web site hit counter Awake & Alive: To Truth - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Awake & Alive: To Truth

Availability: Ready to download

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)


Compare

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. 4 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. 5 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. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I bought this book after listening to John Cooper’s podcast, Cooper Stuff (highly recommend). He speaks out boldly on the issues of the day from a biblical worldview, at great personal cost. This book isn’t mind -blowingly profound, but the author’s love for God’s word and his desire to make the Truth known comes through in every page. I just wish he would have gone a bit further (baptism) with his salvation story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Larry Guthrie

    My review: My Review My review: My Review

  7. 5 out of 5

    D

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

  8. 5 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cassy

    This book is somewhere between a 3 and 3.5 for me. And for what it is worth, I had really hoped to give it a higher rating! I've been a Panhead for over 20 years, so when I received this book as a gift I was beyond excited to read it. Awake and Alive: To Truth by Skillet lead singer and bassist, John L. Cooper, is quite short, however it is a book that is packed with a lot of heavy information that it difficult to digest all at once. So, while it is only a little over 100 pages, I wouldn't consi This book is somewhere between a 3 and 3.5 for me. And for what it is worth, I had really hoped to give it a higher rating! I've been a Panhead for over 20 years, so when I received this book as a gift I was beyond excited to read it. Awake and Alive: To Truth by Skillet lead singer and bassist, John L. Cooper, is quite short, however it is a book that is packed with a lot of heavy information that it difficult to digest all at once. So, while it is only a little over 100 pages, I wouldn't consider it a quick read. It is definitely something I'd recommend taking your time with to be able to fully process everything he is sharing. John Cooper incorporates his own life experiences and other practical examples to illustrate what Truth is according to the Bible, how our idea of truth has changed as a society, and challenges how the societal views we have come to accept as "good" or "true" are not necessarily in line with scripture. It was a fairly thought provoking book that challenges the reader to take a step back and consider what beliefs they have about love, sin, the Bible, God, and being a Christian that are truly based on Biblical teachings and what beliefs have been molded by current events and what our society is preaching as necessary to be progressive and inclusive in this day and age. And he does this without getting political, which I think is a fairly impressive feat given that everything in the world today seems to be so polarized and politically charged. The main reasons for the lower rating are largely due to both editing and organization, which impacted the clarity and flow of the book for me. I admit, I feel weird being so critical of this aspect of the book, since I feel the content he is writing about is so important, but as an avid reader and book lover it was also something that I had a hard time getting past. I loved the message, but this book is, unfortunately, poorly edited (irony is this review probably is, as well!). I found the typos and grammatical errors to be somewhat distracting, which I feel is stereotypical of a self-published book (and yes, I do understand that he had barriers to getting a publisher on board with this). I also wish the chapters had been ordered differently and feel that, had several of the later chapters been put earlier in the book, it would have laid a better foundation and provided more clarity for some of the concepts he was addressing, particularly those at the beginning. Still, this book has a great message for anyone, regardless of where they are in their walk with Christ, who is willing to take a contemplative look at their faith and where the beliefs they adhere to are stemming from. It may not be the in-depth autobiography of the Skillet frontman or a chronicle of the challenges the band has faced in their journey to success that I'm sure many admiring fans might be hoping for, but you do get a very intimate conversation with John Cooper about faith, which is probably the more important message we need right now, anyway.

  11. 4 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Courtney | What Courtney Reads

    Skillet has always been one of favourite bands. Their music has been with me through some pretty lonely and hard health issues. I remember back in 2005, just crying to the song ‘You Are My Hope’, while driving every week to the doctor. (Basically anything from the Alien Youth album). And more recently the song ‘Stars’ got me through the darkest moments of my life while recovering from vestibular neuritis. I’d listen to that song every week on my way to bible study just bawling while these lyrics Skillet has always been one of favourite bands. Their music has been with me through some pretty lonely and hard health issues. I remember back in 2005, just crying to the song ‘You Are My Hope’, while driving every week to the doctor. (Basically anything from the Alien Youth album). And more recently the song ‘Stars’ got me through the darkest moments of my life while recovering from vestibular neuritis. I’d listen to that song every week on my way to bible study just bawling while these lyrics played out: ‘If You can calm the raging sea, You can calm the storm in me’. I still get emotional during that song, knowing that God carried me through that time. I was super pumped that @johnlcooper was releasing a book. I preordered it way back in the fall. I’ve been listening to his podcast ‘Cooper Stuff’ since the spring. Everything he was talking about just made sense! So to have this book is pretty awesome. John self published this book. You can only buy it on his website. It’s 116 pages and packs a big punch. He talks about Gods absolute truth in a relativistic world. John always mentions on his podcast that he’s not the smartest person, but he’s brilliant. He knows what he talking about and explains it in layman’s terms. He explains the gospel so well. He talks about the doctrine of original sin and the authority of scripture. He also shares some stories about growing up in a Christian home and losing his mother at a young age. This is all around an excellent book. It’s simple enough for non believers to read, great for new believers, and a good reminder to those who are seasoned in the faith. Highly recommend it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lora Reed

