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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Where is the life God promised us?
Life is busy. We live like slaves to our fast-paced, suffocating schedules. We spend our energy and time in triviality, relegating God to the background. He seems distant to us, and we resist the idea that God wants to give, say, and show us more; we dismiss it as rumor. But Jesus calls us to a better way. Another dream- an unimagined future. Close the gap between what you hear about and what you see.
Rumors is filled with the same forward-thinking spirit that defines its authors, Jon Tyson and Darren Whitehead. ?Louie Giglio, pastor, Passion City Church
Both challenging and encouraging, Rumors of God will reintroduce you to a God worth talking about. ?Gabe Lyons, author, The Next Christians, founder, Q, coauthor, UnChristian
This book invites us to find the rumors of God all around us. Read it, but be ready to be changed. ?Scot McKnight, author, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow and Jesus Creed for Students
For those who are jaded by the church, or have become cynical about the power of the Gospel in our time, Rumors of God is a great antidote. ?Alan Hirsch, author, dreamer, activist (www.theforgottenways.org)
Foreword by Bill Hybels, founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association.
The irony: two upstart Aussies from tiny towns half a world away wind up leading high impact churches in two of the most significant cities in North America. Only God.
Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson are deep thinking Christ followers with a bias for action in the world. A rare combination these days. They are both leaders and communicators, visionaries and "get stuff done for God" guys. Extremely rare.
I have had the privilege of working closely with Darren at Willow Creek Community Church for over 7 years. He is thoughtful, relationally intelligent and one of the hardest working young leaders I know.
In Rumors of God, Darren and Jon have some how succeeded in slipping 3D glasses over our eyes. The results are that passages from scripture come alive in ways that will impact readers for a long time.
I salute the efforts of these young mates and pray that readers will be as stretched in their minds and hearts as I have been.
Jon Tyson is the Lead Pastor of Trinity Grace Church in New York City. Originally from Australia, Jon moved to the U.S, 12 years ago. He works, lives, and serves in one of the largest cultural and future missionary contexts of the world, the urban center. Trinity Grace has 5 churches in New York City. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Christy, and their two children.
Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Leadership Axioms, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, and Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and two grandsons, Henry and Mac.
Many church leaders can exegete the Bible, sadly few can exegete our culture. Tyson and Whitehead reveal their teaching gifts as they deftly accomplish while illuminating a vision for what our life with God can be. Rumors of God will be a convicting and encouraging read for Christians searching for more. -Skye Jethani, Author, With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God
Darren and Jon invite us into a hopeful, exciting way of looking at both the world and the church. I was captured by their stories of what's happening all around us and also their dreams of what could be. I have little interest in reading an account of what's wrong with the world or what's wrong with the church, but in this book, I've been inspired and energized by what's right in both. With passion and wisdom, Darren and Jon are guiding us to a better future. -Shauna Niequist, Author, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet
If you look around you, if you listen to more than the sound, and if you probe below the surface there are rumors of God everywhere. Once you begin to hear the rumors, all of life changes and we begin to fix on the kingdom dreams of Jesus. This book invites us to find the rumors of God all around us. Read it, but be ready to be changed because you will also begin to hear the rumors. -Scot McKnight, Author, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow and Jesus Creed for Students
Each time I have had the opportunity to hear Darren teach, I have gone away moved and inspired. Now, in Rumors of God, he and Jon do that again. They remind us that God is still here, and still very much able to be found. -Dr. Henry Cloud, Author, Boundaries and Changes That Heal
Originally from Australia, Darren Whitehead has lived in the United States for more than thirteen years. With a passion for the global church, Darren joined the staff at one of the most influential churches in North America--Willow Creek Community Church. As teaching pastor, Darren and senior pastor Bill Hybels share the weekend service teaching responsibilities for all six campuses. Darren lives with his wife, Brandy, and their three daughters just outside of Chicago, Illinois. For more information about Willow Creek go to www.willowcreek.org.
inlovwitchristOntarioAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A call to the soulFebruary 1, 2016inlovwitchristOntarioAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I first saw the title of this book, I thought it was a book that I might not relate to. Then as I started to read right from the very first pages, I felt a fire starting to ignite in my soul, I felt it call out to my spirit man not to be dormant any longer. I was so challenged by the nominal and mundane way I viewed the thing of God. I felt stripped by this book, like my farce of Christian living was brought to light and unlike the people referred to in the scriptures I did not want to shy away from this probing light, rather I embraced it. I was made to examine my heart and mind, I really question some of the things I held on to as seemingly the Christian thing to do. It drew me back to what God really wanted from us as Christians and not what we think we ought to do. How we judge people due to our own failings, and ignoring the practical love of Christ we are asked to share.
This book is a must read for every Christian out there who is interested in a real practical Christian life. If you are looking for a closer relationship with God, not indulging in any type of hypocrisy, pickup this book and it will help you get started.
VincePhilippinesAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome BookSeptember 3, 2013VincePhilippinesAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Rumors of God is definitely one of the BEST presentations I have read in a book. It will take you into a deeper level of self-reflection on where we are now in our relationship with God, what is our current church standing and what do we do in serving Christ, our personal experiences and encounters of God. This book will help you understand on where we are exactly in our spiritual walk.
Brian ElmerToledo, OHAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Good reminder of God's work around usSeptember 8, 2012Brian ElmerToledo, OHAge: 45-54Gender: maleThe chapters address different aspects of the evidence of the gospel. The authors are concerned about the church in America and not seeing the works of God in the life of the church as a whole. I would agree as the many churches have become liberal or too corporate/consumer that there is no evidence of God just works of man.
The chapters do not really connect as in a book of one theme, but are individual workings/evidences of God in the church. Each chapter is well done and exciting to read the testimonies of God's provisions!
MareNanaimo BC CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 17, 2012MareNanaimo BC CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Love getting the ebook, it was fast with no hitches and love the book.
wnorwoodRedlands, CAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5InspiringJanuary 7, 2012wnorwoodRedlands, CAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In many of my blog wanderings, one of the discussions/debates, that I am seeing over and over again is the mission of the church. What is the main purpose and calling of the Christian? Is is to preach the gospel? Is it feed the poor? How to be spiritually minded, but also earthly good? Some groups/denominations tend to lean heavily towards one side or the other. Churches that are full of good works, but neglect the teaching of the power and strength of the gospel. Churches that are rich in biblical exposition and teaching but fall short in reaching out and meeting needs in the name of Jesus.
In their book, Rumors of God, Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson describe what I feel is a good balance of a Christian faith that while deeply spiritual, manifests itself outwardly in good works. The title refers to the fact that people might "hear rumors" of what God is supposed to be like, but are not really seeing His love and power manifested in the world. I believe that the authors' desire for their book is to stir up the people of God (particularly younger people) to actively pursue a life of radical faith and service to the glory of Jesus.
I found their discussions on generosity and community to be compelling as they challenge us to be less materialistic and self-focused.
A particular quote that ministered to me:
Could it be that God is most pleased not with what we do for him but with the life of love we cultivate with Him? Maybe this is why Jesus seemed so free from needing the approval of men. He had all the approval He needed; the voice of His Father drowned out of the voice of the crowd. ~Rumors of God, pg. 61.
I believe that this book will appeal mostly to younger Christians. However, as an "older" Christian, Rumors of God inspired me with a renewed sense of excitement and passion to continue this journey of faith and to become part of making the "rumors" show themselves to be true.