Are you sometimes perplexed with Jesus’s teaching? Do you really want what he wants? Bestselling author Kyle Idleman reveals that the key to the abundant life Jesus promised lies in embracing His inside-out way of life. As he examines Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, Kyle unpacks the many counter-intuitive truths, including: brokenness is the way to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, and emptiness is required in order to know true fullness. Ultimately you will discover how Jesus transforms you as you begin to live out these paradoxical principles. Because only when you come to the end of yourself can you begin to experience the full, blessed, and whole life Jesus offers.
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About the Author
Kyle Idleman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fifth largest church in America. The bestselling author of the award-winning book Not a Fan and AHA is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four children.
What People are Saying About This
"A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is. Kyle Idleman is one of today's great young teachers. He's a brilliant, compassionate, and thoughtful communicator who presents the truth of Scripture in a fresh, relevant, and persuasive way."Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh my goodness. This was so refreshing. I want everyone I know to read this book. It will change my life. Praise God.
Deeply inspiring read. I had trouble answering the question that asked....if money were of no concern what would I choose to do for God...maybe just die to self. Then and only then will I be prepared.
If you’ve ever read Kyle Idleman’s books before, you know he brings a hard hitting punch of conviction along with a fabulous dose of humor. That whole, “spoon full of sugar” makes the medicine go down, type of thing. And The End of Me is no exception to this rule. The End of Me is a beautiful realization that brokenness is the beginning of counting the cost to follow Jesus. With funny anecdotes and quick witted humor, Kyle Idleman explains that we need to come to the end of ourselves because it’s precisely where we begin with God. I can’t tell you enough good things about this book. I laughed, I prayed and I repented. It was that good. Of course, I have favorite quotes from the book listed below. The bottom line, is if you’ve not read it, you need to. I think one of my favorite sections was: “You may be a Pharisee if…” And of course my favorite quotes: We have nothing to offer, and that means we’re making progress. That’s real revolutionary talk. (Loc 150) She is broken and she knows it, but He sees something else. She is beautifully broken. (Loc 177) The funny thing about tears is that when they fill our eyes, that’s when we see most clearly. (Loc185) The good news is that God makes the broken whole. He takes the overlooked, the undervalued, the left-out, the written off, the damaged and destroyed, and then He does what only He can do. God loves to make the broken beautiful. (Loc 247) I received a copy of The End of Me from NetGalley and David C. Cook Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2016-book-reviews/the-end-of-me-by-kyle-idleman/
Filling Empty Things Pastor and author Kyle Idleman did an informal survey via social media with just one question. “Finish this sentence: Jesus became real when . . .” The hundreds of responses he received, some general (“I had no one else to turn to.”) and some specific (“My husband was killed in a car accident.”), could be wrapped up in this single response: “I came to the end of me.” Nowhere else in Scripture is this blessed emptiness portrayed more vividly than in Jesus’ Beatitudes, and The End of Me utilizes this passage as a launch pad for the truth that “blessings begin and fulfillment is found in the least likely place – the end of ourselves.” Surrounded by Jews who prided themselves on measurable righteousness and embedded in a culture of Roman conquest, empiricism, and blustering ego, Jesus made the alarming statement that “taking inventory and coming up with zero . . . means we’re making progress.” Now that I think of it, that message goes against our present-day mindset: “We want to be made whole without having been broken.” The problem is that we are all broken. However, in Jesus’ upside-down kingdom, this is the pre-requisite for being comforted, inheriting the earth, and being satisfied, (Matthew 5:3-6). Kyle’s three-sentence assessment of Western culture regarding pain is stunning: “We do everything we can to stay away from suffering in the first place. But when we do suffer, which is inevitable, we do everything we can to stay away from mourning. Then, when we catch ourselves mourning, we do all in our power to make it go away.” While we knock ourselves out trying to avoid neediness, the fact remains that, in his earthly ministry, Jesus was in the business of filling empty things: jars of wine at the Wedding in Cana, a misspent life at a well in Samaria, a crowd of growling stomachs in a “desert place.” What if we were to embrace the truth that our emptiness — our weakness, confusion, mourning, discouragement — “creates the space that God fills with his strength?” The End of Me chronicles the way of the narrow gate — it leads to life! Kyle Idleman helps his readers to see that what appears to be the end, may just be the beginning of something better, so in his unpacking of Jesus’ counterintuitive truth, I found myself smiling! His bottom-of-the-page footnotes are incredible, and just a word of advice: if you ever see him standing in line at a checkout counter . . . choose another line. This book was provided by David C. Cook in exchange for my review. 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.”