Title: The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life
Author: Alex Early
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publishing Year: 2016
My Rating: 5 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)
For quite some time I have been searching for a good resource to use with young or new believers. In my position as a Christian school teacher, I do a lot mentoring and discipleship with young people. There have been several booklets and materials I’ve used, but nothing I was completely happy with. Well, the search is over.
The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life is an easy-to-read walk through the basics of Christianity. This is far more than a nuts-and-bolts approach to basic aspects of the faith such as prayer, church and baptism. Instead this book gives a wholistic view of the faith grounded in sound theology. The very first chapter explains what it means to now have your identity wrapped up in Christ and how that new identity changes everything. This is followed by a great look at what it means to be a true child of the King and loved by God. Right away I was captivated with this work.
The book also escapes a works-based sanctification that merely gives the reader a list of tasks that Christians are expected to accomplish. This book points you to Christ and His cross as the basis for obedience and practice. It is thoroughly God-centered. Topics such as prayer, baptism, church membership, Christian fellowship and maturity are all covered from this perspective.
I would whole-heartedly recommend this book as a tool to use in discipline young believers. As I mentioned before, the book is easy-to-read and the questions at the end of each chapter are good conversation starters. Also helpful is the glossary of common Christian terms in the back, terms that could be confusing to those who have not grown up in a Christian culture.
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Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.