What if holiness is about more than what you don't do? Has your faith become a list of do's and don'ts, rather than a powerful revolution in your soul? In Holy Available, Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage, explores Christian spirituality, showing what it could and should be--a present power and not only a historical reality. Discover just how radical Christian transformation can be, and learn to see with new eyes and a new heart. Formerly titled The Beautiful Fight.
True Christian faith is a profoundly transformational experience in which every part of our being is marked by Gods change and energized by his presence. This transformation takes us far beyond mere sin avoidance to a robust full-bodied holiness in which we make ourselves holy available to God every minute of the day. From Starbucks, to the office, to the soccer fields, to the boardroom, believers have the opportunity to carry the presence of Christ wherever they go. God offers the reader more than mere forgiveness; he wants to radically change and fill them with his presence, so they can experience an entirely different kind of life based not just on what they do or dont do but on who they are. Yet while many Christians today profess belief, their Christianity has no pulse. Holy Available is a manifesto of fully alive faith. Gary Thomas issues a compelling call for readers to see with Christs eyes, feel with Christs heart, and serve with Christs hands. We make ourselves available to become God oases, places of spiritual refuge where God can bring the hurting and lost to enjoy his presence and ministry.
Gary Thomas is Writer in Residence and serves on the teaching team at Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas and the author of 18 books that have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been translated into a dozen languages. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 30 years.
"This wide-ranging survey looks shrewdly and realistically at the incarnational life whereby Christ is formed in Christians. It confirms Thomas's well-deserved reputation for authenticity, acuteness, and indeed authority on transformational Christian living." James I. Packer
, board of governors professor of theology, Regent College, and author of Knowing God
"The first chapter alone is worth reading many times. This is beauty and struggle. This is the death that leads to life. John Ortberg, author of Faith and Doubt and If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat
"Once again, Gary Thomas challenges me to live passionately for God and to apply his transforming power to my daily decisions." Kay Warren, executive director, HIV/AIDS Initiative, Saddleback Church, and author of Dangerous Surrender
Gary Thomas is an award-winning author whose books have been translated into eleven languages and include the bestselling Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith. He holds a master's degree from Regent College and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he serves on the adjunct faculty. He lives with his wife and children in Washington State.