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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (379 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Groeschel Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780310302445
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When Craig Groeschel founded LifeChurch.tv, the congregation met in a borrowed two-car garage, with ratty furnishings and faulty audiovisual equipment. But people were drawn there, sensing a powerful, life-changing force Groeschel calls “It.” What is It, and how can you and your ministry get -- and keep -- It?

Combining in-your-face honesty with off-the-wall humor, Groeschel -- one of today’s most innovative church leaders -- provides profile interviews with Mark Driscoll, Perry Noble, Tim Stevens, Mark Batterson, Jud Wilhite, and Dino Rizzo. This book tells how any believer can obtain It, get It back, and guard It.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Haskins | 2/20/2014

    " A decent little book. It reads pretty quick and offers a lot of good questions. What you get out of the book depends a lot on your self awareness, spiritual maturity, and personal goals and how those things formulate your answers to the questions. Generally, worth the time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 2/14/2014

    " This is a good quick read for anyone in ministry. Not too heavy, at times very funny, and extremely helpful. The profiles were also good to see how other churches function. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Robbins | 2/8/2014

    " This is a great book. It was absolutely hilarious but held a great message. I would recommend this to every ministry leader. I was challenged to really evaluate my life and ministry to see if "it" is present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 2/4/2014

    " One of the best "church growth" books I've ever read. Groeschel is honest, humble and hilarious as he talks about "it," the mysterious quality that a church has when God is actively moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Scott | 1/29/2014

    " Have you ever sat in church and wondered what was missing? Have you ever looked in the mirror and asked yourself if you're really happy? Have you looked at your church or business and wondered how to be more successful? If any of these are true, this is the book for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 1/17/2014

    " Very good book. He actually got to the meaning of "it," which was frustrating until he did so. Yet overall it was good for understanding church leadership and growth. This book would fall under that category. It was a good read and encouraging, yet I can't help but thinking that it might be best meant for young churches or church plants. Easy read. Liked the biographies, yet I didn't find them relevant because all the leader's profiles came from megachurches. Also, at one point Groeschel said that having "it" doesnt' mean you use catchy sermon series titles from TV shows, then one pastor's profile exampled using the very same thing. Interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 1/13/2014

    " This books holds some practical suggestions from Groeschel' s experience as a Pastor. While I wouldn't translate the author's philosophy of ministry to my own, he does offer some beneficial principles from time to time. I can appreciate the relaxed writing style, but the jokes and parentheses became obnoxious after the first chapter or two. It's worth a read. My favorite quote is," Sometimes God guides by what He doesn't' t provide." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jay Risner | 1/9/2014

    " I just didn't get "IT" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/7/2014

    " great read so far! ended up being one of the BEST leadership books i have ever read. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian Cheong | 12/17/2013

    " Great book for all who are serving in ministries, particularly pastors and leaders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 11/22/2013

    " great book, well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rolando | 11/11/2013

    " Very practical book for next generation leaders and church planters. I really appreciate Craig's transparency and humility throughout entire book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Fordice | 11/4/2013

    " Well done. I really pray that all serious church leaders would read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/3/2013

    " This is a good read. If you want to hear God speak into your life and into the ministry he has put you in charge of, then read this book. His chapter on loving the lost is by far the best. His last two chapters are also very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Mitchell | 8/25/2013

    " The concluding chapter hit me the hardest. I'm not "ruined" in the right ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 7/27/2013

    " Nothing mind blowing but a good "get back to what matters" message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Jones | 3/24/2013

    " Very quick read, and a lot to recommend it. The early chapter on having a clear vision is like Andy Stanley's "Visioneering" but just a chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vaughn | 11/7/2012

    " This is a must read for Church leaders and lay people alike. Though I'm not the head of any Church ministry, "It" convicted me in how I serve the Church ministries in which I volunteer, and how I lead in my secular occupation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Mcclain | 10/15/2012

    " This book will challenge the way you look at your ministry, your job, your family... your life. If you don't have 'IT', you desperately want 'IT'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 9/27/2012

    " the writing isn't very good at all, but the questions are very good & content is what our staff needs to be reading right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Gee | 7/22/2012

    " Some really useful ideas and stories. The writing is a little luxurious in its humour. I particularly liked the writing about 'focus' and 'camaraderie'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty Broqi | 7/18/2012

    " Shout out to my pastor, enjoyed this one Craig is talking about what he does best which is leading people to Christ and how to be an effective leader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Goodwin | 6/13/2012

    " Wow. An easy read, but well worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Kinsfather | 1/16/2012

    " Good book for church/ministry leaders. Groeschel addresses the mistake that what a church needs is the methods, funds, or facilities that the more prominent ministry has. Instead what churches need is God's blessing and favor. "It" is a call back to the basics of Christ-centered ministry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd C. | 12/8/2011

    " Awesome Book. But don't read this if you aren't ready to look deeply in the mirror. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacob | 9/5/2011

    " reading with the staff. The author is supposed one of the most innovative pastors in the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jcloves_u | 6/14/2011

    " Very good for growing your ministry. Very recommended "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/27/2011

    " This is a good book for people who know about God but don't have much of a relationship with him. I think the chapters on pursuing happiness and not liking the church are the best. Good takeaway: you don't GO to church, you ARE the church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbie | 5/22/2011

    " This is a hard hitting, make you think, type of book. In some places, it hurts. Yet it always makes sense. Groeschel uses a tough to negotiate type of logic that creates quite a sense of cognitive dissonance. The tricky thing is to figure out who you are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 5/20/2011

    " This may answer some questions - or validate beliefs - of those who see Christians as hypocrites. For a book on Christianity - or what's not Christianity - it's very interesting, very readable, and very easy to work into a short study. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 5/10/2011

    " I felt like the book had a lot of potential, but really only went surface level on the topic... It could have gone a lot deeper for sure... overall, a decent and easy read... I read it in about 5 hours despite being 240 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 5/5/2011

    " Mr. Groeschel very directly and unashamedly hits at the heart of what is wrong with the Christian Church today. Thankfully he doesn't stop there. With tons of personal stories and experiences he shows how God can help us through these problems and change us for the better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa Hope | 4/27/2011

    " This book illustrated about many Christians in America live like they don't even know and serve our God. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 3/31/2011

    " Similar to Chan's "Crazy Love," this book was insightful and challenging. How many Christians are living as atheists because of beliefs or sin issues we can't give up? A challenge to step out of lukewarm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsie | 3/10/2011

    " Much to thinks about - a challenge to the way we think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 3/7/2011

    " good premise but falls flat from redundancy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 2/26/2011

    " I really didn't like this book. It was light on gospel and heavy on the doctrine of Craig Groeschel. I'm all for stories and analogies, but a bit more scripture would have been preferable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesa | 2/14/2011

    " I saw myself in this book in a number of places, and I definitely recommend it. The author is witty and engaging, and he writes in a way that will help us identify our flaws and shortcomings but without leaving us feeling condemned. "

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About the Author
Author Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, a pace-setting multi-campus church. He is the author of several books, including Weird, The Christian Atheist, and It.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.