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Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  895 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Many Christians have unknowingly embraced a lie--the idea that "church" is a once-a-week event rather than a community of Spirit-empowered people; that "ministry" is something pastors do on Sunday morning rather than the 24/7 calling of all true believers; and that "discipleship" is a program rather than the normal state of every follower of Jesus. Drawing on his experienc ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 8th 2015 by Crossway Books
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Matthew Manchester
I wanted to give this 3.5 stars but rounded down instead of up. I need to separate my thoughts about the book itself and my thoughts about his ideas.

THE BOOK:
The reason I rated this 3/5 stars is because of the book itself. Most of the information in this book is simply repeated. This could've been 3 (although longer) blog posts. It did not require a whole book, or one of this size, to tell.
I also felt he highly disliked the word "church". I only remember hearing it once in the whole book. Usuall
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Aaron Ventura
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I am sympathetic to Jeff's vision for discipleship and gleaned some great stuff from him on the topic. At the same time, Saturate unknowingly reveals some of the holes in the missional wing of the evangelical church (Soma, A29, etc.). Vanderstelt commends missional communities serving in the public schools, driving drunks home from Pub crawls, and other good works that Christians can do to "seek the good of the city." What is lacking is a vision for discipleship that actually lasts beyond one ge ...more
Aaron Carlberg
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is essentially everything Jeff has ever said condensed in a way that almost everyone can understand. If you are a fan of SOMA, been to a training, this book will feel very elementary in that you have heard it all before, but if you are new to the idea of missional communities I couldn't recommend this book any higher!
Jeremy
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Some very good parts with a few very disappointing sections.

Started in a church community group, which was volunteering at a local Keim Center (Crisis Pregnancy Center). June 24, 2019, was the first Keim Center meeting. Apparently this book was helpful in shaping the vision of the director of the Keim Center.

Introduction
Jesus saturation = "having a daily encounter with Jesus through words spoken and deeds done through his people"
first first mentioned in Hab. 2:14 (as waters cover the sea)
"this b
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Jeremy Gardiner
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The purpose of the book is to see the whole world saturated with the message of Jesus by word and action through ordinary people. It paints a great picture of everyone sharing in the work of the gospel and being deep in each other's lives, rather than merely attending event-based church on Sunday where a few participate and the rest just watch. I agreed with most of the content and will definitely apply much of it in our small group.

However, there are numerous troubling aspects of this book as w
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Edwin Smith
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country. (Proverbs 25:25)

This book is cut from the same cloth as Rosaria Butterfield's Gospel Comes With a House Key. It has Trinitarian, Gospel saturated roots and loving, God glorifying fruit. To be honest, at times it feels almost like a dream, almost too good to be true. But this is the power of God we're talking about! Jeff's vision is infectious and I hope more of us catch it.
Liz Wann
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
My three year old spills things. My almost one year old spills things too. Because of this I have a good idea of what the word saturate means.

1. to cause a substance to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance, through solution, chemical combination, or the like.

2. to soak, impregnate, or imbue one thoroughly or completely.

In Jeff Vanderstelt's book, Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life, he is talking about something more spiritual than kids who sp
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Jeanie
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I will have to admit when I got into Jeff's journey of missions, I thought here we go again. Another book about missions that is pragmatic and has no life. The deeper I got into the journey, the more it spoke life into me and that is what the gospel does. Jeff's background began in the Mega of Mega churches...Willow Creek and it was leaving the mega that opened his heart to what the gospel is really about, living in community. To be honest, as a Christian, I have not experienced living in commun ...more
Aaron Carpenter
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
"Wordy" is a strange adjective for a book, don't you think? And yet that was my feeling throughout this book. No, the prose isn't flowery or poorly constructed. It's just that this book uses so much boilerplate it's difficult to strain out its unique contribution. There must be a way for the Gospel-centered, missional camp to say what we need to say without saying the same things every single time. Like maybe referring to a confessional document of some kind. I don't know what the solution is - ...more
Sarah
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Theologically rich, helpfully practical. Full of encouraging real-life examples of what it can look like to be disciples making disciples - not just through church programs and Sunday mornings, but through the church community living and doing everyday life together. This is a book about God doing big things through normal people, by the power of His Spirit.

