[Audiobook] “Explicit Gospel” by Matt Chandler

David Cochran Heath narrates this audiobook edition. 

Where is the Gospel? Many that grew up in the church seem to have just recently accepted the Gospel, it seems. Why is that? Chandler, in his curiosity, decided to explore the query and see if it’s a simple misunderstanding, or a core problem in church today. His findings were typical at first – the sermon notes reveal a clear presentation of the Gospel and the Messiah. However, upon further research past the sample size, he realized that only a few heard the Gospel but weren’t ready for it…a majority, however, never heard the Gospel at all.

The sermon notes revealed traditional teaching, known as Christian moralistic therapeutic deism, on how to live a moral life and do good works. The transformation that Christ called us to has been exchanged for a conformation to being good people. If we tie our shoes right and fluff the tie a bit, we are spiritual in our presentation. That’s all that matters, right? Wrong.

Chandler asserts that adding to or removing from the cross is robbing G-d. In his own definition, this book uses the biblical narrative and meta-narrative of the Bible to define the explicit gospel, which is precisely what should be taught all the time.

Heath does a great job in his narration. Smooth and eloquent, his changes in his pitch and voice match the author’s intent for narration, as well as define clear Scripture passages. His rate is medium to fast, but clear and concise, making it easy to follow and great to keep attention with. The only downside to his narration is the partial monotone in his voice, which reflects not so much a reality or performance, but more so a prepared work of art.

The narration scored a four out of five on the SG rubric, while content scored five out of five, giving this audiobook 4.5 out of 5 – highly recommended for audiobook material and spiritual growth.Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.