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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Firsthand by Ryan and Josh Shook (Review)

Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook

(I received this book for review purposes.) Youth / Christian Living

Published by- WaterBrook Multnomah

Copyrighted- 2013

Number of pages- 208

Age Group- Young Adult (focusing people in their twenties)

Description of book- hardback, list price $17.99, ISBN 978-0-307-88629-3

Do you feel the need to have your own relationship with God, not a continuation of your parents’ relationship with Him?

In Firsthand, Ryan and Josh Shook share their own story and how the average Christian church experience stopped working for them. 

Topics are:

  • How to find a faith that is not afraid of doubt.
  • How to find a faith based on a relationship with God.
  • How your faith can help form a community.

There are quotes from others, study questions, and activities to do at the end of each chapter.

Excerpt from this book. 

About the authors-

Ryan Shook currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles where he is a filmmaker and blogger.

Josh Shook currently lives in Nashville and is a musician.

My thoughts- Firsthand, by Ryan and Josh Shook, is a perfect book for people in their twenties who  want to have their own faith instead of their parents’.

I thought this book had a lot of good information I could implement in my own life and was easy to read, but it lacked passion.  It had thoughts from the brothers, great information, thoughts from others, and a great section and the end of each chapter, but it just wasn’t as captivating and passionate as I thought this important subject matter should be.

At the end of each chapter, I enjoyed reading about other people’s experiences, answering the questions, and deciding which of the “Might Try This” activities I would do.  All of the “Might Try This” ideas were helping in exploring my relationship with God.

I would recommend this book to all who want to discover a personal relationship with God. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Firsthand by Ryan Shook and Josh Shook for free from the WaterBrook Multnomah “Blogging For Books” program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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