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Classic Christianity: Life's Too Short to Miss the Real Thing

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The breakthrough book that has helped over half a million Christians worldwide since 1989!

"Classic Christianity--"Bob George's eye-opening distillation of the life-transforming truths of the gospel--now has a fresh cover and interior that reflect the up-to-the-minute relevance of its message.

Like so many Christians, Bob George started out in love with Jesus, only to end up
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Published February 1st 2010 by Harvest House Publishers (first published 1989)
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C.H. Cobb
May 01, 2012 C.H. Cobb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book. It has some negatives that I’ll get to in a moment, but there is so much right about the book that the mature, discerning reader can easily overlook the weaknesses and benefit from the strengths. In a nutshell, Classic is about finding one’s identity in Christ, or even more specifically, through one’s union with Christ. George’s big idea is that, having been saved by Christ, I am now properly understood as: totally forgiven, clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ, an ...more
Larissa Fauber
Feb 09, 2011 Larissa Fauber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As my aim is to read all the books from the Hillsong Resource I decided that "recommended books" should have priority. What to say about this one? Well, A LOT! However, as I want to work as a tool to influence people to read, I will simply outline some of the main points of the book.
Firstly, let's start with "Grace"... It's taken me a while to understand that "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set
Emmanuel Donkor
Apr 16, 2012 Emmanuel Donkor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book lays bare the heart of the christian faith. If you want to really understand what the gospel is all about, then this is your book.
May 14, 2017 Nan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the 1989 version
Jan Anne
Mar 04, 2014 Jan Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I had I had too high expectations of this book. The beginning sounds promising, and is personal. Then the 'basics of christianity' starts: not much new stuff. Although that part was not amazing, it was a good foundation for the second part of the book, and in the last few chapters everything came together. And that was really good. Really good. I am glad I read it, and it was totally worth it. The first part felt like a 'two star' book, but the wisdom, and revealing of what christianity ...more
Martijn Euyen
Jan 04, 2016 Martijn Euyen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this book from a colleague who told me this book changed his perspective on God, Jesus Christ and the subjects of mercy and grace.

Classic Christianity is the gospel told by a believer who makes a shift from the center of the gospel (Jesus) to the periphery of it (being busy being a good Christian) and back again to the center in a new way, to learn that it is always Jesus who is the one who is the embodiment of truth and freedom.

If the truth sets you free, then there is a lie beneath being
Sep 28, 2014 Pancho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book transformed the way I understand the Christian experience. Through simple, clear teaching, Bob George reminds us of what we have already been taught in a way that we have perhaps never considered. Christianity is not about being good enough for God to accept us, trying to defeat sin, or become better. Christianity is about understanding and growing in the free love of God and surrendering ourselves to that love as he changes us. Instead of spending my time trying to fight to change wha ...more
Jennifer Jarrell
"The exhortation to grow in grace is a consistent theme in the New Testament. A life of faith is not passive; it requires a firm decision of the will and perseverance to believe God and His Word as your only standard of truth and to apply faith to everyday life". ~Bob George
This book is a must-read for Christians. It differentiates being under the law and being under grace. It explains how God loves us and the difference between God's discipline and what we perceive as punishment. This book cite
Jason D McGrath
A lot of great "righteous in Christ" statements, but also some bizarre statements about the believer's current relationship to indwelling sin. He seems to mock a Christian's asking God for forgiveness for ongoing sin on account that the Christian has been already "totally forgiven." A good deal of "already" in the holiness department but very little "not yet." I do think that much of the imbalance and imprecision of this book are due to Bob's reaction to some of the unbiblical, harsh fundamental ...more
Sue Russell
I read this book in a group study and it was really good. Bob George uses great analogies and simple experiential stories to help the reader understand the concept of grace and what how so many people misunderstand it. Even if you know nothing at all about the Bible, but just want to get an understanding of what Jesus really wanted for us and why people want to follow him, this book would be helpful. Many people have such a problem with Christians because they only see bad examples of them and s ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the type of book that you need to read more than once. Here are some quotes that make shake you up if you are a Christian.

" The Christian church is obsessed with sin. It's all we talk about. Most of our preaching and teaching and teaching is directed toward getting people to quit sinning, Are you ready for a shocking statement? The goal of the Christian life is not to stop sinning."

" A hypocrite is not an imperfect person; a hypocrite is an actor, a pretender. What made the Pharisees hyp
Tom Montgomery
Aug 15, 2013 Tom Montgomery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If anyone is confused by the message of the Bible, and wonders if the message is really "Good news," then this book is for you!

This is the first book that I recommend to anyone that is confused by legalism or who is investigating Christianity for the first time.

