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This Changes Everything Book Review

This Changes Everything Book Review

This Changes Everything

by Jaquelle Crowe
Length: Approximately 6 hours. To read (160 pages)
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Book Overview

This Changes Everything is a monumental book in Christian literature. The book aims to guide teens toward a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Jesus. Jaquelle strengthens the mind, grows the heart, and entertains the soul with a seriousness about the Gospel. The book teaches who God is and instructs how to follow Him better.

Who should read this?

The book is aimed for teens. I would highly recommend every teen to read this book; then read it again. I would encourage parents and youth pastors to put this book in every teen’s hands. This book can be given to an unbelieving teen, new Christian teen, or a mature teen in the faith. While this book is aimed toward teens, and most of the application and illustrations apply to teens, everyone would benefit from reading this book.

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This Changes Everything is a book that is all about making God big and stirring a seriousness in teens about God. The introduction to the book Jaquelle states, “If we love Jesus, we’ll love truth, and we’ll want to grow…These aren’t our rebellious years; these are the years we rise up to obey the call of Christ…This isn’t a season for self-satisfaction; it’s a season for God-glorification” (pg. 14). Each chapter of the book is to the aim of serious disciples of Jesus. The book evenly balances the interpersonal with the duty to the Church and the Lost. She causes you to both desire holiness, community, and mission.

Most books geared toward teens seem to be shallow in there call to holiness and pursuit of Jesus. We live in a culture that does not think youth can handle deep teaching of God’s Word. In this book you cannot give that excuse because the author was 18 at the time of writing this book. This comes from a perspective of someone who is a teen and who has also applied these truths to real life. Throughout the book Jaquelle shares of the hard things she has had to deal with in her walk. She also shares what others have done to help her grow in the faith.

Many of the chapter include diagrams and illustrations demonstrating the truths she is speaking of. Along with the illustrations, lists are given to encourage youth toward good music and good books. Teens will be pointed toward good theology and good resources that will cause them to be excited to begin this journey. They will read this book and realize this is just the beginning and the journey will be joyful.

The book begins with the identity of Christianity. Understanding our identity in Jesus and understanding how salvation happens is the foundation and anchor of the book. In these opening chapters the clarity and simplicity of the Gospel is put on display. Within the first chapter an illustration of the characteristics of a Christian are listed and then described.

The highlight to the book might be the emphasis on the Church and the local church. Many teen books focus on morality, and they have good intentions of personal holiness at times. Jaquelle Crowe points teens to a deep love for the local church and to serve the local church. In the chapter entitled “Our Community”, she not only points to the necessity of the local church but also gives examples of how to serve in the local church. She calls teens to not just attend but to also be involved. The message of teens being part of the church now, and not just the future of the church, is said with a megaphone. A beautiful connection of the first two chapters on identity and Gospel story leading to a natural line of life in the local church.

Reaching the middle of the book is the introduction of sin. Sin has already been spoken to and seen as the problem in this whole situation. However, this chapter is so graceful and encouraging for the teen. Teens will be equipped to attack sin and to fight against temptation. They will also read about the process of freedom from sin and a right standing before God. While the whole book is written in a simple and profound way, this chapter will teach the beauty of theology. Jesus is magnified in this chapter and the sinner finds rest in their Savior.  

The rest of the book deals with practical outwork of salvation in the teen. They will spend time reading about creating spiritual disciplines. She will encourage time in the Word and the necessity of time in prayer. She continues speaking to the importance of growth and continuing to stay steadfast in that growth. The whole idea of the book is to show teens why they are to be growing in their faith, now. They are not to wait until they are older but there is great encouragement that growth begins now. I also wish someone would have encouraged me to spend my time wisely.

She not only encourages teens to do; she encourages them to rest, rightly. The book ends looking at our relationships. Teens will be encouraged to use their relationships for the glory of God. They will also be encouraged to make deep, meaningful relationships with others who are part of the family of God. Each chapter ends with questions in how to apply all of these truths to life. Further, she challneges them to do it now.

