Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself
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Thomas Nelson / 2014 / Paperback

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Does the fact that you were "formed from dust" make you insignificant? Not according to God's Word, which calls you "beloved"! Drawing deeply from Scripture and their own experiences, Goggin and Stroble lead you on a journey toward communion with Jesus. Learn why empty self-help strategies and resolutions will always fail you---but Christ will not. 256 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0529110202
ISBN-13: 9780529110206

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Publisher's Description

Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel provide a path to abiding with God.

We were formed from the dust, but we were made for life with God. We often accept less. We make promises and set goals to try and grow, but holiness seems impossible. But the Christian life is not about looking or feeling like a Christian. It’s about abiding in God.

If communion with God is your goal, self-help strategies and personal resolutions will fail you. But Jesus Christ will not.

Drawing deeply from Scripture and narrating their own experiences, Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel wrote this book to be a companion for your journey with Jesus in the truth of yourself – as his beloved dust. This is not weighing tasks and rewards, but is a process of patience, prayer, and openheartedness.

Prayerfully read this book. Prepare your heart for the gifts God has for you. Beloved Dust invites readers to discover the fundamental simplicity and radical transformation of being with God.


"Beloved Dust is an intelligent vision for life with God through prayer, and many of its rich images have stayed with me long after I put down the pages." - Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine


"In BELOVED DUST, Kyle and Jamin tell us the truth about who we are and why we're here in a way that will draw you closer to God.    Here is great wisdom on spiritual growth and friendship with God; written by two people whose friendship for each is evident—and who will become your friends before the end of the book." - John Ortberg, author of Soul Keeping



"This is a important look at the most important aspect of life—what a genuine relationship with God really looks like. Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel address our expectations and frustrations about spiritual growth in a hopeful, empowering way. Beloved Dust strikes the rare balance of being rich and deep while remaining practical and engaging. This book delivers on what it means, and doesn’t mean, to grow in a relationship with God." - Jud Wilhite, author of Pursued, sr. pastor of Central Christian Church



In a culture of pop Christianity that serves a fast food gospel for consumers wanting drive-by spirituality, Goggin and Strobel defy expectations. Their book leads the reader on a slow, inward journey to discover the deeper hunger in their souls--a hunger for God himself. It is a beautiful and gracious exploration of prayer that everyone seeking a truer, deeper, and more authentic life with Christ should read. This book will draw you into a richer communion with God as it did for me, and that is the highest compliment I can possibly offer.  -Skye Jethani, author of WITH and FUTUREVILLE.



"This book in your hands will remind you to stop, to revel in God’s fatherly presence, and to just be. That God is God and you are you, and that you are his, and that our dustiness is a beautiful thing. I am thankful for Jamin and Kyle’s gift to us within these pages." -Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World

Author Bio

Jamin Goggin serves as a pastor at Mission Hills Church. He has been in pastoral ministry for eleven years, including several years as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Saddleback Church. Jamin speaks and writes in the areas of spiritual formation, ministry and theology. He holds two Masters degrees and is currently earning a PhD in systematic theology. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Kristin, and their three children.






Kyle Strobel is a professor of spiritual theology and formation at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and is an emerging voice among evangelicals on spiritual formation, discipleship, and theology. Kyle speaks regularly and has written for, Relevant magazine (and Relevant,, and Kyle lives in Southern California with his wife, Kelli, and their two children.



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  1. Donald LeBel
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Blessed Dust
    March 10, 2016
    Donald LeBel
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is an excellent small group DVD based study, but definitely encourage each member to order the book as well as the study guide, you need both to really benefit from the study, there is so much more in the book.
  2. ldesherl
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beloved Dust by Jamin Goggin & Kyle Strobel
    December 19, 2014
    The subject of this book is deepening your relationship with God through prayer. This book is not another book on how to pray. The authors use their own experiences to illustrate the difference between saying prayers to God and pursuing an honest relationship with Him. The term "beloved dust" is the authors' separation of the Person of God from us and stresses that while He is totally other, He really loves us in Christ. The authors use the example of Jesus' prayer-life to illustrate how He shows us what it means to be "beloved dust." "Beloved" stresses God's grace (unmerited love) for us and "dust" stresses that we are creatures. Even more, our sinfulness has made us "dusty." There are no easy answers as to how to fix your issues with prayer, only clarity that the very first step in knowing God and victory in following Jesus lie in an honest relationship where we are totally ourselves before Him, holding nothing back and knowing that He totally accepts us in His Son, Jesus. This book includes notes on each chapter at the end of this book, as some material has been taken from other sources.

