Hazardous: Committing to the Cost of Following Jesus


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Hazardous encourages disciples of Jesus to count the steep costs of following Jesus in their daily lives by equipping them to pursue holiness, listen for God’s guidance, and obey God’s direction. A lot of books tell us that discipleship is costly, but this book shows what it looks like and how God helps us persevere in the midst of trials.

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“This book convicted me that I should not expect the Christian life to be easy. This book encouraged me to see my everyday struggles as part of the very maturing process I crave from God. And so, after reading Hazardous, I found myself further along the trail of following Jesus than before I read it. I can offer no higher recommendation for a book than that.”

-David Fitch, B R Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary and author of The End of Evangelicalism? and the forthcoming Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Far Country

Hazardous is the best spiritual growth book I’ve read in years! Reading this book has not only altered how I view Jesus’s life on earth, but it’s also challenged me on what it means to call myself "Christian." Rich with story and passion for helping people connect with God, Cooper & Cyzewski’s book will bring you closer to story of Jesus and help you engage the story that Christ intended for you. 

-Matthew Paul Turner, author of Churched and Hear No Evil

"Into a world of easy discipleship, Cooper and Cyzewski offer a bold biblical challenge: Follow Jesus. By tracing the messy lives and costly discipleship of faithful people throughout Scripture, they tell a story that is both dangerous and delightful. Readers of Hazardous will not merely be rewarded with a great read; they will be rewarded with an invitation to deeper relationship with a great Lord."

– David T. Lamb, Biblical Seminary, author of God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?

“In an age of comfort and indulgence, it might seem a hard sell to invite people into a life of costly, difficult and challenging faith. True to the calling and example of Jesus, Hazardous does just that. Yet, it is also an invitation into fullness of life, genuine community and priceless love of God.”

Jamie Arpin-Ricci, The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis & Life in the Kingdom

"Derek Cooper and Ed Cyzewski offer a gracious, honest, and wise perspective in this book about the difficulties and cost of true Christian commitment. In a convenience-obsessed world, their voices are welcome—and rare."

– Jason Boyett, author, O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling

My friends, "We need to consider the costs of following Jesus because the sacrifices and trials of this life cannot compare to God’s rewards." It is important to give ourselves permission to transition–and oftentimes this means going through really tough stuff. As your guides, Ed and Derek explain discipleship in practice while following Jesus through good and bad times. A must read for every follower of Christ.

-Renee Fisher, Intentional Discipleship Meets Personal Devotion, www.devotionaldiva.com. Author of Faithbook of Jesus and Not Another Dating Book

“Everyone agrees on ‘the cost of discipleship’ in theory, but then no one is quite sure where to start in working out the details. Now Cooper and Cyzewski team up to write a compelling and engaging primer for those of us needing to think again about the practical difference following Jesus should make in our own lives. Warning: reading this book may be hazardous to your complacent Christian life.”

Nicolas Perrin, Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College

"Hazardous’ authors remind us that discipleship doesn’t lead to guaranteed ease and security. Taking up one’s cross sometimes means setting aside comforts. But the authors also remind us that the blessings and peace that come from imitating Jesus are worth the adventure. This book should help readers both count the cost of the cross and expect the abundant life that results from following the crucified One."

-Thomas Jay Oord – author of The Nature of Love and co-author of Relational Holiness

From the Back Cover:

We may think that following Jesus always leads to green fields and still waters, but Christ sends us out as “sheep among wolves” and warns us that we will be hated by everyone because of Him.

Derek Cooper and Ed Cyzewski show how true discipleship clashes with our culture and affects every area of life. Counting the cost and becoming disciples of Jesus instead of just spectators will influence all our daily decisions and plans. Hazardous is a call to listen for God’s leading and to obey, even when it leads us down a difficult and dangerous path.

As you confront the risks of discipleship and learn to foster a deeper reliance on Christ alone, you can be prepared for every challenge that comes your way. Hazardous will show you how.

Are you tired of trying to live a “safe” faith?

Are you ready to become a Hazardous disciple?

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