    In this very instructive book, John L. Cooper, a follower of Jesus Christ and the lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter/producer for Skillet, one of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st Century, lays out the pervading philosophies of our society today then teaches with clarity how these have affected the world at large and specifically, the Christian community. While this book is aimed at Christian believers, there is a lot of take away for non-Christians in learning about the different philos In this very instructive book, John L. Cooper, a follower of Jesus Christ and the lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter/producer for Skillet, one of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st Century, lays out the pervading philosophies of our society today then teaches with clarity how these have affected the world at large and specifically, the Christian community. While this book is aimed at Christian believers, there is a lot of take away for non-Christians in learning about the different philosophies of Post-Modernism, Relativism and Marxism, how these three philosophies have become a driving influence in our world today and how they affect our society and ultimately the Christian community. For the Christian community this stew of philosophies have caused many to forsake the teaching of Jesus in the Gospels that “He is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him.” These words of Jesus have become seen as being bigoted and intolerant today whereas only two decades ago it would not be shocking or even surprising to hear that Jesus is the Truth. You wouldn't have heard that Jesus is “my truth” or “your truth” or “a version of truth.” In today's world many Christians have become uncomfortable with the exclusivity of Jesus saying that He is the way and the one and only truth. Yet, this is what the Bible teaches followers of Christ......as John Cooper says, “to believe in God and not His Word is madness.” I highly recommend this book full of gems of critical thinking about the philosophies confronting us in our society today and how believers can evaluate these philosophies using the plumb line of the Word of God, the Scriptures that are the very foundation of our beliefs.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    2 1/2 stars. I like reading books from people I may disagree with philosophically, and I know John and I disagree politically but agree theologically. This book is a call for Christians to return to home base (the theology of the Bible) and away from the prevailing cultural beliefs of the day. John expresses that he sees the world in black and white, and believes the Bible is the same. However, any Christian in today's world understands the complexity of the lives and people we see around us. Ho 2 1/2 stars. I like reading books from people I may disagree with philosophically, and I know John and I disagree politically but agree theologically. This book is a call for Christians to return to home base (the theology of the Bible) and away from the prevailing cultural beliefs of the day. John expresses that he sees the world in black and white, and believes the Bible is the same. However, any Christian in today's world understands the complexity of the lives and people we see around us. How do we navigate a grey and complex world with the Bible? This book doesn't offer answers besides reasserting beliefs most Christians are well-acquainted with.

  16. 4 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!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    A thoughtful book that is straight up and a little in your face...hummm much like the band Skillet, go figure. It is a simple (but not simplistic) presentation of the faith behind the band. A faith that has produced stability and longevity to both Skillet and the every day life of the Cooper family. Refreshing to read something that doesn't just repeat the mantra of popular opinions 'du jour' and points the reader towards timeless truth. A thoughtful book that is straight up and a little in your face...hummm much like the band Skillet, go figure. It is a simple (but not simplistic) presentation of the faith behind the band. A faith that has produced stability and longevity to both Skillet and the every day life of the Cooper family. Refreshing to read something that doesn't just repeat the mantra of popular opinions 'du jour' and points the reader towards timeless truth.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    Doctrinally sound. Encouragement for those who are confused by culturally mixed messages that have seeped into the Church. "While the world experiences chaos, [believers] have peace and order...their hearts have been captured by something that is more valuable to them than their life." A quick read. Doctrinally sound. Encouragement for those who are confused by culturally mixed messages that have seeped into the Church. "While the world experiences chaos, [believers] have peace and order...their hearts have been captured by something that is more valuable to them than their life." A quick read.

  19. 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!

  20. 4 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Terry Bunch

    This a fine work for young Christians, especially the young generations. He lays out solid truth and a well defined path to follow as well as pitfalls to avoid. A little pricey, but still a good read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Irvin

    Great book that I would recommend to anyone who loves listening to Skillet. You get to see John Cooper's heart in this book. I would especially recommend this book to anyone who might be a new believer. The last chapter is probably my fav really good stuff in that chapter. Great book that I would recommend to anyone who loves listening to Skillet. You get to see John Cooper's heart in this book. I would especially recommend this book to anyone who might be a new believer. The last chapter is probably my fav really good stuff in that chapter.

  23. 5 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

  24. 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.

  25. 5 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    S.E.Cooke

    It is a very interesting read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adam MacDaniels

    A marvelous reminder of Biblical truth and application for Christians today. Highly recommend it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Oppeneer

    Great truth. Would recommend to anyone.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Enjoyed reading a book by someone whose music brought me closer to Christ! Keep Rockin and keep Writing!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robert Smith

    I read too many books a year to count, fiction and nonfiction. I can say with confidence that this book is the best and greatest book you're going to read if you only read one book this year. I read too many books a year to count, fiction and nonfiction. I can say with confidence that this book is the best and greatest book you're going to read if you only read one book this year.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.