    This book was pretty much what I expected, because of the book's title and subtitle. I was moved and impressed by how honest the authors are about their own prayer lives. In their sharing, I found it discouraging and shattering to see exactly how subtle and sinful we actually are. As they shared about how how they hid behind their devotion to God to evade the real issues of their own lives, they stressed that it is the essence of sinful human nature to use prayer and other disciplines of following Jesus, to substitute for total honesty before God and pursuing a real relationship with Him. As I read through this book, I found myself questioning my own motives for why I do everything in my Christian life, including praying for others. Am I substituting these Christian activities for naked honesty with God, who demands "truth in the inner parts"? The authors used Adam and Eve, over and over, as examples of the natural hiding from God that we all do and how we use even Christian activity to hide not only from God but from ourselves. This book is easy to read and God's amazing grace throbs on every single page. I get weary of all the Christian "how to" books that offer formulas on "how to live the victorious Christian life" and this book is refreshing. I get annoyed with authors who seem to believe that things must be done "their way" or they cannot be right. In my opinion, we do not need any more "how to" books in the genre of Christian books as that confuse rather than clarify. We need more books like this one that rely on stories to illustrate what we need to know and do.

    This book is a niche book, and the Christian community is its target. I recommend this book for every Pastor and Christian leader, not for how to enhance the ministry life of their congregations, but to enhance their own fellowship with God. They, above all people, may need the message of this book. It may also alter how preaching is done in many pulpits and how the Bible and particularly, prayer, is taught in many Sunday School classes. The authors are both in Christian leadership, one as a Pastor and the other as an Associate Professor of a Seminary. But I recommend this book for every Christian who wants to deepen their walk with God. Those who want formulas will get annoyed with this book. We have no shortage of Christian books about "how to deepen your walk with God," but this one illustrates how that is possible. A youth edition of this book needs to be written as the concepts in this book may be too deep for that age group. Non-Christians who are interested in God and Christ may like this book; some may even discover that they want to know this God this book illustrates to readers.

    I received this book free of charge through Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review of this book. I was not required to give a positive review of this book.
  3. GiniB
    Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beloved Dust
    November 19, 2014
    Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Dust? Its been quite a while since I had heard that word used in the way these authors use it. This dust reference comes directly from Genesis 2. They are talking about you and me and the rest of us in this book. It took me some time to get on board with that terminology even if it isnt new. So the early part of the book was a bit of struggle for me. The style is not difficult. In fact, these authors have an engaging way of drawing the reader into the text.

    They seek to help the reader discover the truth about themselves, paraphrasing the title, and the place they start is the beginning. Their descriptions in no way denigrate the worth of man to his Creator, but neither does it place man in control of the universe. Once that is firmly established they go on to prayer. This portion of the book is not the usual book about prayer and I found it much of it very helpful in my own walk.

    For me, the ease with which the authors presented the subjects linking them to Biblical texts, practices, and illustrations from today makes the credits on the back truer. Ill borrow what Skye Jethani had to say. This book will draw you into a richer communion with God as it did for me, and that is the highest compliment I can possibly offer. He summed up what I found to be true reading this book.

    There are no study guides or discussion questions built into this book. There is a six week DVD driven study available for a reasonable price sold separately from their website or online retailers.

    I recommend this book to you. There is so much good in it that you would be depriving yourself if you passed on this one. I have recommended to the small group that I attend already.

    This book was provided by the publisher via BookLook in exchange for a review.
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