Sunday, September 19, 2021

Jesus Followers

Title: Jesus Followers: Real-Life Lessons for Igniting Faith in the Next Generation

Author: Anne Graham Lotz and Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright

Publisher: Multnomah Books 

Expected Publication: October 5, 2021

Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Parenting and Family

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

Jesus Followers is written in the first-person point of view, which is a bit unusual for a nonfiction book. Mother-daughter duo Anne Graham Lotz and Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright have teamed up to write this book to ignite a passion for Jesus in the next generation.

You and I are in a race called life. The Baton is Truth that leads to faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Followers gives us a glimpse into the lives of the Graham family, and the legacy of faith that has been passed down from generation to generation. With candor and humor, the family shared many stories. I appreciated the picture at the end of each chapter, along with the question to get you thinking, the action point, and the Bible verse that was shared.

My own parents were so confident in who God is and what God has said that it never crossed my mind-nor, to my knowledge, the minds of my siblings-to doubt either God's existence of God's Word.

I was expecting this book to be more Biblical-based than it was, so I was a bit disappointed that it read more like a memoir than an action/call to action book. It had many wonderful examples of what living a life that leaves a lasting legacy looks like, which was great, just not what I expected. Also, there was one story that was never quite resolved and I wanted to know what happened.

There were quite a few wonderful nuggets in the book. While it might not have been exactly as I expected, it was still a good read. It was interesting learning more about the private lives of such a public family. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the Graham family and wants to learn more about them. I would also recommend it to those who want to see and hear what leaving a lasting legacy of faith looks like.

Thank you to Net Galley and Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for the opportunity to read this book. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



The daughter and granddaughter of Billy Graham offer a warm and inspiring glimpse into their family life, sharing stories that reveal spiritual wisdom and practical insight for raising the next generation of Jesus Followers.

In order to instill truth that leads to genuine faith, parents and grandparents must be intentional. Using the metaphor of a relay race, Anne Graham Lotz and her daughter, Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright, demonstrate how the baton of faith is passed through our witness, our worship, our walk, and our work. Within the framework of Anne's exploration of biblical characters from Genesis 5, Rachel-Ruth tells family stories that will encourage, inspire, and motivate Christians to follow hard after Jesus and to develop their children and grandchildren into Jesus Followers.

For example, Rachel-Ruth describes how her grandmother, Ruth Bell Graham, poignantly demonstrated the value of praise amid pain. She discusses her own challenges in parenting against the cultural trends and reveals the unforgettable way her own father taught her about God's grace. With each chapter, Rachel-Ruth mines the family memory album for inspiring examples of how to live out our highest priorities in everyday situations.

While some stories are funny, some heart-wrenching, others awe-inspiring, each snapshot conveys a spiritual truth along with an application that will help you continue, or begin, building a legacy of authentic faith.

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