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This book is about the misguided obsession with the management of sin that cripples too many Christians. It’s about the view that religion is all about sin…about how to hide side sin or how to stop sinning all together.In the Introduction, the author toys good-naturedly with an agitated caller on his radio program, teasing him in a segment where he offers three free sins.This book is about the misguided obsession with the management of sin that cripples too many Christians. It’s about the view that religion is all about sin…about how to hide side sin or how to stop sinning all together.In the Introduction, the author toys good-naturedly with an agitated caller on his radio program, teasing him in a segment where he offers three free sins. The offer is real. Not that Steve has the power to forgive sins, but he wants to make the point that Jesus has made the offer to cover all of our sins – not just three.Chapter one, titled “Teaching Frogs to Fly,” is even better. The gist of this chapter is that you can’t teach frogs to fly, just like you can’t teach people not to sin. Steve tells a story about a guy who has a frog, and he’s convinced he can teach the frog how to fly. The man keeps throwing the frog up in the air or up against walls – all to the poor frog’s demise. The message is that even though people can be better, they can never not sin—just like a frog can never learn to fly, no matter how much pressure is put on it.Steve continues through the book to show readers that while they can never manage sin, they can relax in knowing that they are completely forgiven—not just of three, but of all....

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Three Free Sins: A New Perspective on Sin and Grace Reviews

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2018-11-01 21:05

    "When Christians get to the point where they read only Christian books, go only to Christian movies hang out only with other Christians, eat only Christian cookies, and wear only Christian underwear, it's time for a reality check. That's sick, and it is a sickness unto death.Once we are free from the need to defend, protect and hide, we have the freedom to show up in places where proper Christians don't go for fear of getting dirty. And it is in our showing up that the authenticity of who we are becomes the "flavor" that attracts others to the ice cream maker." (pg 192).In the latest book by Steve Brown, Three Free Sins, is an exceptional read that for once, frees Christians and non-Christians alike from the stereotype that in order to live once saved, we have to walk a perfect and holy life. Do you really think that's possible? God knows we can't be perfect and nothing we do will pay for the gift of our salvation in Christ, so we need to stop being weighed down by the fact, we will all fall short sometimes. We need this to be about what God thinks, than what the world thinks and start living a life worthy of God.In this book, Steve admits he crosses into uncomfortable territory is not acting or even sounding like your typical preacher, because after so many years of being like that, he realizes that isn't what people want when they want to know God. They need to know the walk will be difficult and that God doesn't always seem to play fair, especially when things happen to good people and if we are truly honest with ourselves and who we really are deep down inside, then people can be changed."If you're a Christian, you probably have, as I have winced at the revelations of the horrible sin of some of our leaders. Every time a Christian leader falls morally, runs a Ponzi scheme on unsuspecting brothers and sisters in Christ, builds a mansion, or buys a Mercedes from the tithe money from Social Security recipients, or creates an empire that begins to crumble, the rest of us want to run away and become Buddhists. Every time the curtain rolls back, and we see the hypocrisy, the greed, and the shallowness of the church, we are embarrassed and are less arrogant bout the church against which Jesus said, " the gates of hell shall not prevail." (Matthew 16:18). It's hard to be triumphant with that much dirty underwear hanging out in public.Listen up! Don't waste the dirt! Don't hide the sinners! They're ours. Do you think God is doing something in our midst that we've all missed. Everybody who is reading this has secrets, and if those secrets were publicly revealed, you would flee in embarrassment from friends, neighbors and fellow church members. God, for his own reasons, has revealed a few of the dirty secrets of a few of us. But that is only the surface. A mother lode of secrets has already been uncovered; but I fear that, if we don't start getting this thing right, God won't just stop with them." (pg 180).I received Three Free Sins compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review and feel a breath of fresh air has come. What a wonderful insight into the way God planned for us to live and for us to treat others. I applaud Steve Brown for being willing to step over the threshold and cause a few to be a bit uncomfortable, but in the end, there is a freedom waiting for us that can not be explained until you live it! A perfect 5 out of 5 stars!

