How Good Is Good Enough? (Pack of 6)

How Good Is Good Enough? (Pack of 6)

by Andy Stanley

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ISBN-13: 9781601422507
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/17/2009
Series: LifeChange Books Series
Edition description: 6-copy pack
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 134,740
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 4.32(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Andy Stanley is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the pastor of North Point Community Church in Atlanta , Georgia . He carries on a tradition of excellence in ministry with a youthful congregation of over 12,000. Andy is the author of the 1998 Foreword Book of the Year finalist Visioneering and the bestseller Like a Rock. He and his wife, Sandra, have two sons, Andrew and Garrett, and a daughter, Allison.

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How Good is good enough?

By Andy Stanley

Multnomah Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2003 Andy Stanley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-59052-274-5

Chapter One

Everything 's Fine

If you are like most people, you believe that everybody lives forever somewhere, that once you die, your soul goes somewhere. Most Americans believe in heaven. A smaller percentage believe in hell. In other parts of the world, the prevailing belief is that the soul comes back around for another lap-we just start over as someone (or something) else.

In spite of all their differences and peculiarities, the religions of this world share one common denominator: How you live your life on this side of the grave determines what happens next. Western thought has all the good people going to heaven. In other parts of the world, the good people come back around as even better people, or at least with the opportunity to become better people.

Think About It

Here's something to think about: If God appeared to you and asked, "Why should I let you into heaven?" how would you answer? If you're like most people, your answer might run something along these lines:

"I've always tried to ..."

"I never ..."

"I do my best ..."

Whether I am talking to Muslims, Hindus, or Christians, the majority of the answers I receive to that question go back to an individual's attempt to live a good life. Why? Because most people believe that good people go to heaven.

The moral? Behave yourself now and you don't really need to worry too much about what happens next. The end. Now let's get back to work, golf, Little League, PTA-the pressing issues of this life.

Packed and Ready

But then every once in a while something happens that forces you to seriously consider the question of what's next-a funeral, a health scare, a birthday, a glance in the mirror. You don't like to think about it. You rarely ever talk about it. But it is always there. And the older you get, the more often you find yourself pushing it from your mind.

The fact is, the mortality rate for humans is 100 percent. And that bothers you. In spite of the fact that you believe there is something better on the other side of life, you are not at peace. And for good reason.

You see, as good as you are-and you are pretty good-you aren't really sure if you have been good enough. You hope so. And you are certainly better than ... well ... than certain people you know.

But how good is good enough? Where's the line? Who is the standard? Where do you currently stand? Do you have enough time left to stash away enough good deeds to counterbalance your bad ones?

And while we're asking questions, I'll go ahead and throw one in that perhaps you've wondered about but were afraid to ask: Just who is in charge of this operation? God? If so, he ought to have been a bit clearer about how this whole thing works. If our eternal residence hangs in the balance based on how we live, we could certainly do with some direction. A standard. A mile marker or two. Perhaps a midterm.

"But wait," you say, "isn't it the job of religion to answer those questions for me?" Sure. Most of the various world religions and their books do exist to answer those questions. Teachers, preachers, ulema, rabbis, priests, lamas-they are all in the business of getting us safely to the other side. Specifically, they are responsible for helping you and me understand how to live in such a way as to ensure a happy ending.

So why are you still unsure? You've been to church. Perhaps you attended a few religion classes as a child. And yet, if you are like the majority of people I talk to, you still are not confident where you stand with God.

I ran across an interesting quote by Gandhi that underscored the universal uncertainty associated with religious belief. When questioned why he proselytized in the arena of politics but not religion, he responded, "In the realm of the political and social and economic, we can be sufficiently certain to convert; but in the realm of religion there is not sufficient certainty to convert anybody, and, therefore, there can be no conversions in religions." Now that's helpful, isn't it? Even Gandhi didn't find certainty in religion.

To Grandmother's House We Go Several years ago my wife, Sandra, walked into our kitchen, sat down on the bar stool, and announced that she wanted to make a special trip to her hometown for the expressed purpose of talking to her aging grandmother, Helen, about eternity. I was surprised. Helen was almost ninety at the time. She grew up going to the local Methodist church. Until her health became an issue, she rarely missed a Sunday. She was way better than the average person. Certainly good by anybody's standard.

"What brought this on?" I asked.

"I'm not sure," Sandra said. "I just don't know how much longer she will be with us, and I've never talked to her about God or heaven or any of that." For most people who knew Helen, her ultimate destination would be the least of their concerns. If good people go to heaven, she was a shoo-in. Nevertheless, Sandra hopped in the car and drove two and a half hours to chat with her grandmother.

Helen knew she was coming. Sandra showed up under the guise of wanting to make cookies. But after about thirty minutes of chitchat, she popped the question. She said, "Grandmama, we've never talked about heaven before. Are you sure that when you die you will go to heaven?"

Helen got big tears in her eyes and responded the way the average good person responds to that question. She said, "I hope so, honey."

