Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

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by Kyle Idleman

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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

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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 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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Not a Fan 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 161 reviews.
MarniArnold More than 1 year ago
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 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. ----------- 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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
RonBrackin More than 1 year ago
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.
dunan More than 1 year ago
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
jamorrison More than 1 year ago
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.
Sharonon99 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Coffee_and_chess_lover More than 1 year ago
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.
Major_Curly More than 1 year ago
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.
sc2424 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
jsclark2000 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LearningToLean More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
God used this booj on my heart like a 20 pound sledgehamer... I am no longer a fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kingsmonarch More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading every page! It was a powerful message but an easy read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this I didnt fully understand what it meant to be a fan or a follower of the lord. As I read this book I started to understand that this is not a book you just enjoy, this is a book that will get down deep in your heart and help you see where you are with chirst. I encorage this book to all. P.S. This is coming from a kid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this yet but my youth group did this thing where they have a weekend and you stay at a host home and come up to the church for games bible study and praise and worship. The theme for this years was not a fan based on this book. We are not to be fans of Jesus but we are to be followers. One thing my youth pastor said that really stuck out to me was that you had to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Meaning you had to get comfortable stepping out of you comfort zone to share the love of Christ. Becoming the ultamite follower means giving up things to get greater things back, like seeing your friends in heaven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good not great. Repeats itself. Not impressed with ending. Author makes interesting comparisons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one I will read again because he gives so many great examples of what it mens to be a follower not just a fan. Funny too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It really makes you evaluate your relationship with Christ, and is very convicting. Definitely a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book truly challenges you to look at your walk with God. Are you a fan or a follower? Many think there is a huge difference but really there is a thin line. Saved, unsaved, or in between i challange you to read this book, examine your walk, and make changes. God bless :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book in one week. I just couldn't stop reading it. It certainly gave me a lot to thonk about.