Firsthand Book Review


Ditching Second Hand Religion for a Faith of Your Own
Ryan and Josh Shook
Book Review

What Amazon says:

Book Description

March 19, 2013
Join us on a journey to find a faith of your own.
A faith that isn’t your parents’ or your youth pastor’s or your church’s.
Start from scratch, question everything, and get hold of a faith that’s real.
We call it firsthand faith.
“It’s rare to find young people unafraid to voice their doubts while still being bold in their faith. Ryan and Josh are two of those people.”
—Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Circle Maker

“All Christian parents want their children to develop a faith of their own. Firsthand asks tough questions and guides those with a secondhand faith to find Christ for themselves.”
—Craig Groeschel, pastor of, Edmond, OK, and author of Soul Detox

“Josh and Ryan Shook, the sons of well-known pastor and author Kerry Shook, have fully embraced the fact that although their dad gave them a great start, they need to run their own race. Learn how to embrace a firsthand faith and walk in the strength of a personal relationship with Christ.”
—Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC, and author of the New York Times bestseller Greater

“Ryan and Josh Shook don’t shy away from the tough questions but face them head-on in this powerful book that will encourage young adults not to settle for an inherited faith but to discover a true relationship with Jesus that is unique, exciting, and every bit their own.”
—Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Point Church, Nashville, TN, and author of Plan B

My Take:

First of all....did you notice that TODAY is this books release book???  This is the Shook brothers FIRST book together and I KNOW how excited they are to have their first book released today!  What a great accomplishment to do together!  So please take the time to really read about this book and make your own opinion by purchasing it HERE.  Then tell me what YOU think!

This was a really neat book.  Very well written with a lot of great thought put into it.  When people ask me when I became a Christian, I will always tell them that when I was very young I accepted Christ into my heart.  Where that may very truly be the case, I certainly didn't live like I had Jesus in my heart.  That is the basis of this book.  Our second hand religion is the one we are brought up with.  We are Christians because that is how we were raised....but when does it become OUR faith?  For me it was after I was married and in my last year of college....but even then it didn't become TRULY real until I faced crises' in my life around 3 years ago.  I didn't realize that I wasn't TRULY living my life for Christ until I have TRULY lived my life for Christ.  Does that make sense?  This book does a great job of laying it out and putting it very clearly for all to understand.  Not only does it explain the second hand faith, but it tells us how we can make it our own firsthand faith.  It is a book that opened my eyes and I am sure will be impactful to many others.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone....those new in their faith.....and those who have been Christians a long time too.  You never really know where people are in their faith.  Only they know that.  It may look good on the outside, but only they know what the inside looks like.

*I was sent a copy of the book in order to give my honest opinion.  All opinions in this post are mine alone.*


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