Fake or Follower
Refusing to Settle for a Shallow Faith
It's time to ask ourselves, "Am I really following Jesus? Or am I just faking it?"
With eye-opening personal stories, Scripture, and thought-provoking questions, Andi Andrew lovingly invites us to examine our hearts to discover whether our faith is a genuine, life-giving marriage of belief and practice in response to Christ's life and sacrifice or just a lifestyle choice on par with any other. She encourages us to daily surrender our whole lives to Jesus, grapple with hard questions we have been avoiding, and discover a life lived wide awake, following in the way, the truth, and the life of Jesus Christ.
"A compelling look at what it means to dive into the deep transforming love of Jesus and unearth the beauty of genuine discipleship."--Lisa Bevere, New York Times bestselling author and cofounder of Messenger International
"A hurting world is desperate to see the real thing, but the gospel must be real for us first. Are we living it or faking it? This book will challenge you and leave you equipped and encouraged to passionately follow Jesus in your sphere of influence."--Christine Caine, founder of Propel Women and A21
"Andi challenges you to press into a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus that will change you from the inside out!"--John Bevere, author and minister, Messenger International
"Do we have a real faith in Christ, or have we settled for a diluted look-alike? Real faith is worth fighting for, and Andi shows us how."--Sheila Walsh, cohost of Life Today and author of It's Okay Not to Be Okay
Andi Andrew has a deep passion to see the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ outworked in our everyday lives. Cofounder and copastor with her husband, Paul, of Liberty Church in New York City, Andi is a frequent speaker all over the world. In 2015 she launched the She Is Free Conference in order to equip and activate women to walk in freedom, strength, and wholeness in spirit, soul, and body. Author of She Is Free, Andi lives in Brooklyn with her family.
"I adore Andi! Her unrestrained passion for Jesus is contagious. Fake or Follower is a compelling look at what it means to dive into the deep transforming love of Jesus and unearth the beauty of genuine discipleship. Andi challenges you to search your own relationship with God while inspiring you to 'boldly walk the road less traveled.'"
Lisa Bevere, New York Times bestselling author and cofounder of Messenger International
"Andi has a powerful and urgent message for followers of Jesus. A hurting world is desperate to see the real thing, but the gospel must be real for us first. Are we living it or faking it? This book will challenge you and leave you equipped and encouraged to passionately follow Jesus in your sphere of influence. You were created to make a difference, and Andi will walk alongside you as you do."
Christine Caine, founder of Propel Women and A21
"Lisa's and my friend Andi knows what it means to passionately follow after Jesus. She speaks the truth in love and does not compromise it for popularity. In her new book, Fake or Follower, she challenges you to press into a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus that will change you from the inside out!"
John Bevere, author and minister, Messenger International
"This book contains an important message. Do we have a real faith in Christ, or have we settled for a diluted look-alike? Real faith is worth fighting for, and Andi shows us how."
Sheila Walsh, cohost of Life Today and author of It's Okay Not to Be Okay
"Andi Andrew is a clarifying voice of compassion, coupled with truth, to a generation that is looking for answers about what life can truly be like with God. In her new book, Fake or Follower, she enlightens readers on the stark difference between living a passionate life that powerfully walks in the way of Jesus and living a fake imitation of it--hollow religion, rules, obligation, and mediocrity. If you're stuck in a loveless relationship with God governed by 'shoulds' and shame, confused about how to break free from a religious mindset, or longing for the 'more' you hope is possible with God, then this book is for you! Andi has a powerful gift of getting to the root of complex issues, and this book will help you connect to the love of God in the depths of your being, leaving you transformed and free!"
Kris Vallotton, leader, Bethel Church, Redding, CA; cofounder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry; and author of thirteen books, including The Supernatural Ways of Royalty, Heavy Rain, and Poverty, Riches, and Wealth</
"Andi Andrew is an incredible leader! She's someone you want to hang around with because of her infectious love for all things real, applicable, and relevant to modern Christianity. She doesn't hold back in her new book, Fake or Follower. Her writing is a perfect mixture of honesty and conviction. Fake or Follower will keep you asking serious questions about an honest and authentic walk with Christ. Everyone should read this book."
Havilah Cunnington, founder of Truth to Table and author of Stronger Than the Struggle
"Andi Andrew is a gifted, captivating, witty, and brilliant communicator of God's Word; she brings it to life like no other. Our church and Arise Women's conferences have been greatly impacted by the transparency of her life and her Robin Williams-esque, genius back-and-forth-staccato style of communication. But as great a communicator as she is, her latest book, Fake or Follower, is the genuine article--a true literary work of authenticity that calls a generation of believers to live out our 'only message.' Andi's voice is heard through every sentence and her passion conveyed in every chapter. Fake or Follower has impacted our hearts, and if you allow it to, it will impact yours."
Mike and Lisa Kai, lead pastors, Inspire Church, Hawaii
"In a world focused on externals, appearances, and selfies, Fake or Follower is a breath of fresh air. With her trademark candor, honesty, passion, and humor, Andi Andrew reminds us that depth comes from depending on God each second of every day. I highly recommend this book for anyone longing to deepen their faith as they grow closer to Christ."
