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The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there's another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament--a word we've mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process. Saints . Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there's another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament--a word we've mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process. Saints . Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and awaken to the life you were meant to know. Using Scripture and stories from his own experience, Addison Bevere makes a compelling case that the life you desire is found in the mystery of this sacred identity. If you want to exchange lifeless religion for the wonder of following Jesus, this book will spur you onward in your journey. ****** "In Saints: Becoming More Than 'Christians, ' Addison will encourage you to stop fighting for victory and start living from the victorious destiny we already have through Jesus."--Christine Caine, bestselling author and founder of A21 and Propel Women "Saints is a clarion call to look past ourselves and to the only one who offers us the good life."--Kyle Idleman, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church and author of Not a Fan and Don't Give Up "All I can say is 'Wow'! This 'Wow' speaks to the depth of knowledge, strength of wisdom, and keen insight found in Saints. It's obvious God has given Addison a voice, one that calls all generations to a higher level of living. As a father and fellow minister, I couldn't be prouder."--John Bevere, bestselling author and cofounder of Messenger International "While the word Christian seems to mean a lot of things to a lot of people, Saints calls us back to following our one and only, Jesus Christ."--Chris Hodges, senior pastor of Church of the Highlands and author of The Daniel Dilemma and What's Next? "Addison encourages us to put on our identity as a saint and live in a relationship with Jesus. Saints is an authentic look at what faith can be."--Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author of Love Does and Everybody, Always "In a time when so many young men are deconstructing the sacred, Addison has leaned into it. I am challenged, corrected, and lifted by Saints."--Lisa Bevere, New York Times bestselling author and ridiculously proud mother "Addison Bevere has a unique voice in this generation. His new book is a force to be reckoned with in a world that misplaces its identity."--Heather Lindsey, author, speaker, and founder of Pinky Promise


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The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there's another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament--a word we've mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process. Saints . Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there's another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament--a word we've mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process. Saints . Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and awaken to the life you were meant to know. Using Scripture and stories from his own experience, Addison Bevere makes a compelling case that the life you desire is found in the mystery of this sacred identity. If you want to exchange lifeless religion for the wonder of following Jesus, this book will spur you onward in your journey. ****** "In Saints: Becoming More Than 'Christians, ' Addison will encourage you to stop fighting for victory and start living from the victorious destiny we already have through Jesus."--Christine Caine, bestselling author and founder of A21 and Propel Women "Saints is a clarion call to look past ourselves and to the only one who offers us the good life."--Kyle Idleman, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church and author of Not a Fan and Don't Give Up "All I can say is 'Wow'! This 'Wow' speaks to the depth of knowledge, strength of wisdom, and keen insight found in Saints. It's obvious God has given Addison a voice, one that calls all generations to a higher level of living. As a father and fellow minister, I couldn't be prouder."--John Bevere, bestselling author and cofounder of Messenger International "While the word Christian seems to mean a lot of things to a lot of people, Saints calls us back to following our one and only, Jesus Christ."--Chris Hodges, senior pastor of Church of the Highlands and author of The Daniel Dilemma and What's Next? "Addison encourages us to put on our identity as a saint and live in a relationship with Jesus. Saints is an authentic look at what faith can be."--Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author of Love Does and Everybody, Always "In a time when so many young men are deconstructing the sacred, Addison has leaned into it. I am challenged, corrected, and lifted by Saints."--Lisa Bevere, New York Times bestselling author and ridiculously proud mother "Addison Bevere has a unique voice in this generation. His new book is a force to be reckoned with in a world that misplaces its identity."--Heather Lindsey, author, speaker, and founder of Pinky Promise

30 review for Saints: Becoming More Than "Christians"

