I found myself lying on the floor of my apartment, sobbing for hours on end: “God, I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do, and I still don’t feel closer to you. In fact, I feel worse than ever! How could this have gone wrong? I can’t see any way out. Help me.” As a university student, Andrew Farley found himself physically and emotionally addicted to street evangelism and Bible study. Yet despite his fervid behavior, he knew something was missing. That something was an understanding of the gospel that is stripped of the compromises and clichés of the modern church. The Naked Gospel finds friends among those who are burned out on experience-chasing, ceremonialism, or legalism. It attacks churchy jargon and powerless ideas and puts forth a message that is simple but life-changing. With a fresh take on Scripture and unapologetic style, The Naked Gospel will challenge you and stir you to re-examine everything you thought you already knew.
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This book will open your eyes
You could read the Bible a thousand times and probably still miss this stuff. It's just so easy to. I know some people that just don't get it somehow, and, sadly, I have trouble talking with them about the Bible. It's my hope the entire church eventually comes to understand the realities so clearly laid out in this book. If you haven't read God Without Religion or Relaxing With God, those are worth checking out too.
A game changer. I can not say enough about how this book illuminates, spiritual concepts, that seem to be "hidden in plain sight." In the bible.
Get this book. When I was a child ever preacher we had was a sweating,nervous wreck. I believed the good news, but no one could ever cross the bridge telling exactly how ,we here on earth could actually have that peace that passed all understanding, or that forever thirst quenching living water.
As time passed some of that was glimpsed, but this book pointed to scripture that hands you those answers by the basketful.
This is a book everyone should read. I have bought 40 so far, and given them to friends.... I really do not know yet if trusting books into "un-requesting" hands is the way to handle my enthusiasm for the Gospel of the early church as found in the epistles, but the 1.0 version of the Good News ,the one Paul said do not stray from, is The breath of fresh air we have been looking for. It is The peace, living water, bread of life, freedom, joy, and oneness with God through Christ as promised.
God bless Andrew for writing this book, but I know Andrew will not take the credit for this book. When you read the book, a statement will be made, a wonderful concept, or thought, and you will say, "that can't be true". Then there it is, from God 's word, chapter and verse.
I was raised Southern Baptist, my wife of forty four years was an Episcopalian, and that is where we have attended church, and I have had many spiritual doors open during that time. I am presenting this to a Sunday school class I teach, and our priest has become just as enthused as I have....A great blessing. Do not be afraid, get the book. God bless.