What is a life of radical discipleship? At root, it means we let Jesus set the agenda of our lives. We aren't selective. We don't pick and choose what is congenial and stay away from what is costly. No. He is Lord of all of life.
In the last book by the leading evangelical churchman of the twentieth century, John Stott opens up what it means at root to be a follower of Jesus. He explores eight aspects of Christian discipleship which are too often neglected and yet deserve to be taken seriously.
Here, including the last public sermon he ever preached, Stott offers wisdom gained from a lifetime of consistent Christian commitment. In addition, he poignantly reflects on his last years of life and ministry. The message is simple, classic and personal: Jesus is Lord. He calls. We follow.
- Excellent, clear presentation of the faith.
Excellent, clear presentation of the faith.
- Great presentation of why Stott is a Christian
I picked up John Stott's Why I Am A Christian from christianaudio.com while it was on sale for $0.98. (End of September 2010.)
In general I am not a huge fan of apologetics, but I really respect Stott and it was only $0.98. It is a brief book, only a little over 3 hours.
Stott focuses the book on why he is a Christian more than why you should become a Christian. I think this is a good focus. This book is part autobiographical and part theology/philosophy. Stott is not so much trying to convince the reader to become a Christian as he is sharing some thoughts on his own journey. This will not hit every reader. Stott is very literate and is writing this short book at least in part as a response to Bertrand Russell's essay "Why I am not a Christian."
He shares six basic reasons for being a Christian 1) Christ pursued him, 2) Stott believes Jesus' claims are true, 3) The cross, 4) Christianity best explains who we are, both weaknesses and strengths, 5) Jesus is key to true freedom and 6) Humans have aspirations which only Christ can fulfill. Each of these reason is a chapter. I found chapter four and five most engaging, but I think that many others will find others more engaging because they are more attracted to those ideas.
If you are looking for proofs of Christ, then this is not a book for you. If you are looking for a story of how someone else made a decision to follow Christ, this is a good book.
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This short classic is as much a response to Bertrand Russell's essay "Why I Am Not A Christian" as it is a clear statement of seminal Christian basics. Stott concisely reveals much of his life story while keeping the main theme in focus. Simon Vance captures the spirit of Stott's relationship with Christ and what brought him to it. The greater portion of the book hints at the deep thinking behind Stott's ruminations all while exhibiting humility towards his own ideas. Vance's consistency lets the book flow as he delivers what some might consider to be dry theology. He embraces Stott's humble, spare style to highlight the substance of his apologia. A thoroughly convincing reading of thoroughly convincing prose. S.M.M. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 07]