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Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

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Are you a follower of Jesus? Don't answer too quickly. In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a 'Define the Relationship' conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn't ready to let him cramp your style. Then agai ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 215 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Zondervan (first published May 6th 2011)
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Mar 08, 2016 Lori rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I read this book because my son's girlfriend gave it to him. It's just another book written by another well meaning believer who thinks he has the "to-do list" of an A+ believer in Jesus Christ. In reality what he is spreading is not the Christian way of life but religion. His list includes not having sex, working in soup kitchens, going on mission trips, etc... All these things are fine if they are produced BECAUSE we have a spiritual life. They should never be presented as what we will do as e ...more
Jason Lilly
I am not a fan of Jesus. This book is so powerful and so convicting, I felt uncomfortable reading it. But that is exactly the point. Christianity has become too comfortable and too safe. Christians view following Jesus as getting saved, attending church services, praying before meals and before bedtime, reading some devotionals, listening to Christian music. These things are great, but what truly defines being a follower of Jesus is sacrifice. Jesus demonstrated pure love by giving up his life a ...more
May 16, 2013 Julie rated it it was ok
Recommended to Julie by: Vaughn
One reviewer sadly commented after reading this book, "I guess I don't measure up." I would like to encourage her by saying "Of course, you don't. None of us 'measures up.' We are all sinners and that is why Jesus had to do it all. He loves you even though he knows you don't measure up."

I am afraid that for some readers this book may teach that there are two kinds of Christians--lazy pew sitters and radical foreign missionaries. Each chapter ends with an inspiring example of someone who is livi
Kim T.
Jul 21, 2011 Kim T. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Not A Fan is a bold, in-your-face book that aggressively packs a punch. It confronts anyone daring enough to ask the question, “Am I a fan or am I a follower?” From the jump, the book holds nothing back, and it asks the reader to define her relationship with Christ. It will challenge, affront, influence, and very definitely impact you as a Christian.

Rating: 5/5 Stars *****
Clark Goble
Nov 14, 2012 Clark Goble rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to read Idleman’s book immediately after Tozer’s The Pursuit of God. I say this because “Not a Fan” is the perfect counterpart to Tozer. Idleman challenges the reader to identify themselves as a follower of Christ or a mere fan and presents the argument that many who identify themselves as the former are actually the latter.

Idleman presents a wonderful argument against the “cheap” Christianity that runs rampant in the Church and encourages his readers to “get to a place where fol
Apr 05, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
There were some points in this book that I did not agree with, but at the end of the day, it did make me question where the priorities in my life were. However, I do need to say that I would not give this book to a new Christian. The theology is a little confusing. I am, of course, basing this opinion on what I have learned and truly believe. I do believe that we are saved through the grace of God through belief in Jesus as our savior. I am not a big expert on the Bible, but I think it says some ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
There are couple things that were said that I didn't completely agree with, but overall, I feel this is a great book to get you really thinking about your relationship with God. Am I "all-in"? Am I committed? Am I a fan, or an "enthusiastic admirer," that is running lukewarm for Christ, instead of on fire?

At the beginning of this book, I would answer wholeheartedly that I am a follower of Christ. In all honesty, this book revealed to me that I'm not 100% completely committed. When I'm honest, I
Miss Me.
Jul 17, 2011 Miss Me. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People seeking to find God.
Shelves: high-rated
This book is excellent for anyone who's sick and tired of the mundane Christian life. This is a book that encourages you to not just claim to be a Christian, but to be a follower of Christ's teachings. Anyone can say that they are a "Christian" but to actually live a life that emulates who God truly is.

I was hoping for a Francis Chan type of teaching from this book. But even though this book wasn't an in depth challenge to me, it did serve as a good reminder of what it means to be a Christian.

Tanara McCauley
May 11, 2013 Tanara McCauley rated it it was amazing
Got your church T-shirt? Your “Jesus is my co-pilot” bumper sticker? What about your WWJD bracelet?

Bible? Check! Some verses memorized? Check! Personalized tithe envelopes? You know this maaan!

Okay, okay. Now what about Jesus? You’ve got all the paraphernalia–the outward stuff that clothes you with the Christian image–but do you really have Jesus? Are you a fan, or are you a follower?

