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Chaos. Violence. Confusion. Anxiety. How do we know what’s true when there are so many differing voices telling us what to do? After traveling the world for 23 years in a rock band, John L. Cooper has noticed one consistent issue: people are desperately confused. Awake and Alive To Truth tackles the reigning philosophies of our day of post-modernism, relativism, and the po Chaos. Violence. Confusion. Anxiety. How do we know what’s true when there are so many differing voices telling us what to do? After traveling the world for 23 years in a rock band, John L. Cooper has noticed one consistent issue: people are desperately confused. Awake and Alive To Truth tackles the reigning philosophies of our day of post-modernism, relativism, and the popular view of the goodness of man-and combats these viewpoints by standing on the absolute truth of the Word of God. Awake and Alive To Truth answers some of the most asked questions in modern culture. We will go on a journey through some of the author’s personal stories, the doctrine of original sin, the authority of Scripture, the danger of trusting your emotions, and end with the greatest news possible: God wants to rescue you from the chaos and the darkness and bring you into His glorious light. (from the website)


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Chaos. Violence. Confusion. Anxiety. How do we know what’s true when there are so many differing voices telling us what to do? After traveling the world for 23 years in a rock band, John L. Cooper has noticed one consistent issue: people are desperately confused. Awake and Alive To Truth tackles the reigning philosophies of our day of post-modernism, relativism, and the po Chaos. Violence. Confusion. Anxiety. How do we know what’s true when there are so many differing voices telling us what to do? After traveling the world for 23 years in a rock band, John L. Cooper has noticed one consistent issue: people are desperately confused. Awake and Alive To Truth tackles the reigning philosophies of our day of post-modernism, relativism, and the popular view of the goodness of man-and combats these viewpoints by standing on the absolute truth of the Word of God. Awake and Alive To Truth answers some of the most asked questions in modern culture. We will go on a journey through some of the author’s personal stories, the doctrine of original sin, the authority of Scripture, the danger of trusting your emotions, and end with the greatest news possible: God wants to rescue you from the chaos and the darkness and bring you into His glorious light. (from the website)

30 review for Awake & Alive: To Truth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Malott

    A little different from what I was expecting; I was hoping for more stories of John's experiences as a Christian musician and cultural influence. This is more of a primer on God's absolute truth in today's secular world, and he is spot in his apologetic and unashamed of God's Word. If you've grown up in a Bible-based Christian environment, most of this will be things you already know, it would be a great read for a new or young believer navigating the current cultural environment. All being said, A little different from what I was expecting; I was hoping for more stories of John's experiences as a Christian musician and cultural influence. This is more of a primer on God's absolute truth in today's secular world, and he is spot in his apologetic and unashamed of God's Word. If you've grown up in a Bible-based Christian environment, most of this will be things you already know, it would be a great read for a new or young believer navigating the current cultural environment. All being said, I'm inspired by John's fidelity to the truth when so many musicians under the Christian flag end up straying from the core doctrines of the faith.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Acacia Rose

    Okay. So I’ve been waiting to read this and FINALLY! So here we go. John lays out the message of the Bible in a super simple and beautiful way. The stories he tells of his own life are charming and easily relatable. It’s easy to see his passion for God simple by reading this book. John, who often proclaims to not be one of the smartest people (in his podcast), is incredibly smart. He knows exactly what he’s talking about and has definitely done his research. This is an amazing book with a messag Okay. So I’ve been waiting to read this and FINALLY! So here we go. John lays out the message of the Bible in a super simple and beautiful way. The stories he tells of his own life are charming and easily relatable. It’s easy to see his passion for God simple by reading this book. John, who often proclaims to not be one of the smartest people (in his podcast), is incredibly smart. He knows exactly what he’s talking about and has definitely done his research. This is an amazing book with a message that is simple enough for middle schoolers to understand, yet challenging enough for even the wisest scholar to truly live out. All in all, the perfect book for today.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Cash (Mixtape Theology)

