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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

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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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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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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  • 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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Unexpected

About 25 years ago, I was preaching at a church camp, and was asked to teach on apologetics of faith. In that moment I found myself overwhelmed by the arguments and evidence that I had been mounting for years. "How do I condense all this to a 20-30 minute talk?"

A friend of mine suggested, "Doesn't Paul say, 'If Jesus didn't raise from the dead,...our faith is worthless'?" Which I knew to be true.

That evening I taught an entire group of young people, that if the resurrection of Jesus Christ is true, our faith stands strong.

I have heard many quotes of quotes of Andy Stanley, and come to believe that while I agreed with him on most things, I could not agree with his stance on the usefulness of scripture nor it's inspiration.

Now that I have heard his entire discussion (or at least the broad heart), I do not disagree at all.

Stanley does not claim the Hebrew Texts are uninspired!
He does not claim all scripture is not equally useful.

He does claim, and I fully agree, that the Hebrew Texts are not useful as many use them, and that they are not authoritative to direct our lives, nor sustain our faith. On this point too, I unexpectedly agree.

While nothing Mr. Stanley says in Irresistible is new, for far too many inside and outside of the Faith in Jesus, it is a much needed reminder that we are no longer bound in any way by the old law.

This is a well written, well communicated defense of the true Good News of Jesus. I expected it to be, I did not expect to completely agree with it, but I do.

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Controversial yet accurate - well worth the listen

Andy Stanley presents his arguments well, and builds to his final conclusions in a way that can be easily followed, though they are hard to accept.

As a believer, and being brought up in the church, I had a hard time accepting the initial claims made in the first few chapters, yet I cannot find flawed logic or theology. What Stanley presents is founded in what we as a church hold to be true, yet because of our presuppositions we have not noticed the inconsistencies in our line of reasoning. The Apostles all lend their support for what Staley asserts.

If you can suspend your “holy anger” and allow Stanley to walk through the proofs and reasons for his beliefs you will find that he is not calling Christians away from scripture, but to a deeper and better understanding of it, and hopefully to a more Christ-centered action-oriented faith.

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Amazing book, highly recommended

Andy does a great job laying out the case for faith in Christ alone, but also helping modern day Christians know how to interpret and understand the Old Testament scriptures.

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Game changer!

After listening to this I am finally free, free indeed! I am grateful to Andy Stanley for being brave enough to speak this truth in love. I am excited to be a person of The Way.

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Amazing

I have listened to Andy Stanley for years. This book made me think and at times was difficult to read but I loved it. I have suggested it to all my friends and family. This should be on your must-read.

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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.

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  • Colin Davies
  • 01-05-19

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.