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Friday, July 25, 2014

REVIEW: Thrive Student Edition by Mark Hall

Title: Thrive: Digging Deep, Reaching Out Student Edition
Author: Mark Hall
Series: none
ISBN: 
9780310747574
Publisher: Zondervan
Published Date: August 5, 2014Genre: Christian
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Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Synopsis: Taking the Next Step in Your Faith Life to
GROW DEEP AND STRONG
The only way to be the hands and feet of Jesus is to love him and serve others out of our love for him. But to do that we must first be deeply rooted in our life with God. In Thrive, Mark Hall, lead singer for the popular band Casting Crowns, shows us what it really looks like to walk with Jesus.
In part 1, Digging Deep, Hall demonstrates how to truly engage with the Word and a community of faith, worshiping and pursuing God wholeheartedly as our hearts and minds are transformed. In part 2, Reaching Out, we see the fruits of our engagement with the Word and the community, the grateful giving back of service and love.
Using relatable stories, grounded teaching, and great application, Hall helps everyone who wants to take the next step of faith and see their life grow deep and strong.


In this student edition of Thrive, Mark Hall explores the two sides of our faith life---the roots that help us grow deep and the trunk and branches that are the evidence of what God does inside. With insight and humor, Mark gives teens steps and inspiration for growth in every area.

Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from BookLook Bloggers review program.As I read the non-student edition a few months previous, this review is almost exactly like the other with a few changes.
I have to say I love this book. I knew from the very first chapter, it was going to be one of those books that was going to be 5 stars for me. Immediately, I started telling people about this book.
Mark Hall is such a relatable person, and a great writer. The stories that he tells make you see that even as a pastor and the lead singer of a successful Christian rock group, he is still very human like his readers. He struggles just as much as we do.
There were only two things I did not like. The first was towards the end of the book with the proselytizing. I don't agree with it. I've hated when people have done it to me, and I would hate to make other people feel uncomfortable as some once did to me. I have never agreed with it, and I can't see me doing it to someone. I understand why the author feel that proselytizing is necessary, but its not for me. On the other hand, there are those who are very comfortable with it. If it's your thing, go for it.
The second thing I did not like was more about where I am in my faith journey in relation to the book. The book itself assumes that you're somewhat further on your journey than I am. I am a very new returner to my faith, so I really need more digging deep time before I could even think that I am near to where the author assumes I am in my journey.
Overall, it was an incredible book that I am keeping on my bookshelf for a very long time.

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