David C. Cook
Let God Change Your Life by Greg Laurie (author of Lost Boy and The Upside-Down Church) points readers back to the biblical basics of Christianity by presenting New Testament teachings in a fresh light. Laurie, a senior pastor, encourages readers to use the Bible as a mirror to examine their lives.
Laurie divides the book into three sections: “How to Know God,” “Discipleship,” and “Making Him Known.” By doing so, he offers something for everyone. Lifelong followers, new believers, and even unbelievers will come away from this book challenged by Laurie’s humble, “been-there” approach and the Scripture around which he bases his teaching. He guides readers on a journey through accepting Christ, growing in the knowledge of God, and leading others to Christ—not as converts, but as disciples.
The book’s organization could be clearer, since the three sections (which were originally separate books) are occasionally disjointed or repetitive. However, strong organization within the chapters reflects Laurie’s career as a pastor. Most chapters break down a topic into smaller points—like dissecting the Lord’s Prayer phrase by phrase—and include relevant stories or illustrations. If the chapters occasionally feel too much like sermons, at least they’re good sermons.
While the phrase “Radical Christian Living” on the back cover may deter some readers, this book is grounded in biblical teaching and the idea that there is more to the Christian life than we realize. Laurie’s message is no more radical than that of Jesus—to give everything to the God who gave everything for us, or what Laurie refers to as “total and complete abandon” (p. 103). I recommend this highly readable book for individuals or small groups who seek a deeper walk with Christ. – Andrea Walker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Imagine what it would have been like to be a follower of Jesus; first-century Christians walked away from their old lives just to be where He was. What they learned, sitting at His feet, was discipleship. And when His work on earth was done, first-century Christians took His words and example and spread out, teaching the gospel to everyone.
The good news is that we, too, can participate in this lifestyle. Laurie drills it down in three simple ideas: get to know Jesus, follow His plan for discipleship, and use it to tell others what we know. Laurie's tone is clear, direct, and biblical.