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Not a Fan: Teen Edition

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If someone asked, "Are you a fan of Jesus?", how would you answer?

You attend every movie featuring a certain actor, you know the stats of your sports hero, and you can recite lyrics from your favorite songs. In short, you're a huge fan. But are you treating Jesus the same as the other people you admire?

The truth is Jesus wants more than the church attendance, occasional p
Paperback, 214 pages
Published April 23rd 2012 by Zondervan (first published April 17th 2012)
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Morgan Miller
Aug 05, 2015 Morgan Miller rated it it was amazing
Let me start this off by saying, I didn't really know the full message that the author was trying to portray until I read it. It was actually not what I was expecting at all. This book was challenging and convicting to say the least. It's probably not for everyone, and I'm not even one of the many who've read this and said "Not a Fan changed my life." But I can definitely see how it's help thousands of people. The author breaks down the gospel into a way that you are able to understand. The very ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Iola rated it liked it
This is the teen edition of Not a Fan, which was first published in 2011. I don't know how different it is from the adult edition, but it's easy to read and has some amusing asides that will appeal to teenage readers (well, they appeal to me, so I hope they appeal to teens as well).

There are some negative reviews for the adult version of Not A Fan, criticising the way it seems to promote two 'classes' of Christian and even going so far as to suggest that these second-class Christians might not a
Sep 30, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok
The book will appeal mostly to the evangelical Christian audience. It assumes that branch of theology and soteriology.

One danger of books like these is that even though it speaks out agains legalism and speaks for grace and acceptance, it encourages a considerable amount of "navel-gazing" - that activity a person does in evaluating one's self. One set of behavioral standards are essentially replaced by another by which to evaluate. Even though the intent is to steer away from legalism and the a
Keiki Hendrix
Sep 25, 2012 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
Challenging, thought provoking and very readable, Not a Fan: Teen Edition: What does it mean to really follow Jesus? opens with an uncommon introduction. It opens with an apology sets the tone of humility throughout the book.

The author states up front it is an odd way to open a book, but for me, an apologizing or humble admittance to a issue or topic makes the author, preacher or speaker much more appealing. I can learn from someone who's as flawed as me. I have trouble accepting doctrines and t
Shelby  Swing
Jan 08, 2013 Shelby Swing rated it it was amazing
I heard about this book a while back but never considered reading it until someone recommended it to me. And I was absolutely blown away. The writing is easy to read and understand while being full of humor (loved Kyle’s hilarious footnotes) and teen lingo. Kyle focuses on the meaning of truly following Jesus by having us define our relationship with Him. He also uses several Biblical examples of aspiring “followers” from the books of Matthew, Luke, and John. He draws the line between follower a ...more
Sep 28, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Not a fan is an amazing Christian non-fiction book by Kyle Idleman. It has probably made many followers of Jesus. It explains how to be a follower of Jesus. It explains how you need to be fully committed to living for Jesus to follow Him, to get forgiveness, and to get to heaven. It does a great job of displaying what is necessary to follow Jesus, and what most people do, which makes them non-follower, what he calls fans. Along the way are many stories of people who decided to be more than just ...more
Jun 26, 2012 emma rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone christian
Recommended to emma by: Z Street Team
Shelves: nonfic, christian, arc, reread
This is simply amazing. I've read it about three times since I got it this spring...
Kyle Idleman writes on such a good subject and writes it well. Every Christian teenshould read this book. It will challenge you so much.
Kyle is also really great at using humor and personal stories throughout the book, which adds a lot of depth but also makes me smile.
I love how he uses Bible passages in every chapter to explain what he's talking about and give an example (it really shows the reader, proves it i
Sep 02, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
While this book did bring up some interesting points to think about, a lot of times, I felt it was too much on the negative, almost scolding side. I realize being a Christian is not a cake walk, but there was not enough focus on the reward at the end of those hardships, if you suffer them and keep your head up and look to God for your strength.
May 15, 2012 Tonya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
I die daily. One of the many thoughts in this book. Are you a fan or a follower?

