Saturday, November 20, 2010
What people are saying about…..
“For decades, Floyd McClung has been at the forefront of a generation passionately following Christ, equipping them to know Him Deeply and serve Him around the globe. Follow paves the way for practical and powerful engagement by anyone seeking to make Jesus famous among all nations!”
Louie Giglio, founder of The Passion Movement and Passion City Church
“For the last thirty years, Floyd has always been something of a spiritual litmus test for the church, and his prophetic instincts over time have proved true. And Floyd is right again…God is definitely calling us to attend to this most fundamental of facts about the authentic Christian life: what it means to be an untamed disciple of the wild Jesus.”
Alan Hirsch, author of ReJesus and Untamed, www.theforgottenways.org
“Floyd McClung has done what seems impossible – he’s written a fresh and intriguing book on the basics of discipleship. You’ll love this book and want to share it with everyone who is serious about following Jesus and becoming like Him.”
Carl Medearis, author of Muslims, Christians, and Jesus and Tea With Hezbollah
Follow begins by sharing McClung’s own personal story of how he was set free from a life of religious tradition to enjoy one of relationship with Jesus. This liberating experience caused McClung to realize the importance of changing the focus of life from ourselves to Jesus and led him to form outward-looking communities of disciples. “Rather than setting out a list of rules that put people in bondage to religious legalism, we should be offering unbelievers and believers alike a Jesus-focused invitation to find one’s identity and life shaped by the kingdom Jesus came to establish here on earth,” says McClung. By using stories and Scriptural examples, McClung reveals the freedom that comes from living our lives the way God intended and provides an intelligible path toward total Lordship—without condescending into religiosity.
Follow’s message is centered upon the practical, personal areas of believers’ lives that must be examined and transformed so that they are able to love Jesus, love each other within the body of Christ, and love others currently on the outside. While addressing topics such as obedience, identity, significance, church, sexuality, marriage, work, humility, faith, prayer, witness, sacrifice, and simplifying church life, McClung seeks to answer the question, “How are we to think and live day to day as followers of Jesus?” Each chapter ends with questions for group discussion and some practical steps of application.
Offering a fresh injection of spiritual adrenaline into mediocre attempts at following Christ, Follow teaches readers how to be on mission with God in His world, free from the world’s attempts to domesticate and tame what it means to follow the wild, untamable Jesus. “We must constantly return to Jesus as our source and our example for how to live life and how to do church together,” McClung believes. “Studying His life, spending time in His presence, seeking to be filled with His Spirit, and fulfilling His mission with others in community—this is how we are to experience life as Jesus intended it.”
About the Author: Floyd McClung is the founder and director of All Nations, an international leadership training and church planting network that partners with local churches to send short-term and long-term church planting teams to more than 30 different countries. Floyd has spoken on more than 100 university campuses and has traveled to 187 countries. He is the author of fourteen books, including the best-selling books The Father Heart of God and Living on the Devil’s Doorstep, that have had a profound influence around the world and have inspired new generations to take risks in both outreach and service. Follow will serve as a catalyst for church growth at the local level—growth in both depth and size. The McClungs live in Cape Town, South Africa where they lead a training and outreach community that equips church planters to work among the poor and unreached in Africa and Asia.
Follow: A Simple and Profound Call to Live Like Jesus by Floyd McClung
David C Cook/September 1, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4347-0192-3/254 pages/trade paperback/$14.99
*** my review ***
Author: Floyd McClung
Publisher: David C. Cook
Genre: Christian Living
With all due respect to the author, “Great One” has a name; his name is God. And it is by that name that he has revealed himself, and ought to receive our worship, praise, and adoration. Re-telling God’s story is one thing. Re-casting God’s story in hypermodern language in an effort to gain a hearing and appear relevant to the 21st century audience is another.
Following this recreation of The Fall, author Floyd McClung goes on to portray God as never before seen in Scripture: “When Great One came for His evening visit with Man and Woman, they were missing. He could not find them. Loneliness was tangible, and sadness hung in the air. “Where are you?” He shouted tearfully. “I miss you . . . why have you left me?” (p. 20.) And this is just one example of several misrepresentations, mischaracterizations, and false anthropomorphisms (attributing human characteristics to God, who is a spirit) found in this work.
Author Floyd McClung’s passion for the church is noted, and applauded. His critique of the church is dead-on, and cannot be refuted. His desire to see the kingdom of God advanced is greatly appreciated. But this reviewer cannot help but feel that the relationships with God, and with Jesus Christ, and with the Holy Spirit that are being advocated in this book are disturbing at best.
If you have read and appreciated Floyd McClung’s previous works, you will probably enjoy FOLLOW, for he does remain true to his message. If you are more traditional in your approach, this book will be a disappointment. 254 pages. $14.99 pages.