Fake or Follower: Refusing to Settle for a Shallow Faith

Fake or Follower: Refusing to Settle for a Shallow Faith

by Andi Andrew

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We live in a culture where many identify as "Christian" without fully embracing what it looks like to follow Jesus day-in and day-out. After gathering on a Sunday, do we simply go about our business, void of true transformation? Is the gospel simply a self-help tool, the church just a place where our needs can be met? It's time to ask ourselves, "Am I really following Jesus? Or am I just faking it?"

With eye-opening personal stories, Scripture, and thought-provoking questions, Andi Andrew lovingly invites readers to examine their hearts to discover whether their faith is a genuine, life-giving marriage of belief and practice in response to Christ's life and sacrifice, or if it is just a lifestyle choice on par with any other. She encourages readers to surrender their whole lives to Jesus daily, grapple with hard questions they may have been avoiding, and discover a life fully alive, following in the way, the truth, and the life of Jesus Christ.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493408382
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 650,890
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Andi Andrew is the author of She Is Free, as well as cofounder and copastor with her husband, Paul, of Liberty Church, with five locations in New York City, as well as locations in Manzini, Swaziland; San Francisco, California; and St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2015 she launched the She Is Free Conference in order to equip and activate women to walk in freedom, spirit, soul, and body, and see others set free in their sphere of influence. A frequent speaker all over the world, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Paul, and their four children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