Uhhhhhhh……………..what you talkin’ bout Willis?

Willis isn’t here. But if you want to know what I’m talking about, pi
Oct 26, 2012 Jesse rated it it was ok
A good review of this book

There are some good points and also some problems with this book. The author basically teaches the "surrendered life" which is nothing new. DA Carson's associate Andy Naselli wrote his doctoral dissertation about this movement called "Keswick" or "Higher life" sanctification and you can read a presentation of it here:

I was completely unaware of this model of sanctification until my early 2
Sep 04, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This book's popularity is well-deserved. The text has just the right amount of quotable lines (that have you reaching for your pen to copy them down) but not enough to seem gimmick-driven. The examples/metaphors are simple, effective, accessible. The occasional moments of humor are genuinely funny (and never distract from the message of the text). The arguments are supported/spotlighted with quotes from Scripture. The narration is appropriately confessional, encouraging, yet challenging.

You get
Morgan Duplechin
Nov 03, 2015 Morgan Duplechin rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read many non-fiction books just because I get bored of them really easily and I never seem to learn anything. Every now and then I'll come across a non-fiction book that is just so amazing I want to buy it for everyone and force them to read it(which I absolutely would do if I could). Kyle Idleman begins the book with a question. Are you a fan or a follower of Jesus Christ. Most Christians would answer that question without a second thought but as Idleman gets more in depth I be ...more
Aug 30, 2013 Fayette rated it really liked it
I had to wait for quite awhile for this book to trickle down to Bookman's, so I was really happy to see it the last time I was there. This is a quick read with challenging thoughts for those of us who have spent a lifetime trying to figure out the equation. Man + Faith In Christ = not quite enough? Idelman's examples of "following" seem to set up a new list of to-do's. Or not to-do's. I consider it done, and not by me. It's not my intention to get into a spiritual debate here...but I will spend ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Jerry rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Christians
An excellent look at what it really means to follow Jesus! I recommend this to all Christians!
Kayla Warner
Sep 28, 2014 Kayla Warner rated it liked it
This book had some really spot-on Biblical information and incredible accompanying verses. The author, Kyle Idleman, wrote in a way that had humor and heart. However, of course there were some little things that I disagreed with but overall the message of being not a fan but a true committed follower of Christ was inspiring. But one of the only things that I found kind of distracting about this book is that it was written by a pastor. Which, don't get me wrong, devoted pastors have boatloads of ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Kat rated it did not like it
Shelves: christianity
This book made me sick. I am not a fan and I don't claim to be a follower. I am a fan of books like this because I just don't like the whole "grace only" belief and "repeat after me and you get eternal life" movement. I really thought I would like this book and it would get me all psyched up about becoming a "real christian" but it made me sick from the beginning.
I thought a fan was going to be described as a one of those people that live however they want but if you ask them, they claim they a
Mar 16, 2014 Leah rated it it was ok
Read this book and attended a bible study where we watched the videos. Book great for those in church who want to work to move towards a greater commitment to God in their lives.

Thought this book was great and revolutionary - until I came to the part where they tell the girl she can't become a member of the church because she was living with her boyfriend. I understand, within the institution there has to have rules and regulations in order for things to run properly. But what about the girl's s
Kara Larson
Oct 01, 2012 Kara Larson rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living

Listened to this in the car on the way to work. Full of convicting statements that I wish I could have underlined, so I may read it again eventually to remind myself. One thing I have been meditating on is that true followers are slaves. Dedicated 24/7, 100% to the cause of the master. Fans may know much about Jesus, but followers know Jesus.
I do wish there was more emphasis on the gospel power enabling us to follow the way we should. After all, without Christ we are dead and can't follow Him.
Mar 18, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Discipleship Primer

