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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453732292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453732298
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,996,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

O'Keefe offers hope for the Church, but not the hope found in the cliches of the past, rather in the hope of the future. He challenges the dated misconceptions of the institutionalized versions of Church and calls into the future, to inform our now. He invites us to question the evolution of leadership throughout the history of the Church and to seek more influential alternatives. This book is a caffeinated clarion call to something better, an informed and insightful engagement that is a must have page-turner.
George Elerick,
Cultural Theorist, Human Rights Worker
Author of Jesus Bootlegged
 
If O'Keefe ever changes careers, he should consider bartending. He's a storyteller, but also pulls a story out of you. He has advice, but it's the kind that makes you think for yourself. He invites you to sit, stay for a bit, release your inhibitions, be honest, enjoy the company, and talk about what really matters. I want more. I hope he sticks with writing. But, if he ever opens that bar, I hope it's in my town. People need real bartenders who know the real Jesus here.

This book does not suck. Thanks, John.

John Voelz
The Curator; Westwinds Church, Jackson, MI
Author of Broken Record: Enjoying the Music of Relationship Through the Hisses, Pops, and Scratches

 
I've been in church leadership for over 16 years and for the first time in a long time I've found a leadership book that speaks my language. boneYard challenges church leadership here in USAmerica (no matter how big or how small your faith community) to explore healthier ways to engage the culture of the here and now by inviting a left brain institution into a right brain world.
  Phil Shepherd aka Whiskey Preacher
Co-pastor/communal architect of the Eucastrophe in Fort Worth TX.

"John O'Keefe has crafted an insightful argument for living into a both/and world of what is becoming a conceptual age.  He invites his readers to see the church not as a static organization but as a living organism that can bring people to life.  He suggests six personas for living into God's creativity and grace that will transform and bring life to the church. This is a must read book for someone looking to step out into a radical way of doing church and life."

Jonathan Brink,
Author of Discovering The God Imagination: Reconstructing A Whole New Christianity
 
John O'Keefe's "Boneyard" will delightfully and convincingly educate readers on the recent shifts in the cultural mindset and how Christians must comprehend and adjust to those shifts in order to communicate the gospel effectively and intelligibly.
Frank Viola
Author of From Eternity to Here, Reimagining Church, and Finding Organic Church, ptmin.org
 
Albert Einstein observed, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Insert John O'Keefe and his book, Boneyard: Creatives Will Change The Way We Lead In The Church. John represents a different way of thinking that no longer sees church as a business to run but an experience to live, a tribe to belong to, and a creative reality that spontaneously unfolds along the everyday paths of life. John O'Keefe's mind runs on a MAC and he is more likely to find Burning Man as a relevant model for being the church than a Fortune 500 company business plan. What do you get when you combine a poet, choreographer, tattoo artist, photographer, and adventure guide? The Kind of thinking John says will revolutionize what church is. John O'Keefe may be the Pierre Omidyar (EBAY) as it relates to the way church exists in the future and the good news is that you will find this genius his book Boneyard.
Jim Palmer
Author of Divine Nobodies, and Wide Open Spaces

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What Others Say About John

"Not only does John have a bright vision of the church; he has initiated strategies and networks to help the church itself become visionary. One of the consultants out there I trust the most and learn the most from."
Leonard Sweet, Senior Professor, Drew University
 

"I met John through his superb web site, and have interacted with him on e-mail. John is highly thought of, and quoted and referred to regularly. As a person and for his web resources I recommend him regularly, and highly."
Jason Clark, Founding Pastor, Vineyard Church
 

"As an entrepreneur, leader, and communicator, John is a catalyst for the kingdom of God in our emerging culture. His unique and trusted voice has been highly influential in my own life and countless others."
Jim Palmer, Author
 
 "[Lindner] offers examples of prominent EC [Emerging Church] bloggers: John O'Keefe, founder of ginkworld.net, "an emerging/postmodern site exploring what it means to be a follower of Jesus in today's world..."
NCC's 2006 Yearbook {cites two 21st century trends: blogging and the Emergent Church}
 

More About the Author

Dr. John O'Keefe is a pastor, author, speaker and consultant. He blogs at johncokeefe.com, a place where our ancient faith meets the 21st century. John holds a BA in Business from The University of Nevada at Las Vegas, an MDiv Drew University and a DMin in Leadership in the Emerging Culture, Future Studies from George Fox University.

