Many of us want to believe that our family and friends who have not confessed Christ will be accepted into heaven because they are basically "good people." In How Good is Good Enough Andy Stanley shatters this false belief by reminding us that heaven is not filled with good people, but with people who have received God's grace. This powerful teaching on grace will bring you closer to God and will help you introduce family and friends to the heart of the Christian faith.
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This is a short, quick read from Andy Stanley. This book can be helpful as part of evangelism or outreach to others. It has enough 'milk' to help new believers. However, I do not think it is a book for many mature believers as there is not much 'meat' in it. I was surprised by the cost listed for this little book. I thought it would be closer to $5 or less.
Good conversational tone by the author and he makes his points without bludgeoning you.
I received this book through the Blogging for Books program from Waterbrook Multnomah.
Since Nobody's Perfect...How Good Is Good Enough?, written by Andy Stanley, is a minute book that tackles a massive theological mistake made by throngs of people.
Many people within today's society believe they will be spending eternity within the presence of Jesus simply because they are "good people." The presence of this idea, the existence of this false theology, has become a prominent excuse for those who have embraced the idea that a loving, caring God would not send good people to Hell.
Within this book, Stanley points out numerous hurdles that one must go through in order to make an attempt to maintain this world-centered view. He also points out serval insurmountable problems that all lead to the conclusion that this way of thinking is incorrect in all facets of thought.
Stanley further points out that it just makes much more sense to trust in the claims of Christ than to allow our eternal placement be held hostage by a theology that is completely flawed.
The tiny little book tackles a HUGE problem, and anyone willing to take the time to read it will be blessed immensely. Thus it is a recommended read.
Andy Stanley, both on TV and in his books, always seems to start off with an interesting or provocative statement that seems to draw you in--and then he unpacks all his thoughts and facts until he brings you to his powerful point.
Good people do not go to heaven. Andy Stanley confronts the very popular view that the requirement to enter heaven is to have lived a ‘good’ life. Stanley argues that, when looked into in depth, this idea doesn’t even make sense. Although ‘good’ would hopefully be a description of the people who will enter heaven, it is not the requirement for getting in. In the first half of the book, Stanley explains some of the popular views held about what is required for entry into heaven. In the second half, Stanley lays out a solid Biblical view of what it takes to get into heaven, faith in Jesus Christ. To say that we can get in by being ‘good’ is to say that Jesus’ work on the cross may have been unnecessary because we can meet the requirement ourselves. This is contradictory to the message proclaimed by Jesus and the rest of the Bible.
This book is very well written. Andy Stanley is both an extraordinary scholar and communicator. The book is written in a way that engages the reader and explains Biblical truths very clearly and thoroughly. Although the book is a short, easy read it is well worth the time.
I will definitely recommend this book to anyone searching for a Biblical account of what is required to enter heaven. This book would also be helpful for those leading others in a ministry setting as Stanley deals with real perspectives that many people hold. Stanley explains the Biblical view in a way that is more logical and compelling than its contrary popular opinions. Great book
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
Andy Stanley has excellent writing and persuasian skills, and asks many questions a typical unbeliever might ask. However, he provided very few answers for those who have studied this message before: 1. Why did God provide clear and miraculous evidence to the early church, yet is afraid of turning people into robots with the same proof for today? 2. If we don't have the capacity or permission to reason whether something is good or evil, then by what standards to we say that God is good? 3. What is belief? Can you force yourself to believe anything? Stanley gives us some challenging reasons the early church believed, a hypothesis commonly espoused by Josh McDowell and Ray Comfort. These are known as: "(a) liar, (b) crazy, (c) never claimed, or (d) he was who he claimed". The one that was omitted and that an unbeliever would like considered is (e) just mistaken. It would not be unreasonable to think that many have given their lives on a false premise. Overall, I would recommend the book to some people, but probably not to those who have thought of these issues deeply.
There are many, many people in the world today who think they are going to heaven or think others are going to heaven because they are "good people." In fact this one of the most common arguments non-believers employ when confronted with the gospel. In a postmodern world, the thought of anyone going to hell with all the religions in the world is simply absurd.
Stanley addresses this line of reasoning in this book. He points out the hurdles that one has to jump through in trying to maintain a worldview where all "good" people go to heaven. How good does one have to be? What is the measuring stick for goodness? He points out how this thinking is not only unbiblical but ambiguous.
The book is broken down into two parts. Part I is entitled: "How You Get There From Here?" Part II is entitled, "The Alternative."
Stanley summarizes the "good people go to heaven" view on p. 61 when he writes:
The good people go to heaven view has several seemingly insurmountable problems:
1. We don't know exactly what good is. Even our religious leaders can't agree on the subject. 2. Our internal moral gauges aren't much help. They don't line up cross-culturally (or even across the street, for that matter). And as time passes, our definitions of right and wrong tend to change. 3. We have no clear indication from God how the scoring system for good deeds works. 4. It is difficult to reconcile the notion of a good God with a system that is so unclear and seemingly unfair. This is especially true in light of what's at stake. 5. We can't use the Bible as a gauge to measure how close we are to getting in. The Bible doesn't claim to offer a way to heaven through good works. Besides, the catalog of good works listed in the Old Testament is culturally irrelevant and physically impossible to keep. 6. Jesus assured the most religious people of his day that they weren't good enough to enter God's kingdom, while promising criminals and prostitutes that God would gladly welcome them.
