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Walk in the shoes of the disciples, as New York Times best-selling author Charles Martin brings their stories to life with his storyteller’s perspective. 

In the first century, believer didn’t just mean someone who heard and agreed with Jesus; it meant someone who acted on that belief. And when the outside world saw the faith of these new believers, they declared “they turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).

That’s the kind of believer Charles Martin wants us to be. The kind who understands that the truth of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is so powerful, it reshaped history. The kind of believer who lives with that same world-changing faith today. 

In his second nonfiction work, he uses his talents as a novelist to walk you through the lives of the disciples in the aftermath of the Resurrection and as they spread the message of the Gospel and “turn the world upside down”, leading up to Paul’s ministry in Thessonalica. In his beloved lyrical style, Martin illuminates key moments from Scripture and shares stories from his own life as a disciple.

With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that have made his novels beloved to millions, Martin will helps you engage with your faith in a new and inspiring way. 

The appendixes are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Charles Martin (P)2021 Thomas Nelson

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Not sure about this

I liked “What if it’s True” and was excited to read/listen to this one... but I was disappointed. I feel like the title is misleading. There is very little of re-telling the stories of the apostles post Jesus’ resurrection and a LOT of what seems to be Martin’s main message- that we as believers are called to heal sickness and cast out demons. Belief differences aside, I just wish I would have known that that is what this book is about. I went in expecting stories of the apostles and instead had hours and hours of Martin’s viewpoint on healing, casting our demons, etc. He’s a great writer. This book was just not what it was advertised to be.

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needed push out of comfort zone....

This book was very thought provoking. In many ways I was very uncomfortable with the concepts, however it is helped me to dive deeper into my spiritual growth.

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Love listening over and over

I love how the author retells the life of Jesus as if he was there. I can listen to it over and over again. It’s a casual and personal look at the greatest man that ever walked this earth. I’m completely impressed Charles Martin has won me over I’m a fan.

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Thank you for the modern day true story

Absolutely brilliant, I can’t get enough of Charles Martin writing and heart for Jesus Christ.

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Run to the Battle

With passion and conviction, Charles Martin encourages believers to live out there faith with joy and power. He reminds us it is still a battle. And like it or not, you are in it.

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Another incredible book.

This book is an incredible journey for me. Listening to Charles Martin read with emotion and emphasis really brings the importance of God’s mandate for each of us. You will be thinking about the content long after you finish. Thank you Charles Martin.

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Blew me away! (In a good way.)

My favorite fiction author has become my favorite non-fiction author. Even if you don't agree with all of his theology, you have to have to admire his arguments.

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Another Excellent Read

Incredible, true, story telling by Charles Martin. Thought and action provoking.

This and What if it's True are must reads!