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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

Critic Reviews

“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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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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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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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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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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  • GB
  • 09-29-18

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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must read!

Finally a Christian book that answered all my questions and showed me how to truly live in Christ.

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A great breakdown of REAL Christianity

It's imperative that every Christian with the hope of passing on the faith to the next generation gets what Andy is trying to drive home in this book. I also think this would be such an incredible resource for those outside of the faith who have questions about Jesus and what Christianity is suppose to be about.
In a society where church and religion and Christianity is so easy to resist - due to all of the different spins of the faith Christians and religious types alike have constructed - Andy explains here what real Christianity is suppose to look like, the way Jesus intended, when practiced correctly, id irresistible. Andy's delivery on this audiobook is a delight to listen to. A must read!

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Read this book!

Whether you are, were, or not even interested in being a follower of Christ, this book is a must read. So enlightening and provides a great path for conversation to reconcile relationships for all of the above. Well done, Andy Stanley!

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great listen

great hearing Andy Stanley talk about what a lot of lasters want to talk about

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Needed to reach an audience missed by top scholars

This is a message that needs to be heard in today's church. The faith centers on who Jesus is (God) and the cross and resurrection, sending us out with one command: to love. The church is too bogged down in demanding exact interpretations of how to comply with God's OT law, rather than the beautiful broad message of God's love, forgiveness and reconciliation in Christ.

A practical (not scholarly) book that will likely get pushback from the mainstream, this book reaches for a pop audience with something that touches on the macro value of important scholarly work. In a much less sophisticated and sometimes historically expedient (he gets to the right conclusion with leaps and loose "facts") it points to the same train of current Christocentric reform led by Barth and TF Torrance and continued in NT Wright, Richard Bauckham, Barthian scholars and the Pauline "new perspective" authors.

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  • Noah Mitchell
  • 10-02-18

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.