Holy Available   -     By: Gary L. Thomas
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Holy Available

Zondervan / 2008 / Paperback

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What if holiness is about more than what you don't do? Has your faith become a list of do's and don'ts, rather than a powerful revolution in your soul? In Holy Available, Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage, explores Christian spirituality, showing what it could and should be--a present power and not only a historical reality. Discover just how radical Christian transformation can be, and learn to see with new eyes and a new heart. Formerly titled The Beautiful Fight.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 031029200X
ISBN-13: 9780310292005
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Publisher's Description

True Christian faith is a profoundly transformational experience in which every part of our being is marked by God’s change and energized by his presence. This transformation takes us far beyond mere sin avoidance to a robust “full-bodied” holiness in which we make ourselves “holy available” to God every minute of the day. From Starbucks, to the office, to the soccer fields, to the boardroom, believers have the opportunity to carry the presence of Christ wherever they go. God offers the reader more than mere forgiveness; he wants to radically change and fill them with his presence, so they can experience an entirely different kind of life based not just on what they do or don’t do but on who they are. Yet while many Christians today profess belief, their Christianity has no pulse. Holy Available is a manifesto of fully alive faith. Gary Thomas issues a compelling call for readers to see with Christ’s eyes, feel with Christ’s heart, and serve with Christ’s hands. We make ourselves available to become “God oases,” places of spiritual refuge where God can bring the hurting and lost to enjoy his presence and ministry.

Author Bio

Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Pure Pleasure, Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith.

 

Endorsements

"This wide-ranging survey looks shrewdly and realistically at the incarnational life whereby Christ is formed in Christians. It confirms Thomas's well-deserved reputation for authenticity, acuteness, and indeed authority on transformational Christian living." James I. Packer, board of governors professor of theology, Regent College, and author of Knowing God

"The first chapter alone is worth reading many times. This is beauty and struggle. This is the death that leads to life. John Ortberg, author of Faith and Doubt and If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat

"Once again, Gary Thomas challenges me to live passionately for God and to apply his transforming power to my daily decisions." Kay Warren, executive director, HIV/AIDS Initiative, Saddleback Church, and author of Dangerous Surrender

Author Info

Gary Thomas is an award-winning author whose books have been translated into eleven languages and include the bestselling Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith. He holds a master's degree from Regent College and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he serves on the adjunct faculty. He lives with his wife and children in Washington State.

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  1. Dan
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great book!
    September 6, 2012
    Dan
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    I recommend this book to anyone serious about experiencing a living faith. The author does a great job of explainning how Christians can live a transformed life. Gary Thomas helped me to understand that the main "thing" is to have Christ living in and through us. Through us God blesses those around us and brings glory to his name.
  2. Joshua Herod
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 19, 2010
    Joshua Herod
    Gary's one of my new favorite authors. Every one of his books is challenging, fresh, and spot-on. I've read this book several times with other folks I was discipling. It's great because it works well with new believers or with long-time Christians who have become stagnant. I'm currently using it in my small group and seeing great things from it. It's very engaging, readable and I just love the very practical way he approaches "full-bodied faith." It used to be titled "The Beautiful Fight." Holy Available is probably more appropriate, but the content is the exact same. It has discussion questions in the back for each chapter, that are useful for group discussions. I highly recommend to anyone!
  3. Mark Reeder
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 1, 2009
    Mark Reeder
    I believe every Christian should read this book. Gary Thomas does an amazing job balancing truths that Christians seem to always want to take to the extreme. You will be challenged by this book, but in a very good way.
  4. Johnny Emmons
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 15, 2009
    Johnny Emmons
    Just finishing this book and will start back reading it again. God has given Gary such insight on many areas of christian living. We (the church in the west) like the Jews before us haven't liked human effort in the things of God, but we have not impacked our world the way the Lord wills for us to. God uses Gary to bring together human effort and the power of God to transfrom us. I pray that many will read and begin or step futher on the jorney before us.
  5. Virginia Knowles
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 22, 2009
    Virginia Knowles
    Yes, this is the same as The Beautiful Fight. Gary Thomas has done it again. This is a thought-provoking and encouraging book that I go back to over and over. I quote it often in my own online writings and even wrote a poem based on it. Highly recommended! (Make sure you get Gary's other books,too. They are all different!)
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