Be the Message: Taking Your Faith Beyond Words to a Life of Action

Be the Message: Taking Your Faith Beyond Words to a Life of Action


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Be the Message: Taking Your Faith Beyond Words to a Life of Action by Kerry Shook, Chris Shook

New York Times bestseller

Maybe you’re troubled by the disconnect between the words you speak and the life you live. Maybe you’d like to see your faith become more active and life-changing in the world around you.
Pastor Kerry and Chris Shook felt that way. Even though their calling involved preaching and teaching, they became weary of sermons and words. They felt a gap between what they were saying and the needs of people around them.
They decided to do something about it.
Be the Message is their story of waking up to the gospel—not just a gospel of words and sermons, but the gospel of intention and action and people. They discovered a profound secret:
You Are the Gospel
As they explored the deeper truths of scripture, the verse “the word of God lives in you” came alive. Digging deeper, they discovered that the gospel message is really about life message—your life lived out. God’s call to you is simple:
Be the Message
Be the Message opens up a new world of understanding about what God calls you to. As the Shooks learned, the gospel is not about what you say. It’s about who you are and what you do—and how you can be God’s hands and feet in the world. 
What would happen if we talked about God less and walked with God more?
Be the Message reminds us that Christianity was meant to be a faith of action, not a faith of words. Yet often we sacrifice doing something for the sake of talking about it. When we actually act out on our faith, we find our faith grows even more.
You can do more than nothing.  People’s lives are changed when you allow your life to be the gospel to the world.
Living out the gospel in the world today is both simple and costly.  The Shooks explore that paradox through biblical stories and their own experience of making a decision to live out the gospel in practical ways.  Choosing to be the gospel changed their family, church and personal relationships with God.
How can it change your life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400073818
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 667,926
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kerry Shook and his wife Chris Shook, are The New York Times bestselling authors of One Month to Live: 30 Days to a No-Regrets Life and Be the Message. They founded Woodlands Church in 1993, and it has since grown to be one of the largest churches in America. Kerry and Chris have been featured on NBC, ABC, PBS, Fox News, and USA Today; and they have a television show that goes to more than 200 countries. The recent establishment of Woodlands Seminary came out of their heart to train the next generation to make a local and global impact. Kerry and Chris live in The Woodlands, Texas.

Read an Excerpt

Hudson Taylor once said, “All God’s giants have been weak people.” My favorite example of a giant is Jacob. Jacob was a deceiver, a manipulator, and even a schemer. He spent much of his life scheming to get his way, making one mess after another. Then he’d run from it. This was the pattern of his life: create a mess and run.

Then one night Jacob had an encounter with God. He literally wrestled with God and said, “I’m not going to let go until you bless me, God.” And God said, “Okay, I’ll bless your life.” The Lord grabbed Jacob’s thigh and pulled his hip out of socket. He touched him. God touched him at a point of strength and turned it into a weakness. The Bible says that from that point on, Jacob’s life was blessed, but he walked with a limp.

Kerry and Chris Shook know that instead of hiding and denying our weaknesses, we need to recognize them and learn from them. We need to learn to share them. We need to learn to glory in our weaknesses. If God is ever going to use us greatly, we’ll walk with a limp the rest of our lives. We can hear about people’s successes all day, and it will have absolutely no benefit to us. But when they start talking to us about their pain, all of a sudden they have our attention. Sharing our handicaps causes others to stop making excuses, to see the possibilities, and to rely on God.

If we’re going to have a Christlike ministry, that means sometimes other people are going to find healing in the wounds in our lives.

In Be the Message Kerry and Chris have written a powerful guide on how to stop hiding behind our images so we can truly discover and live our authentic life message. This book is not for those who seek to be impressed;it’s for those who want to have an impact on the lives of others. We can impress people by talking about our successes, but we’ll impact people when we admit our failures and weaknesses and point them to the God who can work a miracle out of our mess.

—Rick Warren
Pastor, Saddleback Church
Author, The Purpose Driven Life

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Be the Message: Taking Your Faith Beyond Words to a Life of Action 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be The Message is a great book for taking your faith beyond words. It's easy to say that we believe something, but harder to actually put it into practice. Kerry and Chris offer great biblical advice on how to grow in your faith! I'd also recommend that you buy When God Stopped Keeping Score, which takes an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pastor Kerry & Chris Shook have done it again! This is a fantastic read that is sure to encourage and inspire you to be the hands and feet of Christ in the most practical ways. You will love reading this book, as well as sharing it with your friends, family, and anyone you know. Pastor Kerry has a keen ability to hone in on the simplest yet most profound truths from the Bible. God is sure to work in your life and in the lives of those around you as you understand God's love for you and go from being a hearer of the word to becoming a doer of the word -Michael.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great and inspiring book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic! It definitely helps me better understand how to go out and "Be the Message" to others. So thankful to Pastor Kerry and Chris for writing a message to inspire modeling the hands and feet of Christ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has definitely helped me in my walk as a Christian. Many times I am busy and rushed and tend to overlook the "one right in front of me". You can't live life like that. As a Christian, I am very young. After reading this book, I am taking time to smell the roses. I am focusing on the important things in life. I am loving the ones right in front of me. Every day, I am opening up more and more to God the father anxiously awaiting that little whisper of where he wants me to step out in my life to be the hands and feet of Christ. We all make up the body of Christ, we need to band together and make an impact. Kerry and Chris Shook have forever changed my life with this book and my entire experience with their church.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
An Everyday, Every Moment Message  I read the "Be the Message" since I had read a previous book by the same authors, Chris and Kerry Shook. The message theme is simple enough: live out God's message of love and grace every day, every  moment. Don't wait thinking you have to do something big or go on a mission trip. Instead, reach out to those  right where you are. So simple yet so hard at times. Reading this book will help you get started with baby steps and then, will then, you will be intentionally living out God's call on your life. Many examples abound but one in particular when one of the author's was waiting in line at the store, the express check-out no less, and is impatiently waiting on the customer ahead who discovers she does not have the money to cover her bill.  The author realizes in that moment she is to be the message. She pays the customer's bill. So be the message.  Step out in faith and read this book. It will change your perspective of living out God's word.  I received this book  for free from WaterBrook Press and blogging for books to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just the Christian book I needed to read. Be the Message inspires you to take your faith beyond words and into a life where you can take action. I look forward to changing the way I live paying it forward to the person in front of me. I want to Be the Message! Thank you Kerry and Chris! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's time to start living out our faith not just talk about it. The best part about this book to me were the stories that made it personal and the action steps to get going. I want my life to reflect Christ in all things and it's daily taking steps to follow Him that show others around me who Christ really is to me.