically and emotionally addicted to street evangelism and Bible study. Yet despite his fervid behavior, he knew something was missing. That something was an understanding of the gospel that is stripped of the compromises and clichés of the modern church.

The Naked Gospel finds friends among those who are burned out on experience-chasing, ceremonialism, or legalism. It attacks churchy jargon and powerless ideas and puts forth a message that is simple but life-changing. With a fresh take on Scripture and unapologetic style, The Naked Gospel will challenge you and stir you to re-examine everything you thought you already knew.

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“How do you know a sailboat is maxed out in the wind? The author’s wife, a sailboat captain, can tell you. It hydroplanes. How do you know it’s hydroplaning? You listen for the hum. This book shows you how to open the sails of your life to the winds of truth and max out in God’s Spirit. Read this book and hear the hum.” -- Leonard Sweet

“The Naked Gospel is an intelligently written book that is thoroughly intriguing. Your church or small group could benefit greatly by its wisdom and concepts. This is a must-read!” -- Dave Stone

“For over three years, I have cohosted radio and television programs with Dr. Andrew Farley. God has gifted this insightful teacher and author with the ability to communicate the meaning of the Scriptures with remarkable simplicity. The clarity of his words should refresh the spirit of every saint and beckon to the lost. The heart of his message is captured here, and it comes at the perfect time: when the United States, and indeed the whole world, is hungering for answers. The Naked Gospel is unabashed truth.” -- Chip Polk

“The message that Andrew Farley brings in The Naked Gospel is so necessary for the church today. It is absolutely essential for a fulfilling and genuinely Christ-centered life.” -- John Best

“What a great ‘textbook’ on how to strip away all the religious fakery and take the challenge to just be a normal person while being a healthy Christian.” -- Steve Arterburn, , Author

From the Publisher
'How do you know a sailboat is maxed out in the wind? The author's wife, a sailboat captain, can tell you. It hydroplanes. How do you know it's hydroplaning? You listen for the hum. This book shows you how to open the sails of your life to the winds of truth and max out in God's Spirit. Read this book and hear the hum.' — Leonard Sweet, bestselling author of So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life and the Church

'Our culture screams at us, 'Productivity!'—and often, this mantra gets absorbed and spread by the church. Grace is a word we use often but rarely understand the depth and true meaning of. In The Naked Gospel, Andrew Farley strips down religion and shows us the faith and freedom God intends for us to have in a fully abundant, radiant life.' — Anne Jackson, speaker and author of Mad Church Disease

'What a great 'textbook' on how to strip away all the religious fakery and take the challenge to just be a normal person while being a healthy Christian.' — Steve Arterburn, founder and chairman, New Life Ministries

'Reading Andrew Farley's book The Naked Gospel harkened me back to my own faith-altering encounter with Jesus, when I first embraced the outrageous idea of the exchanged life. That message dynamically changed me, which is why I'm excited about Andrew's book—a biblically centered freedom manual for today's stuck Christian. If you're tired of wearing the 'I'm a super Christian' mask, if you're weary and discouraged on the inside, read this book and experience the freedom Jesus brings.' — Mary E. De Muth, author of Daisy Chain

'The Naked Gospel is an intelligently written book that is thoroughly intriguing. Your church or small group could benefit greatly by its wisdom and concepts. This is a must-read!' — Dave Stone, senior minister, Southeast Christian Church

'For over three years, I have cohosted radio and television programs with Dr. Andrew Farley. God has gifted this insightful teacher and author with the ability to communicate the meaning of the Scriptures with remarkable simplicity. The clarity of his words should refresh the spirit of every saint and beckon to the lost. The heart of his message is captured here, and it comes at the perfect time: when the United States, and indeed the whole world, is hungering for answers. The Naked Gospel is unabashed truth.' — Chip Polk, cofounder and playwright, Ragtown Gospel Theater

'The message that Andrew Farley brings in The Naked Gospel is so necessary for the church today. It is absolutely essential for a fulfilling and genuinely Christ-centered life.' — John Best, Th D, former professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis, Dallas Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310293064
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 135,567
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Andrew Farley is senior pastor of Ecclesia, an evangelical Bible church that has resided on the high plains of west Texas for more than fifty years. Andrew is a bestselling author of several Christian books and a frequent speaker at churches and Christian campus events. Andrew is also a tenured professor of linguistics at Texas Tech University and lives in Lubbock, Texas with his wife, Katharine, and their son Gavin. For more information, please visit AndrewFarley.org.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    For many years as a Christian, I lived in a performance mentali

    For many years as a Christian, I lived in a performance mentality, trying to earn God's acceptance ... and failing miserably. The Lord has been renewing my thinking for the past decade in ways that are startling, to the point where I felt like I was swimming upstream in the church culture and wondering if I was really off the mark. There are so many points in this book that are remarkably similar to my own experience, and whole lot of new ones to consider and ponder on.
    I found a clear connecting of dots in how Andrew Farley describes the believer's life without the law, and he sheds light on the mystery of how change occurs in a believer's actions. Something I have never read before with such clarity. Andrew's experience as a linguist is clearly evident and gives weight and trustworthiness to the understanding he provides around the scriptures.
    I am particularly grateful for the confirmation that we do not need to find exceptional ways to serve God, but that God calls us to live as he has created us. That our desires in life, interests and gifts are God's expression of himself to the world through us. That God loves the me he created and been made alive in Christ ... I am allowed to be me! Hey, I can do that ... and rest in it.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

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    Great book

    I've been reading The Naked Gospel by Andrew Farley which the Ooze Viral Blogger program sent to me and I've really been enjoying it. The idea behind the Naked Gospel is the truth of the gospel without all the trappings that we've added over the years. The description of the book says it like this: Jesus Plus Nothing. I LOVE THAT. It's an easy read and very thought provoking, and I believe, very honoring to Jesus and his intent for the "good news" of the gospel. It's not a theological handbook or anything like that, but if you are tired of the stuff we've added to following Jesus, or if you feel like maybe you'd like to read a book that reminds you about Grace, and the way that Jesus sees you I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2010

    Wow! This answered so many nagging questions.

    This is an amazing book. I've always had problems understanding the Bible and this book really helped me. The Naked Gospel makes so much sense. I wish I'd read this book years ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Everyone needs to read this Book!!!

    One of the best books I've ever read...If you are a Christian or if you're not a Christian...READ THIS BOOK!!! It will change your life and your walk with God!!!

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    I did not recommend this book!!!!

    I did not recommend this book!!!

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