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Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own (Hardcover)
Join us on a journey to find a faith of your own.
A faith that isn t your parents or your youth pastor's or your church's.
Start from scratch, question everything, and get hold of a faith that's real.
We call it firsthand faith.
It's rare to find young people unafraid to voice their doubts while still being bold in their faith. Ryan and Josh are two of those people.
Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC, and author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Circle Maker"
All Christian parents want their children to develop a faith of their own. "Firsthand" asks tough questions and guides those with a secondhand faith to find Christ for themselves.
Craig Groeschel, pastor of LifeChurch.tv, Edmond, OK, and author of "Soul Detox"
Josh and Ryan Shook, the sons of well-known pastor and author Kerry Shook, have fully embraced the fact that although their dad gave them a great start, they need to run their own race. Learn how to embrace a firsthand faith and walk in the strength of a personal relationship with Christ.
Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC, and author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Greater"
Ryan and Josh Shook don t shy away from the tough questions but face them head-on in this powerful book that will encourage young adults not to settle for an inherited faith but to discover a true relationship with Jesus that is unique, exciting, and every bit their own.
Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Point Church, Nashville, TN, and author of "Plan B.
About the Author
RYAN SHOOK is a filmmaker and blogger. A graduate of Baylor University, he is married to Sarah, and they live in Los Angeles, California. JOSH SHOOK is a musician, a song writer, and a graduate of Belmont University. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Praise for Firsthand
“You can’t live a purpose-driven life without a real and personal faith. Christ didn’t come to start a religion; he came to connect with you in a genuine firsthand relationship. Ryan and Josh Shook will challenge you never to settle for a secondhand religion but instead to develop a personal faith that transforms your life.”
—Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA, and author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Purpose Driven Life
“It’s rare to find young people unafraid to voice their doubts while still being bold in their faith. Ryan and Josh are two of those people.”
—Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, and author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Circle Maker.
“Josh and Ryan Shook, as the sons of a well-known Pastor and Author – Kerry Shook, have fully embraced the fact that although their dad gave them a great start, they need to run their own race. Learn how to embrace a Firsthand faith and walk in the strength of a personal relationship with Christ.”
—Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor, Elevation Church & author of the New York Times bestseller, Greater
“Firsthand is a rich and insightful book for believers who are tired of second-hand religion. Honest, compelling and well-written, Ryan Shook and Josh Shook have given us a huge gift! Their candor is so refreshing, and they point to the way to a vibrant, personal faith. This could be one of the most important books you'll ever read.”
—Jud Wilhite, author of Pursued, senior pastor of Central Christian Church
“Every Christian parent wants their children to develop a faith of their own. Firsthand asks tough questions and guides those with a second-hand faith to find Christ for themselves.”
—Craig Groeschel, Pastor of LifeChurch.tv, author of Soul Detox, Clean Living in a Contaminated World
“Ryan and Josh Shook don’t shy away from the tough questions, but face them head on, in this powerful book that will encourage young adults to not settle for an inherited faith, but to discover a true relationship with Jesus that is unique, exciting, and every bit your own.”
—Pete Wilson, Pastor of Cross Point Church, and author of Plan B and Empty Promises