1 Refuse to Fake It 15

2 Love Out of Context 39

3 Identity Crisis 61

4 Crowd Pleasers or Mountain Climbers? 80

5 Misplaced Worship 98

6 Introverted Extroverts 119

7 Healing and Transformation in Community 138

8 Posting It or Living It? 161

9 Reconciled Reconcilers 187

10 Living toward Eternity 203

Acknowledgments 228

Notes 232

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Fake or Follower: Refusing to Settle for a Shallow Faith 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
seekinggraceandgratitude More than 1 year ago
Are you following the world or following Jesus? This is the concept behind my latest read, Fake or Follower: Refusing to Settle For a Shallow Faith by Andi Andrew. I had never heard of Andi Andrew before reading this book but let me tell you – this chick is the real deal! Oh my goodness! She is on fire for the Lord and passionate about soul transformation and living out the gospel. I couldn’t help but be inspired by her love of Jesus and servitude for His Kingdom! Fake or Follower is both a challenging pill to swallow for a believer in Christ as well as a compelling book that will push you out of your comfort zone and force you to examine the depths of your soul. It was more than a splash of cold water on my face; it was like an ice-cold jug of water dumped over my body after a sports victory! The concepts addressed in this book encourage a daily surrender to Jesus by leaving the safety of the shore and wadding out to the unknown deep and unchartered waters of faith and fullness. This temporary world we are living in is 100% about survival of the fittest with life and death as the reward or consequence. In Fake or Follower, you will find yourself examining your heart to consider: - Are faking your faith by putting on a show and participating in Western consumerist church culture? Or, are you living your life in complete abandon by actively walking alongside Jesus and leading others to do the same? - Is your identity rooted in uncovering your place in this world? Or is your identity discovered in acceptance of God’s love and design for your unique attributes and divine purpose? - Are you caught in the loud chaos of the world screaming at you to tell you who you are, what to do, how to live, and what to believe? Or, are you seeking intentional solitude to think, feel, reflect, pray and receive God’s goodness, love and character? - Does your heart guide your life from the inside out or is your flesh directing you to live from the outside in? - Are you merely a hearer of the Word? Listening to faith-based podcasts, attending weekly church services, reading Christian living books, etc. without actively applying the gospel to your physical life? - Plus many more topical questions to personally evaluate… This book really hit me hard in a really good way. It is a book that clearly explains the difference between being a believer in God and a follower of Christ while specifically outlining what it is means to be either. Fake or Follower is the type of read that will greatly impact God’s Kingdom by growing and strengthening it here on earth. However, this book is not an easy read because living a life modeled after Jesus is not easy. Still, I highly recommend Fake or Follower to anyone seeking to lose their life in order to gain so much more. *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Fake or Follower: Refusing to Settle for a Shallow Faith, Andi Andrew challenges readers to envision and pursue a true, deep relationship with God that actively affects daily life. The Introduction draws readers in with an intriguing summary of what lies in the following pages. Beyond the Introduction, Andrew leads readers to reconsider whether their need for affirmation, presence on social media, and involvement with community reflect solid faith or a shallow belief when it is convenient. Readers should approach all books, including Fake or Follower, with critical thinking. Andrew incorporates Scripture throughout the book, however she utilizes at least five versions. Readers should remember that some of the versions referenced are considered commentaries rather than translations and may be used because the words seemed to provide support for particular concepts in Fake or Follower. Though this is likely an innocent use of multiple versions to connect with readers, critical thinking will enable readers to consider the passages within the context of the broader Biblical story. Overall, Fake or Follower is a book that may challenge readers to pause and consider how to allow their faith to soak deeply into every part of their lives. As Andrew notes in the first few pages, if readers disagree with Fake or Follower, hopefully their disagreement or questions will draw them to look more deeply at Scripture and ultimately lead to a closer relationship with God. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
“Fake or Follower” by Andi Andrew is a challenging and life changing read. Andi asks the hard question, “Are we really following Jesus? Or are we just faking it?” I appreciated Andi’s honesty with real life stories and relevant scripture. She reminds us that we have to surrender daily to God. Sometimes it’s easy to get complacent in our Christian walk. These kind of reminders are what we all need. I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing writing and compelling to read with also encouraging and challenging us to understanding of the gospel and how the Good News is worked out to all of us and what to following in the ways of Jesus really means for our basis daily life living. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers for this review”.
DarleneLTurner More than 1 year ago
--“Do I want to merely slide into heaven and live as I please while still on earth?”—Andi Andrew This is a powerful question and one of many posed in Fake or Follower. Do we say we’re a Christian, but don’t live our life for Christ so others can see it? Perhaps we are pretending and stumbling our way through. What really matters? Riches, fame, prestigious jobs, good looks? We live in today’s society but God’s word tells us to set ourselves apart. Be a light in the darkness. This is one of the topics this author tackles in the book. Here are some others: - Refuse to fake it - Love out of context - Crowd pleasers or mountain climbers? - Misplaced worship - Posting it or living it Plus more. Fake or Follower will make you think. It did me. Do I truly live my faith or do I fake it? The book is deep but well written. The chapters were easy to read and make the reader want to turn the page to see what the author will say next. I also liked how she ended each chapter with three “Making it Real” questions to get you to ponder your life in Christ. She uses biblical references that bring home her points. It’s clear to me that she has studied the Bible and has done her research on the topics. I give Fake or Follower four stars. It will make you want to refuse to settle for a shallow faith. **Book has been provided courtesy of BakerBooks and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
Debbie Kitterman More than 1 year ago
To be or not to be… Fake or Follower that is the question that every believer is going to have to answer at some point whether in the here and now or on the other side of eternity. I want to be considered a follower of Christ and not a faker, but the truth is there have been times in my Christian walk that I would have fallen in the faker category. I know, it’s not great to admit, but it’s the truth. Even times as a mature believer and follower of Christ, I know what it takes to fake it or be authentic and the real danger lies within. As a pastor and ministry leader I appreciate the way Andi Andrew doesn’t hold back. She doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the truth and calling things the way there are. Every person who calls themselves a follower of Christ needs to read this book. As a pastor and ministry leader, I want the people under my leadership to read it. I was convicted at times to repent of my own attitude’s, but always inspired to live more authentically and to go deep! There are 10 power packed chapters where Andi covers everything from: shallow faith, killing sacred cows, offense in the church, reconciliation in community, and living toward eternity. If you liked She is Free you will LOVE Fake or Follower!
gfox79 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It is very convicting, real and raw. Andi meets the reader right where they are and challenges them to take a honest look at their faith. In 10 chapters, she tells the reader the difference between being a real follower of Jesus and someone who fakes it just to make themselves look and feel better. I recommend this book to the person who is seeking. To the person who wants to live a real, palpable faith and not one that is just IG ready. I received an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
NeenReads More than 1 year ago
I first heard Andi Andrew speak at She is Free last year and she totally captivated me. Andi was honest, raw, and real. So I was super excited when I received a free copy of her book "She is Free: Learning the Truth about the Lies that Hold You Captive." I was not disappointed and was blessed to have been invited to join the launch team for Andi's newest book. So far, I am really enjoying this book! The more I read, the more I learn, and the more I am encouraged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes truth hurts. And in a world where the truth is muddied by different interpretations of what truth is, we need people like Andi to shine light on the places where we have exchanged Jesus’s truth with the world’s impoverished imitation of the real thing. Andi speaks with such authority in this book on how to identify whether or not we are living a life of fear or a life lived in boldness because of the Truth we stand on. She speaks not only to Christians, but also to churches and non-believers. The Christian world needs less “self-help churches or churches that validate their identify” and more leaders who are “growing radical, saint-equipping gatherings that go out and effect change in their spheres of influence” (Andrew 67). Andi not only preaches this, but her church community and the leaders she disciples, gathers with, speaks with, and speaks to reflect this kingdom-centered belief. Read this book and read a Paul-inspired letter to the church of today to stop being a consumer-satisfying organism, but instead to be a change-driven, risk-taking, force – willing to dig deep to identify if what is presented on the outside reflects the work on the inside. As Andi says, “are we posting it, or living it?” Is Christ the center of our lives or are we the center of our lives? Such a challenging read, but exactly what is needed right here and right now.