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    Austin Bevere explores what it means to be a saint, a word commonly used to describe followers of Christ in the New Testament. It is a word with a rich meaning and context—not the perfection and elitism often ascribed to it today—and it offers an incredible invitation toward understanding God-given purpose, identity, and love more fully. A challenging, insightful, uplifting, wise exploration, this book left me full of hope and with a lot to ponder. This review is also posted on Hallie Reads. I rec Austin Bevere explores what it means to be a saint, a word commonly used to describe followers of Christ in the New Testament. It is a word with a rich meaning and context—not the perfection and elitism often ascribed to it today—and it offers an incredible invitation toward understanding God-given purpose, identity, and love more fully. A challenging, insightful, uplifting, wise exploration, this book left me full of hope and with a lot to ponder. This review is also posted on Hallie Reads. I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Thank you in advance to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy to review. All words are my own in this review and a positive review was not required. “Saints: Becoming More Than Christians” is one of those books that I didn’t know what to expect from. I am still new to books such as this. And, this was definitely a stunning read. The cover is striking, yet simple. And, being a hardcover, this is sturdy – much like the bible. This is not a “self-help” per say in the way that it lacks wor Thank you in advance to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy to review. All words are my own in this review and a positive review was not required. “Saints: Becoming More Than Christians” is one of those books that I didn’t know what to expect from. I am still new to books such as this. And, this was definitely a stunning read. The cover is striking, yet simple. And, being a hardcover, this is sturdy – much like the bible. This is not a “self-help” per say in the way that it lacks worksheets and “goals” for those kind of books. This isn’t a book you read once and shelve either. This also wasn’t a “can’t stop turning the pages” kind of read either. This is a book that the reader carefully reads and sorts through. I did enjoy it as I read it. This is a book to come back to for re-affirmations and to continue to forge good, healthy, habits, and become what God expects. It is a bedside table kind of read or one that you keep close to you. Using scripture (and sometimes humor) as examples, Bevere explains how God has set in motion what he wants us to be – and what tools we can use to be that person. One example is “Saints” where Bevere states that is someone thinks this is a book about “Saints”, he won’t feel offended if the reader sends the book back where it came from. The author points out that by no means is this book or the words in it is meant to be about perfection. It is about devotion, obedience, along with finding the wonder and glory in every moment. And, he makes excellent points. According to Bevere’s book, the term “Christian” is only used three (3) times to describe the “followers”. Yet, “Hagios” (the Latin term for Saints) is mentioned sixty (60) times. Bevere explains that we have mistakenly applied the word to people of the halo-wearing group. And, that the term “Christian” seems a cheap way to refer to the followers of God and Jesus Christ. Bevere notes that humans in pursuit of a life apart from God, have stripped him from their lives and are not living the God-infused life they should, which is the source of life. Part of this is because they are terrified of dependence on God, or someone else. One passage that struck some harmony with me regarded finding “heaven” while living. He states that heaven could be defined by “peace, joy, togetherness, forgiveness, love, mercy, and wholeness in our lives”. And, we can have that now. Bevere’s writing style is casual, almost as if he is talking with the reader at a coffeehouse or in their home. This is a journey and not a weekend workshop. This is meant to grow over a lifetime. Recommended for those who want to take their spiritual relationship with God and Jesus a step further (farther).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    “In Christ, we don’t lose our individuality. We find it- reborn and infused with God’s DNA. If we are to become Saints, we must let go of the Old Self. There is no middle ground.” When I think of myself, and the church in general, the word “saint” does not usually come to mind. Yet, this word is used to describe followers of Jesus various times in the New Testament, and the word “Christian” is rarely used. Saints are not someone strumming a harp and wearing a halo. Saint is a title that we can cl “In Christ, we don’t lose our individuality. We find it- reborn and infused with God’s DNA. If we are to become Saints, we must let go of the Old Self. There is no middle ground.” When I think of myself, and the church in general, the word “saint” does not usually come to mind. Yet, this word is used to describe followers of Jesus various times in the New Testament, and the word “Christian” is rarely used. Saints are not someone strumming a harp and wearing a halo. Saint is a title that we can claim as a follower of Christ, in the midst of this messy life. Saints is a book that invites us to seek the life we want through embracing the title of saint. I found this book to be a bit heavy at times, and sometimes caused me to lose interest. It is definitely a read that needs to be digested slowly, as there is a good message to soak in. Bevere obviously put a lot of time and research into this book, but I would like to have seen more personal stories and connections, and more of a practical guide to applying the concepts to my life. I did like that he used examples from the Bible to back up his thoughts/topics. I also found the topic to be timely for today’s Christians (or should I say Saints?). I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Bevere shares his musings about what it means to be a saint. The book includes a number of essays on topics of importance to Christians. He relates stories from the Bible, investigates passages from the epistles, and relates his own experiences. I appreciate Bevere sharing the wonder and adventure of being a saint. He tries to mine the depths of what we Christians often miss, such as the awe of being in relationship with God. This is the kind of book where you could read a chapter and then spend Bevere shares his musings about what it means to be a saint. The book includes a number of essays on topics of importance to Christians. He relates stories from the Bible, investigates passages from the epistles, and relates his own experiences. I appreciate Bevere sharing the wonder and adventure of being a saint. He tries to mine the depths of what we Christians often miss, such as the awe of being in relationship with God. This is the kind of book where you could read a chapter and then spend some time thinking about Bevere's insights. There are no thought provoking questions included nor is there any practical strategy provided to incorporate Bevere's insights into life. This is a book to read and think about. You are on your own to incorporate the information contained into a life changing experience. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Gwinn

