The Gospel You've Never Heard

An Understanding That Will Change Your Life

Christian - Non-Fiction
268 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2021
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Author Biography

Maurie Daigneau is many things: a Christian, a husband,
a father, a theologian, an entrepreneur, a former
athlete, coach, and mentor. As a young man, he was the
quarterback and co-captain of Northwestern University’s
football team, earning first team All-Big Ten honors
during his senior year in 1971. He then went on to
have a long and successful career as an entrepreneur,
founding and running the pioneering athletic footwear
company, Playmakers, Inc., and the national telecommunications
firm, Affinity Corporation.

Along the way, Daigneau has lived an active life of
faith. He earned an MS in theological studies from the
Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He
was the Wisconsin State director of the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes. He has also been a speaker and presenter
at a variety of conferences, retreats, and events.
Perhaps the greatest ongoing source of his faith experience
is the weekly men’s Bible study group that he
has led and been a participant in for over thirty years.
He is the father of five and the grandfather of thirteen.
He lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with his wife of forty-eight years.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

When I picked up The Gospel You've Never Heard: An Understanding That Will Change Your Life by Maurie Daigneau, I thought it would be a book about a fifth Gospel or something we have not read in the four Gospels, but it turned out to be, surprisingly, a book even deeper and better than what I had expected. It is a book that offers a fresh interpretation of the core message of the Gospel. While the author shares biblical texts that readers are familiar with, he gives a whole new connotation to them, highlighting the key differences between knowledge and understanding, which have been at the heart of the contemporary religious crisis. In this book, the author shows readers how to move from the ignorance that has caused many to perish and to open their hearts to not only know but to understand the word.

Maurie Daigneau shares his personal journey of faith, starting from the moment he decided to sell his business and to focus on deciphering the Gospel and he unearths powerful gems for those seeking God in spirit and in truth. The author writes about a variety of biblical themes: discipleship, God’s truth, knowledge and understanding, the real meaning of sin, what a true child of God should know about some of the most fundamental questions about life, and a lot more. Each chapter concludes with questions for reflection that are most suitable for Bible study.

This is one of those rare books that address the spiritual crisis plaguing the United States of America, a world where right and wrong is no longer objective, but relative, where morality is no longer grounded on spiritual principles but personal interests. While the author bemoans the hypocrisy that he has witnessed in Christians, he writes with a voice filled with compassion and reassuring, engaging readers with questions that will push them to seek beyond the literal understanding of God’s word in order to discover the hidden import of the Gospel. The Gospel You've Never Heard: An Understanding That Will Change Your Life is a life-changing book. It is a book that compels readers to engage in frank conversation with themselves and with the God of the Gospel.

Asher Syed

The Gospel You've Never Heard: An Understanding That Will Change Your Life by Maurie Daigneau is a non-fiction theological study of Christianity that evolved out of a reckoning with the leadership of one of his early churches, and his desire to study and find the truth within the Bible in its purest sense, as opposed to the blind understanding he originally embraced. Daigneau begins with a backstory on his upbringing and transitions into his pursuit of the true meaning of the gospel before breaking down the word over the course of sixteen chapters. Through the use of scripture and a conversational narrative, Daigneau lifts the veil on biblical analogy and correlations that tie God's word to the full scope of the human Christian experience, and all it means and entails.

There's a lot to unpack after reading The Gospel You've Never Heard because, as promised, the points Maurie Daigneau makes are all quite new to me. We are encouraged to have our scripture on hand in order to bind what we read to what is being revealed with eyes wide open, an uncomfortable concept for those of us who have always simply accepted what our church elders preach as...well, as gospel. Daigneau quotes Sam Harris in saying, “we believe most of what we believe about the world because others have told us to.” Because of this, I admit that I set the book down many, many times to process its text and, just as many times, found myself more than just a little humbled. An example of this is in chapter nine, No More Condemnation, where the declaration in Romans which most of us read to mean that simply “believing and receiving” is all that's necessary to enter The Kingdom is actually grossly misinterpreted. How does a reader reconcile forty years of believing one thing only to learn it is another? The beauty of the answer here is that knowing now and taking action in an authentic, meaningful Christ-like way means there's still time to find our way to the right path.