  • Bob Henry
    2018-11-07 18:09

    I was not familiar with Steve Brown, but the tag line, "God's Not Mad at You" is a phrase that has had me in some heated conversations. I picked up the book at B&N and literally read the introductions and the first couple chapters before leaving the bookstore. Not only is it an easy read, it is a fun, true and profound book. I probably don't agree with Steve Brown's theology fully, but I do believe in his approach to ministry and the journey of faith. Often the stories, the analogies, and the real life experiences had me saying "AMEN" and reading parts out loud to my wife while she watched Downton Abbey - and amazingly she listened because Steve's wisdom was right on. As a pastor, I found Steve's work invigorating - finally someone with a sense of humor that says it as it is - and actually means it - and knows how to defend it. I want others to realize they have "three free sins" or four, our five, or one hundred! This is a freeing book and I am going to recommend it to many of my friends.

  • Carmen
    2018-11-13 21:09

    I did not agree with the author of this book. It wasn't that I disagreed with his main concept: that Christians are already forgiven and are going to heaven no matter what they do so they might as well not worry so much and condemn others so much for sinning. He preaches forgiveness and acceptance and that there is no such thing as a 'perfect' Christian. But I do disagree with him because it is clear throughout the book that he thinks being homosexual is a sin and I do not. He believes in welcoming and forgiving homosexuals, but to me there should be nothing to forgive. He is a skilled author.

  • Greg Chandler
    2018-10-30 18:29

    I love Steve Brown's way. Authentic, authoritative, assertive, and applicable. He always seems fearless in his faith to me and more to the point, in his presentation, teaching, or defense thereof. And when it comes to the Christian faith today, fearlessness is something we are in desperate need of. "Three Free Sins" touches on many topics relevant to the Church today. Most importantly, it makes the individual reader examine and answer what they really believe about the sanctifying sacrifice of the spotless lamb. Well done, Steve.

  • Vaclav
    2018-11-14 17:17

    Dr. Steve Brown has been my mentor for over two years now. I have been greatly blessed through his podcasts "KeyLife Network", "You think about that", and "Steve Brown etc.", and his books "Three free sins", and "Scandalous freedom". I can honestly say that the grace, the truth and the freedom I have come to see and experience during this time have come to me through the ministry of this dear old brother. Jesus Christ is the center and focus of the Holy Bible, and brother Steve keeps it that way! That's what draws me to his message, an authentic Jesus!

  • Kitty Chatfou
    2018-10-29 22:04

    Book Title: "Three Free Sins”Author: Steve BrownPublished By: Howard BooksAge Recommended: 17+Reviewed By: Kitty BullardRaven Rating: 5Review: A delightfully humorous book by Dr. Steve Brown that shows an interesting insight into religion using both a spiritual and scientific means. This book was quite interesting and highly entertaining a definite must-read for any that enjoy a light-hearted Christian read.

  • Laura Schmigel
    2018-10-26 17:31

    I've been a Steve Brown fan since before I was a believer, when I ran across his voice roaming the radio dial late at night. It's very easy to hear his voice while reading here about God's great grace. We'll never be good enough. Praise God, Jesus is. And because He is, we should cut each other (and ourselves) a little slack. Enjoy His love and extend it to others.

  • Nathan Farley
    2018-11-04 16:30

    Steve Brown is a breath of fresh air. He reminds you that the Gospel has absolutely nothing to do with you getting better, and everything to do with Jesus' finished work on the cross. Steve leaves no room for self righteousness. If the idea of "three free sins" bothers you, then this book is written for you. Be offended. Get mad. Be angry. But don't put it down.