    One word can be used to describe Bevere’s writing: messy. Although overall the book had some good and insightful nuggets of truth and provoking thoughts, there was no overall cohesiveness between the paragraphs and chapters, and the book as a whole.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    Great book, but may be too heavy a read for new believers In his new book, “Saints: Becoming More Than “Christians,” Addison Bevere, son of renown Christian authors, John and Lisa Bevere, delves into what it really means to identify as a Christian, writing that by the power of the God’s eternal Spirit, we can become saints (page 33). In fact, Bevere writes that the Bible has more to say about us being saints: “While the identifier Christian is used only three times in the New Testament, hagios – Great book, but may be too heavy a read for new believers In his new book, “Saints: Becoming More Than “Christians,” Addison Bevere, son of renown Christian authors, John and Lisa Bevere, delves into what it really means to identify as a Christian, writing that by the power of the God’s eternal Spirit, we can become saints (page 33). In fact, Bevere writes that the Bible has more to say about us being saints: “While the identifier Christian is used only three times in the New Testament, hagios – translated as “saints” – is used over sixty times (page 36).” Published by Revell Reads, Bevere’s 240-page book, is a clarion call to live a fuller life in the Lord by making a paradigm shift about who we really are in the Lord when we became born again, infused with the very life and breath of God. To Bevere, being a Christian should mean more than just being saved; it’s knowing and living the very life of God, and truly knowing our identity in our Lord Jesus Christ. “To become a saint, … is “to plunge into God’s original design for humanity. It’s to feel what God feels for this world, empowering us to align our actions with His heart. It’s to embrace God’s nature and to step into of our new creation reality … Saints have caught a glimpse of who they are in Christ (page 38).” As good as his book is, however, the text could be more focused on the central theme – especially since there are too many running thoughts and ideas going on at the same time in each chapter. This is a very heavy read that has to be digested over time and not rushed through in one sitting. Although this book is great in theory, it’s not in practical application. This is mainly due to the many concepts and ideas thrown at readers all at once that some might find a little off-putting if they don’t have the spiritual grounding and maturity to fully understand them. There is a lot of spiritual meat here that some – especially new believers – may not be prepared to digest yet. Another troubling element of his book is his use of “True Self” and “False Self” (page 93, 117), as well as “otherness” (page 97). While Bevere is an incredible writer and deep thinker, the text is also a little rambling in certain places and even a little condescending in other places. But despite my aforementioned issues with the book, I gave Bevere’s book a 5 out of 5 stars because of the tremendous detail and enormous scholarship that went into this work. Full disclosure: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, I received this book free through the Bloggers Program of Revell Reads, a division of Baker Books. My opinions are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review. © 2020 by Doug S., M.A.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Alarie

