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With All Your Heart: Living Joyfully Through Allegiance to King Jesus

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Our hearts are made for unswaying allegiance to a king and a kingdom, a concept that Jesus talked about more than any other. Yet every day, the false kings of anxiety, approval, comfort, image, escape, power, accumulations, self-sufficiency, supremacy, and shame plot to reign over our hearts instead. Their lies about the true king are so subtle and insidious that we rarely ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Baker Books (first published March 2020)
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Christine Hoover
Aug 02, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I not only read this book, I wrote it! I'd be honored if you'd shelve it on your to-read list and, of course, if you'd read and review it when the book releases in March 2020.

I wrote "With All Your Heart" for anyone who feels divided, stuck, or joyless in life, perhaps even as if they're going through the motions of religion or Christianity. I have myself been there and have been struck and changed by an understanding of the kingdom of God and my place in it. I want to show you through this boo
Kyle Hoover
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, as it helped me think deeply about where I set my hope and affections. Too often, my allegiance is towards things that are not worthy of my affections. This book does a great job of heart surgery: showing me where my heart is sick, common ailments we are inclined to pursue, but the end is the best part. I thought it was so beautiful to see a picture of a better place, with a better me, pursuing a better end: King Jesus! It gets me excited for heaven and all it will ...more
Jess Bird-Bellis
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“We do not need to see or understand all that God is doing on our hardest days. We just need to know that God is behind this and in this, and that he will make it beautiful in time. We need to know we will one day live and move and have our being in God’s unshakable kingdom.” -Christine Hoover, With All Your Heart

This is a fantastic book. There are so many things in our lives that are vying for the attention and affection that only Jesus deserves. Christine brings these to light in a humble, app
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book feels particularly salient in these times, as I think about all the allegiances that I have to my job, my ministry and my relationships and coping mechanisms that I run to in anxiety, comfort, control, escape. I love the way Scripture is incorporated throughout the book and her questions specifically at the end of the false kings section. She bridges the gap well of giving practical applications while still focusing on the heart of the issue with the truth of the gospel.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The message of this book is so counter-cultural - that the joy of experiencing God's blessings is found in submitting to the rule and reign of King Jesus. Christine shares vulnerably about the ways in which she's given her allegiance to false kings - kings who have no power to deliver on their promises and who only take life, rather than giving it. Through her vulnerability, Christine gently but boldly served as a mirror for my own heart, helping me to see the areas in which I'm giving my allegi ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
In this pandemic, I have been brought back to this book time and again! Hoover delves deeply into scripture and the pull of our hearts to lesser loves. In this time when the idols of my heart have been laid bare, I have been grateful for the framework and truth this book has brought to my life.
I would recommend this to small groups, Bible teachers, and those seeking to align their loves to God.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every Christian who’s serious about their walk with the Lord should read this book

In I John, after John tells us that God is love and describes His love for us, he very lovingly cautions us in the very last verse: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”

In her new book, “With All Your Heart: Living Joyfully Through Allegiance to King Jesus,” Christine Hoover shows us how we as believers need to ask the Lord to show us (and then remove) any idols that may be replacing Him as our first
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If there is something that the Lord has been working in my heart about and opening my eyes to lately, as a result of this pandemic and corresponding quarantine, it is that I have idols in my heart that I have been giving daily allegiance to, without fully realizing it. I have been putting my focus on and finding my fulfillment from things like movie nights with friends, Saturday morning writing times at the coffee shop, date nights out, etc. to make myself feel like I'm having a good week or can ...more
Randi Sampson
Allegiance. Have you ever given much thought about this word? For me, when I hear it my mind of course goes to the Pledge of Allegiance, as I'm sure holds true for many others... but when was the last time we truly thought about what it really means? And more importantly, where our allegiances truly lie?

Per the Oxford dictionary, allegiance is defined as, 'loyalty or commitment of a subordinate to a superior or of an individual to a group or cause'. As Christians, reading that of course we want
Prairie Sky Book Reviews
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have found that you can always count on Christine Hoover to provide a hard-hitting message with her books - and her newest release from BakerBooks is no exception. “With All Your Heart: Living Joyfully Through Allegiance to King Jesus” is a powerful book that compels readers to answer this question: If our hearts are made for allegiance to a king and kingdom (which they are) who and what are we consciously and unconsciously pledging our loyalty to? Who and what are we truly living for, with th ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How times have we said or heard someone say, “I love you with all my heart.” Those that profess usually truly believe they do, but do they? There are actions and outward signs if an “all my heart” love is the real deal. This is true also with a Christian’s love of God. Children of God make this declaration often, but again is it true? This book helps us look within and see if the Lord does have all our heart. I personally feel this is very important and much needed if we are to serve Him that do ...more
Aurelia Mast-glick
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
This book stabbed me in a few uncomfortable places. It's the most fun to read books that just agree with how you are living life; it's less easy, though more worthwhile to read books that challenge you and convict you. This book did that. Am I bowing to King Jesus or to self-allegiance? Do I have false allegiances that I am clinging to because it's too scary to give them up? Why is it so hard to give full allegiance to Jesus and to trust Him to meet all my needs.

Christine tackles some common are
Andrew Wolgemuth
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, nonfiction, faith
Given Jesus's consistent and frequent talk about the Kingdom of God, I've had a nagging sense that I need to know that paradigm better/more and identify how it ought to impact my life. With All Your Heart: Living Joyfully Through Allegiance to King Jesus provides great help in doing just that. And more than just exploring and explaining the Kingdom of God and "allegiance to King Jesus," the book also brings to light alternate kingdoms we're tempted to serve and how such temptations are best addr ...more
Heather Fiedler
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
With All Your Heart by Christine Hoover started out being hard to understand, but as I continued to read, I could understand the points that she was making. Christine talks about different things that can take our focus off God if we are not careful.