A good primer for those interested in understanding the difference between being a casual versus committed follower. The fan/follower analogy is thin at times, but overall a good piece.
Lizzy Bueckert
Mar 14, 2016 Lizzy Bueckert rated it really liked it
Great book! Used my highlighter constantly. Can't wait to share this book with friends!
Sarah Walker
Apr 05, 2013 Sarah Walker rated it it was amazing
absolutly amazing. one of those life changing reads. I am not a fan...I am a follower. I will definitly reread this book.
Keely Chamberlain
Apr 18, 2016 Keely Chamberlain rated it it was amazing
Wow. I really loved every part of this book! The book challenges you to dig deeper into your faith and really become a follower of Jesus. Likewise, the book is an easy read and you can really understand what Idleman is talking about. I do not think Idleman intended to say "this is how you make your faith perfect". However, I do believe that Idleman was trying to give some helpful hints on what following Jesus really looks like. He explains the difference between being a fan of Jesus and a follow ...more
Heidi Williams
Apr 06, 2016 Heidi Williams rated it really liked it
Want to find out if your only an admirer of Jesus or truly a follower. Then this is the book for you !!!
Esther Lee
Aug 19, 2015 Esther Lee rated it it was amazing
No reserves.
No retreats.
No regrets.

This book is written for Christians who haven't been entirely crazy for Jesus.

Yeah, this book is crazy. Jesus' followers are crazy (or mad).

It makes me reconsider that whether I'm just a fan instead of a follower. I thought I was a follower, but Jesus said, "no, you haven't been crazy for me."

"No reserves" means that even when people tell you how stupid it is to abandon your comfort life just to follow the call, you do it anyway.

Be honest with Jesus and
Mar 10, 2014 Scott rated it it was amazing
I started reading this in December. It has challenged me and how I live.

One of the most challenging scriptures in the Bible for me has always been, "Many will say to me 'Lord, Lord didn't I cast out demons in your name, healed the sick in your name, raised the dead in your name.' But I will say to them, 'get away from me for I never knew you.'" Kyle takes this verse and challenges us to not just be a fan of Jesus. Kyle wants us to become a Follower of Christ.

A fan is someone who likes Jesus and
Wesley Ellis
Mar 11, 2015 Wesley Ellis rated it did not like it
Don't bother with this book. It is theologically incoherent. In regards to salvation, Idleman consistently vacillates between the prioritization of divine agency and human agency, but finally lands the ship in human agency. When it's all said and done, for Idleman, divine agency in salvation is made contingent upon a faithful human response. For Idleman, it's what we do that finally determines our status with God, but the gospel says precisely the opposite. While he leaves himself exits from thi ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
I had the chance to review this book when it came out, but I passed it over for a fiction title. Maybe I needed it more now anyway, but after reading the author's second book and being very impressed with it, I decided I needed to read this one, and wow. Kyle really shows the difference in being a fan of Jesus and a follower of Jesus.

The book is convicting and challenging. It causes the reader to examine his relationship with Jesus to see if it really is a relationship, or if its something we a
Jul 25, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-me, church
Sometimes I wonder if it is hard to find my recommendations credible when I am excited about a book. Someone might think, "You love every book you read, Amy." Not true, my friends. Not true. I am a critical reader, and when I come across something that I think is of value and worth in Christian literature, you better believe I am going to recommend it loudly. Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman is worth a VERY LOUD proclamation of "two thumbs up" or four thumbs up, if I had them. Not a Fan asked me some d ...more
Todd Wilhelm
Apr 22, 2014 Todd Wilhelm rated it liked it
This book is an appeal to be totally committed to Christ, or as the author states "all-in." This total commitment is described as being a follower of Christ over against a fan of Christ. Thus the title. The book is written in today's english and will probably appeal to a large segment of American Christians, but I doubt the book will have "staying" power. It reminds me of an expanded version of the little pamphlet written years ago titled "My Heart: Christ's Home" by Robert Munger in that it is ...more
May 18, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This book made me think. Hard. That's a big part of the reason as to why I gave it 5 stars.
Breaking it down:

+ Nice voice and great descriptions and examples. I loved Kyle's comparisons of Bible concepts and stories to real life instances. As a plus, the real life instances were almost always funny!
+ (somewhat restating from previous bullet) Humor was very enlightening. Good comic relief for some of the heavy topics considered in this book, but still caused some deep thinking for me, no matter ho
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Kyle Idleman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fifth largest church in America. The bestselling author of the award-winning book Not a Fan and AHA is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four children.
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