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Don’t Give Up:
Faith That Gives You the Confidence to Keep Believing and the Courage to Keep Going

Author: Kyle Idleman

ISBN-10: 0801019427
ISBN-13: 9780801019425

Publishing Date: March 5, 2019

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore.

Available in: Paperback, Kindle Edition, Audiobook


Reviews courtesy of: Goodreads

Summary:

Don't Give Up: Faith That Gives You the Confidence to Keep Believing and the Courage to Keep Going

The parent with the wayward child. The couple whose marriage is in jeopardy. The man who is out of work. The woman stuck in crushing debt. The patient with a bad diagnosis. The student who can't get a fair shake. People hanging by a thread, losing faith and short on strength. What do they all need to hear?

Don't give up.

Our lives are minefields of challenges that take their toll on our courage, our conviction, and even our faith. But God whispers to the weary, Don't give up. Drawing from inspiring biblical stories and first-person testimonies of perseverance, bestselling author and pastor Kyle Idleman encourages readers to cast their concerns on God, trust in his love and timing, pray for patience and strength, and seek out support in the family of God.

READER REVIEWS

Hunter Newton rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 4 out of 5 Stars
Pretty solid. It’s Kyle so I had higher expectations. Solid, doesn’t make any point without backing it up with Scripture.

Craig Thompson rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
Don't Give Up is rooted in Hebrews 12:1-3
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses..."

Chapter 1 - Speaks to having faith and trust in God through the illustration of trying to put a puzzle together but not having box cover as a point of reference. If we trust the puzzle maker and keep putting pieces together eventually we will see the big picture. The Bible is full of witnesses who were imperfect but are heros because of their great faith. Kyle also reminds us that faith always requires risks.

I have read every book Kyle has written (multiple times...) And Chapter 2 "Keep Fighting" to me is the most moving, relatable, convicting thing Kyle has ever written. Jacob is the illusration here, how he cheated and ran from responsibility and consequences. Finally he fought and he received a new name and a new identity.

I love this quote in the book... “The quickest way for anyone to reach the sun and the light of day is not to run west, chasing after the setting sun, but to head east plunging into the darkness until one comes to the sunrise.”

I could go on chapter by chapter, and tell of the beautiful personal stories, the great illustrations, the funny anecdotes, but no one likes a SPOILER. And you need to read this book! The 3 main sections sum it up...

1. Listen to the Crowd (of witnesses)

2. Throw Off the Weight (that hinders)

3. Run Your Race (to the finish)

If you need encouragement this is the book for you, if you are at the end of your rope this is the book for you, if you are at a crossroads this is the book for you, if your life is in transition this is the book for you, if you need a kick in the pants this is the book for you, if you are a believer and you are breathing this is the book for you.

Kyle never disappoints, this another game changer.


Cheryl Wood rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
Our lives are minefields of challenges, that take their toll on our courage, our conviction, and even our faith. But God whispers to the weary, Don’t give up. Drawing from inspiring biblical stories and first-person testimonies of perseverance, bestselling author and pastor Kyle Idleman encourages you to cast your concerns on God, trust in his love and timing, pray for patience and strength, and seek out support in the family of God.

I have read the author’s other books, “The End Of Me” and “Not A Fan,” and “Don’t Give Up” was just as encouraging. Kyle teaches us to be free from everything that entangles and hinders us from moving forward and how to draw strength from God.

Don’t Give Up is just what we all need to bring ourselves into the life that God meant for all of us. Kyle challenges me to step up in my life to keep believing and persevere and to run the race that God has set out for me. We have all faced a time or two when we wanted to throw the towel in, give up or walk away, Don’t Give Up will show us what we need to do to stand tall and push forward and experience what God has in store for us. Kyle has a unique way of writing that pulls the reader in from page one and relate to the reader. I throughly enjoyed the how the author used different examples from the Bible, for instance, Hebrews chapter 11 lists people who faced enormous challenges yet found the faith to keep believing and the courage to keep fighting. We should do the same every day, to not give up. God know’s our plans way before we do, we need to trust Him in everything.

Don’t Give Up should be on everyone’s to be read list.


Sam Allen rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
I am an active member at Southeast Christian, so not only am I no stranger to Kyle’s terrific body of work but I also had the pleasure of being able to read this to the rhythm of Kyle’s signature cadence and Everyman delivery (especially in regards to Kyle’s clever use of humor as seen in the footnotes). Seriously, if you’ve never heard Kyle deliver a sermon, search for one online as that will add to the experience as you read.

Whenever I read a book, I am in the habit of highlighting strong sections and, for passages that especially speak to me, placing a checkmark next key points. For Kyle’s book, I had 254 highlights and 73 checkmarks, which I feel really speaks to the concentrated wisdom you can expect to encounter in this book, especially given that the book is only 231 pages. I will also add that the final page beautifully summarized the reckless love of the Lord in a manner that has never been articulated to me more logically or more beautifully; my eyes actually got tearful as I read it and I am not an easy crier.

This is a very reader-friendly book that builds Christian grit in an often hostile world that requires significant endurance. I would encourage you to add it to your collection today. It would also be very appropriate for anyone you know who is living in one of life’s valleys, existing in a time of spiritual trial. While this is a “quick read,” I am glad I didn’t rush through as I have a feeling I will be revisiting some major points whenever I feel discouraged and need to be reminded of where my courage and confidence truly rests.


Gail Sites rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
We all have our ups and downs. Some people seem to have more downs than others. Some seasons of life seem to be more difficult to navigate than others. Kyle Idleman’s new book, “Don’t Give Up,” is just the encouragement needed for someone going through a rough patch.