    Inspired insight and a challenge to embrace your New Self Becoming More than "Christians" Author Addison D. Bevere is clearly an inspired and very talented writer and engaging storyteller. Saints Becoming More Than “Christians” is his encouragement to shed our Old Self for Our New Self in Jesus. He breathes new life into the ancient term ‘Saint’ and challenges readers to aspire to the role within their current lives. The good life is not something we find, but something we become. Saints is packed Inspired insight and a challenge to embrace your New Self Becoming More than "Christians" Author Addison D. Bevere is clearly an inspired and very talented writer and engaging storyteller. Saints Becoming More Than “Christians” is his encouragement to shed our Old Self for Our New Self in Jesus. He breathes new life into the ancient term ‘Saint’ and challenges readers to aspire to the role within their current lives. The good life is not something we find, but something we become. Saints is packed full of insightful bible references, explanations, and personal stories. Bevere sheds light on many common Christian themes. Most concepts are presented with excellent clarity, although I couldn’t follow all the explanations, particularly the ‘fear of God’. To describe the experience of reading Saints, I’ll begin with what it is not. It’s not purely academic, but it’s also not a practical guide to making changes in your life. It’s not a light read that you can breeze through if you really want to absorb the message. Saints is a heady but impressive compilation of inspired concepts and ideas that can encourage Christians to consider leading their lives in alignment with God. However, it falls short of a ‘how-to’ application, limiting its impact on everyday life. I rated this book at 3.5/5 stars on my review website but rounded up to 4/5 stars on sites that don’t allow half stars. How this book affected me: I was really looking forward to reading Saints but it was not as I imagined or hoped it would be. I was more impressed by Mr. Bevere’s writing style and his grasp of the religious concepts than any new takeaways that I can apply to my life and relationship with God. The subtitle promised Becoming More Than “Christians”, but I felt let down by that promise. Who would enjoy this book: Readers who enjoy apologetics and academics might enjoy this book. Anyone looking for insight into Christian concepts might enjoy this book. Those who are targeting a specific area of change in their lives would be better served by finding a book more in line with the change they desire. Our Christian Book Reviews: The book reviews at Finding God Among Us focus on Christian books, adult and children, fiction and nonfiction. We’re proud to be listed in the Top 50 Christian Book Bloggers ! I chose to read an ARC from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review is my honest opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'll be honest, when I first saw the cover of "Saints", I made the assumption that it would be a compendium of revered figures in Church history. Then I saw the subtitle, "Becoming More Than 'Christians'", and decided to investigate further. I was sufficiently intrigued to request it for review, and I am glad that I did! Rather than a tedious monologue, I discovered an engaging and stimulating call to return to our first love, Jesus. With "Saints", Addison Bevere sets forth a timely exegesis of I'll be honest, when I first saw the cover of "Saints", I made the assumption that it would be a compendium of revered figures in Church history. Then I saw the subtitle, "Becoming More Than 'Christians'", and decided to investigate further. I was sufficiently intrigued to request it for review, and I am glad that I did! Rather than a tedious monologue, I discovered an engaging and stimulating call to return to our first love, Jesus. With "Saints", Addison Bevere sets forth a timely exegesis of what that term actually means within the Bible's context and how we can and should strive to apply it to our lives so that it becomes ingrained into our identity. As Bevere explains, saints are those who have faith in Christ and are in a continually-deepening relationship with God through Him; "a saint is someone who brings a future reality into the present." As a language buff, I appreciate how he expounds upon the semantics of the Bible's use of the term "saints" over "Christians." Furthermore, I find his open acknowledgement and explanation of seemingly contradictory facts or statements in certain Bible passages, such as those relating to fearing the Lord and also not being afraid, wise; as such, I would recommend this book to nonbelievers, especially those with an agnostic bent. Bevere is in tune with today's society and its Gospel needs, accurately pinpointing some of the most prominent areas of spiritual dearth and pointing readers toward the source of abundance: Jesus. He makes it clear that while nothing can separate us from God's love (Romans 8:38-39), we can separate ourselves from God's grace because “Pride is the grace blocker.” I love how he progresses from the Old Testament to the New Testament because so many focus only on Jesus in the New Testament. "Saints" is truly where the rubber meets the road of our faith journey, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to take their faith in Christ to the next level. Onward and upward! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Viola

