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The Naked Gospel: The Truth You May Never Hear in Church

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  550 ratings  ·  76 reviews
I found myself lying on the floor of my apartment, sobbing for hours on end: God, I m doing everything I m supposed to do, and I still don t feel closer to you. In fact, I feel worse than ever! How could this have gone wrong? I can t see any way out. Help me. As a university student, Andrew Farley found himself physically and emotionally addicted to street evangelism and B ...more
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Published August 30th 2009 by Zondervan (first published 2009)
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I think I understood the concept of this book before (Jesus plus nothing), but I’m not sure if I ever really thought about it as much as I have since I finished The Naked Gospel. I don’t feel like a particularly “religious” person — I know that rules aren’t my rescue and I don’t go to church because it’s just what I do on Sundays. But, Like pretty much every other Christian out there, I recognize and follow a lot of the Christian “rules.” On the other hand, my faith is a living, breathing connec ...more
The message of The Naked Gospel by Andrew Farley isn't a new one, but it's certainly one that isn't always preached clearly. As a woman who personally struggles with legalism and a sense of earning God's love and forgiveness and approval, I experienced a sense of relief as I read through the pages of this book. I have always known that Jesus' blood covered my sins, but I still felt like I needed to "do my best" and "make God proud." And if I sinned (which is daily . . . for everyone), I had bett ...more
D.I. Telbat
Imagine the gospel message delivered exactly like the Bible gives it--no additives, all natural. Imagine that message--so often distorted by Law-practicing and guilt-bearing--delivered by a pastor of a Texas church for us common people, as God intended.

Yet again, this is a book that will change your life, if you're ready for the truth in its pages. Farley attacks the age-long myths of false humility and keeping of the Mosaic Law as Christians. He continuously asks the reader to answer for himsel
Mandy J. Hoffman

Reading this thought-provoking book by Andrew Farley stripped away some of the "religious" thoughts I have attached to the Gospel. He poked and probed around several scripture passages that I personally have never thought through but rather just taken for granted. Much of what he said was intriguing and helpful, but some left me still "chewing" to determine my own beliefs on particular parts. There were multiple chapters and portions I really enjoyed, but one of my favorites was when h
I will admit that I am extremely bias rating and reviewing this book. Andrew Farley is one of my favorite preachers, the way he teaches is a gift from God, He practically breaks down the Gospel in baby steps that you can understand. The way he explains difficult passages of the Bible while still managing to keep the context is amazing and well done. I have been following his ministry for about a year now, he never disappoints me when I watch his sermons;learning something new everyday is remarka ...more
Charlotte D.
A good buddy gave me a copy of this book. Amazing. I give this out the time. Great book to understanding the difference between things we practice and believe in the church that are not biblical. So in line with the truth that our relationship, worth, acceptance and love are NOT based on performance, programs or religion but solely on relationship and the finished work of Jesus on the cross. LOVE IT!
If you're Christian, you should read this book.

I'm an atheist and I did. Of course, I also have a fascination with religion and faith, so perhaps I'm not the best judge! This book will definitely give anyone (with an open mind) something to think about.

While his ideas may seem radical to the church, they aren't offering a jihad or anything crazy, just telling people to live their life WITH Christ instead of FOR God (and there are a lot of details and specifics that I won't go into). His focus i
Mindy Detweiler
I received a free copy of this book through The Blog Tour Spot. I did not receive any money for this review.

This book got my interest with the whole concept of taking the Gospel at face value nothing added, nothing subtracted just the Gospel. My husband and I have within the last few years have gotten dissatisfied with the way the modern churches have gotten into programs and gotten into the newest things and have kind of gotten away from the teaching of the Bible.

