Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: All In(Student Edition) by:Mark Batterson/Parker Batterson

All In: Student Edition: You Are One Decision Away from a Totally Different Life
About the Book:
The Gospel costs nothing---it's a free gift compliments of God's grace. But while it doesn't cost anything, it demands everything---including that we go 'all in, ' a term that means placing all that you own into the game of life. And that's where many of us get stuck. What if we miss out on what this life has to offer? The truth is, the only thing you'll miss out on is everything God has to offer. Inside these pages, Mark Batterson shares vivid stories of people going all in for a greater purpose, ranging from the against-all-odds defense of Little Round Top in the Civil War to the lives of biblical characters like Shamgar and Moses and Elijah and Caleb and ... Judas.

The message of All In Student Edition is simple: if Jesus is not Lord of all then Jesus is not Lord at all. It's all or nothing. It's now or never. Jesus gave all of Himself for you on Calvary's cross. He wants all of you in return. In essence, your life is not your own---but it can be more amazing than you ever dared imagine if you decide to go all in.

About the Author:
Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, as well as In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, Primal, and Soulprint. Parker Batterson is a high school student at St. John's College High School in Washington, DC. The Circle Maker: Student Edition is their first father-son book. Mark is married to Lora, and Parker has two younger siblings, Summer and Josiah. The Batterson family lives on Capitol Hill with their dog, Mickey.

My Review:
 Total Reliance on God is something that can be downright terrifying. It is also such a difficult task. We are so afraid of handing it all over to Him. Our family is going through something very similar at the moment so I totally get what the author is trying to get us to see. 100 percent reliance will cause us to do some things on our own that God will use to move us in a relationship closer to Him, after all that is what this life is all about---strengthening that bond with Christ. Although it is scary it will never be a mistake. God never wants us to worry or be afraid and this is where the book, All In comes in. The author is taking different situations and stories and proving to us that it never hurts to go All In.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.