Move further into the freedom of God's transforming love---one step at a time! Stickl believes that rather than expecting to discover the Lord's plan for our lives all at once, we should show our trust by following his guidance in each moment and believing that he'll choose the best path for us to take. 224 pages, softcover from Multnomah.
There is a big difference between being set free and living free.
How do I know what to do with my life? How do I hear Gods voice? Maybe the answer is easier than we think. When God led the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land, He gave them a cloud to follow. He led them in an intimately personal, ever-present way one next step at a time. He led them without revealing the whole picture because he wanted them to follow by faith.
In Follow the Cloud, Pastor John Stickl uses this image to ask, "What if we stopped letting obligation drive us and instead let grace lead us? What if instead of focusing on our faithfulness toward God, we focus on Gods faithfulness toward us?"
The cloud of Gods presence is moving in your life right now. Maybe God is inviting you to follow him to a new career or relationship. Maybe he is inviting you to extend forgiveness, share your story, or give up your addiction. Whatever your next step is, God is leading you to discover who you are, who he is, and what you were created to do. He is inviting you to a life of freedom. Inviting you home - one step at a time.
John Stickl is the lead pastor of Valley Creek Church, a multi-site church in Texas named one of Outreach Magazines top 100 fastest-growing churches three years in a row. Stickl has a masters degree in Christian leadership from Denver Seminary. He lives in Highland Village, Texas, with his wife, Colleen, and their two kids.
"In a time where how to manuals abound, it is a refreshing manuscript you hold in your hands. John Stickl, as a young and successful megachurch pastor, chooses to engage us not with selling a model but rather inviting us to a timeless principle of hearing Gods voice and taking next steps with boldness. Ive been privileged to see him and the Valley Creek Church family practice what they preach. Framed within the conviction of Gods acceptance, godly community, and Gods purpose for your life, you will be deeply inspired! Read it and live it!"
Alan Platt, leader, Doxa Deo and City Changers Movement, global
"If you are a follower of Jesus, your journey with him is an adventure about taking next steps. John hits the mark in Follow the Cloud with encouraging Gods sons and daughters to continue to advance his kingdom by feeling secure in their identity, relationship, and purpose in his son, Jesus. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants the confidence that they can hear Gods voice so they have the faith to take their next step."
Chad Hennings, three-time Super Bowl champion, author of Forces of Character and Rules of Engagement
"Pastor John is one of the brightest young leaders in the American church, and I am grateful he has written this book! His voice is much needed right now, and I believe your faith will be strengthened and increased as you turn each page."
Brady Boyd, senior pastor, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, and author of Addicted to Busy
"I love John Stickls heart and mind for leadership. His approach is fresh, nuanced, and challenging. Regardless of the size of church you lead, John is a thought-leader for next generation ministry."
Carey Nieuwhof, author and founding pastor, Connexus Church
"God desires to have an intimate relationship with us, and its his voice that draws us closer to the very heart of God. In Follow the Cloud, my friend John Stickl explains how hearing the still small voice of God and obeying his call will lead us into a deeper, more passionate relationship with him."
Robert Morris, founding senior pastor, Gateway Church, Dallas/Fort Worth, and best-selling author of The Blessed Life, The God I Never Knew, Truly Free, and Frequency
"A playbook to lifes greatest lessons filled my mind while reading Follow the Cloud. If we want to experience all that God has to offer, then we must be still and trust that The Good Shepherd leads you through the valley you dont want to go through to get you to green pastures you need. This book is a must-read for all mighty men and women of God. I thank God for the power, courage, faith, strength, love, and guidance of the life that is John Stickl. He literally breathes life into others through his words."
Donald Driver, Super Bowl champion and New York Times best-selling author
"John Stickl reminds us that so much of being a leader, and so much of following Jesus, is taking the next step. One foot in front of the other. Pushing forward. Discovering and stepping into the new and unknown. And true influence is as much about following as leading. Follow the Cloud will encourage and inspire you on the journey!"
Brad Lomenick, founder of BLINC, author of H3 Leadership and The Catalyst Leader, BradLomenick.com, @bradlomenick
"If you feel overdriven, overworked, and fatigued, yet it seems as though the impact of your life is underwhelming, you need to read this book. If you think the best you have to give still isnt quite enough, you need to read this book. John Stickls writing in Follow the Cloud is clean and clear, kindhearted and thought-provoking. Follow the Cloud is valuable for everyone who places too much weight on what they do over who they are, which means most everybody needs to read this book."
Rick Bezet, lead pastor, New Life Church of Arkansas, and author of Real Love in an Angry World