  • Jason Kanz
    2018-10-24 16:03

    This week, I read a book that at least a half dozen people asked me about just by seeing the cover. Every one of them questioned the title, which gave me a chance to talk about what a great book it is in spite of the provocative title. So what is the book? Three Free Sins: God’s Not Mad at You by Steve Brown. Perhaps you, like many of my friends, hear me say that title and you wince, but give me a moment. If you are at all familiar with Steve Brown, he’s been around a long, long time. In fact, he refers to himself as “old as dirt.” He is a conservative, Bible believing seminary professor who has been telling people about Jesus for a very long time with his amazing baritone voice. But in the introduction to the book, he tells his readers that he has tried really hard to live in the “religious box” for a long time, a stiff container of legalism and lovelessness. Although the title catches almost everyone off guard, the message inside is pure gospel. Too often, you see, Christians use methods of discipleship that don’t work. For example, we inflict guilt or we hold up stories of “Bible heroes” without recognizing their dark sides. We present the Bible as a list of rules to be followed rather than a story of a God pursuing sinners right in the middle of their mess. We confuse law and gospel. What happens is not that we sin less, but that we get better at hiding our junk. And then we get self-righteous. Brown turns this whole approach to the Christian faith (which is ineffective anyways) upside down. He asks the question “What if the Christian faith isn’t about getting better?” Rather, what if the Christian faith is developing a deeper and deeper recognition that God loves us in spite of our sins—past, present and future. What if being a Christian really is about freedom, recognition of our need for Jesus, and the beauty of forgiveness? On page 87, Brown wrote, “I’ve found that the greatest need among Christian leaders isn’t for more commitment, more ‘religion’, and more ‘making an impact for Jesus’. What they need to be taught is that they are seriously sinful and God loves them anyway.” Bingo!When we begin to recognize God’s love, grace, and forgiveness, something interesting happens. We begin to live as free people. We live fearlessly. We will get better when we aren’t watching and trying so hard. Three Free Sins is an amazing book. Don’t let the title scare you off. If you are a Christian, God. Is. Not. Mad. At. You. You are his beloved child. You are free.

  • Bryan Robinson
    2018-10-16 18:25

    I enjoyed this one. He makes me laugh and hits me with true truth.Three Free Sins - Steve BrownApril 6, 20121. p24 - When people tell me their secrets, my response is often: “So? You thought Jesus didn’t have to die for you? You thought you surprised a God who had perspiration on his upper lip and high hopes for your success?”2. p33 - It is a short trip between convictions and self-righteousness. And the real problem is that one hardly ever remembers making the trip.3. p70 - A reporter asked Bill Clinton if he was going to forgive those who had conducted the impeachment trial. There was a very long pause. “Those who need forgiveness, “ he said quietly, “must give it.”4. p115 - If you make getting better your goal, you’re in for a boatload of disappointment. The constant pressure to “get better and better, every day in every way” is driving people away from the truth of the gospel. It’s not about getting better.5. p120 - Sometimes I want to tell God that we really do need better heroes than the ones he gave us and that he certainly could have kept some of the family secrets to himself. Maybe God is trying to communicate something to us.6. p165 - If I hear one more time that we have to be careful with this “grace thing” because people will take advantage of it, I’m going to use some very unclergy-like language. That’s like telling a baby we have to be careful about food or he or she will take advantage of it or refusing to tell an heir about a million-dollar inheritance because he or she will take advantage of it.7. My nine year old daughter just saw me typing this and commented: “Writing a book report is worse when someone tells you that you have to compared to when you are just doing one for fun.” I thought this was a great explanation of how the Law does not move us to obedience.8. p192 - Once we are set free from the need to defend, protect, and hide, we have the freedom to show up in places where proper Christians don’t go for fear of getting dirty. And it is in our showing up that the authenticity of who we are becomes the “flavor” that attracts others to the ice cream maker.9. p194 - The good news of the incarnation is that when we run to Jesus with our pain, our failure, and our need, he always says first, “I know, child, I know.” When we start saying the same thing to them (those who aren’t believers), they may start listening. It’s called evangelism.10. p227 - If there were a correlation between our obedience and His discipline, we would have been destroyed a long time ago.

  • Kevin Larose
    2018-10-20 15:33

    In this book, Steve Brown proposes the theory that Christians today are focusing far too much on sin, which is getting in the way of worship. If we all just acknowledged that everybody sins (which would free people up from trying to be "perfect"), energy could be diverted to other uses. I'm inclined to agree with him.

