The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath (Thomas Nelson, 2006) (Thomas Nelson, 2006)

The-Rest-of-God-193x300I wrote this during a sabbatical leave, which was the perfect setting for writing about Sabbath days and Sabbath hearts. In part, I document how my own drivenness nearly threw me over a cliff, and how discovering Sabbath brought me back to sanity. The book unfolds Sabbath?s gifts, and offers a practical approach to Sabbath-keeping.

Your God is Too Safe: Rediscovering the Wonder of a God You Can’t Control (Multnomah, 2001) (Multnomah, 2001)

Your-God-is-Too-Safe-194x300This was my first book, and it’s close to my heart. It’s really a book of spiritual disciplines for Jonahs: God-evaders who want to become God-chasers. I coined two phrases in YGiTS that have had far-reaching impact: ‘Borderland’, which describes half-in, half-out Christianity; and “the Holy Wild,” which describes life to the full with the God who is not safe, but good. YGiTS is really a sustained invitation to leave Borderland and live in the Holy Wild.

Things Unseen: Living in Light of Forever (Multnomah, 2002) (Multnomah, 2002)

Things-Unseen-210x300I was struck by how often I heard the comment, :You don’t want to be so heavenly minded you’re of no earthly good. ” I started to wonder if such a person existed. I knew many people so earthly minded they were neither of heavenly nor earthly good, but the heavenly minded people I knew were, to a person, generous, kind, joyful, and very effective. So I set out to write about that, and about the difference heavenly mindedness makes in the day to day & how a keen sense of forever invigorates the here and now. This book is the result.

The Holy Wild: Trusting in the Character of God (Multnomah, 2003) (Multnomah, 2003)

The-Holy-Wild-193x300I wanted to write about the classic attributes of God in a pastoral, not an academic, way. Particularly, I was piqued by the question, If God is [fill in the blank: just, loving, merciful, kind, and so on] what difference should that make when I [fill in the blank: face death, declare bankruptcy, lose a friend, spend money, etc.]. This is theology for the everyday.

Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul (Zondervan, 2010) (Zondervan, 2010)

Spiritual-Rhythm-202x300This was a very different book for me. It’s my longest (to date), weighing in at over 300 pages, and my most personal. It came out of deep pain (the death of a close friend), and through that an even deeper discovery of Christ’s sufficiency for all things and in all things. The book’s two central insights – that our hearts have seasons, and that we need rhythms to move through those seasons well – have changed the way I look at spiritual formation.

Your Church is Too Safe: Turning the World Upside Down (Zondervan, 2012) (Zondervan, 2012)

your-church-is-too-safe_new-optionThis is my “sequel” to Your God is Too Safe – it stands alone, but it speaks to the whole body of Christ the message that Your God is Too Safe spoke to each follower of Christ: that God is not safe, but he’s good (C.S. Lewis), and that he invites us – his church – to receive his power to be formed in his character to accomplish his work for his glory. This book is a manifesto for the church to live more faithfully, generously, and dangerously. It is both a theology and a manual for turning the world on its head.