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Irresistible

Reclaiming the New That Jesus Unleashed for the World
Narrated by: Andy Stanley
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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An audiobook for anyone who cares deeply about the future of the church.

Once upon a time, there was a version of our faith that was practically...irresistible. But that was then. Today, we preach, teach, write, and communicate as if nothing has changed. As if “The Bible says it” still settles it.

It’s time to hit pause on much of what we’re doing and consider the faith modeled by our first-century brothers and sisters who had no official Bible, no status, and humanly speaking, little chance of survival.

What did they know that we don’t?

What made their faith so compelling, so defensible, so irresistible?

Buckle up...you’re about to find out. More importantly, Andy will invite you to embrace the version of faith that, against all odds, initiated a chain of events resulting in the most significant and extensive cultural transformation the world has ever seen. A version we must embrace if we are to be salt and light in an increasingly savorless and dark world.

“This book challenged me to rethink my thoughts about the Old Testament, discuss with fellow believers what I was learning, do more connecting and less correcting of others, and be salt and light, making things better and brighter. I love how Andy loves people...all of them.” (John Maxwell, author of The 360 Degree Leader)

“It’s time for the church to rethink how it presents a timeless gospel to this generation. In Irresistible, Andy Stanley challenges us to make sure we handle the Scriptures with the kind of integrity that compels everyone to seriously consider following Jesus. Any Christian who reads this book will suddenly find themselves embracing the mission of Jesus with a new passion.” (Reggie Joiner, author, founder, and CEO of Orange)

“Andy Stanley takes you on a historic journey to rediscover the first-generation passion of what it means to faithfully follow Christ. This book will knock you off center, push you out of complacency, and reawaken an unshakable faith that cannot be ignored.” (Craig Groeschel, pastor of Life.Church and author of Hope in the Dark - Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not)

©2018 Andy Stanley (P)2018 Zondervan

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“More than any other book I’ve read in years, Irresistible has stretched my view of Scripture. I can’t hear or read a passage from the Old or New Testaments without thinking about Andy’s provocative insights. If you and I take this book seriously, our lives and our churches will never be the same.” (Kara Powell, PhD, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and coauthor of Growing Young) 

Irresistible is like a once-in-a-generation shot across the bow. Andy Stanley takes a lifetime of accumulated insight and wisdom about the Christian faith, history, and why the church isn’t connecting with our current culture, and combines them together in a masterpiece work.” (Carey Nieuwhof, author and founding pastor, Connexus Church) 

“Warning: This book will set you and your ministry back - back to the first century and the approach to advancing the gospel modeled by Jesus and the apostles. Andy reminds us that the resurrection was at the center of the first-century apologetic. Then he challenges 21st-century believers to reclaim it as the center of ours as well. I agree with Andy - this approach changed the world once. I’m convinced it could do so again. Read and apply now!” (Frank Turek, Christian author, public speaker, and radio host) 

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-2018

A TRUE REVELATION

Must read. Remarkably written. Andy has a gift for simplifying the complicated. This book is the reason I joined Audible. Andy has been a long time advocate & I knew hearing his translation would bring the true message home. Mission accomplished. If you've been a "Christian' your entire life, considering it for the very first time, left the church for doubts or "church going" folks...this book is for EVERYBODY.

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  • Varnzell
  • 12-10-2018

Re-reading! Because it’s just that good!

Read & Share!!! This information needs to be share with the entire body of Christ! I’m sharing with my congregation first!

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  • Joseph Warren
  • 16-01-2019

Good history- terrible conclusion-couldn’t stomach to finish

Pastor Andy gives a great history lesson for ancient Israel however his analysis on the two covenant’s are a little shaky. His main audience are those that do not read the entire Bible cover to cover and he assumes that what he proposes will be taken true. Unfortunately, had he read the entire Bible and put it in its right context he cannot say that the old covenant is irrelevant and nonexistent. We need both the old and the new testaments to truly understand prophecy and end time events. Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it. There are different covenants and when Jesus died on the cross he “nailed” the ceremonial laws to the cross, not the Ten Commandments. If one is not careful, they would assume that we don’t need to keep the commandments at all since we under grace. The books Daniel and revelation are full of symbolism that can only be explained by using the old and new testaments together. Let’s talk about complete truth instead of partial truth.

