I'm a Christian in ministry who thought I was doing okay, until I read David Platt's Follow Me, and this particular one. God spoke and convicted me in a new way that stirred me up to live a more genuine Christ-following, self-dying life. How rewarding it's been to my spiritual life, in that God's renewed my love for Him, and He's opened up my eyes to a lot of major things I was ignorant about.
I'd like to respond to those thinking that this book confuses people about being unconditionally loved by God, and WORKS. I don't think Francis is putting a lot of weight on works at all. If anything, he's challenging Christians to bear real fruit of being true disciples of Christ. It seems very harsh and condemning, but it's the truth. FACT: truly following Christ is HARD, we gotta deal with it. God doesn't leave us there though! In our weakness He's made strong. Everything in our lives will point back to His glory, His strength, His life. If we LET HIM. Those who feel condemned, please don't. Conviction should drive you to your knees and you should ask God to reveal to you what you need to let go so you can follow HIM more earnestly. Honestly, these days, I would rather read harsh words coming from pastors, instead of grace being talked about so cheaply like it's a free-for-all, no cost, no obligation, no-strings-attached kind of thing. JESUS CHRIST paid a great price, let us remember that. If I'm not experiencing being changed from glory to glory by the Almighty God, and I still struggle with the same sin and complacency year in and year out, am I really a Christian?
At the end, people may say this and that, God still used this book to awaken me from my complacency, and I thank God for Pastor Chan and his heart.