Stop asking Jesus into your heart- book reviewOne of the best books that I have read recently is “Stop asking Jesus into your heart” by Pastor J.D. Greear. This book tackles the difficult doctrine of “assurance of Salvation.” Many Christians struggle with this concept, because we put so much pressure on us and our feelings when the pressure of our Salvation rests on Jesus, and what He has done and been for us. This book challenges each believer to look beyond your feelings, and rest on the promises of God for your Salvation! I believe in the concepts of this book, and believe in its theology! That is why I am giving away this book absolutely free to someone. The giveaway ends by 10:00 am on Thursday morning so let the contest begin.

Here is an excerpt of the book:

“If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of assurance” is epidemic among evangelical Christians.

In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of present- ing the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality.

Read my full review of J.D’s book here! 

Here is how to enter the giveaway

(The one who does the most has the best shot at winning): 

  1. Leave a comment in the comment section below on why you would like to have this book!
  2. Share a link to this post via facebook, twitter, or google+!
  3. Subscribe to the RSS feed of this blog (If you subscribe via email, make sure that you confirm your subscription!
  4. Blog on your own blog about this site and the giveaway!

Please remember to tag me in your posts or let me know about your blog so that I can be aware that you have completed it.

The winner will be announced by 10:00 am on Thursday morning, February 7th!!! Let the contest begin. 

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13 thoughts on “Book Giveaway- “Stop Asking Jesus into your Heart” by J.D. Greear

  1. I would like this book for a 2 reasons. 1. I live in Arkansas and this is an epidemic. There are so many people that live by the “ask Jesus into your heart” statment but never have repentance. As a youth pastor I teach its so much more than asking Jesus into your heart. 2. Thursday Feb 7th is my birthday. For real.

  2. Sounds like an interesting book that tackles an important question. I’ve grown up where ‘asking Jesus into your heart” was the standard, but since then I’ve come to think differently about it. I’m very interested to see what J.D. Greear has to say about this. Oh and by the way: I was already subscribed to your RSS feed 🙂

  3. Sounds like a fantastic book! I am a 2nd year youth pastor in Australia and the culture of ‘Altar Calls’ and how we lead people into faith with God has been something on my heart a lot lately. Mainly because I want to make sure that the youth I serve are provided with biblical and effective ways to respond to the Gospel. This book would be a huge help in wrapping my head around all these thoughts as I loved J. D. Geer’s ‘Gospel’.

  4. I’ve read Gospel and I enjoy learning from J.D. Greear through his sermons and podcasts. He and I are alike theologically, so I will enjoy learning more from him through this book. Consequently, I am also subscribed to your posts via email and RSS.

  5. I think it’s awesome you are doing a giveaway. I’m actually getting read to do another one for my site soon.

    I’ve never heard of this book, but it sounds like a great tool!

    I’m off to share! I’m gonna also share a post for the Google+ users! 🙂

  6. I would love to have this book for the tri-parish ecumenical youth ministry program I am working with. We are a diverse population of churches doing ministry together, and I think this book would enable us to have some interesting dialogue towards our program.

  7. I accepted Jesus into my heart at age nine. I loved being a Christian. I loved Jesus and I loved the Bible. I used to love witnessing to non-believers and loved defending my belief in (the Christian) God and orthodox/conservative Christianity. Then one day someone challenged me to take a good, hard look at the foundation of my beliefs: the Bible. I was stunned by what I discovered.

    1. The Bible is not inerrant. It contains many, many errors, contradictions, and deliberate alterations and additions by the scribes who copied it. The originals are lost, therefore we have no idea what “God” originally” said. Yes, its true—Christians can give “harmonizations” for every alleged error and contradiction, but so can the Muslims for errors in the Koran, and Mormons for errors in the Book of Mormon. One can harmonize anything if you allow for the supernatural.

    2. How do we know that the New Testament is the Word of God? Did Jesus leave us a list of inspired books? Did the Apostles? Paul? The answer is, no. The books of the New Testament were added to the canon over several hundred years. Second Peter was not officially accepted into the canon until almost the FIFTH century! So why do all Christians accept every book of the New Testament as the word of God and reject every non-canonical “gospel”? Answer: the ancient (catholic) Church voted these books into your Bible. Period.

    There is nowhere in the OT or the NT where God gives men the authority to determine what is and what is not his Word. If Second Peter was really God’s Word, the entire Church should have known so in the first century.

    3. Who wrote the Gospels? We have NO idea! The belief that they were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is based on hearsay and assumptions—catholic tradition. Protestants denounce most of the traditions of the Catholic Church but have retained two of the most blatant, evidence-lacking traditions which have no basis in historical fact or in the Bible: the canon of the NT and the authorship of the Gospels.

    The only shred of evidence that Christians use to support the traditional authorship of the Gospels is one brief statement by a guy named Papias in 130 AD that someone told him that John Mark had written a gospel. That’s it! Papias did not even identify this “gospel”. Yet in 180 AD, Irenaeus, a bishop in FRANCE, declares to the world that the apostles Matthew and John and the associates of Peter and Paul—Mark and Luke—wrote the Gospels. But Irenaeus gives ZERO evidence for his assignment of authorship to these four books. It is well known to historians that it was a common practice at that time for anonymously written books to be ascribed to famous people to give them more authority. For all we know, this is what Irenaeus did in the case of the Gospels.

    The foundation of the Christian Faith is the bodily resurrection of Jesus. If the story of the Resurrection comes from four anonymous books, three of which borrow heavily from the first, often word for word, how do we know that the unheard of, fantastically supernatural story of the re-animation of a first century dead man, actually happened??

    Maybe the first book written, “Mark”, was written for the same purpose that most books were written in that time period—for the benefit of one wealthy benefactor, and maybe it was written simply as an historical novel, like Homer’s Iliad; not meant to be 100% factual in every detail, but a mix of true historical events as a background, with a real messiah pretender in Palestine, Jesus, but with myth and fiction added to embellish the story and help sell the book! We just do not know for what purpose these books were written!

    I slowly came to realize that there is zero verifiable evidence for the Resurrection, and, the Bible is not a reliable document. After four months of desperate attempts to save my faith, I came to the sad conclusion that my faith was based on an ancient superstition; a superstition not based on lies, but based on the sincere but false beliefs of uneducated, superstitious, first century peasants.

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