Sunday, December 27, 2015

If: A Book Review

About The Book:


That tiny two-letter word is the hinge on the door of possibilities. Some of us are stuck in if only, living lives marked by regret. But God can turn your if only regrets into a what if attitude, a faith that looks forward to the future with holy confidence. There are 1,784 ifs in the Bible. The most significant? "If God is for us, who can be against us?" It's the game changer! God is always on our side--every day in every way. That one little if changes everything.

With his trademark enthusiasm and contagious joy, Mark Batterson helps you overcome feelings of guilt, fear, and doubt, because in Christ there is no condemnation. Unpacking the promises of Romans 8, he shows you how to transform your if only regrets into what if possibilities.

And because of that, the possibilities for your life are limitless.

All that stands between you and your wildest dreams is one little if.

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

You can download the If book discussion guide here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Mark Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle MakerThe Grave Robber, and A Trip around the Sun, as well as a dozen other books. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with seven campuses in Washington, DC. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter @markbatterson.

My Review:

I love it when a writer takes a passage of scripture and breaks it down to explain how it can truly change ones life. Mark Batterson has done this very thing within his most recent release, If, as he wades through the promises found in Romans 8. He uses wit, personal stories, and strong Biblical exposition to create his best piece of work yet. There are 30 chapters, which initially kind of scared me, but they are relatively short, making this book perfect for using as a devotional as well. Like I said, each chapter is quite short and has great questions at the end for the reader to ponder and think about. Batterson has done a fantastic job of making Romans 8 so clear, this book would be perfect for Young Adults and older to use on a personal level or as a small group study (there is a DVD study that is available as well as it can be used via Right Now Media). The book of Romans, found in the Bible, is one of my favorite and I was truly blessed to have read If. 

Some of my favorite quotes include:

-Christ in in your corner, on your side. That makes every what if possible

-What if you started acting like an agent of grace - looking for opportunities to love people when they least expect it and least deserve it

-This one little distinction (1Corinthians 10:23) between permissible and beneficial can take you from good to great. Don't settle for what's permissible - not doing anything wrong. That's the path of least resistance. God after greatness, and by greatness I mean being great at the Great Commandant. It's giving God everything you've got - my utmost for His highest. It's not just choosing what's right; it's choosing what's best.

-Potential is God's gift to us. Making the most of it is our gift back to God.

-Jesus came to put the past in it's place - the past. We just have to leave it there.

-Trade your if only regrets with God's what if possibilities

-Jesus didn't die on the cross to forgive you - but to change you.

-If you are in Christ, you are no longer defined by what you've done wrong. You're defined by what Christ has done right 

-What if the circumstances you're asking God to change are the very circumstances God is using to change you

The book is written well, is concise and draws you in immediately and is so encouraging. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase If at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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