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Product Details

  • Series: Exponential Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310492262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310492269
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Refreshing. Powerful. Needed. Brandon connects the dots with both philosophic and practical steps to effective impact. Read this and get ready to change." -Jeremie Kubicek, CEO of GiANT Impact and author of National best-seller, Leadership is Dead

"This book contains a lot of heart, mixed with a good dose of authenticity, and spiced with a fair bit of courage.  Brandon offers us an articulate vision of a church that lives true to her calling to be God's agents of change in a broken world. Bring it on!" -Alan Hirsch, Author of The Forgotten Ways, On The Verge, the The Faith of Leap.

"Inspiring, direct, courageous, powerful, and timely.  Hatmaker "gets it" and gives the modern day church a wake up call."  -Caroline M. Boudreaux, Founder, The Miracle Foundation

"Brandon leads us out of the guilt-laden, often overwhelming notions of what we should be doing as a Christian, and shows us the redeeming, life-giving work God has for each of us in a world that 'waits in groaning' for hope, love, and rescue. Don't miss this book!" - Andy Hein, INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION®

"Brandon shares his heart for seeing Austin - and the world - transformed. Barefoot Church succeeds in giving the reader real, practical ideas for renewal." - Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching & Vision, The Austin Stone Community Church

About the Author

Brandon Hatmaker is pastor of Austin New Church (austinnewchurch.com), co-founder of Restore Austin (restorecommunities.org), and a missional strategist with Missio (missio.us).  Together, ANC and Restore Austin have developed a unique network of churches and non-profits which serve in a collective effort to impact their city and world.

More About the Author

Brandon is an author, biker, adoptive dad, imperfect church leader, and a huge fan of the underdog. He currently serves at Austin New Church (www.austinnewchurch.com), is co-founder of Restore Communities (www.restorecommunities.org), and is vice-president of the Guardians of the Children (www.austingoc.com). Brandon is married to author and speaker, Jen Hatmaker.

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The book has a very practical orientation.
Jim Bynum
Brandon Hatmaker's book "Barefoot Church" helps the church become good news while resisting consumerism, materialism, and individualism.
Troy Hochstetler
This book is a great outline for a missional church - It should be recommended reading for every pastor and church leader.
SHANE M BENGRY

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Vernon on October 22, 2011
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Reading through Barefoot Church, I was encouraged greatly, while also blown away by how Hatmaker weaves in the ability to call out issues AND give great answers. Here are some areas that I believe Barefoot Church offers a new contribution.

1. It was raw and hope filled, instead of pessimistic and deconstructing. Many guys are writing books and articles that address problems, but they have been incredibly lazy in working out answers. Hatmaker definitely talks about problems, but does not just keep the issue hanging. He gives some engaging answers.

2. Chapters 5 and 9 were incredible. The ideas that are brought up in talking through the "unchurched" and "dechurched" are solid (Chp. 5). Also, in chapter 9, the 6 ways on how to engage non profits are priceless. They are worth the price of the book in themselves.

3. A collision of theory and implementation. Many books are continually jumping in the deep water on either side, while not realizing that both make up the pool. Brandon does both very well.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Stohler on November 7, 2011
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Recently, Brandon Hatmaker has written a book called Barefoot Church to address the church's mission to serve the least in our culture. I am greatly appreciative to Brandon and Zondervan for the opportunity to read and review this book for free.

The book begins with a vision Brandon has one night during a church service where God asks him to give his new boots to a homeless man. Brandon's heart is truly exposed and thus begins his journey to find out what it means to be a barefoot church: a church that is not afraid to serve the least, even if it means giving away your shoes and winding up barefoot. He sums it up when he writes, "We engage the culture by engaging the needs of that culture. We have to do this on their turf, not ours (pg. 85)."

The book is full of serious, heartfelt Biblical discussion about social justice and the church's mission. It's why Brandon started Austin New Church in Austin, TX. Through his journey he has found what it means to serve the least and truly lead a barefoot church.

It is found by being different and there must be a different way to measure success. Today's churches in the US do not always have the reputation of being culture changers. We're not known for serving the hurting, needy, homeless, hungry, and orphaned. Yet, times are changing and Brandon and ANC are leading by example.

The most challenging chapter for me would be Chapter 8: Partnering With the Non-Profit World. Brandon gives great reasons why churches should partner with non-profs, but I believe there could be more problems than are described in the book. I do not believe that churches should not partner with non-profs, I just do not believe it is as cut and dry as made out in the book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By erin4jc on January 16, 2012
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Barefoot Church
Wow. Another amazing, unashamedly Jesus-centered message by the Hatmaker family!
This one hit me right at the core. Jesus taught us over and over that the most important thing He wants from us is our love and service to those in need, to the least of these. And yet somehow, in today's church, we are compelled to think that as long as we are filling our "Biblical knowledge tank", we are fulfilling our life's mission. Fail. We think that if our schedules are filled with "church" things, we are somehow living up to our calling. Fail. We think that if our church is packed to the brim that somehow we've hit the target. Fail. And, we believe that if we are loving others, but we're not willing to sacrifice our own wealth to better their poverty-stricken life, we are still living as Christ asked. Epic Fail. Jesus isn't asking us to give out of our extras. He's asking us to give until it hurts. He's asking us to make sacrifices to Him. To lay our abundance on the altar and allow Him to dispense it to those He puts in our path. He wants this not only as our priority, but as a way of life. We need to prioritize and schedule time into our daily lives our to love those in need. Not to fill our calendar with "church events" and if there's any room left to squeeze in a little time at the homeless shelter.
Jesus is not asking here. He has demanded. He's demanded our time, our talents, and our treasures. He has said that what we do for the least of these, we do for Him. He has told us countless times that the only way to gain favor with God is to love the unlovable. And still, we sit in our big churches, listening to sermons and Bible studies, consuming more and more Biblical knowledge, and feel totally satisfied, even though we aren't being the church at all.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Gamble on October 20, 2011
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One of the most practical books on leading a church to missional impact. Brandon reveals in an engaging and personal style his own journey to starting Austin New Church where they Gather to Go not just stay put. He puts flesh on all the theory out there for being a missional church and puts the "and" in AND of being both gathered and scattered. I first heard Brandon in person and then subsequently picked up the book and it has really helped my thinking in the kind of church I want to start. This is definitely a must read for any church planter or pastor wanting to lead their church to new kinds of effectiveness in reaching out and actually being the hands and feet of Jesus. Not a book for the feint of heart or those who are happy with the status quo. But if you have a holy discontent to see MORE from your church, pick this book up and read.
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