    In his book, Saints, Addison Bevere encourages us to remember who we are in and through Christ – Saints. Saints is a term not often used today. Yet it is the very identity we have been given and are called to live in this world. In the introduction, Mark Batterson explains: “The message of Saints is not about achieving perfection but authentically and intimately walking with God as his plans for you are fully realized in your life.” The book is reflective, provoking one to think more deeply about In his book, Saints, Addison Bevere encourages us to remember who we are in and through Christ – Saints. Saints is a term not often used today. Yet it is the very identity we have been given and are called to live in this world. In the introduction, Mark Batterson explains: “The message of Saints is not about achieving perfection but authentically and intimately walking with God as his plans for you are fully realized in your life.” The book is reflective, provoking one to think more deeply about our need for God in our daily lives. We will find ourselves reminded anew to fear God with a renewed reverence and awe of His greatness and majesty. The book is a wonderful reminder there is more to life than meets the eye. God has more for each of us than we could ever imagine and as we take the time to delve deeply into a relationship with Him, He will unfold His purposes in our lives. The book is rich with quotes which added to my enjoyment: “God creates out of nothing … But he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.” – Soren Kierkegaard “The decline of the knowledge of the holy has brought on our troubles. A rediscovery of the majesty of God will go a long way toward curing them.” – A. W. Tozer “Grace is but glory begum, and glory is but grace perfected.” – Jonathan Edwards “Grace is nothing else than a beginning of glory in us.” – Thomas Aquinas Each chapter provided something for me to ponder before moving onto the next one. Each chapter is a call to be more, to be all we have been created to be. “A Saint: someone whose life is marked by a hope and a purpose that astound our world and point people to the One who is life.” (page 33) Saints is a book for us all, for as we journey through its pages we will discover - we are all saints. ** I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    DL (Donna) Rudd

    Bevere, son of Lisa and John Bevere gets his fabulous writing style from his parents for sure. Saints sounded so "saintly" from the title, and I was not sure I would care for this read. But it's so not about religiosity, like in its teaching/sharing. To be a Christian is only mentioned a few times in the Bible, according to Bevere. But to be a Saint, is a divine invitation to discover who God can be to you and I. Some very valid points he shares, is that we need to get rid of lifeless religion. Bevere, son of Lisa and John Bevere gets his fabulous writing style from his parents for sure. Saints sounded so "saintly" from the title, and I was not sure I would care for this read. But it's so not about religiosity, like in its teaching/sharing. To be a Christian is only mentioned a few times in the Bible, according to Bevere. But to be a Saint, is a divine invitation to discover who God can be to you and I. Some very valid points he shares, is that we need to get rid of lifeless religion. God did not create denominations. He commanded we be Christ like and be a follower of Jesus. Offering various scripture to back up his explanation, we can trust that Bevere is on to something very enlightening. We can't live in fear of God, in reverence, yes. but fear as we know it is cast down. Expectations for the best in our life is what God desires for us. God's plan is to overwhelm us with his love and grace with no legalism nor religious spirit. Converse with the Father. He is a communicative God. LFIe with the structure of his liberty. What a relief! He tells us that we find LIFE in death. Truer words were never spoken. Jesus died on the cross for us to live and to the fullest. I definitely recommend this book I love the cover, the design, and what an easy to follow read it is.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tom Burkholder

    In the book Saints, new author Addison Bevere, writes about this ancient word and attempts to show what it means. Bevere writes: “While the identifier Christian is used only three times in Scripture, hagios—translated as "saints"—is used over sixty times. According to HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, hagios "refers to those whose relationship with God is maintained through faith in Jesus Christ."” I found Bevere’s thoughts on idolatry made me think. He writes: “To worship something is to draw life In the book Saints, new author Addison Bevere, writes about this ancient word and attempts to show what it means. Bevere writes: “While the identifier Christian is used only three times in Scripture, hagios—translated as "saints"—is used over sixty times. According to HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, hagios "refers to those whose relationship with God is maintained through faith in Jesus Christ."” I found Bevere’s thoughts on idolatry made me think. He writes: “To worship something is to draw life from it, and there is no true life apart from God. Humankind’s undoing has always been our worship of self—our favorite idol. Our modern world is still very much in love with this idol. In fact, our Western culture celebrates and glorifies self-worship. This is why idolatry is deeply intertwined in the systems and pursuits of our world and undoubtedly alive and well today. Is it any wonder that Jesus’s call to life requires us to deny our self and follow in his self-sacrificing love? A new way of life made possible only by both his example and his Spirit?” While Bevere has some good thoughts, I felt the book rambled and diverged from its focus regularly. I would recommend this book but realize that the book is more about general Christian living. I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Larimer

