Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

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Pastor Kyle Idleman doesn't just want to be a fan of Jesus, he wants to full heartedly commit to him and be a follower of Jesus. But how can you make the leap from fan to follower? In Not a Fan Idleman uses biblical examples to show how the people who met Jesus also had to decide if they were fans or followers, and what it meant for them to then become followers. Being a follower doesn't mean that you go to church every week, that you slap a Jesus fish on the back of your car, and that you give to charity. That's...
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Overview

Pastor Kyle Idleman doesn't just want to be a fan of Jesus, he wants to full heartedly commit to him and be a follower of Jesus. But how can you make the leap from fan to follower? In Not a Fan Idleman uses biblical examples to show how the people who met Jesus also had to decide if they were fans or followers, and what it meant for them to then become followers. Being a follower doesn't mean that you go to church every week, that you slap a Jesus fish on the back of your car, and that you give to charity. That's what a fan does. What a follower of Jesus does, Idleman observes, is die to themselves each and every moment of the day because 'you can't say yes to following Jesus unless you say no to living for yourself.' In this three part book Idleman helps you to discover whether you are a fan or a follower, how to recognize the invitation Jesus has given, and what following Jesus looks like in your daily life. With humor and real life examples to draw you closer to Jesus, Kyle Idleman compels each and every one of us to Not Be A Fan
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"When it comes to Jesus, I am not a fan." That is the attention-snagging message megachurch pastor Idleman hopes readers are repeating by the end of this book. Addressing all Christians-including himself, Idleman writes that "the biggest threat to the church today is fans" who admire Jesus but aren't fully committed to being followers. Using Biblical examples and 11 startlingly honest testimonials from present-day followers, the author shows that being a Christian requires sacrifice and an all-consuming commitment to Jesus. Though his message is a direct challenge to the reader, Idleman offers humor and conversation instead of guilt and condemnation. He takes old themes (e.g., take up your cross, suffer for a greater purpose) and repackages them with natural wit and 21st century relevance. The meat of this succinct message could be lost if the titular catchphrase becomes yet another T-shirt slogan. But if readers latch onto the deeper meaning, they could find themselves reevaluating everything from their careers to their relationships. A refreshing read to recharge apathetic churchgoers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310331933
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/13/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 26,114
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the 5th largest church in America. He is the author and presenter of the Award-winning video curriculum series H2O: A Journey of Faith and The Easter Experience. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four young children.
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Table of Contents

Contents

prologue (I never read these either, but please read this one.)....................11
chapter 1 D.T.R....................19
chapter 2 a decision or a commitment?....................29
chapter 3 knowledge about him or intimacy with him?....................41
chapter 4 one of many or your one and only?....................55
chapter 5 following jesus or following the rules?....................69
chapter 6 self-empowered or spirit-filled?....................87
chapter 7 the relationship defined....................101
chapter 8 anyone — an open invitation....................115
chapter 9 come after me — a passionate pursuit....................129
chapter 10 deny — a total surrender....................143
chapter 11 take up your cross daily — an everyday death....................157
chapter 12 wherever. what about there?....................175
chapter 13 whenever. what about now?....................189
chapter 14 whatever. what about that?....................201
acknowledgments....................213
notes....................215
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First Chapter

Not a Fan

Becoming a completely committed follower of Jesus
By Kyle Idleman

Zondervan

Copyright © 2011 Kyle Idleman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-33193-3


Chapter One

D.T.R.

Are you a follower of Jesus?

I would say the chances are pretty good that you just skipped over that question. You may have read it, but I doubt it carried much weight or had any real impact. But would you let me ask you this question again? It's the most important question you will ever answer.

Are you a follower of Jesus?

I know, I know. You've been asked this question before. Because it's so familiar there is a tendency to dismiss it. Not because it makes you uncomfortable. Not because it's especially convicting. The question is dismissed mostly because it feels redundant and unnecessary.