Blog: johncokeefe.com
Tweeter: @ginkworld
Facebook: johncokeefe

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John's ideas are fresh, often raw, and very challenging.
Anne-lise Jasinski
What I found most helpful in this book is the understanding of the societal change we are going through from left brain to right brain thinking.
Christine J. Sine
I would recommend this book for anyone seeking out how to introduce the Creator God into their faith community.
Mark

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christine J. Sine on October 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I received John O'Keefe's book I intended to put it on the bottom of my review pile. I get a lot of books to review but this one really caught my attention - partly because I too believe that we need to rediscover our creativity and allow it to shape our faith and our faith communities. So it jumped to the top of my pile and I have not been disappointed. This is a book that is well worth a read. It is very thought provoking and hopefully will initiate creativity and imagination in its readers.
What I found most helpful in this book is the understanding of the societal change we are going through from left brain to right brain thinking. O'Keefe contends that we are moving beyond the information age to the conceptual age and in this age:
...for a conceptual leader the idea is not one drop falling into the pond, it is a rain storm hitting the pond from all angles. The intent is that all people in the community influence the leaders of the community, open source.... This means leadership is a shared communal event. (101).
Tthis idea really resonated with me, as we have grappled with this same issue. Creativity multiplies when we open our ourselves up to the possibility that God speaks through all people. It is however messy. It requires empathy, it opens us up to being touched by the pain of our fellow journeyers.
This type of leadership is fluid, organic and flexible. And just a few other gems from the book:
artists have a deep understanding of the culture around them and they unleash the culture in what they create.
Creativity is always an expression of truth (sounds like those purple clouds and yellow skies again)
If we do not create we do not express the creation of God
O'Keefe ends the book by asking the question "What can we offer people today?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark on September 22, 2010
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I have not finished yet, but O'Keefe have really hit the target on the post industrial age church. I would recommend this book for anyone seeking out how to introduce the Creator God into their faith community. [...]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan L. Brink on September 27, 2010
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I got an advanced copy of John O'Keefe's Boneyard to review. John is a forward and critical thinker in an age when people are wondering about the validity of the church. He has crafted a insightful argument for living into a both/and world of what is becoming a conceptual age. John takes a critical and insightful look at the shift between an industrial age church and a conceptual age church.

He invites his readers to see the church not as a static organization but as a living organism that can bring people to life. He suggests six persona's for living into God's creativity and grace that will transform and bring life to the church. This is a must read book for someone looking to step out into a radical way of doing church and life.

I found myself thinking the same thing over and over again. John is arriving at a time when people are looking for a different possibility on how to do church. His insights should be read with an open mind and a possibility for fresh way of thinking.

Jonathan Brink, author of Discovering The God Imagination: Reconstructing A Whole New Christianity
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne-lise Jasinski on April 10, 2011
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My husband and I were "forcefully removed" from the religious system about two years ago. We have spent the time since looking at the existing system and asking ourselves how to be a part of the change that is so desperately needed. This book was like a lighthouse in the storm. John's ideas are fresh, often raw, and very challenging. I love his passion for free thought, even (and especially) in the realm of the religious system. This book challenged us with many concrete ideas and numerous concepts that have helped us feel heard and understood. I would recommend this book to anyone who is facing the current state of the "Church" and sees stagnation. Although John definitely leans hard toward the creative side of thinking, it is a necessary swing, given the staunch religiosity that has hindered God's work in so many systems. It is a refreshing view, and one I think every open-minded Christian deserves to spend some time pondering.
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