All in

All in

You Are One Decision Away From A Totally Different Life

Book - 2013
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Invites readers to embrace God by going "all in" and placing all that they have into God's hands, which will mean getting much more than they ever sacrificed.

Zondervan House
The Gospel costs nothing, but demands everything. If Jesus is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all. It's all or nothing. It's now or never. It's time to ante up and go all in with God.

The Gospel costs nothing.  You can’t earn it or buy it.  It can only be received as a free gift compliments of God’s grace.  It doesn’t cost anything, but it demands everything.  It demands that we go “all in,” a term that simply means placing all that you have into God’s hands.  Pushing it all in.   And that’s where we get stuck—spiritual no man's land.  We’re afraid that if we go all in that we might miss out on what this life has to offer.  It’s not true.  The only thing you’ll miss out on is everything God has to offer.  And the good news is this: if you don't hold out on God, God won't hold out on you.  Readers will find Batterson’s writing filled with his customary vivid, contemporary illustrations as well as biblical characters like Shamgar and Elisha and Jonathan and . . . Judas.

No one has ever sacrificed anything for God.  If you always get back more than you gave up, have you sacrificed anything at all?  The eternal reward always outweighs the temporal sacrifice.  At the end of the day, our greatest regret will be whatever we didn’t give back to God. What we didn’t push back across the table to Him.  Eternity will reveal that holding out is losing out.

The message of All In is simple: if Jesus is not Lord of all then Jesus is not Lord at all.  It’s all or nothing. It’s now or never.   Kneeling at the foot of cross of Christ and surrendering to His Lordship is a radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King.  It’s also an act of disowning yourself.  Nothing belongs to you. Not even you.   

Batterson writes, for many years, I thought I was following Jesus.  I wasn’t.  I had invited Jesus to follow me.  I call it inverted Christianity.  And it’s a subtle form of selfishness that masquerades as spirituality.  That’s when I sold out and bought in.  When did we start believing that the gospel is an insurance plan?  It’s a daring plan.  Jesus did not die just to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.”

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The author invites us to embrace God by going "all in" and placing all that we have into God's hands, which will mean getting much more than we ever sacrificed.

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2013]
ISBN: 9780310333050
Branch Call Number: 248.25 BATTERSO
Characteristics: 183 pages ; 23 cm


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This book is challenging and powerful. If in our lives we don't make Jesus Lord OF all, can we really call him Lord AT all? But fear not; if we don't hold out on God, He won't hold out on us.

My one issue with the book is the subtitle. "One decision away from a totally different life" seems like an exaggeration - maybe a "reverse exaggeration", if that's a thing. The Christian life is meant to be lived following Jesus one step at a time, through the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit - it's not just life after one decision to believe in Christ, but all the little decisions to follow Him in day-to-day life, lived under His grace and the confident knowledge that God is now our Father and Jesus' righteousness is counted as our own. I would say, "Go all in - and KEEP going all in! Each of your decisions to follow God will will lead to a totally different life!"

6675tap, I don't see how the statement you quoted suggests an inverted Christianity when taken together with the verses you referenced. Unless you think that the author should have said "faith" instead of "belief system"...? (I'm sure he knows there's a difference between the two - he wrote this book, after all!)

Aug 25, 2015

"works are the fruit of a strong belief system"? Anyone familar with James 2:14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26 can see that this author's Christianity is still "inverted".

AllForHim Jan 08, 2014

Amazing book that will encourage you to look at how you value your time and actions in this life and are you willing to surrender it All for His All...
If you don't come away saying "I want to live differently" I'd be shocked!
SO worth the Read!


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