Chances are that if you are reading this book you fall into one of two groups:

1. The " Jesus fish on the back of my car" group. You are serious enough about your faith that you shop in the Christian section of the bookstore. In which case, when I ask you "Are you a follower of Jesus?" it seems rhetorical and you're ready to put the book down, or at least go back and look at the table of contents to see if there is a chapter that might be helpful. You recognize that this is an important question for many to consider, but asking you? Well, it's like walking into a Boston pub and asking, "Who cheers for the red Sox?" It's an important question, but you're so sure of your answer that your mind quickly dismisses it. You've already dealt with it. Asked and answered. But before you move on too quickly, let me clarify what I am not asking. I am not asking the following:

Do you go to church? Are your parents or grandparents Christians? Did you raise your hand at the end of a sermon one time? Did you repeat a prayer after a preacher? Did you walk forward during a twelve-minute version of "Just As I Am"? Do you own three or more Bibles? Have you ever appeared in a church directory? Did you grow up going to VBS and/or church camp? Is your ringtone a worship song? When you pray are you able to utilize five or more synonyms for God? I can keep going. Seriously, I can. Have you ever worn "witness wear"? Is the KJV the only real version of the Bible? Have you ever kissed dating good-bye? Under "religious views" does your Facebook page say "Christ follower"? Did you dog Harry Potter and rave about Lord of the Rings? Did you get a purpose driven life in 40 days or less? Do you say "Bless their heart" before speaking badly about someone? Do you understand phrases like "traveling mercies" and "sword drill"?

Here's my point: many of us are quick to say, "Yes, I'm a follower of Jesus," but I'm not sure we really understand what we are saying. To quote Inigo Montoya, "I do not think that means what you think it means."

One of the most sobering passages of Scripture tells of a day when many who consider themselves to be followers of Jesus will be stunned to find out that he doesn't even recognize them. In the gospel of Matthew chapter 7 Jesus tells of a day where everyone who has ever lived will stand before God. On that day many who call themselves Christians and identify themselves as followers will stand confidently in front of Jesus only to hear him say, "I never knew you. Away from me." If you've just assumed you are a follower of Jesus, I pray that this book would either confirm that confidence or it would convict you to reevaluate your relationship with Jesus and reaffirm your commitment to follow him.

2. The "Why is there a fish on the back of my friend's car?" group. If you are a part of this group, then you likely didn't buy this book. In fact, you would never spend your own money on it. But somebody who cares about you, and who probably has a fish on their car, gave it to you. Because it was a friend or a relative you figured you would at least read the first chapter to be polite. And maybe you skipped over the question Are you a follower of Jesus? It's not that you're against the question or offended by it. It just doesn't seem relevant to you. But it's irrelevant to you in a different way than the people in group number one. It's not that you have already answered the question; it's that the question doesn't seem worth answering. You mean no offense; you're just not into it.

It doesn't bother you that some people choose to follow Jesus. That's cool, but it's not your thing. Kind of like your friend who's so into Star Trek that he asks you things like "ta' SoH taH HoD?" (That's Klingon for "Do you think Spock should be captain?"*) And you don't really care. If that's what he likes, fine. But you don't get the appeal.

But ... what if? Would you pause for a moment and ask yourself, What if all of life comes down to this one question? What if there really is a heaven and there really is a hell, and where I spend eternity comes down to this one question? That may seem completely ridiculous, but if there is some part of you that considers this a minute possibility, then isn't it worth thinking through that question? As you read this book I hope you would at least consider that this may be the most important question you ever answer. I believe that the reason we were put on this earth is to answer this one question. And the truth is, whether or not we do so consciously or intentionally, we all answer this question.

I want you to know up front that I'm not here to "sell" Jesus. I'm not going to try and talk you into following Jesus by presenting the parts that are most appealing. Because here's the thing, and don't tell the people in group #1 I said this, but many of them assume they are followers of Jesus, but the truth is they have never heard the unedited version of what Jesus taught about following him.

My guess is that after reading this book there will be people in group 1 and group 2 that turn down the invitation to follow Jesus. After all, when we read in the Gospels about Jesus inviting people to follow him, some people signed up, but most decided to walk away.

Time for the D.T.R.

So where do you start in determining if you really are a follower of Jesus? How do you decide if this is even something you would want to consider? Let's begin by having a D.T.R. talk with Jesus. Some of you will recognize what the letters D.T.R. stand for. If you're not sure, let me give you a hint. For a young man involved in a romantic relationship, these letters are often enough to strike fear into his heart. He likely dreads the D.T.R. talk. In fact, many young men will postpone, run away from, and put off the D.T.R. for as long as possible. I have even known a few guys who have terminated the relationship when they sensed that the D.T.R. talk was imminent.

Now do you want to guess what DTR stands for?

Define the relationship.

