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New York Times Best Seller

The best-selling author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry equips readers to recognize and resist the lies that seek to rob them of peace and freedom. 

Live No Lies is brilliant, deep, scriptural, and will equip you to face the enemy and fight.” (Jennie Allen, New York Times best-selling author of Get Out of Your Head)

We are at war. Not with a foreign government or domestic terrorists or a creepy new artificial intelligence hell-bent on taking over the world. No, it’s a war we feel deep inside our own chests: we are at war with lies.

The problem isn’t so much that we tell lies but that we live them. We let them into our bodies, and they sabotage our peace. All around us in the culture and deep within our own body memories are lies: deceptive ideas that wreak havoc on our emotional health and spiritual well-being, and deceptive ideas about who God is, who we are, and what the good life truly is.

The choice is not whether to fight or not fight, but whether we win or surrender.

Ancient apprentices of Jesus developed a paradigm for this war; they spoke of the three enemies of the soul: the devil, the flesh, and the world. Live No Lies taps into this ancient wisdom from saints of the Way and translates the three enemies for the modern era, with all its secularism and sophistication. As a generation, we chuckle at the devil as a premodern myth, we are confused by Scripture’s teaching on the flesh in an age where sensual indulgence is a virtue not a vice, and we have little to no category for the New Testament concept of the world.

In this provocative and practical book, bestselling author John Mark Comer combines cultural analysis with spiritual formation. He identifies the role lies play in our spiritual deformation and lays out a strategic plan to overcome them.

Do you feel the tug-of-war in your own heart, the inner conflict between truth and lies? The spirit and the flesh? The Way of Jesus and the world? It’s time to start winning. It’s time to live no lies...

©2021 John Mark Comer (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“This is the book I’ve been waiting for and one of the most important books a follower of Jesus will ever read. It will become a classic.” (Christine Caine, founder of A21 and Propel Women) 

“John Mark Comer is a gift to the church. He writes with adept cultural nuance, theological savvy, and refreshing spiritual depth. In Live No Lies, he’s taken on a multilayered, ancient topic and brilliantly rearticulated it for our generation. This is a gem.” (Rich Villodas, lead pastor of New Life Fellowship and author of The Deeply Formed Life)

“In a time that feels full of contradictions and confusion, John Mark does a masterful job of laying out what is true, what true is, and why it matters deeply that we know the truth. This is the book for our day.” (Annie F. Downs, New York Times best-selling author of That Sounds Fun)

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Wow..

Well, I just finished and am restarting, there is SO MUCH going on here! The Spirit is definitely in this, so many soul feels, so much action to take.. I need the paper version to take notes in now!! Highly recommend, especially if you're in a city literally setting the tone for "the world" and feeling like you're drowning, we're not alone!

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Reminders, revelations and practical help

Full of reminders of truths I already knew, mind blowing revelations and practical help. I finished this book better equipped to move towards spiritual formation - a term I didn’t understand before reading this book. I also have awareness of tools (spiritual disciplines) that will help me fight the enemies of my soul…if I will choose to obey Jesus and put all of this knowledge into practice.

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JMC is Fantastic As Always!

This book gets my highest recommendation. Listen to it again and again. JMC is our generation’s clearest Christian thinker.

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Read this book!

Honest. Clear. Practical. Approachable.
John Mark has a way of drawing on deep and ancient concepts and presenting them in modern language that is both approachable and challenging. This book is a must read for any person asking questions about what being a follower of Jesus should and could look like in a world that increasingly presents versions of Christianity that look less and less like Christ.

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A Must Read

A clear vision of what we need to do as Christians to make a difference. His words pierced my soul, making me re-examine my actions and thoughts and offering a soul searching way to trust and truly follow Jesus. John Mark speaks truth in a world that doesn’t always walk the talk and calls us back to Jesus, all the while pointing out how we’re following the world too closely, and how we’ve fallen for the world’s lies and faithless version of Christianity. Like the OT prophets, John Mark calls us to turn back to Jesus and gives clear steps on how to do it. So thankful that this pastor is willing to speak truth.

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Is this a political book?

This book I thought was going to be about lies and goes to combat them in my life. Mostly it was. However, we all know the best lie is mostly true, especially if you back it up with quotes from people who are, or have been in the past and are now gone. The author says several times that he has no political agenda, well when you say things that are marinaded in politics and social justice after saying "I have no political agenda." I kind of feel like I am being misled at best. I truly think that this guy is genuine in his social justice belief, but that is also what makes him dangerous. I would not recommend this book to my family. I think he does put some things together nicely, but the poison that you have ingest a long with it really made me want to vomit.

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Great!

This book is undoubtedly my #1 best book of 2021. I found it helpful and insightful. I would recommend this book to anyone...in fact I have recommended it to multiple friends that are not followers of Jesus, but activity seeking peace and truth.

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Highly recommend!

One of the best books on theology and life I have heard in years! Just finished it and about to start again.

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Live as Jesus calls us to live

This book will make you uncomfortable. It will expose your biases. At times, it will probably offend you.

I forced myself to keep listening after the author shared some questionable statistics about a president who supported and did more for believers and for Israel than any other President.

Regardless of the author’s bias in that area, I found what he writes about our culture and our faith to be authentic, provoking, convicting and encouraging.

A few times I wish I had been able to stop and take notes, and yet couldn’t stop listening.
Now I will re-listen, or purchase a hard copy.
Probably a hard copy, so I can read his footnotes.

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A Modern Classic

This is a life changing book. I will be coming back to it for years, reading it to my children when they’re older, and recommending it to everyone. Well done, John Mark. This book will shape the church for decades.