Prior to the recording of the album, Chapman had been immersing himself in some classic literature. He recalled in CCM Magazine presents 100 Greatest Songs In Christian Music: "I was asking myself a lot of questions about what I do. Like, what does it really mean to call myself a Christian, a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ?" Chapman came across a book called The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Said Chapman: "I think it took me a year to read it, because I'm a slow reader and it's a very deep book. But it really challenged me; it was one of those times in life where God just took me by the hand and said, 'Alright, come on; I'm taking you somewhere you've never been before.' And he really did that with that book. As I was reading it, I found a passage that talked about the fact that the disciples didn't follow Christ for the sake of a great cause or a dream. It was simply because Jesus said, 'Come, follow Me.' They recognized that He was more than just a man. And though it didn't make sense to anyone, maybe even to themselves, they responded for no other reason than that He had called. I finally began to understand that to me, that's what it means to follow Jesus Christ."