"God, if youre real, make yourself real to me."
Each of us spends our lives on a journey toward God. Yet often our most deeply felt longingsfor meaning, for love, for significanceend up leading us away from, instead of toward, our Creator and the person he made us to be.
Finding Your Way Back to God shows you how to understand and listen to your longings in a whole new way. Its about waking up to who you really are, and daring to believe that God wants to be found even more than you want to find him. Its about making the biggest wager of your life as you ask God to make himself known to you. And its about watching what happens next.
DAVE FERGUSON is founding and lead pastor of Chicagos Community Christian Church, a multi-site missional community considered one of the most influential churches in America. He and his wife, Sue, have three children.
JON FERGUSON is founding pastor of Community Christian Church, a teaching pastor for their Chicago network, and movement architect for NewThing, an international church-planting movement. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children. Brothers Dave and Jon are the co-authors of three books on church leadership.
From the Hardcover edition.
"The Ferguson brothers are the real deal as movement leaders and they have led a burgeoning church planting network on the very principle outlined in this book. As such it is a proven guide to aligning your community with the redemptive purposes of God."
Alan Hirsch, author and activist
"Even if youve never set foot in a church, youve probably heard someone say something like, Were all searching for God. But that search is not a one-way street. In their new book, my friends Dave and Jon believe that more than anything else, God wants us to find him. You need to read this book and rediscover the God whos been searching for you, all along."
Greg Surratt, Founding Pastor, Seacoast Church
"Dave and Jon Ferguson are passionate about helping people find their way back to God. If you know someone who is far from God or youve begun to feel that way yourself, this book is for you. Take their 30-day challenge and awaken to the journey of a lifetime."
Larry Osborne, author and pastor, North Coast Church
"Sometimes we convince ourselves that people are hard to reach. We console our lack of spiritual fruit to a cultural malaise of all things spiritual. Dave and Jon Ferguson have another idea. They have somehow managed the incredible challenge to connect the dots of spiritual awakening in the culture and hearts of everyday people. Like expert craftsmen they have made what is incredibly hard into real life possibilities and strategies that seem easy! I've read Finding Your Way Back To God and have already considered buying a box so I can give it to all my friends and neighbours. You should too."
Danielle Strickland, speaker, activist, author of A Beautiful Mess: How God Re-creates Our Lives
"This book is your invitation to startor restartyour journey toward an authentic connection with God. The awakenings Dave and Jon Ferguson guide you through are nothing less than life changing. Dont miss this book!"
Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker
"Ferguson presents this complex issue in a clear, straightforward manner. I am going to give this book to people I love who want to find their way back to God."
Pastor Joby Martin, The Church of Eleven22
"Dave and Jon Ferguson provide a practical roadmap for any of uswhether we are distant, disillusioned, or far from Godto return to Him. This timely book is full of stories, personal reflection and inspiring thoughts, and makes the road to be traveled and the journey to be taken both doable and enjoyable. I highly recommend it!"
Brad Lomenick, author of The Catalyst Leader and H3 Leadership, past President of Catalyst, founder of BLINC
"All of us have a void in our life that only God can fill. We need the forgiveness, hope and purpose that only God can provide. Dave and Jon's book points us back to the great promise that addresses this eternal pursuitif we seek God, we will find him. Embrace the journey."
Tony Morgan, founder and Chief Strategic Officer of The Unstuck Group
"One of the most helpful books Ive seen in a long time, Finding Your Way Back to God is a practical and hopeful pathway for everyone seeking a close relationship with God."
Louie Giglio, Passion City Church/Passion Conferences
"My friends Dave and Jon have spent years focused on one compelling message; helping people find their way back to God. This book is full of inspiring stories, practical steps and spiritual challenges to help anyone struggling with the journey. If you or someone you know is at a spiritual crossroad I highly recommend Finding Your Way Back to God."
Mark Jobe, lead Pastor of New Life Community Church, author of Unstuck: Out of Your Cave into Your Call
"I cannot imagine a better book for anyone who wants to find their way back to God or help others do so. It is full of inspiring stories that connect to the longings we all have. And the simple prayers and thought provoking questions Dave and Jon suggest will change the way you look at yourself, God, and the purpose of your life."
Dr. Rick Richardson, Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center, author of Experiencing Healing Prayer and Reimagining Evangelism
"In their new book, Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson have tapped into principles that ring true all across the world. From the U.S. to India, this book can guide people on the Jesus mission no matter what country they may call home. If you are serious about helping people find their way back to God, or if youre on the journey yourself, this is a must read! It can literally change the course of the rest of your life."
Dr. Ajai Lall, Director of Central India Christian Mission
"There is a constant gap in our lives between where we are and where we want to be. For years, Ive longed to have a map to help me close that gap. This book is an answer to that longing! Its a spiritual GPS to help you find where you are and to help you get where youre going. It can help you find your way back to God over and over and over again. This book isnt just for people seeking God for the first timeits also for anyone who wants to continue to get closer to God year after year. If you took the classic, "The Pilgrims Progress," boiled it down into the main principles, and added modern-day stories, you would have this book in your hands. Its that good!"
Josh Howard, Director of Leadership Training, Central India Christian Mission NewThing Network Leader
"Dave and Jon are treasure to Jesus Church. In Finding Your Way Back To God, you will discover why. Likewise, trusted friends, you will be awakened to the 5 Awakenings of your new life in Christ. You will be encouraged."
Derwin L. Gray, Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, author of The High Definition Leader
"I cant think of a better journey to take than one that reconnects you with God and helps you to discover your purpose in life. Dave and Jon Ferguson lead you step by step in this awakening process, which will change your life."
James T. Meeks, Senior Past of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, Retired Illinois State Senator
From the Hardcover edition.