Citizen by Rob Peabody

Rob Peabody urges readers to exchange mediocre faith for radical, Kingdom-minded living in Citizen. CBA Retailers + Resources had this to say: People interested in guiding others to live daily for the Kingdom—not just on Sunday—will  enjoy this book.


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Citizen (Kregel Books, October 2014)

For Rob Peabody, the young pastor at a mega-church in southern USA, the realization that his faith had little real connection with the world around him meant that something had to change. He redirected his church towards the poor on their doorstep and then took the larger step of moving to the UK to establish the missional fellowship ‘Awaken’.

In Citizen he outlines the Kingdom-centered identity that is given to followers of Jesus. It’s a wake-up call to the church in the West. Jesus’ death and resurrection initiates and invites people into a life of so much more than the status quo. God is re-building, re-newing, and re-creating that which is broken and marred by sin, and he is doing this – setting things right in the world – through Jesus. As citizens of the Kingdom, we have been saved and set apart for this work. We have a new allegiance, a changed identity, and a new mission as we seek to establish the rule of God on earth as it is in Heaven.

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Rob Peabody

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Previously the lead campus pastor at an American mega-church, Rob Peabody is now director of the Awaken Movement who left his church in the Texan Bible-belt to start and lead a Fresh Expression of church seeking to engage unreached 20’s and 30’s in northeast London.

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Press Release

Rejecting “status-quo” Christianity

Rob Peabody urges readers to exchange mediocre faith for radical, Kingdom-minded living 

Seattle: When living what you believe to be a good Christian life still leaves you feeling empty, you might begin to wonder: Do I really know what it means to follow Christ? It’s a question Rob Peabody, author of Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom (Monarch Books/July 29, 2014/ISBN: 978-0857215420/$14.99), asked himself at the age of 26, shortly after landing his dream job as the lead campus pastor of a burgeoning new campus of a Texas mega-church. “The church exploded with excitement. People were being baptized and saved, and true growth was occurring,” Peabody says. “It was all going to plan . . . and then it hit me. I couldn’t go on this way any longer.”

Peabody realized his faith had little connection with the world around him. He had inherited a westernized view of Christianity that too often glorifies personal success, comfort and individualism to the detriment of the lifestyle to which Jesus calls his followers. He realized Jesus was calling him — and all of us — to an all-or-nothing lifestyle, not a pick-and-choose faith salad bar. Something had to change.

He began by redirecting his church toward the poor on their doorstep. “Jesus did not just save us from something (hell and eternal separation from Him), but He saved us for something.” Peabody explains. The church adopted local schools and created mentoring programs to teach the less-fortunate important life skills. In Citizen, Peabody defines the kingdom-centered identity given to followers of Jesus and uses his personal story to reveal fundamental problems in the Christian culture. He shows how each problem — the model of competition, the idol of the autonomous self, the desire to create God in our own image and conflicting allegiances — can be resolved by appealing to our loyalties and duties as citizens of God’s kingdom.

Citizen is also a wake-up call to the church in the West. Peabody’s spiritual journey has now taken him from America’s Bible belt to the United Kingdom, where he is dedicated to reaching the young adults walking London’s streets. Only 2% of the city’s residents identify as evangelicals, giving Peabody a unique view of life as a Christian in the U.S. “When you live in a city as a part of the tiny religious minority, your faith either falls away or becomes very real,” Peabody reveals. “I think the church in America could use some of this shock to wake them up from operating as ‘business as usual’ before it is too late.”

In Citizen, readers will learn salvation is so much more than just a get-out-of-jail-free card; it’s an invitation to change the way they live completely and transform a culture in the process.

For more information about Rob Peabody, visit his online home at, become a fan on Facebook (awakenmovement) or follow him on Twitter (@AwakenRob and @awakenmovement). 

Advance Praise

“Rob brings clear perspectives on what it means to follow Jesus, take risks and live with a unique identity as a citizen of the everlasting Kingdom.”