This book is in no way a bashin
One of our minister's gave this book to my husband to read. After hearing my husband talk about it and discovering the first section was entitled, "Obsessive Christianity Disorder," I decided I needed to read it also. The author's description of his "OCD" could have been my own autobiography! Some of his premises in a nutshell -- we are no longer under any part of the old law (not even the 10 commandments); we have been forgiven of our sins permanently and eternally, so there is no need to conti ...more
I was more than a little disappointed with this book. Farley makes big claims about what he is going to deliver, and i never really was impressed. It seemed a dumbed down version of both Owen's _Mortification of Sin_ and a number of other Puritan thinkers. The language of the book is far too jazzed up, the metaphors and anecdotes are often weak and pedantic, and the writing is coddling to the point of being hard to bear. Now, i realize that this may simply be the product of where American Christ ...more
Best Christian book I have read in the last ten years! So glad God led me to this book! I never listen to WDCX Lifeline, but happened to have it on for about 15 min. and heard Andrew Farley answering call-ins and liked everything he said, so I bought 2 of his books. I read this in 4 days! This book summed up everything I have learned over the last 3 years of my journey. Each chapter, I said to myself, "Wow! I can't believe he's covering this too, and this!" Some things he addressed I was hearing ...more
Jimmy Thomas
Farley wrote with such compassion and conviction. He cuts through the junk that we have built up and goes straight to the heart of the Gospel. His words hit me hard. The Naked Gospel is just that, naked and pure. The heart of the Gospel is portrayed as simple, and something that we can ultimately have. Farley gives us a message that makes Jesus comes alive, and convinces readers that God is a loving God, and if we are in Christ, We are a new Creation!
Dec 30, 2011 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who have reached the end of themselves.
Shelves: christian-life
Life-changing! The pressure to "do" this Christian life is off and Jesus is on! The message of the Gospel really is simple and straightforward "once we remove the clutter from our theological closet." And now that I "have been awakened to how good we have it on this side of the cross...there's only one sensible thing to do. Thank God."
Sep 02, 2011 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
Wow. Talk about a shake up. After one chapter I was surrounded with ??? and now I'm rereading Hebrews.
Jack Bond
Refreshing writer
Enjoyed and appreciated his insights
Jun 13, 2011 Justin added it
Reading right now and this book is bad ass!
John Martindale
Well, first off the book is easy reading, like a stroll down a gradual hill, personally I like it when books can communicate their ideas, without me having to stumble, crawl over, walk around and climb while reading, due to their rough writing style.
I read quite a few other books similar to this one, but Farley made a little more of a scriptural case on aspect of the grace message and covered a few things that I don't recall being touched on in other books I've read. I don't like writing negativ
Ricky Ganci
To use a simile or metaphor to clarify my experience of reading THE NAKED GOSPEL would be to fall into the same trap that Dr. Andrew Farley has clearly lumbered into while writing it, and that his editor and publisher have failed to recognize. While the core message of this work of apologetics is important, and while the directive of the book as expressed by the author is noble, heartfelt, and loving, the book itself seems a mild failure because of its organization, presentation, and overall exe ...more
Jul 10, 2010 dvd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new Christians, small group studies
Recommended to dvd by: Ooze
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
I recently completed Andrew Farley’s book The Naked Gospel. I really enjoyed this stripping away of theological debate and fuss about the gospel and Farley’s reliance on scripture to form his opinion. Let me start by saying this: this book cover and jacket are really great and very pleasing to view. In this book, Farley aimed to summarize and present the heart of Christ’s gospel in a way that someone who is new to the faith could easily pick up and understand. Farley strips away doctrine in many ...more
Steffan Bard
When I was about a quarter of the way through this book I was angry - not at the content, not at God or myself but because I had not heard this stuff before having grown up in the church, attended a Christian high school and gone to Bible college for three years! Indeed, this is gospel message you don't ever hear in church (or anywhere else either from my experience).

It's interesting to observe people's reactions to this book. I understand Farley's warning in the beginning of the book now hav
Steven Chang
This book reflects exactly as the title says: "truth you may never hear in church." Growing up, I went to church since I can remember and lived under a Christian household. You would think that going to church almost every week for 21 years, attending countless numbers of retreats, revivals, and events, that I would have a great knowledge and grasp of the Bible. We are prone to listen and apply everything we hear from our pastor's sermon, but what if everything he says is not exactly truth? For ...more
Chad Gibbons
Author Andrew Farley makes several important points, but in at least as many places, he has overstepped his bounds. The radical disconnect of Jesus' teachings and our way of living being the most egregious. Certainly we have been set free from the Law, but this in way entails that we no longer ask forgiveness (to give one example from the book). When the apostle Paul describes himself he says that he is still under a law - The Law of Christ. Of course this is not a stifling or restrictive place ...more
Did not even want to give this book a star. I did not agree with the doctrine in this book I think it took the Bible out of context and the author has a poor Biblical understanding. I thought it was interesting that the title of each chapter was on the cover, never seen that before. And from the titles of the chapters I knew I would not agree with much in the book and it did not let me down. I only read it to get a better understand of what some arguments can be.
If you want to know what this book is about, a quote from it summarizes it all:

"Your relationship to the law is now all gone.
Your old self is now all gone.
Your sins are now all gone.
All obstacles preventing closeness are now all gone."

This book was sometimes confusing, and not in a bad way, it just made the simple more complicated for me. Basically throughout the book we learn that God's Word, while important for life, is not something that we should allow to destroy us by the rules in it, and
Kathy Wilkinson
My eyes were opened wide to seeing I had never heard about my spiritual co-death, burial and resurrection with Christ until I attended a Network 220 Conference where the core scriptures are Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6:6. The complete Gospel motivated me to want to know more about what I had heard! I love how Andrew's book confirms more on the life of Christ we received with our faith!
Adam Shields
Short review: The basic idea is right, that anything added to the gospel means it is not the gospel as Christ has presented it to us. The problem is that in his attempt to counter legalism, his removes most of scripture and most of the historical teaching of the church. Anything in the Old Testament (according to Farley) cannot teach us anything except what we were saved from. Most of Jesus' teaching is discounted because Farley says he was teaching to Jews that were bound to the old covenant. E ...more
I got to hear Dr Farley speak, so there was a bit more insight for me with this book. This makes you think outside the box about long-held beliefs that may or may not line up with the Bible.
Fantastic book

This teaching gives such liberty in our walk with God. I am very grateful for his teaching. Everyone should read it
I highly recommend this thought provoking book to any of my friends and family who have grown up in the modern church. No matter what the flavor.
The assumption is this book is for people who are new in their faith or who have never otherwise heard the benefits of God's grace. The downside is, the author makes a lot of dangerous statements and misses a lot of opportunities to delve deeper into the Gospel. To say all we need is God's grace is entirely true, but to say that we are automatically in our "new self" misses the point. We have to actively put on that new self and we have to understand what that means. The cursory explanations in ...more
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“The bottom line is that if you appeal to Jesus as your priest, what place is there for the law in your life? You call on a man from Nazareth, from the tribe of Judah, who shares no family lineage with Aaron,” 1 likes
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