    This book is a conversation. It's a real, honest conversation sans Christianese. It's a conversation where you can ask those uncomfortable questions without judgement and get solid answers with Biblical support. The last chapter is my favorite. Once confronted with the truth, you have to make some choices. You have options, but John's book helps you see which path leads to "joy, peace, and ultimate fulfillment...both today, and for the journey ahead." I'd say the primary target for this book is This book is a conversation. It's a real, honest conversation sans Christianese. It's a conversation where you can ask those uncomfortable questions without judgement and get solid answers with Biblical support. The last chapter is my favorite. Once confronted with the truth, you have to make some choices. You have options, but John's book helps you see which path leads to "joy, peace, and ultimate fulfillment...both today, and for the journey ahead." I'd say the primary target for this book is someone who is wrestling with truth - where to find it and what it is. It's a great introduction to biblical Christ-following for anyone who may have little or no exposure to the true gospel or a person, even a teenager, who is new to the faith.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bryce Eickholt

    It will help you get on the right track if you are way out there. It has some testimony and autobiography parts that the skillet fans will like. A lot of it seems like the kind of preaching you might get at a mixed crowd event. I didn't get a whole lot out out of it since I've heard those types of speeches plenty of times. It's not a theologically deep or technical book so it. Most of what's in here besides the biographical stuff you can probably find better stuff to read on. But that's more abo It will help you get on the right track if you are way out there. It has some testimony and autobiography parts that the skillet fans will like. A lot of it seems like the kind of preaching you might get at a mixed crowd event. I didn't get a whole lot out out of it since I've heard those types of speeches plenty of times. It's not a theologically deep or technical book so it. Most of what's in here besides the biographical stuff you can probably find better stuff to read on. But that's more about the state of the church than the book itself. There are way too many christians that are way behind the ball when it comes to the philosophical problems in the world today. That's what gives books like this a place in the world. This is probably the only thing a lot of Christians will read. My favorite chapter was 8 jesus the lion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Larry Guthrie

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  6. 4 out of 5

    D

    Deep thought book. Agreed with what was stated. Took me a while to process.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristie Smutzer

    I don't understand why Cooper didn't use a publisher - like Tynsdale or Zondervan. As a librarian, I noted some typos and grammatical issues, which I overlooked intentionally so I could focus on his message. Based on the subtitle, I was hoping for a bit more of a scathing critique of contemporary society and how it contradicts God's Word. I agree that the Bible and God wants us to see things as black and white (or right and wrong), not in shades of gray (relativism). I just wanted a bit more "bi I don't understand why Cooper didn't use a publisher - like Tynsdale or Zondervan. As a librarian, I noted some typos and grammatical issues, which I overlooked intentionally so I could focus on his message. Based on the subtitle, I was hoping for a bit more of a scathing critique of contemporary society and how it contradicts God's Word. I agree that the Bible and God wants us to see things as black and white (or right and wrong), not in shades of gray (relativism). I just wanted a bit more "bite". However, true Panheads will enjoy this book and its message.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Endsley

    Fantastic, honestly this in my opinion would be a good book to give to a new Christian. Cooper points to Jesus through out the whole book and as a result it was so much of a joy to read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Drillien