~ Chris McFarland, Executive Director, PULSE

“If you are satisfied and comfortable with your current state of life and faith, then I suggest you put this book down and continue shopping.”

~ Wes Hamilton, Lead Pastor, Hulen Street Church, Fort Worth, TX

“A splendidly vivid account of what it means to follow Jesus today.”

~ Rev. Dr. Michael Moynagh, author of Being Church, Doing Life

About the Author

Rob Peabody left his position as lead campus pastor of a mega-church in Texas in 2011 and moved with his wife, Medea, and their two sons to the U.K. He is now the co-founder and director of Awaken, a non-profit organization that exists to provide resources and creativity to the church and reach Londoners in their 20s and 30s with the Gospel. This work is commissioned by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and in partnership with the Church of England.

Peabody also currently serves as a missional consultant for multiple church networks. He appears regularly at the Spring Harvest conferences in Great Britain and will be leading a new upcoming national U.K. conference for young adults called The Pursuit.

In addition, Peabody has written a small-group film series entitled Kingdom Rise, which was released in March of 2013.

Suggested interview questions

— Let’s start off by talking about the title of your book — Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom. What is the “alternative Kingdom”?

— You once held a position as a lead campus pastor at a mega-church in Texas. While there, you had a major realization about your life and work. What was that realization, and what did it lead you to do?

–What did your family and friends think about your move to another country?

— Do you think the majority of Christians are really living the kind of life Christ calls his followers to? Why or why not?

— You talk in Citizen about how Christians have competing allegiances. What are those allegiances, and how do they stand in the way of Kingdom living?

— You say, “Citizens of the Kingdom should be the most risk-taking people on the planet.” What do you mean by that?

— Has the spiritual climate in the U.K. changed the way you view the American church? How so?

— Some have called Citizen a “wake-up call to the church in the West.” What is it that American Christians need to awaken to?
— Tell us more about the Awaken Movement you helped found. What is its mission and purpose?

— One unique characteristic of the western world is our love of personal autonomy. How can this actually be a detriment to the Christian life?

— What do you think is the biggest enemy to the Gospel in America? The world?

— Does a Christian need to quit his or her job and go into full-time missions work in to apply the principles you lay out in Citizen?

— How do you hope Citizen changes its readers?

Rob Peabody is available for interviews to promote the release of Citizen. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings,



“Rob brings clear perspectives on what it means to follow Jesus, take risks and live with a unique identity as a citizen of the everlasting Kingdom.”

~ Chris McFarland, Executive Director, PULSE

“If you are satisfied and comfortable with your current state of life and faith, then I suggest you put this book down and continue shopping.”

~ Wes Hamilton, Lead Pastor, Hulen Street Church, Fort Worth, TX

“A splendidly vivid account of what it means to follow Jesus today.”

~ Rev. Dr. Michael Moynagh, author of Being Church, Doing Life



    For this reader I wondered about the title but after reading it is so clear. Citizen. We are all a Citizen in Christ. We are the one to bring in the non-citizens and make them believe

    Written by Bunny’s Review on November 30, 2014 | e
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    I would recommend this amazing book to readers who are longing to live the abundant life God has created for them to live. Rob Peabody encouraged readers to join the awaking and to repossess their Jerusalem. I liked how he reminded readers that we can live an extraordinary life and doing what God has called us to do. I felt exhilarated when he shared about how he made the challenging move to London from the United States. He showed breathtaking courage in stepping out of his comfort zone. I really enjoyed how he used the term “citizens” as being a part of His Kingdom. He went in great detail about how Caleb and Joshua wasn’t afraid to overcome the Nephilim and how the Israelites were scared of the giants. They knew their role in the Kingdom and they knew God’s astonishing power!

