Book Review: The End of Me by Kyle Idleman

September 30, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The End of Me by Kyle IdlemanThe End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins by Kyle Idleman
Published by David C. Cook on October 1st 2015
Genres: Christian Life, Religion
Pages: 224
Source: NetGalley
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Are you sometimes perplexed with Jesus’s teaching? Do you really want what he wants? Bestselling author Kyle Idleman reveals that the key to the abundant life Jesus promised lies in embracing His inside-out way of life.

As he examines Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, Kyle unpacks the many counter-intuitive truths, including: brokenness is the way to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, and emptiness is required in order to know true fullness. Ultimately you will discover how Jesus transforms you as you begin to live out these paradoxical principles. Because only when you come to the end of yourself can you begin to experience the full, blessed, and whole life Jesus offers.


My thoughts

This is one book that can resonate with so many people. It is based around Christianity but the idea of Jesus being greater than I can ever can be is something that seems to work. There are a great many individuals that teach us great things and this book helps to understand what Jesus was teaching.

Putting ourselves on the back burner is something that can be very difficult for every person. But it doesn’t have to be so hard when we remember what Jesus did and who he was.

We are the people who yell at each other in the car on the way to church, then climb out with sunny smiles to demonstrate it’s all good. We are the people who think God is somehow more impressed with us because we make up our own rules and follow them. We are the people who have gone deep in debt to keep up appearances. We are the people who look down on others who are different. We are the people who take the easy way out and log on to the porn site. We are the people who work fifty-plus hours a week, trying to prove our worth.

This paragraph sounds harsh, and it is, but it is all about really being who we are meant to be, not what we think we should be, or what we think our neighbors think we should be!

It’s a hard lesson, and one every Christian should know, but it also goes for those that are not Christians. I became a Christian because I wanted to follow in the footsteps of a person that put so many others before himself.

There are many passages like the one above in this, but it was never said that following Jesus was going to be an easy path but it can be a rewarding one. Really looking into the mirror and being able to see what changes we need to make is the first start. The anecdotes in this book really help to see where things need to be put into perspective, and maybe some changes made.

This is fantastically written and very well done.

The Author



Kyle Idleman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fifth largest church in America. The bestselling author of the award-winning book Not a Fan and AHA is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four children.

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