Dirty Faith: Bringing the Love of Christ to the Least of These
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Put your beliefs into action! Sharing unforgettable stories from the U.S. and abroad, Nowell calls you to re-create the ministry of Jesus by getting your hands dirty to help the hopeless, disenfranchised, and poor. He offers practical ideas to live out your faith wherever you are---whether in an orphanage overseas or the impoverished neighborhood downtown. 192 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212133
ISBN-13: 9780764212130

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Put Your Faith Into Action

Do you ever feel like something in your faith is missing, that going to church, studying the Bible, and tithing just aren't enough? There has to be more, right? What would it look like to truly follow Christ and not just believe in him?

David Nowell asked the very same questions, and was led to minister to the "least of these," whom God loves deeply. In Dirty Faith, Nowell shares powerful stories of faith in action, and encourages us to move with him from the sidelines to the front line, to get our hands dirty helping the hopeless, the disenfranchised, and the poor.

Loving as God loves is central to the gospel, whether that means taking in foster children, ministering to inmates at the local jail, or something else God has in mind just for you. Let this inspiring book help you find what's been missing in your faith.

"David Nowell has challenged not only our view of the church's responsibility in light of the worldwide plague of violence on children--from poverty to homelessness to prostitution--he has challenged our view of Jesus Christ. Nowell's Jesus has dirt under his fingernails and calluses on his hands. The Word becoming flesh is not just incarnation, it is a holiness that is willing to be stained by the brokenness of a world that would abuse an innocent child. I want my staff to read this book. It will challenge them to do what is required of them, and then some." --Dr. Walter Crouch, President/CEO, Appalachia Service Project

"Filled with unforgettable stories from the field, Nowell's writing will both break your heart and lift your vision. Dirty Faith is a must-read for those who want to put their faith into action by serving others." --Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor, The Moody Church

Author Bio

David Z. Nowell is the president of Hope Unlimited for Children, an evangelical non-profit that provides residential care for formerly sex-trafficked and street children in Brazil. A former senior administrator at three Christian universities, David has a PhD in historical theology. When not traveling, he and his wife, Susan, make their home in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Learn more at www.hopeunlimited.org.

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Author: David Z. Nowell
Located in: Jefferson City, TN
Submitted: June 09, 2014

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a writer, speaker, president of Hope Unlimited for Children. I am a husband, father, grandfather and churchman. Most important, I am a follower of Christ, a sojourner pursuing dirty faith, and I invite you to join me on the journey.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  It is absolutely requisite that the Church today recapture a sense of Jesus’ ministry – the watermark of the early Church. I have a real fear that we are practitioners of a very sterile faith – ouchless, if you will – that has virtually no contact or interaction with those our Lord called “the least of these”; the peripheral people and tertiary lives who rarely enter our field of vision. Preaching the good news of eternal life while ignoring present pain is an emaciated and impoverished gospel. True righteousness means we feed, we heal, we touch. And that can get very dirty.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope that readers will be called to move beyond the sterility of an unengaged faith and personally encounter those whom Jesus loved--as he loves each one of us.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Exploring dirty faith is never a destination--it is always a journey. I am a fellow sojourner on this path I call dirty faith. I was forced by my own writing, and, probably much more important, by the lives of those I encountered on this journey, to look closely at the ways I have chosen to follow Christ.

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