This is the official talk that takes place at some point in a romantic relationship to determine the level of commitment. You want to see where things stand and find out if what you have is real.

In high school I went out on a first date with a girl that I really didn't know very well. We sat down in a booth at a restaurant and began the awkward first date conversation. During the appetizer I learned a little bit about her family. While we enjoyed the main course she told me about her favorite movie. And then it happened. While we were eating our dessert she asked me, and I quote: "Where do you see this relationship going?" On the very first date she was trying to have the D.T.R. talk. I got out of there P.D.Q. That was the first and the last date.

I wasn't ready for that moment, but there comes a time when you need to define the relationship. It can be awkward. It can be uncomfortable. But eventually every healthy relationship reaches a point when the D.T.R. talk is needed. Is it casual or is it committed? Have things moved past infatuation and admiration and towards deeper devotion and dedication? You need to intentionally evaluate the state of the relationship and your level of commitment to the person.

So here's what I want to ask you to do. In your mind picture yourself walking into a local coffee shop. You grab a snack and get a drink and then walk towards the back where it isn't crowded and you find a seat at a small table. You take a sip of your drink and enjoy a few quiet minutes. Now, imagine that Jesus comes in and sits down next to you. You know it's him because of the blue sash. You're unsure what to say. In an awkward moment you try to break the silence by asking him to turn your drink into wine. He gives you the same look he used to give Peter. Before he has a chance to respond, you suddenly realize you haven't prayed for your food. You decide to say your prayer out loud, hoping that Jesus will be impressed. You start off okay, but understandably you get nervous and pray "Three things we pray: to love thee more dearly, to see thee more clearly, to follow thee more nearly, day, by day, by day." You quickly say "Amen" when you realize you're quoting Ben Stiller's prayer from Meet the Parents.

Before you have a chance to make things more awkward, Jesus skips past the small talk and gets right to the point. He looks you in the eye and says, "It's time we define this relationship." He wants to know how you feel about him. Is your relationship with Jesus exclusive? Is it just a casual weekend thing or has it moved past that? How would your relationship with him be defined? What exactly is your level of commitment?

Whether you've called yourself a Christian since childhood, or all of this is new to you, Jesus would clearly define what kind of relationship he wants to have with you. He wouldn't sugarcoat it or dress it up. He would tell you exactly what it means to follow him. As you're sitting in that coffee shop listening to Jesus give you the unedited version of what kind of relationship he wants with you, I can't help but wonder if that question, "Are you a follower of Jesus?" would be a little more challenging to answer.

It may seem that there are many followers of Jesus, but if they were honestly to define the relationship they have with him I am not sure it would be accurate to describe them as followers. It seems to me that there is a more suitable word to describe them. They are not followers of Jesus. They are fans of Jesus.

Here is the most basic definition of fan in the dictionary:

"An enthusiastic admirer"

It's the guy who goes to the football game with no shirt and a painted chest. He sits in the stands and cheers for his team. He's got a signed jersey hanging on his wall at home and multiple bumper stickers on the back of his car. But he's never in the game. He never breaks a sweat or takes a hard hit in the open field. He knows all about the players and can rattle off their latest stats, but he doesn't know the players. He yells and cheers, but nothing is really required of him. There is no sacrifice he has to make. And the truth is, as excited as he seems, if the team he's cheering for starts to let him down and has a few off seasons, his passion will wane pretty quickly. After several losing seasons you can expect him to jump off the fan wagon and begin cheering for some other team. He is an enthusiastic admirer.

It's the woman who never misses the celebrity news shows. She always picks up the latest People magazine. She's a huge fan of some actress who is the latest Hollywood sensation. And this woman not only knows every movie this actress has been in, she knows what high school this actress went to. She knows the birthday of this actress, and she knows the name of her first boyfriend. She even knows what this actress's real hair color is, something the actress herself is no longer certain of. She knows everything there is to know. But she doesn't know the actress. She's a huge fan, but she's just a fan. She is an enthusiastic admirer.

And I think Jesus has a lot of fans these days. Fans who cheer for him when things are going well, but who walk away when it's a difficult season. Fans who sit safely in the stands cheering, but they know nothing of the sacrifice and pain of the field. Fans of Jesus who know all about him, but they don't know him.

