We live in a time when the church is failing to live up to its own standards. It has tragically been losing the respect of those it tries to win to Christ because it has succumbed to sin, pride, and corruption. In the past, a lost world looked to the church as the example of hope and integrity; today, many people laugh or roll their eyes when the church is mentioned. It has largely lost its relevance in the world. In Awaken, best-selling author Terry Nance has composed a series of letters to younger and newer believers, aiming to help them avoid many of the sins and mistakes of their spiritual fathers as they hold high the standard of the kingdom of God with which they have been entrusted. We the church must realize that we are called to be kingdom leaders for Jesus Christ, not empire builders for ourselves. We must awaken to the understanding that we carry Jesus to this world, and His spirit within us must be reflected in everything we do. Nance’s challenge is clear: Set a standard of holiness in your own life, endure affliction as a good soldier of Christ, run your race with patience, and persevere until you come to the finish line. As you do, you will leave behind an army of leaders in the next generation who can take up your banner for Jesus and carry it forward with honor.
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About the Author
With more than forty years’ experience in local church ministry, Terry Nance is the founder and president of Focus on the Harvest, Inc. He’s traveled extensively for the past several years, awakening believers by helping them to discover their individual gifts and callings and to commit to the vision of their local church. Terry has authored three previous books, God’s Armorbearer, volumes 1, 2, and 3. These best-selling books have motivated thousands of Christians to stand with their leaders in faithful service, helping them to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. In 2008, Terry and his wife, Kim, began Impact Church, a dynamic and growing multicultural body of believers in Sherwood, Arkansas. Terry and Kim have been married for over thirty years and live in Sherwood with their three children, McCall, Alex, and McKenna.
Table of Contents
Preface: Setting the Record Straight 11
1 God Needs You 17
2 Secure Yourself a Secret Place 25
3 Sacrifice 33
4 The Test of Submission 47
5 Leading with Liberty 57
6 Spiritual Abuse 67
7 It's Time for Reformation 77
8 Seasons of Change 93
9 The Pit of Adversity 105
10 Jesus the Armorbearer Leader 117
11 Absolutes 125
12 My Best Friend 137
13 Set the Standard 149
14 A Letter from This Generation to Spiritual Parents 161
About the Author 167
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Awaken by Terry Nance is a book of proverbial words of wisdom. It is written to encourage a generation of new believers to avoid the mistakes of spiritual leaders of the past. It is also a challenge for them to set a standard of holiness for themselves in this age of compromise where the church as a body is today. Even though it is intended for new believers, anyone in Christian ministry can benefit from reading it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Whitaker House in exchange for my honest review.
"Awaken: Letters of a Spiritual Father to this Generation" by author Terry Nance is a 176 page paperback book published by Whitaker House. It is written as thirteen letters to young church leaders and new believers as inspiration and encouragement. Any person of any age would benefit from this book. It is extremely well thought and written so that anyone could understand its ideas. The author has outlined the book in such a way that it flows smoothly and reads well. The chapters read easily and give readers many things to ponder. It is a biblically based book. Author Nance wrote this to help young believers. He offers encouragement and help so that they will not fall prey to the same mistakes their seniors did. He uses real life experiences and quotes in his chapters to make his point. He wants to make the church and its leaders strong again. Urging Christians to be the best that God had has made them and to fulfill His purpose, author Nance tackles subjects such as authority, submission, and prayer among many others. He challenges readers to study scripture, have a deep, intimate prayer life, and to not just sit on the sidelines but be active. He states that the leaders must be good examples and set the standards. They must teach and equip their congregations so that others may go out, too. I would highly recommend this book. While it is geared to new ministers, leaders, and even believers, older seasoned Christians will certainly find encouragement and inspiration from this heartfelt book. It would be a perfect gift for someone in ministry. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
Awaken by Terry Nance is a series of thirteen letters written to encourage and exhort the younger generation of believers who desire to become spiritual leaders in the Kingdom of God. Nance has shared personal experiences and those of other spiritual leaders, as well as quotes from historical leadership figures such as Henry Ford and Churchill to the hearts of those aspiring to Christian leadership. The letters are firmly founded on the Word of God as the author writes of living a life of humility and having a servant's heart, following the example of Jesus who founded His ministry upon love. He reminds readers "We have a lost and dying world to reach; revival, reformation, and refreshing begin with us." The letters speak to sacrifice, purity, an intimate prayer life, adversity and introduce the Holy Spirit as the author's best friend who offers everything the church needs to be a Light in our world. Absolute truths are stated throughout the book and a founded on Scripture. Awaken is insightful and sincere and as such is a valuable tool for learning leadership and also for those who are the spiritual fathers, living the life before these who are coming behind. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