  • Joseph
    2018-11-08 19:29

    Loved the book. My experience has been that most "serious" Christians don't understand justification. This book was like drinking a cold glass of water on a hot day. If you have struggled with the fact that your life has been less than sinless, this will help put it into perspective. God realizes that those he saves are not sinless, they are sinners!

  • Michael Banh
    2018-10-17 19:19

    I actually loved this book by Steve Brown. Some may not agree with his theology and call him an antinomianist, but I found this book to be freeing and comforting! I'm a natural legalist and when I fail, boy do I fall hard, but Steve has come alongside me in this book and helped me back up and shown me that Jesus loves the screw up and the type A jerk!

  • Kimmie
    2018-11-04 22:18

    Love, love, love this book and highly recommend!!"No profound relationship can be established with God until you come to him with nothing to offer but your sin. You also know that the relationship with him is not maintained by your obedience and righteousness but by his grace and Christ's righteousness." Pg 217Steve Brown has a sarcastic whip humor that I just adore. This book is a must read!

  • Rex
    2018-11-05 18:20

    Written in Steve Brown's typical acerbic tone, Three Free Sins hits me right where I live. It is always refreshing to read material written by a man who passionately loves Jesus and is transparent about his own weaknesses and failures. Grace reaches to the darkest recesses of our hearts and reminds us that God not only loves us, He likes us as well.

  • Lori
    2018-11-06 16:11

    Love, love Steve Brown's books and daily programs. I can't hear what he has to say enough! I thank God for the ability to let go a little more because of the truths taught by him. I find that I need to continue to hear the same truth over and over again to find peace. Steve's book is one I'll read over and over again!

  • Wendy C
    2018-10-25 21:11

    Oh that we had more Steve Brown's. Lighthearted, funny, blunt to the point...a different genre than the young, restless and reformed, yet freeing, truly freeing....not a watch every tittle that you do and then try harder but be free, repent and truly ask for heart change. WE NEED MORE STEVE BROWNS.

  • David
    2018-11-11 19:23

    This book is like cold water to a parched soul. If you are not a Christian, Steve shares the hope you've been looking for. If you are a Christian, especially one of many years, you need this book to remind you of the kernel of your faith - grace. The flesh, the I-earn-everything-I-get mentality, the legalistic heart, the religious soul, all need smacked upside the head with Steve's truth.

  • Luke
    2018-10-18 17:20

    What an incredible look at the Gospel. If you look at a lot of what is out there regarding Christianity and "how to behave" this is a refreshing take. Yes, we sin, but it's good to be reminded that Christ covered all our sins, not just the ones we made before we accepted salvation.

  • Eric Christenson
    2018-10-23 17:22

    Christian or not. Religious or not. Open minded or close minded. You should read this book. Three free sins, receive them or leave them.

  • Moriah Carver
    2018-10-21 15:05

    Am amazing statement of the power and extent - unlimited - of God's grace. And a reminder that we are not asked to get it right and be good or good enough. We are called to draw near to God and He does the rest. We wil not make Him better or worse with how much we attempt to control our image - His impression is bigger than the damage or assistance we think we provide!!

  • Judith Pearson
    2018-10-24 15:10

    Gives me things to think about. Reminds me a bit of Barbara Duguid's book, Extravagant Grace. Between the points in these books and the process of sanctification there must be some ground where they come together. Maybe I'll go back to Jerry Bridges and reread The Discipline of Grace.

  • Scott Sjoblom
    2018-11-01 15:17

    Friends. Read this book.Here's my full review:

