ABOUT THE BOOK (176 pages):
We live in a time when the church is failing to live up to its own standards. It is losing the respect of those it tries to win to Christ because it has succumbed to sin, pride, and corruption. In the past, a lost world looked to the church as the example of hope and integrity; today, many people laugh or roll their eyes when the church is mentioned. It has largely lost its relevance in the world. In Awaken, best-selling author Terry Nance has composed a series of letters to younger and newer believers, aiming to help them avoid many of the sins and mistakes of their spiritual fathers as they hold high the standard of the kingdom of God with which they have been entrusted.
We the church must realize that we are called to be kingdom leaders for Jesus Christ, not empire builders for ourselves. We must awaken to the understanding that we carry Jesus to this world, and His Spirit within us must be reflected in everything we do.
Nance's challenge is clear: Set a standard of holiness in your own life, endure affliction as a good soldier of Christ, run your race with patience, and persevere until you come to the finish line. As you do, you can leave behind an army of leaders who will take up your banner for Jesus and carry it forward with honor.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
With more than forty years' experience in local church ministry, Terry Nance is the founder and president of Focus on the Harvest, Inc. He's traveled extensively for the past several years, awakening believers by helping them to discover their individual gifts and callings and to commit to the vision of their local church. Terry has authored three previous books, God's Armorbearer, volumes 1, 2, and 3. These best–selling books have motivated thousands of Christians to stand with their leaders in faithful service, helping them to fulfill God's purpose for their lives. In 2008, Terry and his wife, Kim, began Impact Church, a dynamic and growing multicultural body of believers in Sherwood, Arkansas. Terry and Kim have been married for over thirty years and live in Sherwood with their three children, McCall, Alex, and McKenna.
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First, I have to say that the Lord works in mysterious ways. When this book was first made available to us, I thought I didn't want it because it was supposed to be for the "younger" ministers of the day. What a blessing this book has been to me. The thoughts and lessons found here can be applied to everyone of any age. I'm currently in an evangelism class, and there is so much in this book that applies that I think I will reread it. I suggest that the author rewrites his description so that it doesn't put off the more "mature" Christian. There is so much here that we all need to hear. The ideas expressed are scripture based but said in terms that everyone can understand and relate to. I do know a "young" minister that I believe he will benefit from reading this book. He is truly a man of God, but I'm sending this to him as a reaffirmation for his ministry. Perhaps he will pass it on to another young minister.
I received a copy of this book from The Bookclub Network, Inc., for an honest review.
I agree it has useful material for all ages.
This book, comprised of thirteen letters, is written to those who desire to be godly leaders of the faith in this present age. The author, considered a spiritual father for today’s young leaders, addresses various themes of the Christian life in a very pointed way with clearly understood, honest answers to today’s challenges. Each topic is thoroughly discussed so the reader has no question as to the author’s priority of his own Christian life. It is interesting that the last letter is from the viewpoint of the younger generation calling for understanding of these younger members of the faith by the older leader.
This book is a must read for pastors and other church leaders who are desiring to grow this next generation of young men and women into those who are on fire for Christ.
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You may be a young Christian leader or a person feeling the call to ministry and leadership. Nance has written heartfelt letters in the style of a spiritual father to help you understand and develop your role in service to the church.
I really appreciate the letters Nance wrote. He emphasizes the weight of God's call to be His spokesperson. He reminds of the standard of holiness that must be set as leaders live as examples to the church. He admonishes leaders that they are to be kingdom leaders, not empire builders. Their role is to make God look better, not themselves.
With heartfelt compassion and godly insight, Nance writes about preparing for ministry when one feels called. He includes practical suggestions for increasing knowledge and experience. He reminds of the importance of prayer, the necessity of sacrifice and faith, submitting to authority, evidencing godly leadership, the reality of spiritual abuse, being a reformer, surviving and learning from adversity, upholding the truth of the Bible, and living in intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit.
I really like Nance reminding leaders that they are setting the example to others. He suggests high standards for leaders, encouraging them to run the race faithfully to the end. Nance's book is a refreshing one focusing on character rather than numbers. He gives lots of examples of godly leadership, both as illustrations and as encouragement.
I recommend this book to those in church ministry or leadership or feeling the call to ministry and leadership. You'll receive wise words from a spiritual father.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Terry Nance is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Rhema Bible Training Center. He served twenty-three years with Agape Church Little Rock as the executive director of Agape Missionary Alliance. He is the founder and president of Focus on the Harvest and has authored three books. In 2008, he and his wife began Impact Church, a multicultural body of believers in Sherwood, Arkansas. He and his wife have been married for over thirty years and have three children.