If your life is cruising along smoothly, this book is for you, too. Having a plan to push through the “little” challenges of daily life will prepare you for the tough times that everyone will face at some point in time.

Based in the truth of God’s Word, Kyle’s latest book gives the encouragement needed to navigate the challenges we all face in life. As a Godly story-teller, he holds your interest with Biblical truth, scriptural examples and relevant, contemporary testimonies. More than just a pep talk, there are practical steps you can take to get you through the hard times. Kyle encourages you to take those steps, even when all you can do is to put one foot in front of the other.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was invited to be a part of the launch team and received a free book to read and review before the release date. I have also purchased copies as gifts for friends who are currently facing difficulties.


Tina Mcallister rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
Get the highlighter. Grab a box of tissues. Get comfy. This is a keeper, folks.

We've all been there. We get knocked down by life. Loss of a loved one. Loss of a job. Discouraged by those valleys in life. And it's easy to wallow in grief, pain and bitterness.

For those who have read any of Kyle's books, you'll recognize his style. Using his conversational wit and stories to help illustrate his message, bolstered with plenty of biblical knowledge and scripture throughout. The message may be simple (Don't give up!) but the topic is still a toughie for most of us.

I cried reading the very first chapter. One of the stories Kyle wrote about hit home. Majorly close to home. But my dog gave me hugs and kisses and I kept on reading. And I wanted everyone I knew to read it to...except I won't part with my copy of the book, so I'll have to order them their own.

I was blessed to have been able to be part of the pre-launch team, which allowed me access to a copy of the book a couple weeks ago. And this review comes from the heart. 2018 was one of my toughest years to date. We lost our baby son and I almost died in the process...and I have never been closer to God. It boggles the mind in a way. But then Kyle is able to make sense of it all. I absolutely recommend this book!


Adam & Sara Wright rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
The encouragement I needed when I was beginning to tire. Kyle Idleman’s book, Don’t Give Up, came at a great time to inspire me and remind me that I have to press on, even in hard times. Right now, I’m tired, weary, with life pressing in around me. I can’t give up or give in because of the circumstances around me. “Peter and the other disciples struggle to believe that God cares, because they’re doing what we often do—measuring God’s concern for us by how hard it’s raining.” - Pg 89.

I’ve read many other books by Kyle and I love the way he writes, I feel like he’s a friend and I love his humor but yet truths that tell me to keep going. This book is no different, Kyle has a love for people and it’s obvious he love’s God as well. I would Highly recommend anyone to read this book. If you need a hand of comfort on your shoulder to tell you not to give up, or if you need the coach to tell you “don’t you dare give up” as you are in overtime! This book will help you move on with more steadfastness and perseverance. Don’t Give Up is a must buy!


Katie Howard rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
Mr. Idleman does an excellent job of addressing & breaking down the weights of life that can hold people in place or even back. He goes on to offer Biblical perspective for keeping faith & bolstering courage to keep pressing forward, especially when it is so easy to quit or give up. He presents it all with stories from his life & others that lend credit, & humor at times, to the reality that life is filled with moments & seasons of struggle but that hope is always an option & easily accessible. It is a book in which I made notes & underlines & will keep close when my own seasons of struggle arise. I recommend it for everyone because we are all going to face seasons of struggle that can lead to discouragement (loss of loved ones, onslaught of insecurities, job loss, etc.) & this book is a terrific tool for abating that discouragement.


Ryan Brooks rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
I have been reading Pastor Kyle Idleman’s books for quite a while now. From his very first book, Not a Fan, to this most recent book, Don’t Give Up. I love his down to earth, witty writing style and Biblical insight into topics that are relevant to anyone. Don’t Give Up does not disappoint, and it has encouraged me to keep pressing on, no matter the circumstance. I would recommend this book to anyone not just because of my familiarity with the author’s writings, but also because everyone needs to hear this message. Don’t Give Up on your marriage, your kids, your family, your situation. There is hope.


Mark Eberlin rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
This isn't a self help book but a God help book. Far to often when faced with adversity we seek out human counsel and human remedies. We look to human antidotes or try to clean/fix our lives by ourselves. We forget just how insignificant we really are. We eventually give up under the pressure of life and do just enough to get by. Kyle shows and reminds us where we need to turn and how to get our lives back. Life isn't and won't easy. We have a cloud of witnesses cheering us on reminding us to Never Give Up!


Cassie Downs rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
Wow! Another great book. Kyle had such an incredible way of connecting with his audience. In this current book, Don’t Give Up, Kyle challenges is to run this race of faith with perseverance. While we WILL certainly face challenges, look to the author and finisher of our faith. When we fix our eyes on Jesus, it gives us a confidence unlike that of ourselves. A confidence and a hope to keep going and don’t give up!


Terry Felix rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
Who Doesn’t Need a Little Encouragement

Sometimes life is hard. Every single person has days when they need to be encouraged to keep going. Every single person has days when we need to encourage someone else. Kyle Idleman’s new book Don’t Give Up is full of solid biblical wisdom in easy-to-read, conversational style, laced with just the right amount of humor that will encourage you to hang in there in the fight while it also builds your “encourager” skills.


Christy Kirtlan rated: “Don't Give Up:” a 5 out of 5 Stars
Reading Kyle Idleman's new book is like sitting down with an old friend and having a heart to heart talk. His humor, wisdom and ability to convey God's message clearly and on point makes you keep turning the pages. He brings Hebrews 11 and 12 alive as he describes that great cloud of witnesses imploring us to stay the course and not give up. Encouragement, God's word, and perseverance comes in #dontgiveup.