In one section, Christine talks about things such as anxiety, control, isolation, and comfort. She describes these things as “false kings.” When I read the chapter of anxiety, I could really relate to Christine’s writing. In this chapter she writes,
Ellie | Complete and Equipped
As I’m reading the through the Bible, over and over I’m reminded that God cares about our hearts - bottom line. It’s all that he’s wanted from the start. This was such a refreshing reminder of what it should look like to fully hand over our hearts, or allegiances, to God.

Christine Hoover not only writes beautifully (seriously - what a gift!) but she writes with such intention for her readers to fully pledge their hearts to the Lord. She starts by sharing why God wants our hearts and why it’s goo
Nancy Larimer
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
"With All Your Heart" by Christine Hoover is a non fiction Christian book. Christine is a pastor's wife. She is the author of By Faith podcast. She has written for the Gospel Coalition. Her website is . Christine focused about our need to have our whole allegiance to Jesus. We need our focus to be with Him first and not looking to other things to fill our need for Him. We look to many things in the world to make us happy. Jesus is supposed to be first in our lives. This b ...more
Diane Higgins
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed "With All Your Heart" by Christine Hoover. This was a very encouraging and inspiring read. Hoover encouraged me to work harder on my Christian walk and to strive to put my allegiance fully in King Jesus.

The book is broken up into 3 parts: A King and a Kingdom, False Kings, and An Unshakeable Kingdom. I really enjoyed the 2nd part the best. Hoover delved deeply into these topics: Anxiety, Image, Control, Escape, Isolation, Approval, and Comfort. I like how she specially addressed these
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed other books by Christine Hoover and knew I'd love this one. What I wasn't expecting was how I would be challenged and convicted in areas of struggle as I consider who is ruling my heart in so many areas of my life. I appreciated the topics of conversation Christine engaged in- what rules our hearts in the area of image, control, and approval. I saw so many areas I have failed to acknowledge the rule of Jesus. She didn't leave me there in seeing my failure. Again and again, I was d ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed this book and it spoke deeply to my heart. The book centers around removing idols in your life and making room for Jesus to rule. When you think of idols, you might think of things like alcohol, movie stars, food, etc. This book goes so much deeper than just tangible things and into intangible things like comfort, anxiety, control, and isolation. Many of these idols I had no clue I struggled with. I was so glad to
Jackie Eason
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because I really appreciate Christine Hoover's books, and I wasn't disappointed. The first half lays down a foundation for the topic she is addressing, and that did take a while for me to get through, but the last half was very practical. I think this book would be especially helpful for someone struggling to understand what the kingdom of God is or for someone who constantly finds their affections distracted by things other than God. I always appreciate when an author open ...more
Sarah K
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith
I love anything Christine Hoover writes - even though her books are often so hard to read because they are so convicting! I wanted to highlight every single word of With All Your Heart. It is a book that really presses at your soul to consider where your allegiance lies - with Jesus, or with things of this world. What I particularly loved about this book was that it is a great combination of personal experience, Biblical truth, and questions to make you think. This is definitely a book I will re ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m so hesitant to write a review because I know I can’t do this wonderful book justice. Every once in a while, you read a book that changes you forever. You close it knowing you’ll never be the same. This was one of those precious experiences for me. The Holy Spirit used it to grow my faith, free me from anxiety, and draw me closer to Jesus. I will treasure my heavily-underlined copy forever and have been recommending it to everyone who will listen. Thank you, Christine, for this beautiful, int ...more
Ashley at Reading Themes
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
With All Your Heart by Christine Hoover is a new Christian non-fiction book. This book was encouraging to read over these past few weeks with all of the uncertainty and fear that we are faced with. The author shares personal experiences from her own life to show how we can focus on God as our King instead of our anxiety and things that bring us down. The book had Scripture verses to support how we can focus on the one true King instead of all the distractions of our world. Thanks to Baker Books ...more
Heather Creekmore
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is FULL of though-provoking truths. I kept finding more to underline on each page. Though I really loved "From Good to Grace," this is probably my favorite book by Christine Hoover. She digs into everything from why social media causes us challenges to why approval, anxiety, and desire for comfort hold us captive. I really enjoyed this book and will probably read it again! It's not just a great read, it's dense with truths we all need to be regularly reminded of! ...more
Literary Strawberry
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, adult
The author of this book is, apparently, very, very similar to me. A lot of bits from the first few chapters especially could have been lifted right from my own journal entries, and just in general this corresponded perfectly with some things I've been working through recently. This was really helpful to where I am right now, and I'm glad I read it when I did. ...more
Deanna Dreher
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'd give this 10 stars if I could. I'm still processing and digesting it, and am already planning to read it again. Don't plan to read it quickly, each chapter has a section called "The hard work of heart work," that is worth really chewing on. ...more
Brandi Breezee
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
We tend to put our hopes and affections on lesser kings instead of on King Jesus. Hoover reveals the subtle ways we do this while refocusing our attention and allegiance to the only God among gods who delivers on what’s been promised.
Ann Kietzman
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book and a reminder that we all need to strengthen our connection to Jesus.
Mary Tharp
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved reading this book
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a really good reflection on a lot of things in our lives that can serve as idols or blockers to our relationship with Jesus. I really enjoyed it and think it was a good book to read.
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Christine Hoover is a church planting pastor's wife and mom to three boys. Aside from being an author and blogger (, she has contributed to Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, iBelieve, Send Network, and Incourage. ...more

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