    "Saints " by Addison Bevere is a Christian living book. Addison is the COO of Messenger International wants us to know we are saints and can live knowing we are saints. We have a new nature since Christ has come.We are to live above the rules and show character. We are to live above the rules and show character. He says Christians often judge and point the finger at others and are not willing to die for the people in the world. We have to look beyond ourselves and deny ourselves and follow Chris "Saints " by Addison Bevere is a Christian living book. Addison is the COO of Messenger International wants us to know we are saints and can live knowing we are saints. We have a new nature since Christ has come.We are to live above the rules and show character. We are to live above the rules and show character. He says Christians often judge and point the finger at others and are not willing to die for the people in the world. We have to look beyond ourselves and deny ourselves and follow Christ. We have to lay our false self down and follow Christ. We have to daily lay down our cross. This book is powerful and challenges Christians to a higher calling. He is honest about how He thinks Christians need a new identity and view of themselves. This book is inspiring and motivating for the Christian. He reminds us that God operates out of love. Thank you to Revell for allowing me to read and review this outstanding book. It is well written and challenges the Christian to their live with their new identity. . Thank you also to the author for allowing me to read and review this book. I will post my review on facebook, Goodreads, my blog netgalley and share it with church staff.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    This was a pleasant surprise of depth. I was hoping it would be good. Going in I figured it was going to be an enjoyable, simple read about our identity in Christ. I was pleasantly surprised to find a meatier dialogue of who we are in Christ. It reminded me of a friendlier version of a Tozer classic, meaning that Bevere covers the theology and Scripture of what it truly means to walk as a Saint, but also weaves his own personal stories and some contemporary references that add to the depth inste This was a pleasant surprise of depth. I was hoping it would be good. Going in I figured it was going to be an enjoyable, simple read about our identity in Christ. I was pleasantly surprised to find a meatier dialogue of who we are in Christ. It reminded me of a friendlier version of a Tozer classic, meaning that Bevere covers the theology and Scripture of what it truly means to walk as a Saint, but also weaves his own personal stories and some contemporary references that add to the depth instead of water down the writing. In his book Saints, Addison Bevere reminds the reader of who they already are in Christ. He lays down the premise of what was won for us at the cross and through the life of Christ, and now is ours to grow into, not try to gain. Christianity is not try harder so that we can become Saints, but we are saints let us walk more and more in our truest identity. I would recommend this read to anyone looking for a solid read on what it means to be a follower of Christ. This book does a great job covering Scripture, theology, and practicality of walking as a Saint. *** I was given a copy of this book from Revell Publishing for an honest review. All opinions are my own. (full review on my blog inkblotlife.com)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    “But real growth invites us to confront the depths of our brokenness through the power of humility and grace. With every humble step, we tear down our False Self and make space for the transforming power of grace.” — Addison Bevere Going into this book I went in blind, not really expecting anything. Wow am I blown away. Addison writes on topics that are often spoken about, but missed in the modern church. The Holy Spirit through Addison’s words really touched me & awakened me. This book will mak “But real growth invites us to confront the depths of our brokenness through the power of humility and grace. With every humble step, we tear down our False Self and make space for the transforming power of grace.” — Addison Bevere Going into this book I went in blind, not really expecting anything. Wow am I blown away. Addison writes on topics that are often spoken about, but missed in the modern church. The Holy Spirit through Addison’s words really touched me & awakened me. This book will make you crave the life of a true Saint of Christ. I am so thankful I got to read this book. Nothing short of excellent. You can tell in his writing that every detail was intricately placed. No sentence is fluff & it all remains significant from paragraph to paragraph. The author is not shallow at all & hits home on so many needed topics. I loved that I learned vocabulary along the way :))) (he is really good about using diction). Anyways, do yourself a favor and grab this book! You won’t regret it. I surely will not forgot the lessons learned in “Saints.” Well done Addison. Well done. I am so excited to watch what God does in your life & am looking forward to reading more of your work.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Saints: Becoming More than Christians by Addison D. Bevere is exactly what my current pastor was trying to say. Becoming Christians is not our only stop. God calls us to become like Saints. By becoming Saints, we then have fulfilled our duty as God’s children. Readings from Paul enhance this message throughout the book. Addison Bevere’s writing was easy to follow. I enjoyed reading and learning the same mess at my pastor has been teaching me and members of my church. I saw the title of this book Saints: Becoming More than Christians by Addison D. Bevere is exactly what my current pastor was trying to say. Becoming Christians is not our only stop. God calls us to become like Saints. By becoming Saints, we then have fulfilled our duty as God’s children. Readings from Paul enhance this message throughout the book. Addison Bevere’s writing was easy to follow. I enjoyed reading and learning the same mess at my pastor has been teaching me and members of my church. I saw the title of this book and was like: OMG! I have to have this book! This has helped reinforce what I’m learning at mass. As Christians we need to reach higher. Christians is a good start to becoming saints. Being good people is not the only thing God calls for us to do. By being just good Christians is the same as a student doing his homework and turning it in on time. But it takes more than just following and obeying instructions. We as Christians need to do more. Live more in example to our peers. Becoming like saints is the way to God and the way to the calling for each one of us. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    When you look at the state of the Christian faith today, do you ever wonder if we believers are missing something? We know we’re sinners and we want Jesus to cover our sins, but do we really feel worthy to take up our own crosses and follow him? In Saints, Addison Bevere (oldest son of authors and speakers John and Lisa Bevere) explains how Jesus and his apostles never meant for the church to become the self-focused forgiven Christians of today. For starters, we weren’t even called Christians in When you look at the state of the Christian faith today, do you ever wonder if we believers are missing something? We know we’re sinners and we want Jesus to cover our sins, but do we really feel worthy to take up our own crosses and follow him? In Saints, Addison Bevere (oldest son of authors and speakers John and Lisa Bevere) explains how Jesus and his apostles never meant for the church to become the self-focused forgiven Christians of today. For starters, we weren’t even called Christians in the beginning. The word Christian is barely even used in the New Testament. Instead, followers of Christ are called Saints. It’s a higher calling, a holy calling, that somewhere along the way got reserved only for “elite” followers of Christ. Through Saints, Addison makes a strong case for the way of the Saints and inspires followers of Christ to awaken to the holiness of their true identities. The message of this book encouraged my heart, challenged my thinking and pushed me to deepen my relationship with God. I look forward to watching this message inspire our generation to live differently.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Rough