Jaquelle calls for a generation of teens to be serious about their faith and to take serious their walk with Jesus. God is glorified and the teens are encouraged. The book is written with illustrations aimed toward teens, application that resonate with teens, and writing style that is fun for teens also. The book will intrigue them, challenge them, encourage them, and motivate them to be ambassadors for Christ now.


This book could be confused with a well-seasoned and older saint in the faith. I personally walked through this book with a few teens in my youth group. The book sparked so much discussion and helped them to understand the application and implications of the faith to another level. I then gave this book to every youth that went to camp and to those who graduated. The results are still coming to fruition with unbelievers asking questions about the Gospel.

Further, I have had those who have professed faith begin to live some of these truths out in their lives. The book is saturated with Scripture and will cause the teens to see Scripture as the guiding point of it all. If you were to take out all Scripture references and all places Jaquelle was expounding upon Scripture, there would not be much of a book and it would not make sense. This is what we need in teen Christian literature, as well as Christian literature itself.

This book also points teens toward solid bible teachers. When I first began to be serous about my faith in high school I did not know where to go in terms of literature and good teaching. There is a dangerous world of false teachers that seem appealing. This book will give them a list of teachers and resources that will point them toward solid bible teaching and sound doctrine. The illustrations to help understand the truths are so helpful. The illustrations are aimed toward the teens for simplicity, but the truths within the illustrations are aimed at the heart of the teens.

I only found one flaw in this book and this concept. The book should not just be written for teens but all Christians. The book was written in such a way that I felt the need to read it again, myself. An adult version should have been written in partnership with the release of this book. I would be straining and reaching to find much of a flaw.

The book is written perfect for teens, the message is clear, and the structure builds. I think this book should be required reading and on every priority list. I would even encourage parents to read the book alongside and with their teens.


This Changes Everything will be around for a long time. This book can be used in application and illustration for many years to come. The only thing that could make it better is if she does an expanded and updated version. The book is such an encouragement to the soul. The teen will finish this book and have a solid foundation in their understanding of God and what they can do for His Kingdom. There is not a book for teens that matches this book.


  • “After we’re saved and have become part of the universal church (that is, all Christians everywhere), it is our responsibility to join a local church.” (pg. 4)


  • “When the gospel saved us, it made us alive in Christ, breathing life into our dead hearts. We became wide awake and hungry spiritual newborns, thirsty sprouts our eyes freshly opened to the world. And immediately, we started growing.” (pg. 98)


  • “Every relationship should be about us loving like Jesus, serving like Jesus, encouraging like Jesus, and, like Jesus, glorifying God above all else.” (pg. 145)


  • “We practice the spiritual disciplines because we are motivated by abundant affection for Christ and a thriving desire to grow in him. We do them because of the gospel.” (pg. 82)


  • “The gospel does not start and end with us. From first to last, it’s about him and his plan to save people from every tribe and nation and tongue.” (pg. 93)
By | 2018-03-08T08:08:32+00:00 March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Single Digit Thoughts on Singleness

Singleness can be hard. Singleness can be lonely. However, Scripture tells us that singleness is a gift to be treasured. I have listed a few thoughts about singleness that have occurred to me in self-reflection over the last few days.

I look forward to hearing thoughts from others to add to the list. I thought it would make since to stick to the single digits for a post about singles. I also don’t like odd numbers which is why I stopped at 8. I digress. Single Digit Thoughts on Singleness

I hope this list to be both encouraging and challenging to those who are struggling and waiting.

When our struggle with singleness is obvious to everyone around us, we are showing the world Jesus isn’t sufficient.

This one is hard to deal with. We all struggle with singleness (unless you just have the miraculous gift of singleness and you know early on). I do not suggest that there will be no struggle or that no one will know/should know of your struggle. I am suggesting that we do not be like the religious who are fasting and making a scene about our situation. May we struggle for the glory of God while literally bringing glory to God in that struggle.

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We often don’t know how to handle singleness because we have not spent time studying Scripture about singleness.

