Rooted in Good Soil: Cultivating and Sustaining Authentic Discipleship - eBook  -     By: Tri Robinson
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Baker Books / 2010 / ePub

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Just like a fruitful tree, authentic faith is the result of careful tending, the passage of time, and good growing conditions. According to Jesus's parable of the sower, true belief takes root in good soil. But how is this truth translated into changed lives? Pastor and farmer Tri Robinson invites you to cultivate a deep and lasting faith through this insightful exploration of Jesus's parable. In a culture that seems enamored with quick fixes and superficial amusements, Rooted in Good Soil will show you a more intentional and fulfilling way to live.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781441212252
ISBN-13: 9781441212252
Availability: In Stock
Series: Shapevine

Publisher's Description

After pastoring for twenty-eight years Tri Robinson came to the realization that people are robbed of an authentic Christian life due to the pursuit of empty promises from the world. Taking a deeper look at Jesus's parable of the sower, Robinson discovered that the authentic work of faith happens as people become rooted in good soil.

Both a pastor and a farmer, Robinson offers a compelling exploration of Jesus's parable, showing how the natural world is a rich source of wisdom for our spiritual lives. Pastoral scenes of agriculture blend with gut-wrenching stories from real life as Robinson shows readers how to cultivate a deep and lasting faith. In a culture that seems enamored with quick fixes and superficial amusements, Rooted in Good Soil gives readers a more authentic and fulfilling way to live.

Author Bio

Tri Robinson is the founding pastor of the Vineyard Boise Church and author of Saving God's Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church's Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship and Small Footprint, Big Handprint: How to Live Simply and Love Extravagantly. Tri and his wife, Nancy, manage an eighty-acre farmstead at the base of Timber Butte, about an hour from Boise, Idaho.

Publisher's Weekly

Don’t scoff at the idea of a pastor who is also a farmer writing about Jesus’ parable of the sower. Robinson is the real deal—a farmer who lived off the land for two decades, raising children with his wife and without electricity. He is also founding pastor of Vineyard Boise Church and author of several books, including Saving God’s Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church’s Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship. The book resonates with the injunction to live simply so others can simply live and has a profound simplicity of message and tone. Sometimes focus is lacking; many specific details of people and places are interesting—young lovers in a cabin—but other details belong in memoir, which the book doesn’t claim to be; they bog down the exposition. In the end, the book redeems itself by its humility and raw edge—“Notice me,” the author confesses as a young man. In a gently admonitory tone the author offers a radical call to all believers to join in the harvest of a healthy crop of followers in the fields of the Lord. (May) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Opelika, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Authentic faith is rooted in good soil
    November 3, 2010
    Jill Jones
    Opelika, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Rooted in Good Soil," an indepth look at the parable of the sower (Matthew 13-1-23), discusses Tri Robinson's conversion, spiritual growth and life choices using examples from his work as a farmer, teacher and pastor. Organized by an element of farming corresponding to a particular discipleship issue, each chapter holds perfectly timed illustrations from his personal experiences highlighted by how God orchestrates each part of our life just as He defined how a seed would be nurtured and grown into a mature plant. Robinson's journey will inspire you to seek after God and find His purpose for your life.

    Our spiritual life begins with a seed and, if nurtured properly, will bloom into maturity as we allow God to take us from confession and repentance to transformation and fruit-bearing. It takes the course of a lifetime for God to produce spiritual maturity in us. It is our responsibility to cultivate an environment where we can continuously grow.

    His reflections will help you visualize what God is doing in your life and how you should respond to His calling. You are not insignificant in God's eyes and He will provide for you. Robinson encourages, challenges and inspires you. He will make you think about your own story as it relates to your spiritual growth.

    "Rooted in Good Soil" is part of the Shapevine Missional Series which includes various elements of missional Christianity, in particular, church planting movements, urban mission, the emerging church and marketplace ministries. The series focus on living, learning and leading. Click here for more information about Shapevine.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Books as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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