Item description for The Unusual Suspect: My Calling to the New Hardcore Movement of Faith by Stephen &. Tabb Mark Baldwin...
Overview The actor chronicles his odyssey from high-living Hollywood star to happily married, Christian family life, taking a look at the role of the church in modern society, the meaning of faith in his own life, and the unusual conversion that led him to Christianity.
Publishers Description Stephen Baldwin reveals his unbelievable change from a hardcore party boy to a hardcore follower of Jesus Christ. The core of his message: "You must be willing to try faith God's way, not yours, and when you do you will find a life beyond anything you could have dreamed."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.92" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Nov 12, 2007
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446581798 ISBN13 9780446581790 UPC 9780446581790
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More About Stephen &. Tabb Mark Baldwin
Stephen Baldwin - actor, family man, born-again Christian. Through an impressive body of work, Stephen continues to be a popular and sought-after talent in the film and television industry. Stephen makes his home in upstate New York with his wife and two young daughters.
Mark Tabb is the author of twelve books including Living with Less and Out of the Whirlwind. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Knightstown, Indiana with their three daughters.
Reviews - What do customers think about Unusual Suspect?
Changed My Life Mar 28, 2007
Not too often am I high on reviews for Christian books. I am a believer but find many Christian books don't speak to my soul. I found Mr. Baldwin's book to be theologically sound and for once has shined light on exactly what Christianity is intended to be. If you don't believe in Christ, I challenge you to check out the book, Stephen Baldwin does an awesome job of not pushing his own beliefs onto the reader, yet gives a detailed account about why and how he changed his ways.
A Great Book!!! Mar 20, 2007
This is a funny, deep, and thought provoking book. It is nice to see someone like "Stevie" wright a book like this. All ages should enjoy as long as you are open to the message.
Real conversion Jan 10, 2007
If you want to read about a real Hollywood conversion, this book is for you.
A great read... but it made me want another, different book from Mr. Baldwin Jan 10, 2007
I've been following Stephen Baldwin's faith journey for some time. He's a dynamic and persuasive evangelist who has unapologetically used his celebrity to advance God's kingdom, all with a brash, offhand, humorous kind of touch. The Christian community has been truly blessed with this guy.
His book's a great read. His irrepressible personality keeps coming through, proving you don't check your personality at the door when you accept the free gift of Christ's grace. The stories are great, and yes, you long-time Christians out there, you're going to get a lot from this book. The water gets pretty deep in places.
And therein, to my mind, lies the book's only problem. Reading this as a longtime Christ-follower I felt challenged in both my faith and my life. But am I Mr. Baldwin's audience? Or is it the skateboarders and other kids and young adults who know nothing of God, or the plan He has for their lives?
Baldwin DOES spend a lot of time reaching out to those people. The story of how he came to Christ is told well. He's honest about his struggles and how he fought against Jesus' plan for his life. We've all been there. For a longtime Christian, there was some stuff I might have been tempted to skim over, but Mr. Baldwin usually found ways to keep it fresh and relevant. In the end there's a lot of learn from anyone who's evangelizing out on the fringes of society. That's where Christ would be... Christ is very real out there.
For the kids he's trying to reach, some of the "advanced" Christianity stuff might be good too. Just as Jesus did, Baldwin attacks hyprocricy and complacency wherever he sees it. Those attacks may be appreciated by the kids who have avoided Christianity because they don't like the short-haired conservative Christian stereotype, or the bland, feel-good Jesus preached by the liberal churches. Mr. Baldwin preaches Christ the upender of the status quo... God on Earth, making room for His Kingdom by knocking over the tables of the money changers and the hyprocrites. "Hey, there's room for me in this thing... Stephen says so." And more power to him for saying it.
But I do wonder about the focus of the book. Mr. Baldwin tries to cover the waterfront. I enjoyed it all, immensely. But some kid who's new to Christ might not get it all.
I hope Mr. Baldwin considers writing another book, focused on those kids. An obvious feature of such a book would be the stories of some of the kids he's befriended. Nothing reaches out to someone as well as the testimony of a peer.
Just a thought. Stephen, thanks for the book! Great stuff.
Highly Recommended Jan 10, 2007
I found "Stevie B's" book to be entertaining, insightful, and uplifting. I thought there would be alot of politics and family bashing, but happily there wasn't. Altough there were a couple of off the wall rantings, (such as his chastisement to 'the Mike Severs character'and then turning around in the next chapter proclaiming the same thing Kirk Cameron does), all in all I enjoyed his wit and honesty. And his shoe metaphore for lust was hysterical. I know I'll be using it myself. I know there will be some who will pick his theology apart, but there are always those. I hope to hear more from him.