Monday, March 9, 2015

Rise {by Trip Lee}
Title: Rise: Get up and Live in God's Great Story
Author: Trip Lee
Genre: Religious
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Source: finished copy from publisher
Society says youth is a time for carefree self-expression, but Trip Lee says God has called everyone to RISE from slumber, above low expectations, and to live for the risen King.
The world tells us that our early years are to be irresponsibly enjoyed rather than devoted to meaningful pursuits. We're told that responsibility and commitment are burdens to be put off as long as possible. And so, most of us spend our youth in a sad state of slumber--sleeping in on life until we're forced to get up. The problem is that life has already begun. It's happening right now. And God has called you to "live" it.
In this powerful book, Trip Lee argues it's time to wake up and RISE, to live the way we were created to live. Young or old, we've been called to live for Him. Right now. Young believers face the same problems as older Christians, but they feel them in unique ways. "RISE "addresses those core problems in an engaging, profound, and life-changing way.
Don't just sit there: RISE!

This was such a great book. While it is theological, it was powerful without being overbearing or preachy. While I've found myself reading a lot more theological fiction recently, not too many of them actually stick with me. This one did.

I will say, I did not realize Trip was so young himself. But that's part of what makes this book so powerful, I think. Trip is talking to teens, young adults. I think so many times, kids don't want to listen to adults because they "don't get it". But Trip Lee does get it. He's lived it, is still living it. He knows what he's talking about, and he knows how to relay that in a way that kids will listen to and understand.

"[God] loves using lackluster ingredients, because doing so makes it clear where the true credit should go." (page 19)

Trip covers a lot of topics, some more serious or controversial than others. But he handles them with grace. He explains each of his thought processes fully, detailed, and backed with Scripture. He admits that he's not saying that he has is all figured out, but he is just reading the Word and trying to learn and grow.

I think this book was such a powerful book, that I would definitely recommend for teens and young people. Trip isn't afraid to say what needs to be said. He is calling for the younger generation to rise up to their full potential, to really embrace God, and that is something that I think is so needed in today's world.

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