I never knew how much Scripture spoke to singleness until a was in a college a year or two. In order to find the depths of these passages we must be students of the Word. We have the common passages, like 1 Corinthians 7, that speak explicitly to singleness. However, we also have monumental amounts of Scripture about the life of a Christian that does not pertain to only the married. We have the Great Commission and the Great Commandment that does not pertain to only the married. Further, we have the longing for Christ that involves everyone.


Rightly handling our singleness has a lot to do with how we handle our time.

I recently did a study in 1 Corinthians 7 and what it was calling for in our singleness. In this passage Paul explains that singleness is a gift, explains the gift has much to do with time, and then speaks to marriage. We often act as if these sections are not to be read independently as well as together. All of us are anxious to arrive at the section on marriage that we neglect the section on our singleness. He instructs us to use our time of singleness by learning to please the Lord (vs. 32), learn holiness (vs. 34), and to devote ourselves to the Lord (vs. 35).


We must realize that marriage is the norm in Scripture while singleness is a unique gift, therefore, we are to prize that gift.

Marriage is given to man in the act of Creation. Marriage is established while mankind is being established. There is great purpose in recognizing the norm of marriage and the picture of marriage given by God. While marriage is also considered a gift, singleness is a unique gift that is different from the normal plan of God for His people.

Throughout Scripture certain people in the service of God are called to abstain from marriage. Paul speaks much to marriage but he also speaks to the high gift that singleness is. We are to prize the time we have in singleness. The context of Scripture is that singleness is a great gift that is to bring great joy.

We often view singleness as a time to be selfish when the biblical call to singleness is being freed up to give more of ourselves.

Many times, we treat singleness as if it’s the time to do whatever we want. This is the time to buy expensive things, live life to the fullest, and bask in only being responsible for ourselves. However, once again Paul speaks to our time of singleness as God ordained for more of our time to be given to Him. Singleness is the time we are to learn what it means to rest and serve.

In the biblical context, we learn to balance resting in God for contentment and growth and serving Him through the extra time we have been given. Marriage is not the time to settle down and get serious. Marriage is not the time to finally begin figuring out where God is calling you to serve. What if more of us spent out time serving God in our singleness and we met our spouses through serving His Kingdom together.


We often struggle most in our singleness when we are spending less time with God.

As stated in the beginning, these are reflections of my own time of singleness. This one hits hard. The times I most feel lonely and incomplete is when I am spending the least amount of time with God. I have found out there is a reason for this cause and effect. A future spouse is not the fulfillment to my loneliness or incompleteness, God is!

The moment we try to fill the void with someone other than God we will feel empty. I am not marriage and I usually don’t just hand out marriage advice; however, I would venture to say that this is a struggle even in marriage. When we begin to fill a void with something, or someone, other than God it will leave us struggling.


We often long for a spouse more than we long for Jesus.

In step with thought #6, if we are not spending time with God than we are longing for a spouse over Jesus. The reality is that marriage will not last forever. Paul is clear in Ephesians that all of this is a picture of Jesus and the Church. The book of Revelation uses Jesus’ return with events like the Marriage Supper and Bride of Christ.

My prayer is that I will be more excited when Jesus is coming than when I see my future wife coming. I pray that each day I would long for Christ more than I long for the first breathe I consciously take or the first piece of food I eat. What if the world saw us longing for Jesus and finding Him sufficient for our longing for a spouse?


We often try to find comfort in sexual sins instead of finding contentment in Jesus.

The danger we face in our culture today is the sexual temptation. Our world tells us that our happiness will be fulfilled in physical sex or the imagination of our mind. We are being exploited by a sexually driven world and we are giving in to it. We are built for intimacy, but we are deceived in thinking that only comes through sex.

The world makes us confused in a sexually confused society that when we experience elongated singleness the world tells us to diverge from the biblical gender roles or biblical example of marriage between a man and a woman. God provided the greatest gift of intimacy we could ever receive. Ephesians 1 tells us that the Trinity emptied their love into the gift of salvation. May we find fulfillment not in what people can offer us physically but what God has given to us spiritually.