"I hope so"? Ninety years of good living, standing by her dying husband till the end, serving her community, loving her grandchildren, paying her taxes, driving the speed limit, and she hopes she's going to heaven? If Helen can't go to sleep at night with the peace of knowing that things between her and her creator are good, I'm not sure who can. If Helen ain't sure, can't nobody be sure.

So why is it that even the really good people at best "hope so"? I'll tell you why. Because nobody can tell you how good you have to be to go to heaven.


Don't believe me? Get out the phone book and start calling the religious leaders in your community. You will get an earful of information, but when the words finally quit flowing, you'll be back to "I hope so."


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How Good Is Good Enough 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book explains Christianity and salvation in a way that is easy for anyone to understand. I've bought many and passed them on to friends, with great feedback. It's a real eye-opener, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent resource for Christians and non-Christians alike. I plan to pass along copies to several friends of mine who are kind of on the verge of giving their life to Christ-- it is a very logical, compelling and engaging presentation of true Christian belief. We are using it as a resource in our Sunday school class and have thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my favorite points is that while a lot of people will critique Christianity who do you know who would really stand behind the statement 'Jesus was a liar'-- I don't know anyone who would and if we think he was telling the truth about who he was a what salvation means then shouldn't we do something about that? Jesus was more than just a nice guy, a healer, a friend, a guru, or whatever people try to make him out to be to make him more accesible-- he's the Lamb of God, the sacrifice that set us right with our Creator if we choose to believe in him. He's not a 'good' way to get to God, he is THE way to get to God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I come to two conclusions; (1) Andy is an awesome christian author. (2) I had just read one of the most profound books in my life, and was forced to rethink (and strengthen) my faith. Awesome read, a great book to give to a friend or relative. BRAVO - AWESOME BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
in this book. Andy is an outstanding communicator and his message of Christianity and how to get to Heaven is easily laid out in this book. We all know friends who believe they're doing the 'good things' to get to heaven and this book explains to them there is something else they must do...accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I've kept one of the books as my own and have bought several others to hand out to friends and family who need to know the truth. Overall and awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She lay on the floor infront of the fire on her side half asleep. A half read book lay open infront of her. 'For on the Winds of Desire.' Was the title and ita cover had a pretty brunet girl with a man whos face you couldnt see with his arms around around and their faxes tiled to each other as if they were going to kiss. It was a romnce noval.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was first introduced to the writings and messages of Andy Stanley approximately four years ago when exploring various podcasts. I was immediately taken by his clear speaking style that often addressed difficult issues in a loving and nonconfrontational way. The book "How Good Is Good Enough?" is a beautiful example of this approach. Andy confidantly approaches a commonly accepted social norm - "Good people go to heaven" and measures it against biblical truth. He does so in a smart and logical way that allows the reader to follow his analysis without giving the feeling of being forced into agreement. Not only is it a smart and easy read; I enjoyed it for his willingness to approach a socially accepted "truth" (that is indeed the opposite) and encourages the reader to do likewise. I love it when authors are led (and follow that leading) to have the difficult conversations with their readers - especially when they do it as well as he does.
jaredtotten More than 1 year ago
Tim Keller defines defeater beliefs as any culture's "'common-sense' consensus beliefs that automatically make Christianity seem implausible to people." If I may be so bold as to add to the wisdom of Tim Keller, I would suggest that any belief that makes Christianity unnecessary or inconsequential would fall into such a category as well. And of all the beliefs that make Christianity unnecessary or inconsequential, there is perhaps none more common than the one confronted in this book: "all good people go to heaven". In How Good Is Good Enough?, Andy Stanley spends the first two thirds of the book dismantling this defeater belief, clearing the way for a clear and compassionate gospel presentation. The dismantling of the "good people go to heaven" belief is surprising simple, primarily because it is so often assumed and so rarely analyzed. The frailty of this assumption is quickly revealed as Stanley begins measuring it against a few questions (the first of which is the title of the book). Consider. How do you know when/if you're good enough? According to whose standard of goodness? Jesus? Buddha? Mohammed? And if God is good, shouldn't he have communicated a little more clearly that standard and where exactly the cut-off line is? And the kicker in my mind: no matter where the line is, what do you say to the poor sap who falls below that line by one measly good dead? That he missed the cut-off for heaven and is now in hell because of one white lie? One errant word? One stolen piece of candy as a child? To put it another way: if a passing grade is 3.0, what do you tell the schmuck who scores a 2.999? "Sorry chump, to hell with you and Hitler and Pol Pot"."All good people go to heaven" is often touted as a much fairer option against the Christian view of the afterlife. Yet, like a good apologist, Stanley shows that this approach to eternity fails at its own test of fairness and equality. I can't decide if How Good Is Good Enough? is a really short book (92 small pages) or a long gospel tract, but either way it's well worth adding to your library so that you are ready to loan it or cite it next time someone says "Well that's great if Christianity works for you, but I'm just trying to be a good person".
J_Alfred_Prufrock More than 1 year ago
