Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Think, Act, Be Like Jesus (Book Review)

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions stated here are my own.

A few months ago I reviewed Believe:  Living the Story of the Bible to Become More Like Jesus from General Editor Randy Frazee and Zondervan.  I liked that book enough to recommend it to a friend and my pastor.  So I was eager to read the companion book:  Think, Act, Be Like Jesus.

The back cover text begins with this challenge:
Are you living the story?  The Bible is the most amazing story ever told, but it is a story that demands a response.  It teaches us that the goal of the Christian life is to become like Jesus--for our own personal growth and for the sake of others.  Each believer needs to ask three big questions:  What do I believe?  What should I do?  Who am I becoming?
 It goes on to describe the book this way:
In Think, Act, Be Like Jesus, bestselling author & pastor Randy Frazee helps you grasp the vision of the Christian life & get started on the journey of discipleship. 
In thirty short chapters, Frazee unpacks the ten key beliefs, ten key practices, and ten key virtues that help disciples to think, act, and be more like Jesus Christ.  As he unfolds the revolutionary dream of Jesus, he shows how our lives fit into the big picture of what God is doing in the world.
Think, Act, Be Like Jesus is organized in the same way as Believe.  It has three major sections:
  • Think Like Jesus:  What do I believe?
  • Act Like Jesus:  What should I do?
  • Be Like Jesus:  Who am I becoming?
Again like Believe, each of these sections is divided into ten short chapters. Think Like Jesus explains basic tenets of the Christian faith, such as what we believe about God, salvation, the Bible, and eternity.  Act Like Jesus describes our practices:  worship, prayer, total surrender, spiritual gifts, and more.  Finally, Be Like Jesus covers traits such as love, joy, peace, and humility.

The difference between the titles is that Think, Act, Be Like Jesus has more focus on application of each point, rather than including as many passages of scripture to support each belief, action, or trait.

When I started reading Think, Act, Be Like Jesus, I didn't care for it.  I couldn't pinpoint why, but I kept setting the book aside.  However, when I picked up a copy of Believe and read the chapters in parallel, the combination was great.

I read a chapter in Believe--say, the chapter on compassion--then the corresponding chapter in Think, Act, Be Like Jesus.  In this way I read about what we believe and why, then what we should do and who we are becoming.  I think this is far better than reading one all the way through, then the other.

So, while I like Think, Act, Be Like Jesus, I strongly recommend it for use in conjunction with Believe.

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1 comment :

  1. I haven't read anything lately. I have to be in the mood for a book these days :)


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