I pray that we would see a resurgence of single Christians who are a light to those around them. As singles, we can show the world that this is a gift and that we long for and are satisfied in someone who is greater. We also can give testimony to our future spouses, if the Lord wills, of our foundation in Jesus. We are to spend our time wisely in singleness in order that we can be better prepared for what God calls of us.

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He may call some of us into marriage and thus we have a better foundation of marriage. He may call some of us into a life of singleness and we have a better foundation to continue giving of ourselves for His Kingdom. Either way singleness and marriage are not eternal. One day our Savior is coming again and the eternal wedding will take place.

We will all be completely satisfied and lacking nothing. What a glorious day that will be.



By | 2018-03-08T08:03:30+00:00 February 24th, 2018|2 Comments

Covenant Book Review

Covenant Book Review


by Thomas R. Schreiner
Length: Approximately 4 hours. To read (119 pages)
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Book Overview

Have you ever began reading the book of Matthew and just skip over most of chapter 1? Did you know that the Bible is telling one story? The covenants in Scripture all point to a God of promise and a God of redemption. Tom Schreiner sets out to introduce the basics of covenant theology and how that helps us to read Scripture. In Covenant, Tom helps to paint a picture of Scripture as a unified account of a salvific God.

Who should read this?

Covenant is written for the average church attender. The book will challenge you to grow in a deeper knowledge of Scripture and to understand the overall message of Scripture. A great book to introduce any willing reader to Covenant Theology.


In the opening pages of Covenant, Dr. Schreiner defines the term covenant. He states a covenant is “a chosen relationship in which two parties make binding promises to each other” (pg. 13). He makes the case that not all covenants are the same. Many people try to give a narrow definition of covenant that makes it hard to classify the covenants together.

Early in the book the reader can find Dr. Schreiner setting up the stage to state his case of Covenant Theology. The introduction is the foundation provides the elements needed for a covenant. A clear articulation of the elements found in God’s covenants with His people helps to understand and identify them in Scripture.

The body of the book is identifying and supporting each covenant that forms the backbone of Scripture. Those who have a basic understanding of Covenant Theology already, will still find this book to be intriguing. The first chapter of the book is the introduction of the covenants in which Dr. Schreiner calls the “Covenant of Creation” (pg. 20). He claims this to be a better name for the covenant, as opposed to other names given, considering the redemptive story.

This is an example of the wide range of audience that would enjoy reading this book. Dr. Schreiner writes simplistically to introduce the covenants while also writing with depth to intrigue the scholar.

The aim of writing this book is clearly felt in leading people to reading Scripture better. Many people don’t understand how Scripture is telling one story. Even if they do understand it they wouldn’t know how to articulate it. The book has a tone of simply displaying the work of God in the lives of His people. Apposed to most resources written on this topic, this book is not weighty in explanation and wording. Dr. Schreiner writes in a way that the average church-goer can understand.

The book has a clear message and structured in being outlined by the covenants themselves. The middle of the chapters can sometimes bog you down if you are not used to reading theology books. However, I urge you to press forward because the conclusions of each chapter are worth the read. The book guides you to love Scripture more deeply than you already do.

My favorite part of the book is how the chapter looks forward to the next and reminds you of the previous. Dr. Schreiner builds a foundation and then walks you through the structure until the building is finished. The foundation is the definition and explanation of the word covenant in Scripture. The rest of the book introduces the covenant, echoes the previous covenant, and points toward the next covenant. Each chapter is laden with Scripture and foreshadowing the coming of Jesus.

Each passing covenant builds the anticipation of a covenant that is to come. The culmination is found in the chapter on the “New Covenant”. In this chapter the fulfilling role of Jesus is put on display for the reader. Dr. Schreiner provides a high view of God and an anticipation of Jesus.

As pointed out throughout the book, the author wants a deeper understanding of Scripture while also having a right understanding of Scripture. Though not written in a tone of response, the book writes with a specific view of the covenants in mind. Periodically, those who are more well versed in Covenant Theology will find clear articulations of a New Covenant Theology perspective.