This book is short and to the point. Taking on the most common objection to the Gospel, Stanley does a good job addressing the argument. Stanley moves through the basics of how we can’t really define “good people.” With a floating standard of good, how can we assure ourselves a place in heaven? Less than a 100 pages, it is a good book to share with someone that thinks about heaven but doesn’t understand that only Jesus’ sacrifice assures us a place there. It is the literary equivalent to “The Way of the Master” evangelism style. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All thoughts and descriptions are my own.
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danblackonleadership More than 1 year ago
A lot of people and religious groups believe that being good equals a free ride to heaven. That if they do good and are good they will go to heaven. But who really knows if that is true or not. Like the title of this book, "how good is good enough". How will we know if we will make it to heaven. This is what Andy Stanly discusses in this book. This book is small and could be read in 2 hours and would be good for new believers or people who want to grow stronger in their faith. Andy Stanly holds the reader in suspense by not giving you any clear answers until toward the end of the book so it make you want to keep reading.
delightedtoshare More than 1 year ago
Just finished SINCE NOBODY'S PERFECT... HOW GOOD IS GOOD ENOUGH? by Andy Stanley. This is a pretty short book, easily read in one sitting, and well worth the time invested. This book is a gospel presentation designed to address the common misconception that "good" people go to heaven and "bad" people do not. This book is fantastic. It is a brilliant delivery of the gospel truth. In addition to adding to my frequent re-read list, I plan on giving this great resource to anyone needing help sharing their faith or to anyone with questions themselves about salvation. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.
mattowens More than 1 year ago
I recently read a book challenging the notion that good people go to heaven. Andy Stanley discusses this in a simple, easy-to-grasp way in How Good Is Good Enough? There are a lot of people not only in the world who hold the belief that good people go to heaven, but also in Christian churches. It's something we may not have been taught deliberately, but many Sunday school lessons, the kind I received as a kid, focus on what we do, how we behave, whether we're obedient. Teachers post sticky stars on charts for the whole class to see, ranking us on things like attendance and bringing our Bible. As adult church-goers, we don't receive stars like that, but there's something in us that says there's still some cosmic chart tracking our behavior. Stanley's little book (less than 100 pages) is fantastic for people who are searching to know and understand God, whether they've never been to church before or if they've been "saved" for a long time. He breaks down the commonly-held view that adherence to things like the Ten Commandments and overall morality will assure us a place in heaven. Stanley says the problem with the good people go view is that we have nothing to measure against. Look at the world religions and you'll see all kinds of answers for this predicament, but surely they all can't be right-as some like to claim, that they're all an avenue to God. Religion's intent has been to help us where our conscience gives only a vague sense of when something's amiss, sort of like the all-encompassing engine light. That warning light on my dash tells me something's wrong, but I have to take it to a mechanic to see what's going on inside. Religion is like that mechanic. Though there are a lot of garages out there offering service, religion is as useless as I am at fixing cars. It can't fix us. And, in fact, it's misdiagnosed the problem for thousands of years. Wonderfully insightful and humorous at times, Stanley's short book is great to share with friends and family who have questions about God. I think it's also a must-read for church attenders who still think there's a chart with stars on it and wonder where they stand with God. Stanley clarifies Scripture, especially the Apostle Paul's writings, in helping us understand the truth about how we can come to know God, which cannot be earned by our own efforts. None of us is good. But God is. And he has made a way for us to know him.
itvln02 More than 1 year ago
Book Review How Good is Good Enough? By Andy Stanley ISBN: 9781590522745 This book is an analysis of the common argument that good people go to heaven and why it is not true. The book is aimed at those that are not already Christians, but those that are exploring the idea. There were many good personal stories to illustrate the points, but perhaps lacking in scripture backing. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
mom2girlsnboy More than 1 year ago
We all ask ourselves this question at one time or another, "Surely there is more than one way to get to heaven, right?" Stanley addresses this exact question in his book, How good is good enough? I am still in my journey, as most people are. We never know who is really going to heaven and what can we do to get there. This book helps you answer the question if good people go to heaven, because this is what everyone thinks, good people are supposed to go to heaven, while sinners aren't so lucky. Stanley helps lead believers and skeptics alike to a grateful awareness of God's enormous grace and mercy. Actually, it doesn't really make any sense at all. Smart, educated, accomplished men and women everywhere are banking their eternities on a theory that doesn't hold water. Chances are, you've never really thought it through. But you owe it to yourself to do so. Find out now what's wrong with the most popular theory about heaven-and what it really takes to get there.
jimmylong More than 1 year ago
I just finished re-reading the short book "Since Nobody's Perfect ... How Good is Good Enough?" by Andy Stanley. It is a simple read (about 2 hours). There are deep biblical truths revealed, but they are presented in an easy-to-understand way. Stanley presents the dilemma that faces most thoughtful people. If there is a heaven, how do I get there? What are the standards I must follow? How good must I be? These questions are presented and addressed using biblical truths, but you won't find this little book to be laced front-to-back with biblical quotes. There are a few, but writing a theological treatise on sin and salvation was not the author's intent. His intent is to get people to consider life, eternity, salvation, and Jesus. He accomplishes his purpose. I have already given one copy of this book away. I wish I had boxes full of them to distribute to all who would have one. It is a simple, straightforward consideration of one of mankind's greatest questions ... just how good do you have to be to get into heaven?
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