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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Book Review: How Good is Good Enough? by Andy Stanley

This book gives a message that I encourage everyone to read and learn.
How Good Is Good Enough?
by Andy Stanley
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Multnomah; Ppk edition (February 17, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1601422507
Genre: Christian, Salvation Theory
My Rating: 5.0 of 5.0

Surely there's more than one way to get to heaven? Bestselling author Andy Stanley addresses this popular belief held even among Christians. But believing that all good people go to heaven raises major problems, Stanley reveals. Is goodness not rewarded, then? Is Christianity not fair? Maybe not, he says. Readers will find out why Jesus taught that goodness is not even a requirement to enter heaven - and why Christianity is beyond fair. Andy Stanley leads believers and skeptics alike to a grateful awareness of God's enormous grace and mercy.
Good People Go to Heaven...Don’t They?
Sure they do. It only makes sense.
Actually, it doesn’t really make any sense at all. Smart, educated, accomplished men and women everywhere are banking their eternities on a theory that doesn’t hold water. Chances are, you’ve never really thought it through. But you owe it to yourself to do so.
Find out now what’s wrong with the most popular theory about heaven—and what it really takes to get there.

I decided to share this on Easter as it is fitting.  I encourage everyone, even firm believers, to read this short gem. Andy Stanley is a pastor and teacher for the world we live in today. His many teachings are Biblically sound and presented in a straight forward, down to earth manner that simple men and women can understand.

This short book reminds us that being good is not the way to get into heaven as many religions promote. Have you ever asked someone why they will or should go to heaven, and had them reply: “Because I try to be good, and I help others”? That is lovely, but good deeds, or being good, won’t get you into heaven.

This book reminds us how we can never be good enough to earn our way into heaven. Even the righteous leaders are not good enough. Matthew 5:20. Even some bad people go to heaven – like the thief who was hung beside Jesus. Luke 23:43.

At some point we each are faced with the question: Who do I say Jesus is? He either is who He claimed to be (the Lamb and sacrifice for the sins of the world), or He is not.

Life is not fair and Christianity is not fair. Why do we have to pay for the sins of Adam and Eve? (See the Easter message 4/16/17.) But, “Thanks be to God”, we do not get the punishment we deserve. Only by the Grace of God are we forgiven and made heirs of a heavenly Kingdom.

I encourage you to find one of these little books and read it. Buy a six pack if you need to – keep one to read and re-read and pass the others to loved ones and strangers!

Our church has these available to share. I wanted to read it and put one at my office.

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