  • Clark Goble
    2018-11-11 19:19

    Let me preface this review by saying I loved this book, but I would not recommend it for everyone. Why? I think new or young Christians may be confused by the rhetoric employed by author Steve Brown. Make no mistake about it, Brown is presenting some solid doctrine. His book is is all about grace. He is an advocate of once saved always saved and writes to convince his audience that Christ's sacrifice on the cross frees us from the cost of sin once and for all and there is nothing we can do in our own power to earn or lose salvation. The problem is not necessarily in Brown's doctrine or theology, rather, it is in his presentation. Brown says and writes things that seem to be inflammatory. Consider his title - "Three Free Sins" - the connotation is that because Christ has paid for our sins, they cost us nothing and are "free." While this is true on some level anyone with a working knowledge of the gospel knows there is greater depth to such a statement. Brown has his reasons for packaging his message the way he does, and I believe they are noble reasons, but I fear his message may get lost in its packaging. A surface reading of this book suggests Brown may be pushing the heresy of antinomianism on his readers. He's not, but I get the feeling he enjoys being viewed as a heretic. As I read his words, though I was digging what he said, I kept asking myself why he seemed to be intentionally walking that fine line. The answer come's when Brown answers the question, "Why don't you write and teach in a normal way?" His answer is as follows: "I've tried to say it in a normal way. Nobody listens. So I decided to be ... as outrageous as God was in his giving of himself for us." So there you have it. In a way, Brown is right. I only read his book because of the provocative title. However, while I appreciate and agree his message, I fear his method may confuse new or young Christians.

  • Ken Garrett
    2018-10-26 16:14

    If you've never heard the deep, sonorous voice of Steve Brown extolling the love of God for people--you've missed out. And his writing carries the same convictions regarding the love of God for all people. I feel that Steve Brown (along with Tullian Tchividjian of Coral Ridge Pres., and Tim Keller) represents in some measure a reformed, Presbyterian form of Free Grace theology, so I'm on their team really from the start. Brown's book presents the wondrous, liberating, unconditional acceptance and endless love of God, available to all who simply trust Him for it, as they trust in the death of Jesus on their behalf. Brown is winsome, a bit provocative (perhaps more so to his own tribe), and writes in an engaging manner. He cares very, very deeply that the gospel not be killed by works, guilt, and (especially) "religiosity." He spares no church-lady or churchman in this book, relating many stories of the same being both offended and overcome by the grace of God. His premise is that if all Christians just relaxed a little, and rested in God's unconditional love and forgiveness, we'd all be healthier, happier, and (in the end) holier.

  • Josh
    2018-11-06 16:26

    I liked this book, I just feel the author took too long in explaining the premise and main argument of this book and I got tired of some of the melodrama. I understand though that he felt the need to go to the extreme in order to get through to many Christians out there who refuse to let to of their slavery to works and acting "good". I feel that this could cause a revolutionary change and empowering of Christians' lives. Putting into practice though will certainly be hard for some (myself included) who are prone to feeling guilty and having to "perform". I hope the message of his book sinks in for me though, as I continue to ponder it.

  • Dave
    2018-10-20 14:16

    If I don't let the author's style distract me, he has some good points to make about God's grace and our grace with each other. We need more of both. With that I couldn't agree more. On the other hand, he has very little to say about the spiritual practices that help us to develop that grace in ourselves and to appreciate the incredible grace we have been given. He seems to have very low expectations for human behavior, Christian or otherwise. That bothered me, but maybe it's okay ... it makes for a more focused book.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-10 18:29

    This deserves a longer review than I can type from my phone...but suffice it to say that I found his title gimicky and the book dangerously shallow in spots. His ultimate point is that Chriatians worry too much about obedience and not sinning, when, in fact, God views us now as righteous. Agreed. but he skirts around some important aspects of spiritual growth and discipleship. Unfortunately, the book read like a series of quips and me.

  • Mark
    2018-10-17 17:13

    I tried really hard... but the sledgehammer approach to corrective Biblical teaching (even laced with humor & personal insight) was just too much. I think that in attempting to counteract legalism & crippling guilt, the author ends up pounding his point endlessly - or at least as far as I could get.I don't know how to rate it fairly - two stars may be too low, but I can't finish the book despite multiple tries and can't in good conscience give it three stars.

  • Barbara Cook
    2018-10-28 18:09

    Although I do not agree with everything mr. Brown is saying on his book, I so agree with much of it. We can't be good enough to get to heaven. Who measures that stuff anyway? I do believe that Christ paid it all and my sins are forgiven....all of them. I do think I love Him because He first loved me and because I love Him, I want to walk with Him. I am not good. I am forgiven.