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Posted May 20, 2013
"Unashamed to Bear His Name" is not an over night read and if you are already familiar with R.T. Kendall and Dr. Michael Youssef, you're already familiar with the fact that they are pretty hard hitting with it comes with the Word and their preaching.
In this book, written to be an encouragement and a source of guidance, I found the words to be sobering, hard hitting,sometimes dry at points, and there are a few ties that one may find oneself questioning several points that Kendall makes, but its a book that is definitely to be written with care of how it lines up with scripture and at the same time, there are valid points that are shared, that will have one, rethinking about what it means to be a Christian.
Made up of 15 chapters, "Unashamed to Bear His Name" is not a light read and there are several times, that the reader, like myself, will find themselves, going back and having to read several parts of the book, to make sure that they are reading what the author is sharing, correctly.
There's a good presentation of the basic doctrines and stigmas that are associated with being a Christian, but for the "layman" I wonder if some of the information that is presented can be considered as too dry or maybe over the head, if they already didn't understand basic Christian doctrine.
On the other hand, for those who are familiar and remember basic doctrine, "Unashamed" presented a strong reminder and encouragement of what it means to be a Christian.
This is not a book to be approached light heartedly but its a weighty reading that will find the reader, upon completion, challenged in what they think it means to be a Christian.
Posted May 12, 2012
As one hears from some of the news media and reports from missionaries from around the world, as well as watching the decline of our own country, R. T. Kendall, in his book, Unashamed to Bear His Name, deliberates on the stigmas of being a Christian in today’s world. There are persecutions, beatings, death, ridicule, and offense from sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. Kendall shares his own life history as a Christian that include the rebuffs and name-calling he himself has endured.
When one comes to Christ, we are to ‘count the cost.’ From reading Dr. Kendall’s book, that includes the choice to embrace:
the shame of the Name of Jesus
being called names
being an offense to other people
standing up for the truths of the Bible despite rejection from others
enduring the ‘narrow-minded stigma’ for believing Jesus to be the only way to heaven
belittling for our beliefs in the one true God and Creator
the ridicule of the Holy Spirit’s move in one’s life
quiet loss of respect
plus several other issues
Dr. Kendall insists that these issues and stigmas are not anything to back away from. In fact, we are to embrace these issues to the glory of God without grumbling and complaining. He does stress the issue, however, that we shouldn’t be the cause of unnecessary scandal by our lifestyle, thus suffering for the wrong reasons.
Dr. Kendall gives you multiple, insightful teachings to chew on in regards to the above issues mentioned in his book and how we are to embrace them. Though I don’t agree with all his doctrine and some of his church-bashing, I found his book to be a great reminder of ‘counting the cost’ and the glory we will receive if we hold fast to the truth. We are to live in joy despite the trials we face.
As in the words of Colin Dye, Dr. Kendall’s book presents ”Sobering words you will thank God for.” And then Dr. Michael Youssef’s comment, “A book that every serious Christian must read.”
This book was provided by Jim Hart of Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was received for my opinion.
Posted April 20, 2012
Prior to reading Unashamed To Bear His Name; Embracing The Stigma of Being a Christian, I had never heard of former pastor and author R.T. Kendall. The premise of his new book is to better understand the stigma and shame that comes from being a Christ-follower and learn to appreciate and embrace the negativity that comes from being a Christian in the modern era. Kendall uses the Greek definition of scandal and stigma to give the reader a proper word picture by which to frame how we are called to live as Christians. “Scandal” in the original language means to be caught in a trap or snare. Today, scandal refers to that which offer the moral sensibilities. “Stigma” in the original language meant marked with a reproach. Kendall’s use of the these words show that being a Christian is offensive to many and that we are marked people today. Kendall begins the book with a brief history of his early life, including his 25 years as pastor of Westminster Chapel in London. The following chapters explain why the gospel of Christ is so offensive to many. He writes, “What is so offensive about the Christian faith can be briefly summed up: Jesus Christ is the only way to God and faith in the blood that He shed on the cross fits a person for heaven when they die”. Kendall uses the lives of the Old Testament saints such as Noah, David, Joseph, and others to show how far back this stigma has applied. Chapters nine and ten, “The Reason the Jews Missed Their Messiah” and “The Stigma of No Vindication” are the best in the book. Kendall then goes on to point out how scandalous the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit is in the world today. I cannot agree theologically with everything Kendall wrote. That being said, I enjoyed and appreciated the way Kendall puts for the gospel and our proper response to it. I can recommend this book with great enthusiasm. Kendall’s quote from the beginning of the book gives a proper summation. He writes, “I write this book basically for one reason: that you will be unashamed to accept the scandal that arises from following Jesus Christ. More than that, you should become willing to embrace that scandal, to take it with both hands and rejoice in the privilege that you are a part of the greatest enterprise on the planet – namely, to be associated with the name Jesus Christ.” Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Books as part of their Blogger Review Program. 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.”Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2012
I must say, that at first I really wasn't sure about how I felt about "Unashamed to Bear His Name" by Dr. R.T. Kendall, but the more I read, the more I got into it. It turned out to be a very beneficial book.
This is a good book for those of us who are full of questions or are wondering why we as Christians should welcome the stigmas which go along with being a Christian.
I'm not talking about the person who thinks it is enough just to go and sit on a pew on Sunday mornings. I'm talking the Christian who literally "walks the walk" and talks the talk" of a Christian lifestyle. A person who has a loving devoted relationship to Christ.
How many of you have felt the stares of people because of your modest dress, your meek demeanor, and things of that sort? How many times have we heard the quiet whispers behind our backs because we don't like to go out drinking and dancing? Those are stigmas for being a Christian, but you know what? When they do that now, I thank them for the "compliment".
He begins with talking about the Gospel, and how it has been DE-stigmatized, meaning that there should be a stigma attached to it. People need to feel the stigma attached to the gospel to understand how serious it is. It's not just some feel good book. We need to feel the conviction which it can place on us to set our lives on track toward heaven.
Dr. Kendall covers so many different aspects of stigmas and how we should handle the criticism, the name calling, the mocking and even shunning and Many others. He covers the stigmas of the Holy Ghost, Speaking in Tongues and others. Some good examples he used are; Mary and Joseph. Mary's was being "overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, and both Mary and Joseph when she became pregnant. Another example was the 120 people being filled with the Holy Ghost. People laughed at them and thought they were drunk from wine. Needless to say they were not.
Dr. Kendall lets us know that we are in good company having stigmas attached to us. Rachel and Leah, Moses, Hannah, and Mordecai to name just a few.
Unashamed to Bear His Name" is excellent even for even teens to read because it would help them to know how deal with the peer pressure.
I can't say that I agree with Dr. Kendall on everything, because we are of different doctrines, but overall, the book was EXCELLENT. I got a lot from it.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone. This book will be a blessing to all who read it.
Posted March 31, 2012
Dr. Kendall takes his growing up years and uses them as the start to this book about being unashamed. He remembers being embarrassed about his religion and being a Christian.
He begins with his personal background and testimony and moves into different stigmas that often make us ashamed to say we are Christians. He also gives us many reasons to be unashamed of who we are and who our Saviour is.
I enjoyed the style of writing and presentation. The message was clear with humorous and thought provoking illustrations. While I didn't agree 100% with his theology I liked the book and how the message was presented. There were a few parts of the book that seemed to be a bit dry and I felt that the author was a tiny bit proud on occasion. But the subject matter was good and so I would probably recommend this book.
I received this book from Bethany House free of charge in exchange for my honest review.