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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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Jul 21, 2013 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 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
Trinity Irwin
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman was truly an incredible read.

Idleman shares short stories from his own spiritual walk to help guide us through our own. His outlook on our journey as a Christian is quite inspirational and really helped to direct me. One thing that I really drew from the book was that what we have with God isn’t “religion” but a relationship, and we often get the two confused. We often find ourselves so used to the “rules” of being a Christian that we’ve conformed to being the everyda
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“Following Jesus will cost you something. Following Jesus always costs something.”

Dear Christian, are you ready to take your relationship with Jesus to the next level? This book delivers some "uncomfortable truths", and definitely doesn't tell us what we want to hear, but challenges the way we view ourselves as Christians and our relationship with God, as we ask ourselves: are we fans or followers? In other words, how deep is our commitment to Jesus?

I love this author, and I always listen to hi
Tanara McCauley
Apr 24, 2013 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
Beyond the Pages
Jul 21, 2011 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 *****
Apr 03, 2012 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
Clark Goble
Jul 05, 2012 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
Aug 29, 2012 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
Mar 21, 2016 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!
Oct 07, 2012 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
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, devotionals
Our pastor is using this book as the basis for our current sermon series. A challenging book written in contemporary language. Incredibly relevant. The basis of a book is challenging people to be a follower of Christ who is totally sold out to loving others rather than a fan who shows up on Sundays and lacks committment the other six days a week. I would definitely recommend. It's a quick and easy read to follow, but I found myself writing a lot of notes in my Bible margins as it went along.

Emily Zell
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I read this book because many people had encouraged me to read it, and it was really frustrating to me. To be sure, Idleman makes some helpful distinctions of what we think following Christ looks like vs. what it actually looks like, but it seemed like the whole book we was just dogging on “fans” who weren’t “fully committed” (are any of us?) and not admitting that Jesus also pursues those people. Jesus loves the fans too. He is in pursuit of us, and it seemed like Idleman made it sound like Jes ...more
Jan 28, 2014 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 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
5 Stars

Excellent book. Kyle Idleman does a great job presenting Biblical examples of what Christ meant when he called people to follow him.

There is a discord, particularly in the American church, between what being a devoted follower of Christ looks like in the Bible and what it looks like now, in our lives. The New Testament is full of examples of people who gave up everything to follow Jesus. In our culture, we expect praise when we do God the favor of showing up to church 3 Sundays a month.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this book! He had some very good points and reasons for being a follower of Jesus and not a fan. I only rate 4 because there were a few applications of these principes that he gives that I don’t agree with.
Dec 26, 2011 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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
This is a thought-provoking book. A lot of what he said made sense; still, I'm left somewhat confused. I completely understand the concept of fan versus follower; I've personally known many 'fans' in my life. But for the true believer, I feel that this book may have him question his salvation. 'Good' some may say, but God wants us to rest assured that we belong to Him, not worry sick about it.

I John 5:13 - These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye m
Miss Me.
Jul 09, 2011 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.

Hunter Newton
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God used this book to completely tear me apart. All in good ways. Never before have I felt so convicted but yet excited to keep learning more about how much of a mess I am without Jesus. Would recommend to any and every one.
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a really difficult book in the sense that speaks some truths that for many Christians are hard to accept. But this is what following Jesus really means, it dose not mean a rich life or a comfortable one, or a popular one but it means making sacrifices for the man that sacrificed his all for each of us.

Unfortunately many of us are fans of Jesus not real followers but despite all that this author kinda teach us to lean on our strength instead of God's or more precisely on The Holy Spirit's
Joseph Fountain
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
…the grace of God doesn’t simply invite us to follow…it teaches us to follow. ~ Ken Idleman from Not a Fan

The premise of this book is nothing new – The distinction between being a nominal Christian and being a committed follower of Jesus. I’m certain there are thousands of books on the subject.

Ken Idleman’s approach, which you might infer from the title, contrasts being a “fan” of Jesus with being a follower.

He defines a fan as: an enthusiastic admirer. It’s easy to be a fan, quite another th
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23).”

“The cross that represented defeat — for a follower it is an image of victory.
The cross that represented guilt — for a follower it is an image of grace.
The cross that represented condemnation — for a follower it is an image of freedom.
The cross represented pain and suffering — for a follower it is an image of healing and hope.
The cross that represented death — for a follower it is an image
David Cooke
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book really challenged me to examine the commitment level of my relationship with Jesus. It was a thorough scriptural examination that also included great testimonials that demonstrated the profound difference between being a fan and being a follower. I found myself alternating between discomfort and joy as I looked closely at my heart and my life to determine whether I was truly a follower of Jesus. I welcomed the examination and the call to reflection. It served as a wonderful call to act ...more
George Hunger
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chrisitan-living
This book by Kyle Idleman is easy to read and written in a casual context that many people will no doubt relate to. He calls Christians to examine their walk with Christ, separating fan from follower. He holds the bar high and does a great job calling people to being completely committed to the call of Christ. For this I gave it two stars...but many may be asking why I didn't rate the book higher.

As I read the book, I kept wondering when he was going to address the source of man's problem and th
Morgan Duplechin
Oct 06, 2015 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
Sep 08, 2012 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
Bailey Marissa
While it wasn't helpful in the way that most people think it should be, it is helpful to do a self-check and see how you are living out your relationship with God.

Recommended 11+ for topics younger readers may not understand.
Jordy Leigh
Not a Fan is a Christian living book arguing that Jesus isn't interested in fans, but in followers. Coming from a family where I could have taken "Christian" as a nominal inheritance (but didn't want to) I was very interested in this book. I rate my experience with Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman 4/5 stars—I really liked it.

Kyle Idleman's message in Not a Fan reminds me of David Platt's message (but not his style) which I have appreciated over and over. It's the message that many who think and call th
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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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