Stanley then goes on to provide the biblical alternative of trusting in Jesus Christ by faith alone.
He further points out how it makes much more sense to trust in the claims of Christ than to trust in our works. He clearly and plainly explains what the Scripture teaches about our sin and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I found this book an enjoyable and good read. Stanley presented the message of the clear gospel. This is a very helpful pocketbook that both believers and unbelievers can benefit from. I think that it is also an excellent witnessing tool.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
The first part of this book discusses what "good enough" is all about. I've heard so many people say that their religion is a system by which they must work to be good in order to obtain a reward at the end of their life on earth. People are frantically working ~ how often do I need to pray? how much do I need to give away? Who needs my help? Have I obeyed enough rules? People are also feeling very guilty because they are afraid that they have not met the standard. Since there is no yardstick to measure "good enough" by, people perpetually struggle to be better (or just give up totally and resign themselves to missing the mark.)
The second part of the book gives the good news. None of us have met the standard set by God and me must be forgiven for our transgressions, BUT God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay for our transgressions. He rose from the dead and is alive today (no other religious figure is still alive). We can accept His free gift of salvation by grace through faith ~ that's the key. He paid for our sins. We don't have to work, work, work.
This book is beautiful to look at, small and easy to carry. The theology is accurate. I pray that it will be given with love and prayer and received with openness by people who are struggling to be "good enough".
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
How Good Is Good Enough by Andy Stanley and published by Multnomah Books tackles the Question that most people aren't willing to ask themselves or consider when it comes to God and getting into Heaven, How Good Is Good Enough?
Andy does an excellent job of dispelling the fallacies and and perceptions many of us have when it comes to the belief that being good will give us favor with God and get us our ticket to heaven. So how good is good enough? Andy states 6 problems with the "how good is good enough" argument, a couple of them are,
1. No one seems to be able to agree on the subject of what good is.
2. Our morals aren't much help and tend to change as we get older.
The book goes on to let the reader know that there is only one totally fair and true way that will bring us into a proper relationship with God and get us to heaven, and that person is Jesus. So will you believe Jesus is who He said He is or take your chances on being good enough......The choice is yours.
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Purchased as a gift, I have not read this. BUT it comes with the best recommendation from my Pastor to be given to the man who thinks because he is a good-ole-boy, he will be going to heaven. Little book, easily read by the man who doesn't have time for religion.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is an easy read. Andy Stanley makes it clear that you don't just have to be a good person to enter the kingdom of heaven. I will share this book with as many people that I can. I know alot of "good" people, but I want to be sure that they will share the kingdom of heaven with me.
This is a powerful little book. It gently demonstrates that the only goodness that God accepts for entrance into heaven is the perfect goodness and righteousness of Jesus Christ alone.As human beings we have no goodness to offer to God. We have sinned. We have fallen short (Rom. 3:23). We have broken God's laws in thought word and deed. The only thing that we deserve is eternal punishment and condemnation. Our only hope is to be found in Jesus Christ and in His righteousness alone. And that only happens when we place our complete trust and faith in Jesus Christ alone."But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Rom. 4:5).We bought 15 copies of Andy's book to give away to others. We give it our highest rating!
Thank You Andy Stanley...this book takes someone from where they are to where God is...it is reminiscent of Paul at Mars Hill in Acts. This book is perfect for strengthening your faith as well as help a skeptic understand what Christian after life is all about.
"Come, let us reason together," says the Lord. Andy Stanley helps us do that. While Mel Gibson's, _The Passion of the Christ_ film shows the "how" and the "when" of Christ's crucifixion, this little book shows the "why" for His death. Andy Stanley lays out the argument against the common belief that we have the ability, on our own merits, to be "good enough" to get into heaven, with simple logic, humor where appropriate, and intellectual integrity.
An outstanding presentation unlike other simple presentations of the gospel. This one approaches it from the standpoint of a person's goodnees. It is a clear, yet compassionate explanation of why goodness has nothing to do with going to heaven from God's standpoint. It is one great tool for sharing with people who truly are relying on their goodness to get them to heaven, why goodness will not gain them entrance to heaven. The author's perspective is compelling and should truly answer questions this type of person honestly thinks or asks about the "goodness" philosophy. May many trust Christ alone as their personal savior and leave their mistaken trust in goodness behind as a result of reading this book. My prayers are to that end!
This little book was a wonderful pick-me-up. It is a quick read that really encourages your faith in Christ. It will make an excellent present for people near and dear to your heart. I got a copy for my church library.