I was asked to be a part of the Canadian Launch Team for this book, Fake or Follower, by Andi Andrew. The description of the book sounded like exactly what’s been on my heart for my own walk with Jesus in the last little while. Discipleship. My church has been placing a pretty big focus on it as well — how do we walk with Jesus? And so it’s been settling into some long-ignored places, and I like it. Naturally then, when the chance to help get this book off its feet came into my inbox, I jumped at it.
There was a lot that I really liked about this book. And I think it’s safe to say that anything I didn’t like was a reaction to my being deeply convicted about the words that Andi Andrew laid out on the pages.
Through this book you’ll walk through thoughts on being consumer Christians, on church hopping, on living as part of the culture around us in a way that no one would recognize that we’re different except for the occasional Sunday morning appearance inside a church. You’ll read about community — how essential it is to a healthy Christian life, what that looks like, and what it doesn’t. Learn and dig into where your identity is based. Do you reflect Jesus? This section was very challenging for me.
We love because we were loved first. And love is more than a feeling. I’m sure we’ve all heard this before, but it sunk in for me in a bit of a different way this time around. What I really liked about this chapter though was the reminder that love raises the standard by which we live our lives. Being loved doesn’t mean I have license to sin because I have grace. This is by far the biggest argument against grace I hear from people struggling to wrap their heads and hearts and minds around the grace and goodness of God and Jesus. “But doesn’t that mean you can just do what you want?” No, because I’m loved in a way that makes that makes me not want to go back to what I’ve been saved from. Andi Andrew has just given me words for an age-old question.
I was both challenged and encouraged by this book, often at exactly the same time. Andrew uses humour and straight to the punch truth to get her point across in a way that I could really appreciate. I highly recommend this book. I also recommend that you take the time to dig into the reflection questions at the end of each chapter. I’m often of the mindset that I want to “finish the book as quickly as I can,” usually because I’m pushing a review deadline, but you’ll learn about yourself as you dig into the questions.
I’m glad to know who Andi Andrew is now, and I’m thrilled to have been a part of this launch team. The book came out October 2nd, so you can now buy it in lots of places that books are sold! My preference is, of course, Amazon, but check your favourite book retailer to get your own copy.
Book was provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. and Baker Publishing Group.