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Book Review of “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart”

May 24, 2013

There is a fairly new book in your local Christian bookstore you need to check out. It’s the latest book by J.D. Greear titled Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved. You won’t be able to miss is on the shelf as it is bright yellow, and smaller in size. Do not dismiss the book for its small size; it is full of easy to understand theology which is critical for understanding salvation. It is perfect for the newest believer.

Many believers struggle with their salvation. In some cases they suffer through worries of not arriving in heaven when they die. Greear understands the depth of that pain as he suffered through it himself. He documents his struggles in the first chapter which he titled “Baptized Four Times.” His transparency about his struggle with salvation earns the readers trust. In this chapter he also lays out the overall concept of where he is going: “Ultimately, my concern is not on what words or actions we might use to express our faith in Christ but that we don’t substitute those words or actions for repentance and faith.”[1]

When reviewing a book, I would typically go from this point and hit the highlights of the book. That would be impossible with this book. Why, you ask? The highlights will be determined by the reader and their experiences and struggles. For some individuals, the two chapters detailing the definitions of “belief” and “repentance” will profoundly impact them. They have heard such brief, yet difficult, definitions of these words that it has left them wondering how they can believe and repent. Greear takes the time to explain these ideas in-depth.

Some others will find the Chapter 6 to be the highlight. The readers who find this chapter useful probably have a grasp on “belief” and “repentance,” yet they have studied Scripture and cannot find the concept of “once saved, always saved” in it. Greear was brilliant in addressing this topic in Chapter 6. Many authors will avoid the passages which seem to contradict a specific theological position, yet Greear throws them all out there for discussion. No hiding behind his position and avoiding others, he takes on the issue head on.

These are just a couple of the highlights from this wonderful work. Who is this useful for? Anyone! I would recommend reading it and then compiling a list of friends and family who might benefit from reading it. Then go buy some more and pass them along. Pastors, give it a read and stock your “handout” shelf with copies. This will become an indispensable classic over time.


[1] J.D. Greear. Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know For Sure You Are Saved. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2013. 9

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