Rise [Book Review]

“Enjoy yourself while you can.”
“Don’t grow up too fast.”
“You’re too young to make a difference.”

If you’re like me, you’ve heard one of these phrases at some point in your life. Not much is expected of young people, especially in today’s culture of extended adolescence. This is reinforced by peers, parents, media, universities, and cultural in general. Just a few generations ago, many of our grandfathers were fighting wars on foreign soils while today it’s a challenge for young people to get to class or work on time, much less stand up for something they believe in.

Because of the convergence of these two factors, low expectations from others and low motivation for young people, there is a general stereotype that Millennials are apathetic. Of course, the reluctance of young people to make a difference isn’t a new problem. Almost two thousand years ago, Paul wrote to his young friend and mentee Timothy: “let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). 

To address this persistent problem, Trip Lee wrote Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story, a companion book to his latest album by the same name. This book is aimed right at young people, challenging them to live a holy life now, instead of waiting until later in life to “get serious about their faith.” Trip writes: “There are great benefits to living for Jesus in the present. Now is the time when we have the most strength. Now is the time when we have the most energy. Now is the time when we can give it everything we have. Now is the time to get up and live.” 

This couldn’t be more true. As a young man myself, and as someone who has been involved in ministry to middle school, high school, and college students during the past few years, I can attest to the benefits I’ve seen in my life and the lives of others serious about pursuing Christ at this stage in life. It is a critical time to build a doctrinal foundation as well as establish a pattern of local church involvement, sacrificial giving, intergenerational discipleship, and missional living.

Trip Lee touches on a host of issues that young people typically struggle with at one point or another in their life. A consistent theme throughout the book is a call to do bold things for the gospel with a spirit of humility. In Chapter 2, he writes, “We should be mature and show others what it looks like to follow Christ, not in an arrogant way, but in a way that humbly shows the power of God at work.”

In Chapter 18, Trip challenges young people to get involved in a local church because it provides the optimum context to fulfill this call: “God has given us the church, and we should drink deeply from that fountain of grace. And not only has He given the church to us, but He’s also given us to the church.” Throughout the New Testament, Paul refers to the church as a body made up of different members with different purposes and gifts (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12). Often, we don’t take age into account when thinking about this God-ordained diversity. The church provides young people opportunities to serve and invest in kids and students while fostering an environment for building relationships with more mature believers who can guide them through the obstacles of youth.

Rise is a wake up call for a generation that has been taught to take the easy way out. Trip Lee uses his influence as one of the top artists in the rap world to challenge young people to rise up and make the most of their youth by pursing Christ and serving others. After all, “God created us, purchased us, and put us to work.”

Lawson’s Rating: IV out of V

-Lawson
Learn It. Love It. Live It.

More book reviews by Lawson:
Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke
The Post-Church Christian by J. Paul and Carson Nyquist
The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick
The Gospel at Work by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert
Bonhoeffer Abridged: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxes
Jesus Continued… by J.D. Greear

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Notable Quotes from Rise

Chapter 1: 7:00am Logic

  • “There are great benefits to living for Jesus in the present. Now is the time when we have the most strength. Now is the time when we have the most energy. Now is the time when we can give it everything we have. Now is the time to get up and live.”

Chapter 2: The Lebron James Effect

  • “God loves to use the unexpected to do great things.”
  • “We should be mature and show others what it looks like to follow Christ, not in an arrogant way, but in a way that humbly shows the power of God at work.”

Chapter 3: Don’t Envy the Bench

  • “Have you ever thought about how disastrous shortsightedness can be in our lives? If we only make decisions based on what’s right in front of us, we’re bound to run into danger. Too many of us are trying to live our lives with no regard for what happens later.”
  • “None of us is born with natural moral sense. None of us has the perfect combination of heart and deeds. Instead, we’re repelled by good things and attracted to the wrong things.”
  • “When our lives come to an end, we won’t be disappointed that we missed out on things that didn’t matter.”

Chapter 4: There are no Super-Christians

  • “There are no super-Christians, only regular Christians denying themselves and embracing their Lord.”
  • “We have to realize that we cannot follow ourselves and follow Jesus at the same time.”
  • “Real love tells the truth even when it’s hard. Jesus loves us too much to leave us where we are. And He died to take us to the Father.”