    3.5 stars I certainly agreed with the vast majority of the opinion and teaching in this volume, but there was a lack of engagement for me personally. I was waiting for some a-ha moments and convicting application that I needed to embrace, but I just found it to be good, solid basic teaching. I listened to the book and the narration was a little stilted at times. I think the author narrated his work – maybe he should have brought in a reader to add some additional vitality to the book. With this k 3.5 stars I certainly agreed with the vast majority of the opinion and teaching in this volume, but there was a lack of engagement for me personally. I was waiting for some a-ha moments and convicting application that I needed to embrace, but I just found it to be good, solid basic teaching. I listened to the book and the narration was a little stilted at times. I think the author narrated his work – maybe he should have brought in a reader to add some additional vitality to the book. With this kind of criticism, I have to add perspective – others may find this book inspiring, dynamic, and life-changing (and I really hope this is true), so I humbly understand that I am not a qualified book critic, especially an audiobook expert. It just didn’t appeal to me - but please check it out for yourself.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cristine

    I knew this was going to be a good book because I have enjoyed Addison Bevere’s parents’ books. So to start off, this is not a book that you can just sit and read. This is one that needs to be done with your Bible open. He begins in explaining what saints really means. Then he goes on that this is not the “Christian” name, but a life-style. We can become saints here on earth. You don’t have to die to have the “title” put on you. This all comes from living for God. Good job Addison! Saints became I knew this was going to be a good book because I have enjoyed Addison Bevere’s parents’ books. So to start off, this is not a book that you can just sit and read. This is one that needs to be done with your Bible open. He begins in explaining what saints really means. Then he goes on that this is not the “Christian” name, but a life-style. We can become saints here on earth. You don’t have to die to have the “title” put on you. This all comes from living for God. Good job Addison! Saints became available for sale January 20, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Chrisman