Matthew 7:23 "Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" (NIV) Many THINK they are followers but a good way to know, one anyway is what have you lost as you are following Jesus Christ? Or do you hold back from Him?

Kyle gives so many different thoughts and examples, many will have the reader cringing, saying oh my this is me. You really need to search yourself, find out if you are
Scott Kennedy
Jul 09, 2016 Scott Kennedy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
The challenge of this book is to be a follower of Jesus rather than just a fan. It's aimed at teens, and I think the humour probably works well for that age group. Having read a chapter (maybe two) per week and then discussed those chapters with my class, I found the book to be longer than necessary. It seemed to me that the same (or virtually the same) point was hammered chapter after chapter. It's almost like there was a really good sermon that Idleman wanted to expand into a book. Furthermore ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Yes, I did read the Teen Edition because it was free on Amazon, but it is still an excellent book. I've also seen the "Not a Fan" television series on TBN, and based on those shows, I know that the Teen Edition has basically the same information but primarily just the examples are more geared towards teens and young adults. The overall message and challenge to be a follower instead of just a fan of Jesus is convicting. I do consider myself a follower even after reading this book but the author p ...more
Oct 21, 2013 M.L. rated it did not like it
Full disclosure. I have not read this book. I have never written a review of a book that I have not read, but I am so upset at how hard my daughter has been on herself during the first week of this study. One of the questions is "What did you hear God say to you after you prayed?" My daughter, a black and white thinker, thought it meant something was wrong with her if she didn't hear God in the exact time frame she'd set up for Him to speak to her so that she could fill in the blank. She also th ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Cody rated it it was amazing
Me and my church went to a church camp over the summer to colorado. It was based around or over this book. I hadn't read it yet so when I got home I went out and bought it. This book changed my faith in God so did the camp. It open my eyes to what was important in life. I recommend this book to everyone because it will show you how great our God is. I can relate it to my life because I wasn't a fully committed follower before I read this book and went to the camp now I am. Kyle Idleman knows how ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing
Everyone who says, "I am a Christian" needs to read this book. I chose to read the teen version for a specific reason, and Idleman does a great job of making his points in a way that is applicable and interesting to teens. I assume the adult version is the same. He is just real. He tackles a very difficult subject in a very real way, complete with humor, analogies, examples, and honesty. I also really enjoyed how he pulled all of his points from specific passages of Scripture. Overall, it is con ...more
Melissa Frudz
Jul 10, 2012 Melissa Frudz rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. Even though I consider myself beyond the points Kyle Idleman was writing about I know at the time I was firm in my faith it still opened up my eyes. I never looked at it like that before, how you could be a fan or a follower of Christ. Like how clever is that to put it like that, people who are ok to say they believe in Jesus but don't want him to interfere with there life and those who will give up there lives to follow Christ. it really helped in a way so when I pr ...more
Trevor Bryant
May 14, 2013 Trevor Bryant rated it liked it
I wholeheartedly agree with the concept, but the book itself is just drawn out. Pretty convicting in the beginning, but the latter half of the book is spent on Luke 9:23, which could have been done much shorter. Not to mention, while this book put a whole lot of emphasis on being a follower rather than a fan, it never really got at the "why" of being a follower. Definitely has something to draw from for a sermon series, but dry for a book. Was ready to be finished with it.
Nov 20, 2014 Kara rated it it was amazing
I had to read it slowly... One chapter at a time was all I could think about at once, even though I wanted to keep going. I liked the teen edition because it was funny - and interesting to look at things that were important at that stage and how those choices affect the rest of your adult life. It is written in a way that challenges you at every point to look at where your heart REALLY is. Not in a condescending tone. It's well written. You will think about it long after you put it down.
May 07, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

My library only had this teen version, but I imagine the message is pretty much the same no matter which version you get.

This book opened up my eyes about a few things and really left me thinking. It also made me slightly uncomfortable in some parts, but in a good way.