The beginning chapters argue for a “covenant of creation” over a “covenant of works” or “Adamic covenant”. Further, the idea of dispensations is not mentioned and the argument for one continuous plan through a promise given by God is the conviction. While the purpose of the book is not to argue a certain position in Covenant Theology nor to refute Dispensationalism; the conviction is clear as to a Christ longing and Christ centered aim of Scripture reading.

The book is founded and rooted in Scripture. One would also have a hard time refuting the book due to how intertwined Dr. Schreiner shows Scripture to be. He proves that each covenant is part of the one plan of redemption and not to be seen as individuals. As stated earlier, the book is a constant building project that ends by causing you to step back and admire what has just been built. You will not feel lost in the middle wondering how you got to that covenant or how the covenant is involved with the rest of the covenants. The clear, simple articulation helps us to see the plan that God has revealed to us through His Word.


I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I love the study of biblical theology and covenant theology. I wish I had this book when I first started reading about Covenant Theology. I would agree with most of Dr. Schreiner’s points and therefore would recommend this book to be a good introduction. However, even if you don’t have the same convictions of the author this is still a good intro to other views than you may hold.

The purpose and aim of the book was met through a succinct treatment of the subject. Volumes have been written on this theme but I have yet to read one that explains so much in such a little space. This book is perfect if you are looking to read through Scripture in the year and want something to help you better understand. This book is perfect if you are a church member that finds their understanding unfamiliar with the covenants in Scripture.

This book is also perfect for those who seek to answer their call into ministry and want to teach God’s Word. The book will constantly point you to Scripture with every page having numerous Scripture references. The arguments are simple and the message is clear. Jesus is being pointed to and God is being glorified.

I would have one point of critique and one point of warning to the reader. A few places in the book can be found to be speculative in proving a point. Dr. Schreiner is making the case for the “Covenant of Creation” and speculates the symbolic image of the lamp stand in the temple, as well as, what would have happened if Adam and Eve would not have sinned. This is amidst making a case that is often debated and he is striving to give proof of his case.

In fairness, Dr. Schreiner does admit that at least one of these is speculative. I would also give a sense of warning to the reader who is not use to reading technical work. While the work overall is not technical there were two or three times I felt the book may get a little more technical than the average reader is accustomed to. However, in these cases I also felt that the point being made is summarized well and the conclusion helps to see the point.


I think this book has great necessity. The simple resource it is has many great resources. I can see this book being used in discipleship settings, Sunday School classes, new member recommendation resources, and even undergraduate biblical theology classes. I have yet to think of a book that would compare that masters the succinct, simple, deep, and articulate handling of God’s Word and His unfolding plan. Other books of this size, dealing with the same subject will simply be historical in nature or will require a prior knowledge of content and opposition. I highly recommend this to be a resource for the local church to put in the hands of their members.

I pray this resource would lead others to a deeper reading of Scripture. This book is not just for those called to ministry or for the highly intelligent. The tone of Dr. Schreiner is that our minds would understand the plan of redemption as laid out in the covenants. Upon understanding with our minds the goal is that our hearts would worship in the salvation that has been given to us.


  • “To understand the Scriptures well, we need to understand how these covenants are interrelated, and we need to see how they advance the story of God’s kingdom in the Scriptures. The covenants help us, then, to see the harmony and unity of the biblical message.” (pg. 13)
  • “God inaugurated history with creation and will consummate it with the new creation, and thus the old creation anticipates and points forward to the new creation.” (pg. 20)
  • “The [Noahic] covenant to preserve the world, then, wasn’t grounded on human godliness and goodness. Instead, the continuity of the world is due to the mercy of God.” (pg. 37)
  • “Those who are truly Abraham’s children demonstrate that they belong to Abraham if they love Jesus.” (pg. 55)
  • “Old-covenant sacrifices were offered repeatedly, for they didn’t truly effect forgiveness. Christ’s sacrifice was offered once, for by his death he dealt with sin completely and definitively…Under the old covenant free and total access to God wasn’t granted…Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice truly cleanses the conscience of his people, and thus we can approach God’s throne boldly and with confidence.” (pg. 97)
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