A guide for young and not so young Christians in these times Pastor Terry Nance has penned 13 letters to the generation who will very soon lead the church for the Lord. Although he speaks to younger Christians, I found the messages relevant to those of my generation who desire to serve God. I especially liked an observation Terry made; “If all you do is complain about your circumstances, then all you will have is more circumstances to complain about,” This touched me in my heart. Pastor Nance writes from his heart. In the preface, he says he is going to be very real in these letters. In them, he deals with such topics as what is the definition of leadership. God took him to Hebrews 11:32-38. He states that after he read it, “The Holy Spirit stopped me, and said, ‘You asked Me for My definition of leadership. There it is—men and women ‘of whom the world [is] not worthy.’” (Hebrews 11:38. Another feature of his book is the way he sets important points apart from the general text. When I saw the set-apart sections, I knew he had something important to tell his readers. I recommend this book to any mentoring pastor who has a congregant who believes God has c called them to His service. I also recommend it to anyone who wants to grow closer to the LORD. I received this book free of charge from Whitaker House publishers through the Book Club Network. All they asked of me was that I give an unbiased review.
This book is written as a series of letters to the younger generation, although personally, I feel many generations would glean from reading the content of this book. Terry uses his personal stories and experiences to encourage this generation to step up to the plate and become all God wants them to be. Each chapter(letter) is thematic and Terry addresses such subjects as Prayer, Sacrifice, Service, Submission, Authority (the use and misuse of it), and so much more. Terry calls this generation to step out and become armor bearers, to follow their dreams, but also to support their leaders; to be a generation of action, not just talk. He stresses the importance of a healthy prayer life, humility, knowledge of the Word, recognizing God's voice and waiting on His perfect timing. I enjoyed reading this book. I read a chapter a day along with my morning devotions. I felt convicted, encouraged, and inspired. I am not sure of the author's religious affiliation, but most of what I read in this book, stood true to Scripture and was in harmony with my personal beliefs. I feel this book is an asset to any church library, and a great read for teens, young adults and those of us who have been around for a while. It reminded me of Paul's mentor-ship of young Timothy. I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of TBCN and Whitaker House in exchange for my honest opinion. No other form of compensation was provided.
This book by the best-selling author of God’s Armorbearers, is about spiritual growth that will appeal to young believers and others just as the epistles of the New Testament still have value today for all of us. It is written in the same way as a series of letters to young Christian leaders, each of the first 13 chapters being a new letter on a new topic. The last chapter, number 14, is a letter from the younger generation back to the older to help the older understand “where they are coming from” and how best to deal with them. It was well written and inspiring to me although I am just a lay person. It would be a wealth of knowledge for others called to minister to the younger generation. It is thoughtful and sincere and offers prayerful advice. The author admonishes us to “Get on your face before God” praying in your secret place. “When in need – plant a seed.” Sow your faith with prayers to reap the harvest which is souls for Christ. Strive to complete “your God-given assignment”. Understand that persecution is a reality and Satan and Hell are real. He also teaches us that a good leader trains and equips others not being afraid that they will replace him or overshadow him. It is time for a reformation and God saved you (the fastest runner in the relay race) for last. Follow your favor: what are your gifts? Where will your income be from? What is your passion? Allow adversity to forge your character and don’t complain about it. “The armorbearers of today will be the leaders of tomorrow.” Above all remember the challenge put before you, “But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14 (NLT). If youth ministry is your calling, go for it! I received a copy of this book from The Bookclub Network, Inc., for an honest review.
This book, comprised of thirteen letters, is written to those who desire to be godly leaders of the faith in this present age. The author, considered a spiritual father for today’s young leaders, addresses various themes of the Christian life in a very pointed way with clearly understood, honest answers to today’s challenges. Each topic is thoroughly discussed so the reader has no question as to the author’s priority of his own Christian life. It is interesting that the last letter is from the viewpoint of the younger generation calling for understanding of these younger members of the faith by the older leader. This book is a must read for pastors and other church leaders who are desiring to grow this next generation of young men and women into those who are on fire for Christ.