I didn't agree with everything Kyle said, and one true life testimony rubbed me the complete wrong way, but overall I really enjoyed the message.
Shannon Sonneveldt
Mar 08, 2013 Shannon Sonneveldt rated it it was amazing
This was a great study. I read this with my teenage son as a bible study. I may have learned more or got more out of it than he did (even though it's the teen edition), but this kept him engaged and we had some great discussions. Any book that can teach a teenage boy about God while entertaining him at the same time is a winner! Great read and very informative. I would highly recommend this for anyone, not just teenagers.
Larissa ☾
Nov 28, 2014 Larissa ☾ rated it really liked it
I know this was towards teenagers, but I feel like it's too... adultish for teens. I'm a teen, but it was so hard to focus with this book because the things that were being said, I couldn't comprehend. I wish it was broken down more so I could understand.

This made me question myself no doubt, but I liked that. I needed to realize I was a fan not a true follower. This book helped me become a follower, not a fan.
Rachel Melton
Nov 24, 2012 Rachel Melton rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to get this book for free on Kindle. I saw that it had a five-star rating, which prompted me to go ahead and read it. I couldn't put it down! It quickly became one of my favorite books, and I've went through sections of it a second and third time as well. It is well written for a teenage audience with an interesting writing style that will keep you plugged in. It really hits home, challenging you to change your life.
Jan 24, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
It was defiantly an eye opener. I loved how he made references to movies/other books. He made one reference to "The Princess Bride." If you plan to read this you should defiantly read the footnotes. They make the book funny and easier to read. I read this over christmas and i loved it, had a hard time putting it down, It was such an eye opener.
Jill Geyer
Jul 22, 2013 Jill Geyer rated it really liked it
This book really opened my eyes up to the power of the Holy Spirit. Previously whenever I asked someone about the Holy Spirit or the Trinity. They were like it's really confusing. Kyle Idleman was definitely right when he said people put the Holy Spirit on the JV squad of the trinity. But it's crazy to think that the GOD in us is what empowers us to love and spread the word.
Jun 14, 2014 Imogen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads
Not quite finished reading this yet, but I'd definitely recommend it, whether you're a mature Christian or a new Christian. I've been a Christian for a number of years, though I'll admit I do struggle with my walk with Jesus and this book is really helping me, it's a really interesting and easy read, definitely relates to me :)
May 16, 2014 Tiffany rated it liked it
Not A Fan challenges you to "DTR" (define the relationship) with Jesus. Do you have a relationship with Him or do you just know a lot of facts about Him? There is also a leader version of Not A Fan, making it a good small group option. I would suggest this book more for students who are already believers and want to get to know Jesus even better.
Oct 19, 2012 Pamela rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD. Amazing. So many proof texts to totally challenge what living as a Christian really means. I 'randomly' pulled it off the library shelf - this is the teen edition, if I had known there was an adult edition probably would have picked that one, but this one is very humorous.
Clare Cannon
Jul 08, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it liked it
Shelves: spiritual
Some great advice for young Christians who want to take their faith seriously. The author and I differ on quite a few theological and some ascetical points, and we agree on some too, but I think his approach is great for teens.
Mckenzie Tuttle
Sep 17, 2012 Mckenzie Tuttle rated it it was amazing
This will challenge the idea of a follower. This shows you what a true follower looks like and what they are commited to. This book has definately changed me. A definate must read for teens and adults who are Christians.
Aug 19, 2012 Reagan rated it liked it

I thought that this was a great book. However, I don't think this would be very helpful for teens, because it is pretty confusing. The ending was pretty much all about death, and I didn't really like that. Well, hopefully I will try not to be a fan.
Oct 01, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-thanks, faith
not terrible, but not great. seems a bit basic - maybe that's stuck-up of me, but he seems to go on and on about the same things over and over. it is easy to read, and I did appreciate his humility, which seemed mostly genuine
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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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