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  • Andrew van Ingen
  • 13-10-2018

Thought provoking

I was on the edge of my seat while listening, wondering wether there would come a moment that I would find it tooooo provoking. In the end: I agree 99,99% and have a tiny bit of investigation and thinking to do. Really appreciate the great teaching! Wise thoughts. It’s a great resource. I highly recommend listening to this book!!
Andy’s views are definitely western and for among postchristians. I wonder if he would change a few thoughts in non-western cultures. I guess that’s the homework I have for now.

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  • PastorPerry
  • 17-03-2019

Very disappointed

not a good book. I pray Andy finds his way out of this point of view
it's harmful to the body of Christ.

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  • JASON BURNETT
  • 07-03-2019

dont waste your time!

dangerous teachings! Horrible! Anti-Bible! I pray Andy Stanley will stop spreading insane and false messages.. His approach to reaching "the new generation" is to avoid the bible!!??????????? He has lost his mind!

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  • Skye Ferguson
  • 26-01-2019

Beware this well-meaning ear-tickling message

I very much enjoyed this book until I got to chapter 25 and the true purpose was revealed. His message of disregarding the Old Testament in it’s entirety is extremely dangerous. Jesus is the word of God (read John 1). Me Stanley has lost his way in his desire to reconcile all parties. Jesus told us that the pure gospel would set us at odds with others and that the world would hate us and that family members might turn against us.
Read your Bible. Abide in Him. Anyone who has spent time with God and his word will be extremely alarmed with this message of disregard the Old Testament. All the promise of Christ is in the Old Testament. The foundation of the greatest love story and the character of God is revealed to us in those pages.
Do not be deceived. If it were possible even the very elect would be deceived.

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  • Clint Byars
  • 14-11-2018

From a pastor

Yes, yes and yes. In no way is Andy recommending we throw out the Hebrew Bible and God’s Law, he’s saying to understand that Jesus fulfilled its requirements for us.

He goes on to beautifully describe how our faith isn’t in a book, it’s in an event, the resurrection of Christ.

I appreciate his simple prescription for a seemingly ineffective, post-Christian church, love one another. If the body of Christ got busy loving one another, and approaching the world in love, people would believe God sent Christ to save us.

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  • g. lee
  • 11-10-2018

Grateful

This book helped me see. Parts of it gave me clarity for things that I intuitively thought were true, but couldn’t express. Parts of it challenged assumptions I have held since childhood. Parts of it reminded me why both what we believe and how we communicate it really matters. All of it makes me grateful that a thinker and communicator like Andy Stanley shared his journey and insight with us.

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  • GB
  • 29-09-2018

Amazing!

I’ve listened to Pastor Stanley’s message podcasts for a year or two now. This book chronicles some of those priceless lessons I’ve learned from listening to him. “Irresistible is an awesome book that will stretch the faith you grew up with. People have been criticizing Andy for the views expressed in this book, but very unfairly and blindly. He uses quotes from Jesus and the Apostles to confirm his concepts.

I was thrilled that Andy narrated this. You can here the earnestness and conviction pour out of his voice, his persuasive speaking ability really shines here. This is truly one of the most wonderful and most important books of our time. Highly recommended!

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  • Noah Mitchell
  • 02-10-2018

A story the church needs to hear

As the Bible goes, so goes our faith. Or at least, that's what so many of us have been taught (including the skeptics seeking to dismiss Christianity altogether).

Andy writes with wisdom, knowkedge and relentless empathy for an audience of churched people--and shows them that there was an attractive, world-changing faith before pen was put to paper and our Christian Scripture began to take shape. He invites us to put the Hebrew Bible in the right context (inspired, but not equally applicable), and instead live a life marked by our sacrificial love for God and neighbour.

It's a great conversation starter for the topic of biblical infallibility, mission, and love. I'll be listening to this one again.

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  • Colin Davies
  • 05-01-2019

Insightful & Challenging

This book challenges many of the assumptions we make about our Christian faith. The books basic premise is the role that the Old Covenant plays in the life of Christians in the light of a new covenant. Where we once under the law we are now under grace. The author then argues the need to unhinge the old testament from the new in terms of theology but also in terms of apologetics and the role that the Bible plays and ought to play in the way we think about, present and understand the birth and message of the Christian faith. The book is insightful and educational and is radical in the sense that it attempts to take us back to the origins of the faith, before the Bible was compiled, to explore real Christianity and what it meant in the first century after Christ, and challenge many of the ways we now think about the faith which are a departure from its origins and meaning. In many ways it is a wake up call to the church in the west and particularly in the USA in what he refers to as a post-Christian society.