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Welcome to Jim Palmer's world! Putting a troubled childhood behind him, Palmer earned a Masters of Divinity degree and was well on his way to becoming a top evangelical Christian leader. But when a series of setbacks left him heartbroken and wondering just exactly where God was, a string of chance encounters with ordinary folks changed almost everything Palmer thought he knew about God.
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2006
What does a Hip-Hop artist, Waffle House waitress, tire salesman, and disabled girl have to do with discovering spiritual truth? What if embracing authentic Christianity is a journey of unlearning? Welcome to Jim Palmer's world!
Don Miller meets Anne Lamott meets Brian McLaren in this tale of shedding religion and plunging into uncharted depths of knowing God. Jim Palmer, emergent pastor, shares his compelling off-road spiritual journey and the unsuspecting people who became his guides.
"Perhaps God's reason for wanting me," writes Palmer, "is much better than my reason for wanting him. Maybe God's idea of my salvation trumps the version I am too willing to settle for. Seeing I needed a little help to get this, God sent a variety pack of characters to awaken me." For all those hoping there's more to God and Christianity than what they've heard or experienced, each chapter of Divine Nobodies gives the reader permission and freedom to discover it for themselves. Sometimes comical, other times tragic, at times shocking, always honest; Jim Palmer's story offers an inspiring and profound glimpse into life with God beyond institutional church and conventional religion.
"I am tempted to say that Jim Palmer could well be the next Donald Miller, but what they have in common, along with an honest spirituality and extraordinary skill as storytellers, is a unique voice . . . Divine Nobodies is a delight to read, and it was good for my soul to read it."
Author of The Secret Message of Jesus
"You hold in your hands an amazing story of a broken man finding freedom in all the right places-in God's work in the lives of some extraordinarily ordinary people around him. You will thrill to this delightful blend of gut-wrenching honesty and laugh-out-loud hilarity, and in the end you'll find God much closer, the body of Christ far bigger and your own journey far clearer than you ever dreamed."
Author of Authentic Relationships
Jim Palmer is author of widely acclaimed Divine Nobodies and Wide Open Spaces. He encourages the freedom to imagine, dialogue, live, and express new possibilities for being an authentic Christian. With an MDiv from Trinity Divinity School in Chicago, Jim has also worked in pastoral ministry, inner-city, service, and international human rights work. Through writing, speaking, blogging, conversation, and friendship Jim is a unique voice for knowing God beyond organized religion. He and his wife, Pam, and daughter, Jessica, live in Nashville. Jim is a triathlete, enjoys eating pizza, and has a dog named Jack. You can find Jim at divinenobodies.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
Michael Bronkowski5 Stars Out Of 5December 15, 2008Michael BronkowskiExcellent book. Provides hope for us to see how God uses his everyday people to demonstrate his love and change the world with simple acts of kindness and compassion.
Eric Kurfman5 Stars Out Of 5November 14, 2008Eric KurfmanAn EXCELLENT book! I would recommend this book and this author to anyone who is looking to grow in their relationship with God. Would say it is one of the best books I have ever read. (It will challenge you!!)
AnonymousAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 14, 2008AnonymousAge: 45-54Gender: femaleThis is a wonderful book. The author comes from his own experiences that he had with the church, and he was a pastor ! He deals with real problems that are in many churches today. He has this talented way of describing people that he has met, and seeing how they minister to people through their daily lives. He is very honest about himself including the errors that he fell into. I also appreciate the fact that when writing about a particular person he would often have that person read what he wrote to see if they has anything to add. This helped him to keep what he learned from others in prospective. This also shows that he was willing to be accountable. It's an excellent book, with so much insightful lessons of what I true disciple of Jesus is like. Whether inside the church or not.