For me personally, this book engaged with a lot of my fears of getting close to people in community - both with the church and unbelievers a
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Chris Wilson
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have long known of the passion that Jeff Vanderstelt has for seeing communities of believers spread out across cities, states, nations, and the world to display the beauty, love, and worth of Jesus. "Saturate"is a labor of love from Vanderstelt to the church at large, especially those who have adopted a small group meeting through the week model of church, although this would be easily applicable to a Sunday School model as well.

Jeff walks the reader through the life of his church through the
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Whitney Winslow
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The idea that we are always discipling and being discipled is a key theme in this book. Yes and Amen! It’s not a separate activity it’s life on life.
Finished the book feeling encouraged and motivated to continue and grow in living in a way that honors God. Reaching out and pressing in to the lives of others.
I gave it a four because I wasn’t naturally engaged to keep reading. Maybe it was the way it flowed and my own attention span. That said I kept reading and I’m glad I did. I learned helpful
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Christopher David
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is Soma's discipleship theology, philosophy and ministry strategy. For those who are familiar with the missional community movement in churches in the last couple of decades then this is basically the manual for all that. While beautifully gospel centered and peppered with tools and encouragement to be a community that lives out the great commission, the book tends to be more missional focused than worship focused. Thus instead of being ecclesiastically centered, it is missionally cent ...more
Jonathan Crabb
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book on practical, all-in Christian living. I very much appreciate the model that the author brings forward. It’s well written and there are great resources through the book to get immediately started.

My only challenge with the book is that it very much goes against the grain of American evangelicalism in its current most prominent form. It was hard to deny the validity of his suggestions and yet it was so radically different than middle class life, that it was hard to seriously consi
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Lexi
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
recommended by Christianne

I appreciate all of Vanderstelt's stories of real-life examples of how we can be Jesus' hands and feet to the world. I am inspired to a) pray that the Holy Spirit will convict others before I confront them myself, b) pray every day that the Father will give me an opportunity to share the gospel that day, and c) study and work for the glory of God every day.
Aubrey Swanson
Aug 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
One star because there were barely any scriptural references and just plain weird examples used throughout the book. The premise of the book is good and important, but nothing novel. Kind of felt like I’ve read similar content in books about purpose etc.
Laurén
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Most American Christians still believe they have to bring their friends to hear their pastor teach the Bible & proclaim the gospel. But a large percentage of people in our country will never go to a gathering on Sunday to hear someone preach. If we are going to every place with the gospel in word and deed, we need to take seriously our own discipleship and ability to study, know, and teach God's Word." Pg 89

The real "meat" of the book about missional community is in the last half, which is hig
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Sandra
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I am torn between 3 and 4, as there were many chapters and sections which I really liked, but there were also times that I found it "tough going" as there seemed to be a lot of repetition of ideas.

I also agreed with the author most of the time, but sometimes felt that his recommendations on how to interpret the teachings of Jesus for our culture were a bit risky. As an example, I often felt that if young couples were following his recommendations, their children could often be put at risk. I kno
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Blake
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh! I really wanted to like this book because of several points of emphasis: Discipleship and loving our neighbors and reaching them with the gospel. I appreciate the author's many attempts at sharing the gospel and his care and concern for those who don't know Christ. I appreciate as well, his honesty about his short-comings. I just can't get to a place where I see the benefit of promoting Jesus as a partier. That terminology has so much baggage and therein is the problem. It appeals to the na ...more
Tom
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kylon Brune
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Vanderstelt's "Saturate" is a well articulated reminder that God's church is not simply a gathering but, it is also a call through the Father, Son, and Spirit into radical evangelism in the everyday rhythms of life. Vanderstelt provides many helpful anecdotes from his own experience as a church planter and visionary for Soma church that helps the reader understand that life on mission is not only the calling of every individual Christian, together with the universal church, but it is also entire ...more
Matthew
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a Great Commission work that shows was "as you go" discipleship is all about. While some from certain evangelical lanes will take issue with the missional groups' use of alcohol, having these types of intentional groups make a difference in executing what it means to love our neighbor. This was the money quote for me:

