Book Review: Unashamed to Bear His Name by R. T. Kendall
Let me just say, I was sold on the title alone, for that is the way I seek to live my life--unashamed of my faith in Jesus Christ.
This author seeks to explain why believers should not mind bearing the stigma of being called a Christian. Often times in our society, Christians are mocked, accused of being "old-fashioned" and ridiculed for living our lives according to our faith in Jesus. This author says embrace the stigma. Welcome it, for suffering for Christ brings glory God. We can rest assured that someone is watching the ways we deal with the stigma, and that "someone" may be led to God through us.
As far as the writing style goes, I felt like the author's point was clearly made early on in the book, and that a good portion of the the book reiterated many of the same ideas. This isn't necessarily bad, but just something that I noticed. For example, the author delves into embracing more specific stigmas such as: being called a Christian, believing that hell is an actual place, the power of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus born of the virgin Mary.
In addition to embracing the stigma of Christianity, the author also branches off to discuss other topics such as the Jewish community accepting or rejecting Jesus as Messiah, the outward expressions of the Holy Spirit, and witnessing to others, including those practicing other faiths (Jews and Muslims).
Overall, this book was an interesting read. I found it refreshing to read a book that encourages us to not be ashamed of our faith in Jesus.
**I received a free copy of this book from Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. All the opinons expressed were my own.**