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Awake & Alive: To Truth

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Chaos. Violence. Confusion. Anxiety. How do we know what’s true when there are so many differing voices telling us what to do? After traveling the world for 23 years in a rock band, John L. Cooper has noticed one consistent issue: people are desperately confused. Awake and Alive To Truth tackles the reigning philosophies of our day of post-modernism, relativism, and the po ...more
127 pages
Published December 2020
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Cameron Malott
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
A little different from what I was expecting; I was hoping for more stories of John's experiences as a Christian musician and cultural influence. This is more of a primer on God's absolute truth in today's secular world, and he is spot in his apologetic and unashamed of God's Word.

If you've grown up in a Bible-based Christian environment, most of this will be things you already know, it would be a great read for a new or young believer navigating the current cultural environment.

All being said,
Acacia Rose
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay. So I’ve been waiting to read this and FINALLY! So here we go. John lays out the message of the Bible in a super simple and beautiful way. The stories he tells of his own life are charming and easily relatable. It’s easy to see his passion for God simple by reading this book. John, who often proclaims to not be one of the smartest people (in his podcast), is incredibly smart. He knows exactly what he’s talking about and has definitely done his research. This is an amazing book with a messag ...more
Rachel Cash (Mixtape Theology)
This book is a conversation. It's a real, honest conversation sans Christianese. It's a conversation where you can ask those uncomfortable questions without judgement and get solid answers with Biblical support. The last chapter is my favorite. Once confronted with the truth, you have to make some choices. You have options, but John's book helps you see which path leads to "joy, peace, and ultimate fulfillment...both today, and for the journey ahead."

I'd say the primary target for this book is
Bryce Eickholt
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
It will help you get on the right track if you are way out there. It has some testimony and autobiography parts that the skillet fans will like. A lot of it seems like the kind of preaching you might get at a mixed crowd event. I didn't get a whole lot out out of it since I've heard those types of speeches plenty of times. It's not a theologically deep or technical book so it. Most of what's in here besides the biographical stuff you can probably find better stuff to read on. But that's more abo ...more
Larry  Guthrie
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Deep thought book. Agreed with what was stated. Took me a while to process.
Kristie Smutzer
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I don't understand why Cooper didn't use a publisher - like Tynsdale or Zondervan. As a librarian, I noted some typos and grammatical issues, which I overlooked intentionally so I could focus on his message.
Based on the subtitle, I was hoping for a bit more of a scathing critique of contemporary society and how it contradicts God's Word. I agree that the Bible and God wants us to see things as black and white (or right and wrong), not in shades of gray (relativism). I just wanted a bit more "bi
Aaron Endsley
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, honestly this in my opinion would be a good book to give to a new Christian. Cooper points to Jesus through out the whole book and as a result it was so much of a joy to read!
Kristi Drillien
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, nonfiction
Skillet lead singer John Cooper presents a thoughtful look at today's culture, both from Christian and secular mindsets. The main focus is on truth--where does truth come from, how do we distort it, and what happens when we let each individual decide what's true for them? With relativism pervading the society around us, is it any wonder so many are unhappy? Broken? Searching? This book provides some insight.

I wasn't really sure what to expect with the book. It wasn't published traditionally, tho
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens, college students, non-readers
This book reads like a modern-day, simplified Mere Christianity. John L. Cooper seeks to explain why the everyone (even Christians) seems so unhappy these days. He briefly addresses some of the major philosophies popular in the current year and argues that the absence of an objective standard of truth is at the root of the problems we face. Cooper's strength lies in his simplicity, personable style, and orthodox understanding of Christianity. I would recommend this book to anyone who wonders wha ...more
Tiffany Tubville
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was a fan of Skillet as a teenager, so I was excited to read John Cooper’s book after coming across his podcast. His book centers on God’s Word and how many in our society have either misunderstood the fundamental truths of Christianity or are trying to change it to fit their own beliefs. He briefly explains about post-modernism, relativism, and marxism. I wish this book would’ve been longer than about 120 pages because I enjoyed his perspective (as a long-time Christian, husband, father and l ...more
Travis Reeves
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I feel is very relevant for today. John is able to explain complex Christian principles in a way that everyone understands and Is able to apply them to Christianity today. The message is honest and clear and needs to be heard by all including Christians.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I’ve been listening to Cooper Stuff for a while now, and when I heard John was writing a book I was super stoked. Very prevalent in regards to today’s culture. Would recommend to anyone open to hearing truth!
Terry Bunch
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This a fine work for young Christians, especially the young generations. He lays out solid truth and a well defined path to follow as well as pitfalls to avoid. A little pricey, but still a good read.
James Stallings
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book hits the nail on the head in every way. John, thank you for sharing the truth in a confirmed world.
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is a very interesting read
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So much truth in one place! Can't wait to share and pass this book along to others who need to hear truth. ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The book is short but it’s still a great read. John goes through how truth, freedom, etc. are found in Jesus alone. Also it’s a great refresher for Christians too in my opinion
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