But Jesus was never interested in having fans. When he defines what kind of relationship he wants, "Enthusiastic Admirer" isn't an option. My concern is that many of our churches in America have gone from being sanctuaries to becoming stadiums. And every week all the fans come to the stadium where they cheer for Jesus but have no interest in truly following him. The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren't actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them.

An Accurate Measurement

So Fan or Follower? The problem with asking that question of yourself is this: it's almost impossible to be objective. After all, if you say, "I'm a follower," what makes you so sure? What are the measurements that you use to define your relationship with Christ? Most would determine the answer to this question by using a highly subjective method of measurement.

Many fans mistakenly identify themselves as followers by using cultural comparisons. They look at the commitment level of others around them and feel like their relationship with Jesus is solid. Essentially they grade their relationship with Jesus on the curve, and as long as they are more spiritual than the next guy, they figure everything is fine. That's why some fans are almost glad when it's found out that the Christian family everyone admires has a child who rebels or a marriage that is struggling to stay together and isn't as perfect as it appeared. The curve just got set a little lower.

Have you noticed that when we compare ourselves to others as a way to measure our relationship with Christ we almost always put ourselves up against those who are spiritually anemic? I have a tendency to take this approach in measuring myself as a husband. I try and convince my wife how good she's got it by pointing to her friend whose husband never takes her on a date, or by telling her about my buddy who forgot his twenty-year anniversary. I've learned that when I start comparing myself to other husbands as a way to measure how I am doing as a husband, I am doing so out of conviction and guilt that I am actually not loving my wife the way I need to. If you find yourself measuring your relationship with Jesus by comparing yourself to others, that is likely a self-indictment.

Another measurement fans use is a religious ruler. They point to their observance of religious rules and rituals as evidence that they are really followers. After all, they reason, would a fan go to church every weekend, and put money in the offering, and volunteer in the nursery, and listen exclusively to Christian radio, and not see r-rated movies, and only drink a wine cooler at the party? Hello? Of course I'm a follower. I'm not doing all that for nothing!

We have other ways to determine if we are followers. Denominational measurements, our family heritage, and biblical knowledge are all ways we try to prove that we really are followers. But here's the real question: how does Jesus define what it means to follow him? Whatever measurement he gives is the one we should use.

Diagnosing Fandom

The Gospels record many examples of people having the D.T.R. talk with Jesus. In each encounter the person finds themselves in a position where the question "Fan or Follower?" has to be answered. Some are shown to be true followers; others are revealed to be nothing more than enthusiastic admirers. As we examine a number of these encounters, think of them as case studies that reveal different "symptoms" of being a fan.

With four kids at home, we are constantly on medical websites trying to diagnose whatever ailment is being passed around. One of my favorite websites has a search function that allows you to enter in whatever symptoms you suffer from and then it gives the most likely diagnosis. For example, if you type in "runny nose" and "nausea" the website informs you that it's likely the flu or a food allergy. If you add "lightheadedness" then it narrows it down to a food allergy. If you take away "lightheadedness" and add "fever," then the diagnosis is more likely to be the H1N1 flu. The more specific the symptoms, the more likely you are to get an accurate diagnosis.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman Copyright © 2011 by Kyle Idleman. Excerpted by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    Great book

    The writer takes an honest and sometimes humorous look at what it means to be devoted to the Lord instead of a shallow faith that cannot get you through the storms of life. He encourages you not to look at others, but to look at your own heart and see where you really are. This is not make me feel good about me book. It is about your realationship with God being REAL.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    A book every Christian needs to read!

    When I picked this book to read for review, I had an idea what it truly about, but I didn't completely understand the whole intention of this book. The cover is simple, as is the subtitle to it, "becoming a completely committed follower of Jesus" - but really, what does that mean.and what did it mean to me? I had no idea until I cracked open the book and began to dive in. And in doing such, I was blown away.

    Kyle Idleman slams this topic is the most beautiful way possible. He points out relevant situations in today's culture and society, and bumps it directly up against God's word and truth.in turn, what's revealed is a wonderful message that all Christians need to hear. Are you a follower of Jesus.or are you just a mere fan?

    The answer is discovered in each individual Christian's life as Kyle takes you on a journey in the exploration of each of our faith walk with Christ.examining if what we really have in our lives is a relationship with Him, or merely our own version of ticker tape parade going on inside our hearts for Him.