Whitaker House, 176 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
This book by the best-selling author of God’s Armorbearers, is about spiritual growth that will appeal to young believers and others just as the epistles of the New Testament still have value today for all of us. It is written in the same way as a series of letters to young Christian leaders, each of the first 13 chapters being a new letter on a new topic. The last chapter, number 14, is a letter from the younger generation back to the older to help the older understand “where they are coming from” and how best to deal with them.
It was well written and inspiring to me although I am just a lay person. It would be a wealth of knowledge for others called to minister to the younger generation. It is thoughtful and sincere and offers prayerful advice.
The author admonishes us to “Get on your face before God” praying in your secret place. “When in need – plant a seed.” Sow your faith with prayers to reap the harvest which is souls for Christ. Strive to complete “your God-given assignment”. Understand that persecution is a reality and Satan and Hell are real.
He also teaches us that a good leader trains and equips others not being afraid that they will replace him or overshadow him. It is time for a reformation and God saved you (the fastest runner in the relay race) for last. Follow your favor: what are your gifts? Where will your income be from? What is your passion? Allow adversity to forge your character and don’t complain about it. “The armorbearers of today will be the leaders of tomorrow.”
Above all remember the challenge put before you, “But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14 (NLT). If youth ministry is your calling, go for it!
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This book is written as a series of letters to the younger generation, although personally, I feel many generations would glean from reading the content of this book.
Terry uses his personal stories and experiences to encourage this generation to step up to the plate and become all God wants them to be. Each chapter(letter) is thematic and Terry addresses such subjects as Prayer, Sacrifice, Service, Submission, Authority (the use and misuse of it), and so much more. Terry calls this generation to step out and become armor bearers, to follow their dreams, but also to support their leaders; to be a generation of action, not just talk. He stresses the importance of a healthy prayer life, humility, knowledge of the Word, recognizing God's voice and waiting on His perfect timing.
I enjoyed reading this book. I read a chapter a day along with my morning devotions. I felt convicted, encouraged, and inspired. I am not sure of the author's religious affiliation, but most of what I read in this book, stood true to Scripture and was in harmony with my personal beliefs. I feel this book is an asset to any church library, and a great read for teens, young adults and those of us who have been around for a while. It reminded me of Paul's mentor-ship of young Timothy.
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Book Review: Awaken by Terry Nance
Subtitle: Letters of a Spiritual Father to This Generation
Pastor Terry Nance has penned 13 letters to the generation who will very soon lead the church for the Lord. Although he speaks to younger Christians, I found the messages relevant to those of my generation who desire to serve God.
I especially liked an observation Terry made; “If all you do is complain about your circumstances, then all you will have is more circumstances to complain about,” This touched me in my heart.
Pastor Nance writes from his heart. In the preface, he says he is going to be very real in these letters. In them, he deals with such topics as what is the definition of leadership. God took him to Hebrews 11:32-38. He states that after he read it, “The Holy Spirit stopped me, and said, ‘You asked Me for My definition of leadership. There it is—men and women ‘of whom the world [is] not worthy.’” (Hebrews 11:38.
Another feature of his book is the way he sets important points apart from the general text. When I saw the set-apart sections, I knew he had something important to tell his readers.
I recommend this book to any mentoring pastor who has a congregant who believes God has c called them to His service. I also recommend it to anyone who wants to grow closer to the LORD.
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Awaken by Terry Nance is a series of thirteen letters written to encourage and exhort the younger generation of believers who desire to become spiritual leaders in the Kingdom of God. Nance has shared personal experiences and those of other spiritual leaders, as well as quotes from historical leadership figures such as Henry Ford and Churchill to the hearts of those aspiring to Christian leadership. The letters are firmly founded on the Word of God as the author writes of living a life of humility and having a servant's heart, following the example of Jesus who founded His ministry upon love. He reminds readers "We have a lost and dying world to reach; revival, reformation, and refreshing begin with us." The letters speak to sacrifice, purity, an intimate prayer life, adversity and introduce the Holy Spirit as the author's best friend who offers everything the church needs to be a Light in our world. Absolute truths are stated throughout the book and a founded on Scripture. Awaken is insightful and sincere and as such is a valuable tool for learning leadership and also for those who are the spiritual fathers, living the life before these who are coming behind.
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As the back cover says, this enriching book offers “words of wisdom” to Christian leaders. Although geared to younger ministers, I found much of the advice pertinent for all believers especially those involved in ministry. The author draws on his decades of serving in the church and shares personal experiences as well as godly insights. The chapters contain thirteen letters directed to young people and a final one from the younger generation to spiritual parents. Topics covered include service, sacrifice, submission, change, adversity, and other practical subjects, with much scriptural support. I heartily recommend this book, which is easy to read, but harder to put into practice. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network), and this is my honest review.
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