Inspired insight and a challenge to embrace your New Self
Author Addison D. Bevere is clearly an inspired and very talented writer and engaging storyteller. Saints Becoming More Than “Christians” is his encouragement to shed our Old Self for Our New Self in Jesus. He breathes new life into the ancient term ‘Saint’ and challenges readers to aspire to the role within their current lives. The good life is not something we find, but something we become.
Saints is packed full of insightful bible references, explanations, and personal stories. Bevere sheds light on many common Christian themes. Most concepts are presented with excellent clarity, although I couldn’t follow all the explanations, particularly the ‘fear of God’.
To describe the experience of reading Saints, I’ll begin with what it is not. It’s not purely academic, but it’s also not a practical guide to making changes in your life. It’s not a light read that you can breeze through if you really want to absorb the message.
Saints is a heady but impressive compilation of inspired concepts and ideas that can encourage Christians to consider leading their lives in alignment with God. However, it falls short of a ‘how-to’ application, limiting its impact on everyday life.
I rated this book at 3.5/5 stars on my review website but rounded up to 4/5 stars on sites that don’t allow half stars.
I was really looking forward to reading Saints (affiliate link), but it was not as I imagined or hoped it would be. I was more impressed by Mr. Bevere’s writing style and his grasp of the religious concepts than any new takeaways that I can apply to my life and relationship with God. The subtitle promised Becoming More Than “Christians”, but I felt let down by that promise.
Readers who enjoy apologetics and academics might enjoy this book. Anyone looking for insight into Christian concepts might enjoy this book. Those who are targeting a specific area of change in their lives would be better served by finding a book more in line with the change they desire.
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Addison Bevere is a man who appreciates the simple things in life — time spent playing with his four kids, late-night conversations with his wife, interesting words that no one uses, a meaningful day of work, and, of course, a good book. Addison is also the COO of Messenger International, an organization that impacts millions of people in over 150 countries through its various initiatives, and the cofounder of SonsAndDaughters.tv.
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