    Throughout the book, he gives example after example - including stories in between each chapter from real life people who've had their lives radically transformed by a relationship with Christ - of what a true relationship with Christ doesn't, and does, look like. In turn, he also lays out nuggets throughout the pages that offer encouraging strategies for Christians to become true followers of Christ.and just remain fans of His.

    I can't edify this book enough. I may even do a giveaway soon with this book, for I sincerely believe - again - every Christian needs to read this book. For if we are to live out the verse found in Lamentations 3:40.

    "Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD." (NIV)

    .then we will have no trouble at all examining our commitment level to Him many times throughout our lives since life is a process of constant growth.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free from Zondervan Publishers in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    Should be required reading for every American who claims to be a Christian!

    I'm still astonished whenever Gallup, Pew, or Barna announces that eighty-something percent of Americans claim to be Christian. Not so much because of the disconnect between Luke's letter to Theophilus and the church today, but because of the challenge of revealing to those who are not that they are not. After all, if they knew they were deceived, they wouldn't be deceived, would they? But who can deliver them from their illusion? Kyle Idleman. And in no uncertain terms. His "fan or follower" metaphor woven through not a fan. is simply inspired. Picture New Meadowlands Stadium. A "fan," Ideleman explains (of the NY Jets or whomever), is "an enthusiastic admirer . . . the guy who goes to the football game with no shirt and a painted chest. He sits in the stands and cheers for his team. He's got a signed jersey hanging on his wall at home and multiple bumper stickers on the back of his car. But he's never in the game. He never breaks a sweat or takes a hard hit in the open field. He knows all about the players and can rattle off their latest stats, but he doesn't know the players. He yells and cheers, but nothing is really required of him." The remainder of the book presents a biblical and, for some readers, startling definition of a "follower" of Jesus Christ. Paraphrased, in the immortal words of Riff, "When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way." Not a fan. is a bottom-line reality check for every pew-sitter-from Boomer to GenXYZ. Buy Not a fan. (Zondervan sent me a review copy, but I'd lay out the sticker price in a Manhattan minute). Read it, cover to cover and enjoy Idleman's direct, humorous style. I promise you that, by the time you reach the acknowledgements, you'll know exactly where you stand with God. And that's about the most bang you'll ever get for your buck. If you confirm that you're a follower, rejoice and give the book to somebody you love. If you discover that you've only been a fan all these years, thank God for the wake-up call and climb out of the bleachers and onto the field.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    Be wary

    This book has a great message but honestly it is very repetitive. The entire message can be brought forth with two chapters tops. My wife and I found it very hard to read through the entire book together. Kyle Idleman has his heart in the right place but he should flesh out any future books he may write and bring something new to every chapter rather than the same thing the previous chapter said.

    9 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2011

    Strongly Recommend

    This book was suggested to me by our church office Executive Secretary after she had listened to some audio by the author. It was refreshing to hear from a man who shepherds a large church who is not in to paving his home with gold or seeking fame and attention that there is more to this life. The distinctions the author draws between being a fan or being a follower hits the nail right on the head especially in this technologically capable and savvy generation. Not a hard read at all, but certainly a challenging one. Strongly recommend to anyone

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    Ouch! I really need to re-think how I am living.

    I am afraid I fall into the fan category, and this book has opened my eyes. The book really held my interest, and seemed to be echoing some of the things I have been feeling lately about the shallow way I live as a Christian. It is helping me to see that there is a right way, and I need to get there. Thanks so much, I have found this book VERY inspirational, and will recommend it to others.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Changed everything!

    This book completly changed my life. I now am beginning a true relationship with God. See I used to think if I squeezed in 5 minutes a day for God, everythings going to go good. Well one day I started reading not a fan and realized that I was wrong. I got down on my knees and asked forgivness from God for living selfishly. My name is Lee and I am not a fan.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended - but beware, it will challenge you!

    Written with honesty, directness and humor and makes plain an important truth about what it means to really believe in Jesus. If you consider yourself a Christian, it is important to read this book. And be honest with yourself.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    A must-read

    I have heard it time and time again: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved. That's all there is to it. Are you ready to make that commitment?" This question is usually followed by droves of children flocking to the front of the church sanctuary, ready to commit their lives to Christ...some of them for the second or third or fourth time, "just to be sure". While this is beautiful if their commitments are authentic, I wonder how much harm we are doing by not clearly presenting the sacrificial side of following Christ.

