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Real: Christian Book Review

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If Sunday didn’t exist, would anyone know you were a follower of Jesus? This is the question Jamie Snyder asks in Real: Becoming a 24/7 Follower of Jesus. Snyder takes us on a personal, spiritual journey in answering that question. Being a Christian is risky, says Snyder. “The reality is, when you choose to follow Jesus, when you build your life on your faith in him, you are most likely going to be led to places you would rather not go.” Living a risky life is not natural, he says; rather, it means “loving the unlovable, forgiving the unforgivable, and sometimes doing the undesirable.”

Snyder is not only Scriptural in his approach; he makes his points with directness and humor. He said that he grew up with many rules. Among them: do not wear church clothes out to play—wear your Sunday best. The problem, he says, is that this focus compels people to make the Sunday morning worship time the only worship time in the week.

Snyder doesn’t hold back. He challenges us to act out our faith daily. For example, in a discussion about loving others, Snyder asks us to “identify whom you struggle to love and find a way to love that person or group of people.” Further, we should look for people to love every day. Snyder says, “To love like Jesus loves is to love everyone: irresponsibly, recklessly, foolishly, endlessly, indiscriminately, and intentionally.”

The book has reflection/discussion questions and a summary prayer at the end of each chapter, making it appropriate for groups or personal application. If you are looking for a well-written, thoughtful book that will help you take an honest look at yourself spiritually, pick up a copy of Real.

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