I read Classic Christianity way back in the 80's, and it cleared up so much for me. This is an excellent introduction to basic Christian theology. The author has an excellent, down to earth writing voice and he uses vivid word pictures t
Apr 10, 2012 Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inpirational
Have you burned out on trying to be good? Trying to "evangelize" when you really don't feel like it? Feeling guilty because you don't want to keep "doing" the church stuff, and find yourself wanting to drop out? Maybe your foundation is incorrect. Maybe you need to go back to the basics of who you are: who you became when you became a Christ follower. This book helped me at a crisis of faith in my life. This book helped me realize I was a legalist, a hypocrite, and miserable, and how to change i ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Isaac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book on loan from some family members, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I especially appreciated the final chapters (12 and 13 in particular) as the author examines the often murky topic of how we can love God when His own love can feel distant. While this book is not perfect, I found it helpful and I'd much rather appreciate it for its positives than nitpick the negatives. This is a good book for Christians looking for encouragement in the midst of the day to day distractions that pull us ...more
Aug 20, 2009 Debby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is on my top 5 list of books every Christian should reakd who desires to understand and walk in the reality of being made dead to sin and alive to God by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone! So, on my bookshelf right next to my NASB and NLT Bible would be: Martin Luther's Commentary on Galatians, Wm. R. Newell's Commentary on Romans, Grace Walk by Steve McVey, The Rest of the Godpel by D. Gregory/D. Stone and Classic Christianity by Bob George.
Feb 02, 2012 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
Don't consider myself a Calvinist and this guy is a militant one. I will say his "quit skulking and live like you believe that Jesus did what He said He did" approach was pretty good. Just too much time spent mocking those who don't agree with him. If you are looking for more ammunition as a Calvinist this likely will be a fun book, but most moderates and definitely the Armenians would just roll their eyes at Mr George.
Farouk Sanda
What Bob does so well in this literary classic; in my opinion, is that he doesn't just eliminate the tedious task of unpacking the hidden truths of the gospel for ourselves, but he does it in such a way that would appeal to both the believer and unbeliever. Needless to say, I didn't just buy a copy for myself, I got two more to share.
Mar 05, 2011 Eli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book on the Christian life. Too often Christians forget that not only are they saved by grace, but they are to live by grace as well. Christianity is all about grace and freedom from the law from first to last. Though I don't agree with every little thing George says, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It will change your life!
Chrismpadgett Padgett
When I first read Bob George I was pretty blown away. He had a radio show called People to People that I would listen to when possible. His ministry really touched me when I was caught in some strong legalistic tendencies. He would certainly not mesh well with the Catholic reality, but I appreciated him at the time.
Aug 26, 2012 Jansen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
The first half of the book was decent, though a bit slow and filled with (or only based on) stories from his past. More a book of his spiritual journey than of spiritual truth. OK for a person looking to swap stories of faith, but nothing groundbreaking.
I think the book is amazing! It is very clear, and states sharply the errors that are rooted within us, that binds and blinds our minds, until the gospel of Jesus Christ truly sets us free; His Truth!
Aug 21, 2015 Valentina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing book that is built around one single verse found in John 8:32. This work is meant to give a fresh perspective on one's walk with the Lord as well as a renewing of some simple truths that we all knew when we first fell in love with Jesus.
Toy Roxanne
Sep 07, 2016 Toy Roxanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took my new Christian walk 26 years ago and changed my life evermore! I have given well over 250 books away through the decades and I'm getting ready to teach this to some beautiful sisters in Christ in a Bible Study I've been blessed to lead for 10 years!
Kat Fabic
Apr 19, 2012 Kat Fabic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an eye opener to know more about the law, grace and love of God that i thought i already knew. a must read book whether you are already a christian or non-christian who would like to know more or seeking the real meaning and purpose of life.
Mar 08, 2010 Mandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mandis-shelf
This is an incredible book about truly living that "abundant life" that God has for us! Learn all of what God's grace is in your life! This book changed my walk with God and my understanding of Scripture in so many incredible ways! Highly recommended!

Jul 02, 2008 Kellee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book!! I was not real excited about reading it when my small group leaded handed it out to everyone but it has totally changed the way I view my life as a Christian. Don't let the title scare you, every Christian should read this book!
Jun 18, 2013 Racheal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. George recounts his own spiritual journey while sharing with the reader those important, foundational truths that are critical in drawing close to God: who we are in Christ, and His grace we are to rest in. A great read for those simple reminders of truth.
May 11, 2015 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good refresher. I have experienced moments of dullness in my faith and it gave me some things to reference to feel once again renewed.
Jim Dubois
May 06, 2012 Jim Dubois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on understand learning to accept folks and yourself in God's grace.
May 29, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At age 36, Bob George came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Two years later he left his successful business to become involved in full time ministry. With the emphasis on "full-time," Bob began to experience the heartache of losing his first love, Jesus Christ. His resulting search for truth led Bob to the love and acceptance of God that was there all along.

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“We have simply not come to grips with the fact that it isn’t hard to live the Christian life. It’s impossible! Only Christ can live it. And that’s why our only hope is to learn that Jesus Christ did not come just to get men out of hell and into heaven; He came to get Himself out of heaven and into men!” 1 likes
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