Chris Hodges, senior pastor, Church of the Highlands, and author of Fresh Air and The Daniel Dilemma
"Over the years, I have been blessed to have a front-row seat to Andi's life. I can say without question that she is one of the most authentic people I have ever met. She is a prophet and a gifted leader whose love for Jesus is infectious. Her passion in life is to see people obtain freedom in Christ and to watch people flourish in their true callings. This book hits you directly in the heart while replenishing your soul. It will equip you to step further into your true identity in Christ."
Brian Harper, chief executive officer, Rouse Properties
"In a world suffocated with perfect poses and selfies, Andi challenges us to put away the filters and fight for authentic faith. Fake or Follower is poignant and powerful, and she boldly forced me to wrestle with my own faith and to question, Is my faith real or is this a show? Her book is humorous and engaging, and you will love how she makes diving deep into our faith so simple."
Bianca Juarez Olthoff, activist, Bible teacher, and bestselling author of Play with Fire
"This is a must-read book in the midst of a generation that tries to appear perfect."
Heather Lindsey, author, speaker, and founder of Pinky Promise
"Fake or Follower has Pastor Andi's name written all over it--she lives this message of refusing to settle for a shallow faith. It is written with beautiful simplicity, and Pastor Andi is both inspirational and practical as she shares the life experiences that have led her to pen these amazing truths. Whether you are a new believer or have been on the journey awhile but have lost your way--knowing there is more but not knowing how to get there--you need to read this book. Within its pages you will discover fundamental truths on how to live a genuine, God-conscious, transformed life."
Jeff and Lorraine Wright, lead pastors, Green Pastures Church, Northern Ireland
"Anyone can go through the motions--faking it is easy. What's hard is living lives that matter, lives that have meaning beyond ourselves. That's what it means to follow Jesus, and that's why I'm excited for you to discover Andi's book and read about the incredible life God has for all of us who are sick and tired of fake."
Greg Surratt, founding pastor, Seacoast Church, and president of the Association of Related Churches
"It's all swirly these days. It's hard to tell what is genuine and what is just fanfare, noise, and nonsense. Enter Andi Andrew. Watch her face as she speaks and you will want to listen forever. You know that whatever she's dishing out is cut-you-to-the-core real. And the truth behind her words is not only eternity-minded but also life-shifting. I've had the joy of hearing her talk about Jesus in person, but I promise you reading her words in this book is not a consolation prize. Make a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and feel the freedom to cut through the crazy and the clutter to hear some real words by a really wise woman. You're going to love this book, and it's going to change your life."
Jess Connolly, Bible teacher and author of Wild and Free, Dance Stand Run, and Always Enough, Never Too Much
"Our selfie society has rewarded fake while simultaneously destroying our witness, uniqueness, and true purpose. In this book, Andi challenges readers to move beyond the comfort of the mask and into a place of real commitment, where we live and lead with our God-given purpose at the center of everything."
Ronaldo Hardy, lead pastor, Love Alive Church
"Andi's passion pours out onto every page of this book. She casts a vision of faith that reaches beyond church attendance and spiritual well wishing and is instead a life-defining relationship with the living God. Then Andi takes us further, illustrating how following Jesus also transforms our relationships and compels us to engage deeply and authentically with the issues facing our communities and culture. Sharing biblical truths and vulnerable, personal stories, Andi inspires us to follow Jesus with our whole hearts and every area of our lives."
Jo Saxton, speaker, author of The Dream of You, and cohost of the Lead Stories podcast
"Christians are experiencing a crisis of credibility. Now as much as ever, the world is watching and wondering if we are who we say we are. That's why I am so grateful for the message of this book and the boldness of its call. Andi Andrew is inviting us into authentic, passionate, costly discipleship, and I think people are ready for it."
Sharon Hodde Miller, author of Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It's Not about You
"There is a popular saying that goes, 'Fake it till you make it.' As an artist in the entertainment industry, I know all too well that this 'please-perform-perfect-never-enough' mentality runs rampant in pop culture, seeking to strip away identity and clip wings before people ever take flight. However, there is hope, and Fake or Follower serves as an awakener to that hope. It challenges the status quo of stopping at belief in the rules that come with religion, and it incites a hunger to step into an authentic relationship with Jesus. Only by responding to the daily invitation to follow Him do we become the people we were made to be. As Andi Andrew has written, 'Jesus came for a revolution inside our hearts that would transform our entire lives and, in turn, society.' Wherever you are in life, you don't have to fake it anymore. In fact, now is the time to refuse to fake it! Whether you have been a Christian for a lifetime or you have never set foot in a church, this book is for you. And don't just read and believe. Read and become."
Phillip Attmore, performance artist, writer, and speaker
"Andi is one of those funny, honest, and authentic people whom you always want to be around, and you'll feel that in her writing. Fake or Follower is filled with brilliant storytelling and insights that make you say, 'Wow, I needed that.' So don't pick up this book unless you're ready to keep reading! Get ready to be inspired."
Peter Haas, pastor, SubstanceChurch.com; author of humor books, Pharisectomy and Broken Escalators; and DJ producer for Substance Variant
"Through her experience in life and ministry, Andi is able to convey incredible spiritual insights in her book Fake or Follower. In a time when authenticity in our Christian lives is so vital for our world, the message in this book is much needed. We believe this book will become a great resource for many people."
Steve and Sharon Kelly, senior pastors, Wave Church
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