I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt: Replacing Souvenir Religion with Authentic Spiritual Passion

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Many people find themselves asking, "Is this it?"
"We all read about the life Jesus describes and are painfully aware that our lives don't match his words," says Vince Antonucci, a disarmingly funny and edgy pastor. Raised by a Jewish mother and abandoned by his professional poker-playing father, Antonucci found Jesus at age twenty after studying the New Testament. When he finally went to church, he was disappointed to discover a "boring, stale religion."
Through provocative storytelling and raw honesty, Antonucci unearths the life Jesus lived and wants us to experience, challenging us to move past spiritual boredom into a faith that's exciting, beautiful, and powerful. Recommended for all Christians thirsty for a fresh perspective on Christianity.

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Does Christianity taste stale to you?

Raised by a Jewish mother, abused and abandoned by his professional poker-playing father, Vince Antonucci found Jesus at age twenty after studying the Bible. When he finally started experiencing churches and Christians, he was disappointed to discover a "boring, stale religion."

Many of us can relate. Faith feels disconnected, sucked up by Sunday pep rallies and chintzy spiritual souvenirs. Through provocative storytelling and gut-level honesty, Antonucci unearths the life Jesus lived and wants us to experience, challenging us to move past spiritual boredom into a faith that's exciting, beautiful, and powerful.

"The funniest and most sincere spiritual growth book I've ever experienced."--Craig Groeschel, founding and senior pastor, LifeChurch.tv; author, Chazown

"This book will make you laugh and make you think. It will also make you reexamine your life. If you're serious about trading in your souvenir religion for authentic spiritual passion, this book is a must read."--Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church; author, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

"This is a book that will entertain you, inspire you, and help you experience everything God has for you. Read it and share it with a friend."--Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church / NewThing Network; author, The Big Idea
Vince Antonucci is the founder and lead pastor of Forefront Church, an innovative church for the unchurched in Virginia Beach. Vince's passion is creatively communicating biblical truth to help people find God.

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I don't think people who lived in the Bible times had it easy, but at least when Jesus said, "Follow me" they could see the guy. You knew whether you were following him or not because ... "Whoa, there goes Jesus!" He'd be off somewhere and you'd still be eating your cheese fries (because chili cheese fries hadn't been invented yet--man, they had it rough) and you'd realize, "Whoops, I guess I didn't follow." I think in many ways those of us who live today have it easier, but following an invisible guy can be tricky. . . . . I decided to look at the original followers of Jesus in the Bible. I was still a little annoyed with them, because they had the advantage of getting the non-invisible Jesus, but I hoped maybe I could learn something. What did it look like for them to follow Jesus? Did following Jesus lead them to obedience and morality? Yes. But was it more than that? Way more. It's wacky. People follow Jesus into a storm your momma would have made you come in from. People give up everything and leave their jobs to follow Jesus. . . . Jesus says that to follow is to serve. . . . People stop following Jesus in droves because it's too weird, or too scary. . . . Everywhere I looked, it seemed like following Jesus led people to be astonished and afraid. . . . Jesus was constantly on the move. He had an agenda. And following him meant you would be going where he was going and doing what he was doing. Following Jesus is a long obedience in all different directions.

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