Chapter 5: Time is Money

  • “God created us, purchased us, and put us to work. To ignore His purposes and treat our time like it belongs to us is to steal from Him.”
  • “Wasting time is insanity. It’s like burning money. The only difference is you can make more money, but you can never  make more time. God gives you what God gives you.”

Chapter 6: Home Improvement

  • “Many of us claim to love God, yet we make little effort to go deeper with Him. None of us should be content with our current knowledge and understanding of the truth. Shallow roots lead to shaky footing, so if we want to stand firm we have to go deep.”
  • “Only after hearing deeply from the Word of God are we equipped to go out into the world to honor God.”

Chapter 7: Not Guilty by Association

  • “Why do we feel the need to pretend like everything’s all right? Because we replace God’s glory with our own, and we replace contentment in His acceptance with the approval of other people.”
  •  “Hiding our sin is hazardous to our spiritual healthy. I’ts protecting our sin instead of fighting it….Instead we should want to expose our sin to everything that threatens is. Sin should be killed, not coddled.”
  • “Confessing your sin encourages other Christians to do the same. And it reminds all of us of our need for Jesus.”
Chapter 8: R&B

  • “Obsessing over sex and forgetting its proper context is to lower the wonder of sex itself, and to remove its true beauty.”
Chapter 9: Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid
  • “Let’s call porn consumption what it is: an attack on God’s wisdom and an attempt to satisfy yourself apart from the One who created satisfaction and the One who ultimately satisfies. Searching for pleasure outside of what God provides is not a pattern you want to embrace.”
  • “If you’re not fighting your sin, you’re befriending your sin.”

Chapter 10: Why I Got Married Young

  • “Enjoy God’s good gifts and steward them for His glory.”
  • “It’s okay to want things in a spouse, but we have to submit our desires to what God wants for us in a spouse.”

Chapter 11: Age is More Than Just a Number

  • “With time comes experience, and when experience connects with truth from God’s Word, we get a unique brand of wisdom.”
  • “Our youth should lead us to listen more than we talk and to posture ourselves as learners more often than teachers.”

Chapter 12: The Grey Rule

  • “Embrace things that lead you closer to Jesus, and reject things that lead you away from Jesus.”
  • “We shouldn’t just let media wash over us; otherwise we may be swept away with the tide. We should engage with it. We should ask questions about it and engage with the content. As you enjoy it, treat is like a discussion.”
  • “Our eternities are not worth entertainment or cultural awareness. There is no amount of connectivity or relevance that is worth the health of your soul.”

Chapter 13: Rude Awakening

  • “We won’t always be here, and even while we are, our lives will be full of difficulties.”
  • “Self-dependence is weakness, and dependence on Christ is strength.”
  • “Our humility is more important than our happiness. It’s better to be physically weak and spiritually strong.”

Chapter 14: Are You One of Those Christians?

  • “People are not projects but precious creatures made in the image of God.”

Chapter 15: Everything is Sacred

  • “God made every sphere of life, He rules over every sphere of life, and He can be glorified in every sphere of life.”

Chapter 16: A Disease Worth Spreading

  • “God’s compassion is not a mere example for us to follow; it’s the very thing He uses to makes us want to follow Him.”
  • “The symptom of an encounter with the compassion of Jesus is compassion for others.”

Chapter 17: Turn on the Lights

  • “Where the glorious light of Christ is not seen, sins are not forgiven and souls are not saved. This is why we share the good news. The end goal of evangelism is that people would see the glory of God and worship Him forever.”
  • “As the people of God, our joy is not based on how people respond to the message [of the gospel]. It’s based on the glory of the calling itself.”
  • “A lot of us are not passionate enough about evangelism because we’re not grateful enough that we get to gaze at the glory of God in the gospel.”

Chapter 18: Be a Real Member

  • “God has given us the church, and we should drink deeply from that fountain of grace. And not only has He given the church to us, but He’s also given us to the church.”

Conclusion

  • “We know the Lord has gone before us in battle, but that doesn’t mean we don’t fight. It just means we can’t lose.”

 

 

 

 

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Lawson is an entrepreneur, ministry leader, and outdoors enthusiast who also enjoys blogging about business, ideas, and theology. Want to continue the discussion or write a guest post? Let's Connect!

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