Anyone who knows me knows that I love to read a lot of the Christian classics, great theological books written by old dead dudes – by everyone from Charles Spurgeon and Arthur Pink, to AW Tozer and John Calvin. So it was surprising especially to me that I have been reading a lot of writings of some of the new and young contemporary pastors like Steven Furtick (see my review of his book Sun Stand Still HERE) and Craig Groeschel (altar ego).
When I was at the Promise Keeper’s men’s conference in Winnipeg earlier this month, I picked up “Unleash!” – a new book by another young contemporary pastor named Perry Noble. I have listened to and watched a few of his podcasts and subscribe to his blog, but this was the first book I read by him. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by what I read! Not only does the book contain some great biblical principles, but the manner in which Pastor Perry writes is so down-to-earth and so refreshing! No religious language, but rather new and fresh ways of thinking about God. The back cover of the book reads: “When you’re ready for something truly extraordinary, consider living life unleashed!” I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wants to be stirred up in their faith to go deeper with the Lord!
Here are some of my favourite quotes from this book…
“The beginning of unleashing the life God wants for us is understanding that there is so much more in store for us than what we are currently experiencing.”
“Once we’ve shown up at the dance, we have a choice to make: are we going to stand against the wall, watching other people bust moves, or are we going to get out there on the dance floor ourselves? God hasn’t called His people to stand along the wall as spectators. He wants us to participate with Him in what He is already doing in the world.”
“It’s time to stop making excuses. God hasn’t called us to make excuses. He has called us to make a difference. And people who make excuses never make a difference.”
“Here’s the false idea: God will never give you moer than you can handle… The truth is, God often allows us to face more than we can handle. But it’s not because He’s cruel or heartless. It’s so we’ll stop trying to live life on our own strength and learn to depend on His.”
“God is greater than our biggest fears; He’s more powerful than our greatest enemies, and He can outlast our greatest frustrations.”
“Sometimes life happens and situations hit that we’re unprepared to face. It’s during those times that we desperately need the help and community of other people.”
“However, in spite of all the bad things that have happened in the church, God still considers it the bride of Christ. He loves the church, and His plan is to use it as His primary tool to impact the world. We need to be careful about consistently bad-mouthing teh church; after all, if you were to tell me that you really like me but you think my bride is ugly, one of us is going to get hurt. It’s the same with Christ. When we dis the church, we are dissing His bride – and that can’t be good for our relationship with Him.”
“I strongly recommend reading and studying the Bible; listening to pastors and speakers in church and via podcast, and diving into books that cause us to explore the deep truths of the Christian faith.”
“The enemy doesn’t want us in church. He doesn’t want us to have deep, meaningful friendships with people who know us and love us anyway. He knows that in order to get to us, he needs to isolate us. As I’ve seen happen so many times, the first step people take away from God is usually a step away from church and their friends.”
“Jesus didn’t ask us to pick up our recliners and follow Him. He asked us to pick up our crosses. And those who won’t carry their crosses will always drop out.”
Get the book!
– Pastor Chris Jordan