    Skillet lead singer John Cooper presents a thoughtful look at today's culture, both from Christian and secular mindsets. The main focus is on truth--where does truth come from, how do we distort it, and what happens when we let each individual decide what's true for them? With relativism pervading the society around us, is it any wonder so many are unhappy? Broken? Searching? This book provides some insight. I wasn't really sure what to expect with the book. It wasn't published traditionally, tho Skillet lead singer John Cooper presents a thoughtful look at today's culture, both from Christian and secular mindsets. The main focus is on truth--where does truth come from, how do we distort it, and what happens when we let each individual decide what's true for them? With relativism pervading the society around us, is it any wonder so many are unhappy? Broken? Searching? This book provides some insight. I wasn't really sure what to expect with the book. It wasn't published traditionally, though presumably Skillet's John Cooper could have gotten a publishing deal if he wanted one. As he put it, "I decided to release this book myself so that I would have the freedom to write something that I believe in and know to be true. I didn’t want to be pressured to write the book that someone else wanted me to write, or to write things that I don’t believe in." I respect that a lot; he didn't want to compromise. It seems to be a common theme for him. As a result, it does have typos and errors throughout, but even for someone like me who really picks up on that kind of thing, it isn't enough to distort the message. I think that what is within this book could ruffle some feathers, but he doesn't pull punches or water down what the Bible says. His lays out some hard truths about today's culture making "love" a god, ignoring parts of the Bible we don't like, and shying away from God as judge. Depending on where you are in your life, you may find this book unnecessary or too shallow. But if you're unhappy with the noise and chaos around you and aren't sure what voices to listen to, this is a great book to pick up. It also has a great message to unbelievers or those undecided about God. The only downside is that this book is not widely available. The only place I know of to buy it is here, and I believe it's currently out of stock. If you're interested, though, it's really worth the wait.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This book reads like a modern-day, simplified Mere Christianity. John L. Cooper seeks to explain why the everyone (even Christians) seems so unhappy these days. He briefly addresses some of the major philosophies popular in the current year and argues that the absence of an objective standard of truth is at the root of the problems we face. Cooper's strength lies in his simplicity, personable style, and orthodox understanding of Christianity. I would recommend this book to anyone who wonders wha This book reads like a modern-day, simplified Mere Christianity. John L. Cooper seeks to explain why the everyone (even Christians) seems so unhappy these days. He briefly addresses some of the major philosophies popular in the current year and argues that the absence of an objective standard of truth is at the root of the problems we face. Cooper's strength lies in his simplicity, personable style, and orthodox understanding of Christianity. I would recommend this book to anyone who wonders what is going on with the word but doesn't enjoy a lot of reading. The book is brief but surprisingly thorough and refreshingly direct. In spite of that, Cooper has a fun, friendly style that is sometimes even humorous. He is passionate and excited about what he has to say. And what he has to say is nothing short of biblical truth. One may not expect the pierced, tattooed, rock star guy to be the epitome of orthodoxy, but that is what this book conveys. Cooper spends chapters discussing the sufficiency of scripture, the sinfulness of man, the sovereignty of God, sanctification, and more. The first edition does have a lot of formatting errors and typos, which sometimes interrupted the flow, but it sounds like these issues will be resolved in the next printing. The only other thing I would have changed would be a bit more depth in some of the sections. The book is quite short, and there have been other books that have discussed some of these issues in greater detail (The Consequences of Ideas by R.C. Sproul and Understanding the Times by David Noebel come to mind). However, the brevity and simplicity of this book make it a great weekend read for encouragement or even a resource for more inexperienced readers who might be intimidated by Sproul's big words or the two-inch thick Understanding the Times. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It provided a lot of reminders of the hope we have in Christ and definitely came at exactly the right time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Tubville

    I was a fan of Skillet as a teenager, so I was excited to read John Cooper’s book after coming across his podcast. His book centers on God’s Word and how many in our society have either misunderstood the fundamental truths of Christianity or are trying to change it to fit their own beliefs. He briefly explains about post-modernism, relativism, and marxism. I wish this book would’ve been longer than about 120 pages because I enjoyed his perspective (as a long-time Christian, husband, father and l I was a fan of Skillet as a teenager, so I was excited to read John Cooper’s book after coming across his podcast. His book centers on God’s Word and how many in our society have either misunderstood the fundamental truths of Christianity or are trying to change it to fit their own beliefs. He briefly explains about post-modernism, relativism, and marxism. I wish this book would’ve been longer than about 120 pages because I enjoyed his perspective (as a long-time Christian, husband, father and leader of a rock band) and passion about the gospel!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Travis Reeves

    This is a book that I feel is very relevant for today. John is able to explain complex Christian principles in a way that everyone understands and Is able to apply them to Christianity today. The message is honest and clear and needs to be heard by all including Christians.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lacy

    Loved it! I’ve been listening to Cooper Stuff for a while now, and when I heard John was writing a book I was super stoked. Very prevalent in regards to today’s culture. Would recommend to anyone open to hearing truth!

  14. 4 out of 5

    James Stallings

    This book hits the nail on the head in every way. John, thank you for sharing the truth in a confirmed world.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    So much truth in one place! Can't wait to share and pass this book along to others who need to hear truth. So much truth in one place! Can't wait to share and pass this book along to others who need to hear truth.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dustymattfrantz

    The book is short but it’s still a great read. John goes through how truth, freedom, etc. are found in Jesus alone. Also it’s a great refresher for Christians too in my opinion

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    Elizabeth

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    Lisa Richards

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    Michael

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    John Sutton

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    Shaelyn Smith

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

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    Therese Burubwa

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    Christina Everett

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    Dominick Degilio

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Petewisdom

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Minick

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