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Stories for His Glory

Skin in the Game by Rick Lawrence November 24, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 1:14 pm
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Explores the revolutionary idea that risk is a foundational requirement, not an optional step, of the true faith walk

 “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” —Matthew 10:39

Christians are longing for more life in their lives, a sense that they’re more present to Jesus and to their own story in the everyday. They’re looking for the answer to the deepest question of human experience: “How do I find the freedom I crave, and become the person I long to be?” Too often, though, they’re scared to risk too much to find the answer—so they simply continue to lead lives of “quiet desperation.”

Rick Lawrence says that’s exactly the problem. We’ve seen too much. We know too much. And so we manage our risk so well that we choke off the very fuel that our soul needs to stay alive. In fact, risk should be a primary aspect of our relationship with Jesus, not the thing we avoid.

In this book, Lawrence argues that if we pay attention to the way Jesus related to people, we discover that he asked every person he ever met to put their “skin in the game”—invest part of themselves. Only then did they find the life they always longed for.

Lawrence asks eight key questions, including: • Will you embrace your shame? • Will you receive grace? • Will you confront your fears? • Will you wait, even when all hope is lost?

With a vigorous, fast-paced, and conversational style, he uses these questions plus stories straight from Scripture and pop-culture corollaries to explore the kinds of risks we find in our lives today and how to stop waiting and start going all in for Jesus.


Rick is the longtime Executive Editor of GROUP Magazine ( and the co-leader of the Simply Youth Ministry Conference ( His latest books include Shrewd: Daring to Live the Startling Command of Jesus (2012,, and Sifted: God’s Scandalous Response to Satan’s Outrageous Demand (2011, He’s married to Beverly Rose and has a 13-year-old daughter named Lucy Rose and a 9-year-old daughter named Emma Grace.
You can follow Rick on Twitter @RickSkip, on Facebook at, or you can email him at, or you can drag a banner behind your biplane over Denver, Colorado with a special message for Rick.   

My thoughts:

This is a fabulous book. Each chapter takes a look at someone from the Bible and applies the lessons to our lives today, I loved that.

There are a lot of wonderful things in this book but I will only give you a taste of a couple and hope that will whet your appetite for more.

On page 54 the author writes, “God is far more interested in naming us then fixing us.” This goes back to identity which I personally believe is the root cause of so many of our issues. If we just understood who we really are we could walk in so much more confidence.

Another part that totally spoke to me at a very deep level was this paragraph from page 58: “The best way to pinpoint the identity-forming force of the voices that surround you is to study what’s going on in your soul after you’ve had a difficult or dissonance-producing or even uplifting encounter with someone. How is the echo from the encounter describing you?”

I could go on about how this resonated with me but I won’t in this review.

Overall, a wonderful read that will challenge you to risk more for Jesus.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million, Deeper Shopping or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. 


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