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Be the Message

Taking Your Faith Beyond Words to a Life of Action

Kerry Shook & Chris Shook

About Be the Message

Maybe you’re troubled by the disconnect between the words you speak and the life you live. Maybe you’d like to see your faith become more active and life-changing in the world around you.
 
Pastor Kerry and Chris Shook felt that way. Even though their calling involved preaching and teaching, they became weary of sermons and words. They felt a gap between what they were saying and the needs of people around them.
 
They decided to do something about it.
 
Be the Message is their story of waking up to the gospel—not just a gospel of words and sermons, but the gospel of intention and action and people. They discovered a profound secret:
 
You Are the Gospel
 
As they explored the deeper truths of scripture, the verse “the word of God lives in you” came alive. Digging deeper, they discovered that the gospel message is really about life message—your life lived out. God’s call to you is simple:
 
Be the Message
 
Be the Message opens up a new world of understanding about what God calls you to. As the Shooks learned, the gospel is not about what you say. It’s about who you are and what you do—and how you can be God’s hands and feet in the world. 
 
What would happen if we talked about God less and walked with God more?
 
Be the Message reminds us that Christianity was meant to be a faith of action, not a faith of words. Yet often we sacrifice doing something for the sake of talking about it. When we actually act out on our faith, we find our faith grows even more.
 
You can do more than nothing.  People’s lives are changed when you allow your life to be the gospel to the world.
 
Living out the gospel in the world today is both simple and costly.  The Shooks explore that paradox through biblical stories and their own experience of making a decision to live out the gospel in practical ways.  Choosing to be the gospel changed their family, church and personal relationships with God.
 
How can it change your life?

About Kerry Shook

Kerry Shook is one of today’s most gifted communicators offering a clear, contemporary and creative teaching style. He is the senior pastor of Woodlands Church, one of the fastest-growing churches in America.


Kerry and his wife, Chris, founded Woodlands Church, formerly Fellowship of The Woodlands, in l993; and since then, the church has grown to 17,000 in average attendance each weekend.  Now Woodlands Church is one church in many locations with its Fellowship campus in The Woodlands outside of Houston and satellite campuses online, in the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita area, Tomball and its newest location in Katy. 
 
Kerry believes that church should be engaging and fun, calling it “The Best Hour of Your Week.” He strives to eliminate the barriers of boredom, unfriendliness and fear that keep people from experiencing not just religion but a relationship with Jesus Christ. His messages are relevant, and his illustrations memorable.


Chris is the Director of Missions and Women’s Ministry at Woodlands Church. Her missions’ work has touched thousands of under-resourced people locally and in numerous countries around the world. Her Women’s Ministry is one of the largest in the country providing fellowship, worship and Bible study opportunities to hundreds of women each week.


Kerry Shook Ministries is a worldwide television ministry that broadcasts to a local, national and international audience.  Pastor Kerry and Chris can now be seen by millions in 50 states and over 200 countries worldwide.


Kerry and Chris’ first book and New York Times Best-Seller, One Month to Live  – Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life, was released in February 2008. The book encourages readers to face their own mortality and live life to the fullest. The OneMonthtoLive.com Web site supports total life fitness and allows people to take the 30-Day Challenge. In addition, the One Month to Live Nationwide Church Growth Campaign is designed to help pastors unleash their church’s potential.


Kerry and Chris have been married twenty-five years and have four children.

About Chris Shook

Kerry and his wife, Chris, founded Woodlands Church, formerly Fellowship of The Woodlands, in l993; and since then, the church has grown to 17,000 in average attendance each weekend.  Now Woodlands Church is one church in many locations with its Fellowship campus in The Woodlands outside of Houston and satellite campuses online, in the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita area, Tomball and its newest location in Katy. 

Chris is the Director of Missions and Women’s Ministry at Woodlands Church. Her missions’ work has touched thousands of under-resourced people locally and in numerous countries around the world. Her Women’s Ministry is one of the largest in the country providing fellowship, worship and Bible study opportunities to hundreds of women each week.

Kerry and Chris’ first book and New York Times Best-Seller, One Month to Live  – Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life, was released in February 2008. The book encourages readers to face their own mortality and live life to the fullest. The OneMonthtoLive.com Web site supports total life fitness and allows people to take the 30-Day Challenge. In addition, the One Month to Live Nationwide Church Growth Campaign is designed to help pastors unleash their church’s potential.


Kerry and Chris have been married twenty-five years and have four children.

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240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Sep 9, 2014

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 12

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What would happen if we talked about God less and walked with God more? 

Click here to download chapter one of Be the Message.


Be the Message reminds us that Christianity was meant to be a faith of action, not a faith of words. Yet often we sacrifice doing something for the sake of talking about it. When we actually act out on our faith, we find our faith grows even more.

Click here to download chapter one of Be the Message.

 
 

By David Jessee

Another awesome book from Kerry Shook, really helped open my eyes to the fact that we need to actually do what Gods word says and stop playing church with each other. Another awesome book from Kerry Shook, really helped open my eyes to the fact that we need to actually do what Gods word says and stop playing church with each other.

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By Marjorie Poff

In this day and age, we hear way too many voices telling us what they believe, how they believe, and basically telling us how WE should believe. It can be cumbersome and quite the turnoff. In the book, â??"Be the Message,â? Chris and Kerry Shook emphasize the fact, that through the noise, it should be our lives that draw people to who God is. Itâ??s only by truly living as Christ wants us to live can we make a positive impact in the lives of...

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By Dennis Lawson Sr, PhD

This book is an example of how to balance the marvel of God's grace and God's call to cleansing through Jesus Christ. A lesson in how to take faith beyond words into life action. Starting with the Shooks exploring their own journey of faith as ministry leaders in a church. Their journey brought them to a point where they realize that God calls us out of a comfortable faith into a faith that takes risks. As they develop this idea, they explore...

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By Nick Carita

Wow, this book was definitely a challenging one to read... well, a challenge in a good way. The main point of the book is that there is a MAJOR disconnect between the things we say and the things we do. So many times, it's easy to speak faith into someone without actually living what we preach. We talk about the calling on our lives, but we're not willing to do what it takes to get there. We talk about wanting to impact the world and yet we...

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By Crystal Brothers

This is a great book to challenge your Christian faith. Well, not so much your faith, but definitely the way in which you live it out. If you are looking for something to take you deeper in the ways you are (or should be) living out your Christian faith, this is a great book. It is so easy to hear the words, read the words from scripture, and hear messages throughout a Christian life that we get almost numb to the commands found in His word...

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