    Written by Andrew Smith’s Blog on November 21, 2014 | e
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    There is a quote in the book, “Citizen” by Rob Peabody, that really struck home to me. The quote goes, “The church is a colony, an island of one culture in the middle of another. In baptism our citizenship is transferred from one dominion to another, and we become, in whatever culture we find ourselves, resident aliens” (Hauerwas and Willmon)

    A reflection of the current times and the struggle of the church with modern society (Isn’t it consider modern in whatever age and time that a Christian finds themselves in), “Citizen” really challenges the Christian today, that they are not a part of “modern society” and the world but rather belong entirely to God and His World as defined through Jesus Christ and what the Bible lays out.

    Written by Sunflower Faith on November 20, 2014 | e
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    “Citizen” is a commissioning of sorts. Through Scriptural exhortation and the sharing of personal experience, Peabody show us clearly how to be fully content in the Lord and how not to miss the opportunities available to us every day that are right in front of us to share Jesus.

    Written by Mother of Three on November 1, 2014 | e
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  • This book was a challenge for me to read. I don’t know if it is from me not knowing the word of the Bible like I should.
    It was hard for me to grasp and understand this book.

    Written by cherylbbookblog on October 31, 2014 | e


    One thing today that I think a lot of Christians fail to do is to step out of our comfort zones, yes I include myself in this too, and really get down to doing work for the Kingdom. As a busy mom, I know right now that my ministry is in my home – educating, raising, caring for my husband, children and house and also being hospitable to those who may come into my house. We want to get in and out of the store, we drive by the homeless on the street without a second glance because we have to get home and put dinner on the table, we fail to stop and further the Kingdom because we are busy, we are comfortable and none of us want to be uncomfortable – we’re humans.

    Written by Growing for Christ on October 31, 2014 | e
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    Do we really understand that once we become a Christian all kinds of activity happen. One activity is we are given a new passport that identifies us a citizens of Heaven. Becoming a citizen gives us all kinds of rights but we need to keep in mind that it also gives us all kinds of responsibilities. Rob Peabody provides us a user manual on what a citizen is, allegiances, choices and Ambassadorship. “Citizen” will help focus your attention to your true place in the kingdom of God and our respective roles. All of us need this book to help understand our identity and it would make a great gift for friends and family to help establish them as well.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on October 28, 2014 | e
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    I highly recommend Citizen to believers everywhere! To churches hungry for God’s presence who want to discover God’s purpose and plan for living in this broken world. This is a powerful book! A book that calls to awaken to the Truth of God’s Word!

    Written by Misty Nicole Overstreet-Roberts (The Lady Prefers To Save) on October 28, 2014 | e
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    My Review – I have a tough time identifying with this book. I feel encouraged and ready to get moving but I am not sure where God wants me to go. I am ready to take on the challenge. This is a well written book. It does light a fire in me and gives me the desire to change the world. I am happy I read it but it has opened up a lot of questions in me that I am now searching for the answers to. I do recommend this book. It will inspire you.

    Written by Let’s Eat 2 Day on October 28, 2014 | e
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    I had not been familiar with Rob Peabody prior to reading his book, but he leads the Awaken movement in London, England. Citizen was full of amazing personal stories from the author and he encourages us, through these stories, to step up and start living more intentionally in our walk as a Christian. The book was well-written, and easy to read, in a very conversational style of writing. Basically, he asks if we are ready or not to take risks for our faith. It is a perfect read for those who want to step outside the traditional church and reach people for Christ in unconventional ways! A great read that all Christians who are asking “what more can I do for God?” should pick up for encouragement!
    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on October 26, 2014 | e


    I really loved this book. This is going on my bookshelf, and that does not happen very often. Peabody makes so many great points that encouraged me on how to submit to the authority of this world (i.e. respect our government, etc.) but also have full allegiance to God. It is definitely not easy. This is a great book and I certainly recommend it.

    Written by The Talbert Report on October 21, 2014 | e
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    I tend to be one of those Christians happy to sit in the pew and go about my life in between church services doing my thing. So this book was a bit convicting to me. The author presents a great case for Christians doing more than that. Of getting involved in the community and helping people, of getting out of our comfort zone and doing something more with our lives for God than what we have been doing.

