Where ordinary and extraordinary embrace
‘A fantastic encouragement to cooperate with Jesus as He brings the greatness of His life out from inside you.’
Paul Harcourt, Ambassador for New Wine England
Reading the Gospels, we quickly discover that there were many people who admired Jesus. They saw Him as a prophet, a great teacher, a miracle worker, a healer – or even as the Messiah! – yet it didn’t change their lives. But then there were those whom He called with two simple words: ‘Follow Me’. And leaving everything, they did. As Christians, we know He still calls people today – so what kind of followers are we?
Born out of Henry’s own experience of walking with the Lord over many years, and several decades’ pastoral leadership, The Transformed Follower is written to equip us for this life-changing and life-bringing calling. Through careful study of Scripture, relatable examples and searching questions, we are helped to understand what discipleship means today, and empowered to live it.
Gently, Henry asks us how we would define our own discipleship, and how our answer compares with Christ’s call and promise. Would others recognise that we follow Jesus? Would they look at us and say, ‘I can see you follow Jesus because you stand out a mile’? Or is our discipleship largely invisible?
‘I have written this book for those wishing to deepen their understanding of what it means to genuinely respond to the call of following Jesus, and its implications, in an age of increasing secularism,’ says Henry.
‘I believe there has never been a greater need to understand what such a calling involves, what its nature is in the expectations of a lifestyle intrinsically woven into a transformed walk of faith that puts Jesus at the centre of a Spirit-filled, Kingdom-centred discipleship with the power and authority to influence and impact our communities.’
When Jesus calls us to come follow Him, He calls us to be transformed. To encounter the life-changing reality of who He is in the ordinary and the everyday, and to grow into the extraordinary promise of who we can become in Him. For individuals and churches, this is an invitation to be where Jesus is, and to do what He is doing – will we heed the call?
‘I recommend this book to everyone who desires to have an in-depth knowledge of Christ.’
Felix Adepoju, Senior Pastor and founder of Christ Light International Christian Centre, Rainham and Clacton-on-Sea
The Transformed Follower by Henry Pradella (ISBN: 9781912726776) is published by Instant Apostle and is available on 17th November 2023 from bookshops and online retailers. Christian Life, paperback, 256pp, £12.99.