Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman: A Review

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.”


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 28th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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