"Seeing church mainly as an event creates a significant problem for mission, because most people are very busy. And the more we fill our lives with church events and pr
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Ray
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
This was a good and challenging book! By the name "Saturate" you can understand what is about. We are to saturate our lives with Christ and this is exactly what Jeff talks about. He talks about how we as Christians should have Christ be the focus of every part of our lives (family, work, school, friendships, etc). He shares what that has looked like for his family and how this thinking has started his church SOMA. He shares a lot of personal stories with some Scripture references on why they do ...more
Justin Leitch
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: discipleship
Highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to live on mission in everyday life.

Family
Servant
Missionary

Discipleship is helping people follow Jesus in the everyday stuff of life.

Challenges and gives practical advice to church to live out Christian identity as family, servant, and missionary in everyday life and in community.

Includes incredible stories of the missional impact a community living on a common mission can have

Only concern: seems to over-correct against the Sunday only Christian.
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Katie Bliss
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Phew, this was an inspiring but very convicting read about how to most actively live as a Christian and love others, really putting our faith in action by pitching into our community, both the Christian community we are a part of as well as the community at large. There was a lot of wonderful, practical examples and advice given, and I do believe the life of most blessing and reward and glory to God looks a lot more like what Vanderstelt put forth (and what was shown in the New Testament church) ...more
Angelynn Ballew
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gospel saturation

What a practical yet compelling book about living missionally. If more people lived the way Jesus called us to live as servant followers, the neighbors, the world, would see Gods love shining through brightly in the every day places we don’t think of as the mission-field.
The Holy Spirit compels us to move and be in the light of the Gospel message. Sacrifice. Real care. Love in a way that is so deep it can only point to Jesus.
Love the points on shoulder-to-shoulder discipleshi
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Gail
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really valuable and challenging book on how we can live in as a church of believers, reaching out to our community and to each other. MUCH more than just being generous givers of our money, meeting weekly as a small group, and praying for each other. This book gets into the nitty gritty of how to radically pour our lives, talents and blessings into one another and into the community all around us. Very well laid-out with the scriptural why‘s as well as very practical how-to. I was so challenged ...more
Jane
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This isn’t a theology book nor is Vanderstelt is not the most gifted of writers. Yet this book was immensely encouraging and challenging. This is almost a memoir, with an invitation to look into the life of someone who works hard to reach people with Jesus’ message and learn how you may do the same. There’s lots of helpful information and stories here and I’m walking away from the book feeling more motivated to be focused on my mission and knowing better how to practically live out that desire.
Travis
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are like me and are daunted by the word evangelism or if you feel like discipleship and evangelism are just for the pastors and spiritual leaders, this book could be incredibly helpful. Jeff's ability to unearth and explain how these things are to be done "in the everyday stuff of life" might be the best book I've read on either evangelism or discipleship. If you are looking for a book that might challenge you to do more while helping you see the joy and beauty of simply being a disciple ...more
Deeps George
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Jeff has brought the Word of God unto our daily lives through this book. His mission focused approach and how to practically apply the same to our everyday lives is a n amazing and thoughtful read. This book is all about Jesus into our lives and everything around us.
Jeff speaks of bringing JESUS into the rhythm of our lives especially in these 6 areas - Eat, Listen ,Story, Bless , Celebrate and ReCreate . The book helps in understanding how to build and run a mission where you are . A wonderful
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Jeff Vanderstelt is the visionary leader of the Soma Family of Churches. He also serves as one of the teachers and elders of Soma Tacoma. He is the author of Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life. He lives in Tacoma, Washington with his wife, Jayne, and their three kids.

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