    Written by Thoughts of a Sojourner on October 19, 2014 | e
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    This book was an interesting read. It really explored what it means to truly be a citizen of God’s kingdom, to step out of ones comfort zone and have a meaningful connection with the world around you. I found this book to be inspiring and thought provoking, one of those books that causes you to take a step back and really evaluate what you are doing and what you need to be doing. I highly recommend this book and found it to be an excellent, well written read.
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect beginnings on October 15, 2014 | e
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    Cassandra’s review- The book takes you on a trip of faith and can restore your mins and spitirt while reading. The author did a great job of bringing his work to light. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to get closer to faith.

    Written by Cassandra M’s Place on October 14, 2014 | e
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    This book was interesting and I learned a few things from it…Something’s I do agree with and something’s I do not agree with. If we all share Gods Love we cannot go wrong….God is always working through those who follow HIM.

    Written by LyonsLady on October 11, 2014 | e
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    This book was really hard to read, but not because I found it “boring” or hard to get into,…but because it’s so convicting! I am so glad I was able to read it though. This book was a real eye-opener to me.

    There were so many statements in this book that make you REALLY think. The heart of this book is a call to know and have a REAL relationship with Christ rather than just knowing about Him.

    You’d have to read this whole book to get the point. I think all Christians should. When you read this book mindfully,it will cause you to take a careful & painful look at yourself and your Christianity.

    Written by Reading Corner Reviews & More on October 9, 2014 | e
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    I thought this book was an interesting peek into what life is like when you move to another country to plant a church. It gave me a lot to think about!

    Written by Semel on October 7, 2014 | e
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    Rob has met many Christians who feel that the life Christ has called them to does not equate to how they are living. They want the abundant life that Jesus promises but the lifestyle they are living does not line up with what God calls them to and they settle for mediocrity.
    Rob explores what it looks like to live like we are citizens of heaven, rather than earth. Rob’s book is chalked full of biblical principles and truth–it challenges readers to look closely at how they are living their lives.
    I gleaned much from reading this book! Great read!

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on October 7, 2014 | e
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    This book was a good read, with good Biblical insight, though I did have mixed thoughts about it.

    It was very enjoyable, and I’m glad I was able to read it. A lot of it had me nodding my head in agreement, and the author stated things as they were, which I think is often needed in today’s day and age.

    I liked that the author weaved personal stories into the message of the book; I feel like that gets one interested and is easier to read then. At least, for me. :)

    Written by God’s Peculiar Treasure Raechel on October 7, 2014 | e
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    “Citizen” questions the complacency of this age’s self-centered version of Christianity. There were many thought-provoking statements in this book, but one thing I remember specifically is a discussion about how so many of us are living good lives: we work hard, treats our families well, and try to do the right thing. But really, is that so different from how we’d live if we weren’t Christians? If I weren’t a Christian, I would still work hard, take care of my family, and try to do the right thing. Those values are part of who I am, even apart from being a Christian. Instead of Christianity (and Jesus) defining who we are, Christianity is a just another title, another obligation, another hobby we’ve tacked onto our lives.

    Written by WordSmith on October 4, 2014 | e
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    As Christians, our true identity and citizenship lies in the Lord and His kingdom. In this book, Rob Peabody reminds us of how we need to be living this truth.
    I thought that this book is a wonderful call to action!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on October 3, 2014 | e
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    This book was much more different than I thought it was going to be. It’s more of one mans story of becoming closer to the Lord, the lessons that he learned along the way. It is spiritually based. If you know what it means to follow Jesus then you may not want to read this book, if on the other hand you don’t have all the answers then this is a book that you may enjoy reading.

    This book is more for an established seasoned christen then a new christen.

    I gave this book 4 stars.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on October 2, 2014 | e
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