Hope RebornFor a long time I have wished there was a book that took the best of what the best gospel tracts had to offer and combined it with some solid post-conversion advice for new believers that was church centered and very accessible. When it comes to presenting the gospel, the meaning of Christianity and the basics of the Christian life simplicity is the key with unbelievers and new believers. While tracts are designed to be simple, their size can often cause them to be incomplete.

Adrian Warnock and Tope Koleoso have written that book with Hope Reborn: How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus. Both men serve at Jubilee Church in London which is a growing church that preaches and lives the gospel in their community.

There are three things that make this book shine. First, the book is gospel centered. I do not say this to drop a cliche – the book gets the gospel right. They have a Biblical understanding of the plight of mankind – dead, lost and alienated from God in their sins –  and the resulting need for Christ as the only one who can save us. In the first chapter they use the story in Luke 7:36-40 about the prostitute who washed Jesus’ feet with ointment and Simon the Pharisee to show the two kinds of unbelievers in the world in need of Christ: the unrighteous as characterized by the prostitute and the self-righteous as characterized by Simon the Pharisee. Since neither can save themselves, because they are both sinners, we need a righteous person – Christ. What makes the gospel possible is that Christ the righteous died and was raised for sinners (chapter two). What is necessary for a person to do is respond to the message of the gospel with a confession repentance and belief in Christ’s work on the cross on our behalf (chapter three).

Second, the book is church centered. Instead of ending at a profession of faith, the book continues onto the next steps a believer needs to take as a new disciple of Jesus Christ. These next steps rightly begin with baptism as a means of obedience and public identification with the one who saved you – Christ –  and joining a local church. The authors place a high value on church membership and involvement as obedience to Scripture and a necessary part of the Christian life.

Third, the book is Christian life centered. In addition to baptism and local church involvement, the authors offer some solid biblical advice about starting the Christian life. They have three areas of immediate growth: seeing change in your life in response to the changes the gospel calls for in your life, Bible reading and prayer. Chapter five deals with change in the believers life. The rational for change is that if the gospel message of salvation is real then it will really change your life. Similarly, if you really believe its message is true then you will want to live in conformity to its freeing message. Chapters six and seven close the book with some simple and practical guidelines for reading your Bible and praying.

I love everything about Hope Reborn. This is like a great gospel tract on steroids. This book would be great to walk a searching friend or co-worker through, great to use as a guide for a new believer looking to take the next step in their new faith and great as a training tool for teaching others about how to share the gospel. You should have copies of this in your house and churches should have stacks of these to give out.

I received this book for free from Christian Focus Publications for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”