Friday, January 16, 2015

"Gospel Formed" Blog Tour

Gospel Formed
Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life  
by J.A Medders

A call to Christians to be caught up in the powerful whirlwind that is the gospel of grace

Christianity is based on the foundation of the good news of the gospel. Yet how many Christians truly find their identity there? How many are thriving in a community clinging to the gospel? How many forget about the wondrous glory of Jesus?

J. A. Medders is on a mission to help Christians remember that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is also the power for our everyday life in Christ.

Yet living a gospel-centered life does not always come easily. The biblical meditations in Gospel Formed help to kindle, or rekindle, the passion to live a grace-addicted, truth-filled, Jesus-exalting life by constantly driving the reader back to the power of the cross and the empty tomb.

Funny, punchy, and theologically accessible, readers will be encouraged, challenged, and ultimately reoriented to the true North of Christianity—Christ Himself.

Pages: 200
Published: 2014 
Imprint: Kregel Publications

For more information and to read an excerpt, click here.

About the author:

J. A. Medders is the lead pastor at Redeemer Church (Acts 29) in Tomball, Texas. He has written for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Church Leaders, and more. To read more from J.A. Medders, visit 

My Take:

Right off the bat Mr. J.A. Medders and I got off to a good start in his book Gospel Formed. In the introduction he states, "You don't need new tricks and tactics but the truth of Jesus, his person, and his work -- the gospel."


What follows is a small put powerful book with an entire focus on just that -- the gospel. With 27 short chapters plus a lengthier introduction and short conclusion, you could read a few pages or one chapter a day to give you a reminder every single day to keep the gospel at the forefront of everything that you do.

Here are some interesting thoughts I took away from this book:
  • The gospel is for everyone, both old and new Christians. It is at one time both advanced and elementary - how amazing!
  • Our view of Jesus needs to be big and awe-inspiring but also deeply personal.
  • True, heart-felt worship can defeat the powers of evil.
  • We can all be a "gospeler" -- "a person who zealously teaches or professes faith in the gospel."

Gospel Formed is so easy to read. It flows well and is a great way to start or end each day. The style of writing is very relatable even if some of the humor might have been a tad much.But any book that mentions Tolkien's elves or cranking something up to eleven gets a thumbs up in my book!

I will give Gospel Formed ... 4 BookWorms.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publishing through the Kregel Blog Tour Service. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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