    In his debut book, Addison Bevere does a good job of presenting Gospel truths in a compelling, yet straightforward manner. Covering topics like purpose and sanctification, Bevere uses both scripture and narratives to guide the reader through each section. While the approach was sound, the writing mostly just scratched the surface of deeper truths. The book stop short of truly exploring the promise of an anointed perspective on sainthood that is as refined as it is compelling. That said, I look f In his debut book, Addison Bevere does a good job of presenting Gospel truths in a compelling, yet straightforward manner. Covering topics like purpose and sanctification, Bevere uses both scripture and narratives to guide the reader through each section. While the approach was sound, the writing mostly just scratched the surface of deeper truths. The book stop short of truly exploring the promise of an anointed perspective on sainthood that is as refined as it is compelling. That said, I look forward to reading more of Bevere's work in the future.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maci Feather

    Addison Bevere writes this book with the intention of Christians understanding that we are more than just the title "christian". He gives many Biblical examples on different topics and questions we ask or doubt as Christians. Bevere is very knowledgeable and wise when it comes to these topics. Although I found this book very knowledgeable, I found it quite repetitive and all over the place. There was a lot of thought provoking statements that I took note of. I give this book a 3.5/5 stars due to Addison Bevere writes this book with the intention of Christians understanding that we are more than just the title "christian". He gives many Biblical examples on different topics and questions we ask or doubt as Christians. Bevere is very knowledgeable and wise when it comes to these topics. Although I found this book very knowledgeable, I found it quite repetitive and all over the place. There was a lot of thought provoking statements that I took note of. I give this book a 3.5/5 stars due to being kind of bland in my opinion and confusing at points.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Hanges

    Refreshing perspective Awesome to see the heritage and anointing of John Bevere active in his son. He is a voice for the millennial generation in a Christian world it feels has given up on them.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Just finished this. He is definitely a little more heady and cerebral than his preacher parents and there were less personal stories. I feel like I got a lot of good nuggets of quotable, thinkable truth, but as a whole I wasn't quite sure what I read exactly. I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Baldwin

    This book is far more opinion and personal experience than it's is scriptual and theological. But, I imagine some would benefit from reasoning this, especially those who are struggling with discover what the author calls our ”True Selves” while having a hard time letting go of our ”False Selves”.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara Belter

    Super challenging but insightful look at what it takes to truly become more than a “Christian”. Love how in depth he goes into the idea of grace and how it shapes what we as followers of Jesus should look like.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Hojnacki

    In his debut book Addison Bevere really challenges Christians to be MORE. And what a great challenge it is. I urge you to pick this book up & let it challenge & bless you. In his debut book Addison Bevere really challenges Christians to be MORE. And what a great challenge it is. I urge you to pick this book up & let it challenge & bless you.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jen Newendyke

    What does it mean to find the good life, the abundant life Jesus promised? Addison Bevere explores this question by taking us through what it means to be saints. The good life, paradoxically, is found in death - both through Jesus’ death and sacrifice, and through our dying to ourselves. That death allows us to find life in God, to be remade into the people He made us to be: people who look and talk and act like Jesus. Our identity as saints means we can live out our eternal identity now, bringi What does it mean to find the good life, the abundant life Jesus promised? Addison Bevere explores this question by taking us through what it means to be saints. The good life, paradoxically, is found in death - both through Jesus’ death and sacrifice, and through our dying to ourselves. That death allows us to find life in God, to be remade into the people He made us to be: people who look and talk and act like Jesus. Our identity as saints means we can live out our eternal identity now, bringing His kingdom and His holiness to our world and the people around us. This book is challenging and convicting, tackling familiar topics like fear of God, sin, and holiness in a fresh, insightful way. It leans much more heavily on Scripture than on the author’s personal stories, which I appreciate, although I enjoyed his stories and the glimpses of his life. I really enjoyed the study of this "old-fashioned" word, saints, and how learning what it means gives us a new perspective on basic, familiar gospel truths. This book is thought-provoking and encouraging - a book I think every Christian would benefit from reading! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you, Revell!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    This book was timely, full of wisdom, extremely well written and exactly what I needed to read during this season. I loved every page!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aaliyah Semone

    A must read for every Christian, regardless of where you are in your faith!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sansiani Martin

    Revolutionary! I just finished reading! Totally mindblowing and i cried at the end of the chapter bcs your message was written directly to me and i felt God in an enormous way! Thanks Addison for writing what He has in mind

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate Arismendez

    I really enjoyed this, more then I expected. It has a lot of information and gives me a lot to think about. I listened to the audio book and plan on reading/ listening to it again.

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