Unchained: If Jesus Has Set Us Free, Why Don’t We Feel Free? (David C. Cook, February 2017)

Christians are free in Christ, yet Christianity can feel like a prison.

Unchained helps Christians who don’t feel that grace has changed their lives.

Often when people follow Jesus, they feel more guilty instead of more free. A powerful book for the spiritually restless, Unchained shows readers how to have a robust faith that celebrates their freedom in Christ without compromising their holiness as God’s followers.

Unchained turns to the person and work of Jesus Christ as the source of freedom—not just his work 2,000 years ago but also what he is doing today. As readers dig into the meaning of the freedom that Jesus offers, they will understand, perhaps for the first time, what true freedom in Christ means.

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  • This book is a really good one to remind us of who we are in Christ!

  • I really enjoyed reading this book. I learned a lot more of what being free means with Jesus. It’s a lot clearer now and these words were powerful. I just couldn’t put it it down I had to finish this book. It kept me thinking.

  • Anyone who has ever went to a bad church or felt worse after a service will benefit from this book. It points out a few life lessons that might help you to overcome and not shy away from your faith. If you believe in God and being set free from hurt, pain etc.. let this author get in your mind for a bit.

  • I read Unchained by Noel Jesse Heikkinen in exchange for honest review from Litfuse. The book is Christian-based. The book’s subtitle if If Jesus has set us free, why don’t we feel free?. Guilt. I am a Christian and I have felt guilt over many things, even years after I asked for forgiveness over and over again.

  • His discussion of the Law is the best I’ve ever read. Unchained is worth buying for chapter 3 on its own, but you could really say the same thing about all the other chapters too. From talking about why we don’t feel free to what we’re set free from – and what we’re set free for – this is a book that will change lives. The discussion questions make this a great resource for small groups or personal devotions.

  • The author has an easy to read style, and I didn’t feel the urge to skim over any areas. He knows his stuff, and has a lot of practical and Biblical thoughts and advice on how to feel free. Each chapter is followed by several discussion questions, making it a great book to use for a group study or alone.

  • No matter what approach to take to this book, be prepared for heart transformation to take place! Heikkinen answers a lot of questions and clears up a lot of misunderstandings! I am thankful for this book and the freedom it will bring to many lives. I am still unpacking some of these truths in my own life, and I can tell you now that only CHRIST offers what we seek. We will ONLY find our answers and freedom in Jesus!
    I highly recommend this book!

  • Moments says:

    I was very intrigued by this book based on the title and description, “Unchained: if Jesus has set us free, why don’t we feel free?”  I mean the word freedom is so big and has so many meanings and really is an important concept to so many, but in different ways.  Freedom, rights, privileges are such hot topics in society and yet it may be ourselves whom are limiting our own freedoms and limiting the feelings of freeness and freedom that we each long to experience. 

  • More of Him says:

    This is an excellent book and truly a new favorite of mine. It will be staying on my book shelf to be returned to, I’m sure, time and again. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

  • From the moment I started reading Unchained by Noel Jesse Heikkinen, I was hooked. I found my life story laid bare on the pages before me in Kate’s story.

  • Heikkinen goes in depth, for those without understanding, giving hope to those who felt they were doomed to constant sin, apology, guilt, repentance and so much more. Once you’re free, you are free, but there is more. Unchained helps those on their new road to Christianity, how to prepare, understand and grow.

  • This is a book that everyone should read because you’ll find it quite eye opening – and freeing! Noel Jesse Heikkinen comes across exactly like he must be in person – passionate about his subject, extremely knowledgeable, honest, and not afraid to laugh at himself.

  • This book is excellent! I especially love the discussion questions at the end of each chapter, since they invite the reader to really think about living a life of freedom through Jesus.

  • We define freedom in so many different ways, but only one matters in the end: freedom in Christ. If you have ever wondered what that looks like in this day and age, 2,000 years later, pick up a copy of Unchained; you won’t regret it. What have you got to lose? Only the “freedom” this world teases and tempts us with, but only leaves us more enslaved than before.

  • Wow. Unchained was such a great read. The book has 10 chapters and is divided into four parts: The Problem with Chains, Set Free From, Set Free for Freedom, Set Free To. There really wasn’t any part…

  • He breaks some very interesting ground regarding the chains we place on ourselves when it comes to forgiving ourselves for past mistakes and believing that God has forgiven us. I think Heikkinen makes some really great points about the nature of freedom and how our opinion is shaped by America’s definition of freedom.

  • I thought this book was very thought provoking and insightful about living free in Christ and how so many of us truly don’t know what it means to enjoy that freedom. I loved how down to earth and humble the author came across as, it felt like he was really trying to draw you in and explore the freedom that comes from Christ. Filled with scripture verses and keep insight this book was an excellent read that left the reader thinking about the concept and ideas long after the last page was turned.

  • Unchained is s wonderful work of non-fiction. This book was an eye opener for me.

  • I instantly loved Noel’s down-to-earth, open writing style. He’s never preachy or high and mighty. He admits to his own sins and struggles that he’s gone through in his life right off the bat and I felt like I could relate to him right away. He repeats Galatians 5:1 over and over: “For freedom Christ has set us free”, and this verse is the cornerstone of the book, and what he expounds upon throughout.

  • This book is chock full of wisdom, humor, and there are even discussion questions thrown in to help you take it a bit further. I really enjoyed it, and this book is going on my bookshelf!

  • There are a lot of authors out there that write about how to embrace your faith more seriously and fully. Well, this author did a pretty good job. He is a very down to earth kind of person and transparent, a character trait I really appreciate. Noel offer some interesting perspectives on how we can be free to admit we are not perfect, but a work in progress. I may not agree with him entirely on doctrinal issues, but I think this is a great book to make you think, and that’s a good thing.

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