The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & CouragePaperback Shapevine Missionals
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- Publisher: Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 229mm x 20mm | 318g
- Publication date: 17 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: Ada, MI
- ISBN 10: 0801014158
- ISBN 13: 9780801014154
- Sales rank: 110,064
As Helen Keller observed, "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." To Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, so much of how we have learned to experience and understand the faith has been divorced from the overarching adventure inherent in our God and in our calling. This book is a corrective to the dull, adventureless, risk-free phenomenon that describes so much of contemporary Christianity. It explores the nature of adventure, risk, and courage and the implications for church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership.
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Michael Frost is vice principal of Morling College; founding director of the Tinsley Institute at Morling college in Sydney, Australia; and a Baptist minister. He is the author of "Jesus the Fool," "Seeing God in the Ordinary," and "Exiles," and the coauthor of "The Shaping of Things to Come." He lives in Australia. Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps megachurches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including "The Forgotten Ways," and coauthor of "Untamed" and "Right Here, Right Now." Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.
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Put the adventure back in the venture. So much of our lives is caught up in the development and maintenance of security and control. But as Helen Keller observed, "Security is mostly a superstition. . . . Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." And when our only experience of Christianity is safe and controlled, we miss the simple fact that faith involves risk. In "The Faith of Leap," Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch challenge you to leave the idol of security behind and courageously live the adventure that is inherent in our God and in our calling. Their corrective to the dull, adventureless, risk-free phenomenon that describes so much of contemporary Christianity explores the nature of adventure, risk, and courage and the implications for church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership. "Very thoughtful and chock-full of insight and practical advice, this brilliant book reminds us that we can--in fact, we must--substitute another narrative for the security-obsessed one that normally drives us if we wish to truly live!"--Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network; author of "The Present Future" and "Missional Renaissance " "You've got two pockets. Stick in one of your pockets your Bible and in the other "The Faith of Leap." You're ready. Now go."--Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University; author of "One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow " "Hirsch and Frost use their manifold gifts to show us why and how adventure, risk, and courage are at the very heart of living life together in God's Mission."--David Fitch, author of "The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission"; B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary "This is, in my opinion, Hirsch and Frost's best work to date and is must reading for anyone who wants to release missional movements."--Neil Cole, author of several books including "Ordinary Hero," "Church 3.0," "Journeys to Significance," and "Organic Leadership"