They Turned the World Upside Down by Charles Martin ~ JustRead Tour, Review & Giveaway

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They Turned the World Upside Down

Title: They Turned the World Upside Down
Author: Charles Martin
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Genre: Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

In the aftermath of Jesus’ resurrection, the testimonies of those who had followed him were so bold and so powerful that they turned the world upside down. What would happen if we lived with that same kind of faith today? 

Walk in the shoes of the disciples, as New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin brings their stories to life with his storyteller’s perspective. 

In the first century, believer didn’t just mean someone who heard and agreed with Jesus; it meant someone who acted on that belief. And when the outside world saw the faith of these new believers, they declared “they turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). 

That’s the kind of believer Charles Martin wants us to be. The kind who understands that the truth of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is so powerful, it reshaped history. The kind of believer who lives with that same world-changing faith today. 

In his second non-fiction work, he uses his talents as a novelist to walk you through the lives of the disciples in the aftermath of the Resurrection and as they spread the message of the Gospel and “turn the world upside down”, leading up to Paul’s ministry in Thessonalica. In his beloved lyrical style, Martin illuminates key moments from Scripture and shares stories from his own life as a disciple. 

With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that have made his novels beloved to millions, Martin will helps you engage with your faith in a new and inspiring way.


This book brought to mind the tradition of an oral history. Charles Martin is a masterful storyteller, and in my minds eye I imagined sitting around a fire while the magnificent true story of Jesus unfolded. The tone that he sets is something between conversational, informative, and storyteller, this book is smooth reading, written in a flowing prose that sifts through the words evoking emotion and new insights into the culture they were living in. 

The author doesn't claim to be a great Bible scholar, but shares what he knows while using his gift for storytelling to put you right there with Jesus and his followers. The author does a great job of showing how the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ inspired followers of Christ to do things far beyond anything that anyone had ever done, giving their lives, material possessions, everything to follow him and spread the Gospel. 

Overall, an enjoyable read, familiar, comforting and encouraging. Meant for slower savory reading, to be read in smaller pieces. A thoughtful read, that would make a great gift of encouragement. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Charles Martin 

Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fifteen novels and two nonfiction books. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of They Turned the World Upside Down and What If It's True?!

They Turned the World Upside Down JustRead Giveaway

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  1. Wonderful review! Thank you for hosting.

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