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Jesus Called - He Wants His Church Back by Ray Johnston - A Review

Sometimes, you pick a book because of its cover.  Other times, the author is someone you really like for one reason or another.  And every once in a while, the title is so good, you know you have to read it!

That was the case with Jesus Called - He Wants His Church Back by Ray Johnston, which I received free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own :)  It was a title to good to pass up!  The book did not disappoint, although it was much less snarky than the title implied.

If I were to summarize the main point of this book in one sentence, it would be: Act on your faith!  Americans (and most of the Western world) are spectators in their religion, rather than participants.  Imagine the amazing impact Christians could have, if instead of talking about religion, we acted on it.  In this book, we see some of the amazing things that are accomplished when we let Jesus lead our lives.

In addition to the almost unbelievable stories of God working through His people, he explains ways that you can be part of the change the Jesus wants to see in the world.  We were given a job, and that job is to love other people.  Not as the world loves people, but as God loves them, sacrificially and eternally.  This book inspires you to desire a living faith, that works to change lives, both your own and those around you.

It is presented mainly in an outline format (7 ways to..., etc.) making it really readable, and great for reading in short bursts of time.  Parts of it are quite convicting (talking about the lukewarm church can be uncomfortable), others are uplifting (the last story in the book is awesome!), and one part even made me cry.

I would give this book 5 stars.  Any downsides?  Only one, I felt like it was almost TO informative, like I should have taken notes to remember it all.  While that isn't necessarily a bad thing, in my house, where finding both paper AND a pen is a feat, it is a little bit of a downside. 

Jesus Called - He Wants His Church Back can be purchased on Amazon for $17.46.


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