    In his book Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman addresses this issue with candor and a plea to the reader to truly examine his or her own life. He asserts that to truly believe is to follow, and the first seven chapters of his book are devoted to posing questions to determine whether you are a fan (simply an enthusiastic admirer) or a follower of Christ.

    Idleman dedicates the next four chapters of his book to walking the reader through Luke 9:23 and its implications: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." The final three chapters pose the challenge to follow Christ wherever, whenever, and whatever He may call you to.

    This book is not one to be read lightly. It poses so many questions and thoughts that every Christian should think through at some point in their life. While I do not agree with the author on what it means to be "spirit-filled", this is definitely a book that I would recommend and pass along to others to read.

    *This book was given to me for review purposes by Zondervan Publishing, and I do not have to return the book to the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are mine.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Excellent Read!

    An excellent read - Mr. Idleman makes a straightforward case for true discipleship versus fan-dom - which most of us, unfortunately, really are. He's insightful, often humourous, but makes a lot of good points when asking the reader to consider their "true", authentic relationship with Our Savior. Personally, I've had my eyes opened as to where I really stand in that relationship, and what I need to do to become a true follower...and Not a Fan. Wish I had been given this information a long time ago...but glad that Mr. Idleman has given it to me now.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Fan or follower?

    Fan vs Follower! The theme question of the book Not a Fan is whether we are truly followers of Christ or just fans. A true follower is what Jesus wants us to be, but many of us fall short and are in the "fan" category. Throughout the book, symptoms of fans are described, along with traits of true followers. I like the premise of this book, the understanding that following Christ is not a shallow addition to our lives, but actually a different life, of denial, of death to ourselves. There were several parts of the book that I didn't love, such as hints that making our children obey and follow Biblical guidelines is setting them up for a lifetime of fandom rather than true following. I really don't agree with that-the "Train up a child in the way he should go. . ."verse in Proverbs tells parents they should do this. I DO agree that just following the "rules" isn't the fullness of following Christ, but it is a good place to start with our children, definitely followed by the teaching of the necessity of the personal relationship of a disciple. I certainly appreciated that the points Idleman made in the book were backed up with Scripture. This isn't just a man's opinion or thoughts, it is the teaching of Christ. The book was a pleasant read, filled with cultural references (and some just plain silliness!) from today. That doesn't speak well to a long-lasting, "classic", but who knows, maybe the content will prevail and the cultural references will be overlooked or seen as cute comments fifty years down the road. All in all, it was a good read. Challenging, thought provoking, and even action/attitude altering! I received a free copy of Not a Fan from Zondervan books as a part of its blogger review program. Thank you Zondervan!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Wow!!

    What an awesome call to action! Must read! The author holds nothing back as he illustrates Christ's call for us as His followers! I certainly am NOT just a mere fan! Will be recommended for ages to come!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    Highly Recommend- This is a must Read!

    God has truly blessed and challenged me through this book. I am so thankful that Kyle Idleman was willing to allow God to use him as a vessel in order to get His message across so clearly. We as Followeres of Christ need more people like Kyle Idleman on the front lines of this spiritual battle that are willing to be True leaders and teachers of God's word. My prayer is that each and every person that claims to be a Christian would read this book and then truly ask and examine their self to see if they are a Fan or Follower!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    WOW!!! A must read.

    I never thought of being a follower or fan of Jesus before. Made me realize where I need to make a few changes in my relationship with Him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    This book opened my eyes!

    This is a wonderful book that will lead you on the right path to following Jesus. There is a journal and video that goes with this to help you have a better understanding.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you musth check it out!

    This book lays it all on the line on what we must to for the One who laid it all on the line for us.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Good book!

    God used this booj on my heart like a 20 pound sledgehamer... I am no longer a fan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    I so enjoyed this book!

    Reading this book really made me think if I was just doing "Lip service" to being a Christian, and I pray that it helped me to do more! Every Christian could benefit from reading and really being honest with this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    Are You Ready to Change Your Life? - Read this book!

    This is not a "how-to" book. It is a "should-be" book. Christians, especially those who have been believers for many years, will find themselves challenged to reexamine their relationship to Christ. I know that I did and I have been a believer for 39 years. If more Christians read this book and become what they "should-be" then...well, read the book and find out just what the potential is!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    Very enjoyable read!

    Enjoyed reading every page! It was a powerful message but an easy read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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