This book is one checked out from my church library, primarily because it was recommended on the cover by Max Lucado, my favorite inspirational author. The question it poses concerning Jesus is, are you a fan or a follower? The author says soundly, “I am not a fan of Jesus Christ.” He is trying instead to be a follower.
By definition, a fan is “an enthusiastic admirer” whom Idleman says, “wants to be close enough to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires sacrifice.” According to the author, Jesus is looking for followers, not fans, and the writer poses the question, What does it mean to call yourself a Christian?
The book is very convicting, but it does not stop there. It gives an honest look at following Christ in three parts. Part One deals with an honest diagnosis, explaining the DNR talk (Defining the Relationship) one must have with himself/herself, much like one does when dating begins to “get serious.” Part Two gives and honest invitation to follow, not to just sit on the sidelines and cheer (fan), but to “get into the game” and “play your heart out”(follower). Part Three explains what it means to follow Jesus “whenever, wherever, whatever,” in other words, following sacrificially and giving everything one has.
This is a good book to read in January to begin the new year, especially if one’s resolution is to “do better.”