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Book Review: Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman

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Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

Kyle Idleman


215 pages

Available in paperback, Kindle, MP3 CD Audiobook, and Audible audio download.


When I started reading the first few chapters, I thought, “Yeah, I’ve got this down. This is too basic for where I’m at now.” In fact, I was amazed at how many similar points I made in my book, Abundant Life (2002). But as I read further into Not a Fan, I found myself saying, “Ouch. That’s a little close to home. I might need to work on that.” I’d say Kyle Idleman has something challenging for everyone, regardless of whether you know about God but haven’t made a commitment yet or whether you’ve been a committed follower for years. We all have areas in which we can be *better* followers. This book speaks to those areas, challenging us out of our complacency to take action—to take risks for God.

The author points out the less popular exhortations of Christ. In a culture where we want to be comfortable, he reminds us that Jesus called us to deny ourselves, accept pain, and drop everything to follow Him. Jesus wants us to follow Him wherever, whenever, and whatever. We can place no reservations or restrictions on how and when we are willing to follow God. This is a very much needed message for us and I thank Kyle Idleman for bringing an unpopular message back to the forefront.


I give Kyle Idleman’s Not a Fan five cups of love.

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331933: Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of  Jesus Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of JesusBy Kyle Idleman / ZondervanIf Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have a DTR (Define the Relationship) conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly his follower or just a fan-or perhaps someone who doesn’t even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life. Through biblical teaching, anecdotes, and humor, Kyle Idleman explores what it means to truly be a follower of Christ. He also shares several powerful Not a Fan stories–testimonies from fellow followers who turned to Jesus. Don’t miss this wake up call to radical discipleship!Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.

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