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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849913985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849913983
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 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 (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author



Jim has a Master of Divinity degree and was a successful Senior Pastor before he left institutional church and organized religion to explore new dimensions of his relationship with God. Since 2005 he has been chronicling his journey beginning with Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the unlikely people who help you), and then Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-by-Number Christianity. His most previous book is, Being Jesus in Nashville: Finding the Courage to Live Your Life (whoever and wherever you are).

After leaving church ministry Jim led a non-profit agency for at-risk kids, and later served as the U.S. Director of Education for International Justice Mission, an international human rights organization based in Washington, D.C. In addition to writing, Jim is an adjunct professor of religion and ethics. He offers spiritual direction and coaching, and leads non-religious spirituality retreats and workshops. His current focus is The Religion-Free Bible Project, an endeavor of recreating the Bible in a voice that is free from religious bias, and free to fully express its profound and inclusive message for all humankind.
 
Jim and his family reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Jim Palmer is an ordained minister, author, activist, speaker, spiritual director, and leading figure in the non-religious spirituality movement. Palmer received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Divinity School in Chicago, where he served on the pastoral staff of mega-church, Willow Creek Community Church. He was later the founding and senior pastor of Springbrook Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2000, Palmer left professional Christian ministry and began chronicling his journey of "shedding religion to find God."

After leaving professional Christian ministry, Palmer served as Executive Director of Y-CAP, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive and long-term intervention programs for at-risk children and their families. He also served as U.S. Director of Education for International Justice Mission (IJM), an international human rights organization in Washington, D.C. He traveled through South Asia with IJM as part of an operation to free children from forced child prostitution and child slave labor. Palmer is also known for having pioneered the Pilgrimage Project, a "church" alternative comprised of an organic network of interpersonal relationships in Nashville.

Since 2005, Palmer has been sharing his journey of "shedding religion to find God" as an author and speaker. In addition to writing books, Palmer writes for various websites, including explorefaith.org and Relevant Magazine. Palmer is recognized for his expertise in addressing the depth and complexity of issues people face, and helping them break free from religious pathologies that have damaged their lives. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, he guides others through the process of deconstructing and reconstructing their faith. Known as "Shedders," this tribe of people relate to Palmer's journey of seeking God and exploring spirituality beyond organized religion. Palmer has also hosted a weekly national Divine Nobody Call, and sparked the Occupy Religion message and movement. He is currently an adjunct college professor of Ethics, Linguistics, and Comparative Religion in Nashville. In 2012, Palmer founded The Religion-Free Bible Project, an effort to create a paraphrase of the Bible, free from the religious bias that Palmer believes has been imposed on it.

Palmer actively promotes causes that have touched his life. Diagnosed as a child with Tourettes Syndrome (TS), he raises awareness about the disorder and corresponds extensively with others who suffer from TS and parents who have children with TS. As a result of Palmer's work with International Justice Mission, he consistently speaks out about human rights issues of all natures, including forced child prostitution and child slave labor.

In addition to his travels in South Asia, Palmer has spent time in India, Africa, and Thailand. He currently lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee. Palmer's personal interests include endurance sports, hiking, animals, social media, music, art, and literature.



Customer Reviews

Thank you Jim Palmer for sharing your journey with us so honestly and completely.
Judie Bell
It made no sense that God only loved us if we were good when I was very clear that Jesus loved us all the time, no matter what.
Becky Backert
This was the beginning of Palmer's reflections on just what God really feels about people like himself.
Carol Kurtz Darlington

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Larry Shallenberger on October 25, 2006
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Finding a writer who is able to be both vulnerable and Christian is rare. Too often the language of "ought" overtakes the language of "is." Consequently many of the books in the evangelical world intended to provoke spiritual growth settle for passing out the lastest God-talk. And the hard art of letting God's love near our brokeness is never shared. Jim Palmer is a writer who's learned to embrace his imperfect humanity and a God who is comfortable to enter it.

"Divine Nobodies" chronicles how Jim got to that place. In what now feels like a past life, Jim had been a rising star in the world of evangelical leaders. At the time, Jim peddled Jesus-mottos, but never experienced the grace of God moving in among the hurts of his childhood. Jim's ascent into mega-church heights stalled when his marriage fell apart.

"Divine Nobodies" is the story of God rebuilding Jim's spirituality by placing a line of ordinary "Joe's" and "Janes" into his life. Each chapter of "Divine Nobodies" contains an essay about one of these "nobodies"-- a waitress, a mechanic, a wheel-chair bound girl and her father among them-- and how these individual made Jim reconsider what it means to be spiritual. God met Jim in the temple of Jim's damaged emotions, fears, anxieties shared his love.

Jim essay's are warm and gracious. He manages to describe those who hurt him the most with gentleness and honor. Jim seems to grasp how fragile we all are, so he applies self-depreciating humor and vulnerability to disarm his readers and to guide them toward a God who collects "nobodies."

Jim well crafted essays deserve comparisions with the likes of Donald Miller and Anne Lamott. However, Jim's voice is both unique and needed.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rick Harris on October 6, 2006
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Divine Nobodies will touch the deepest most intimate parts of your being as Jim meanders through life discovering God within and through everyday folks...the divine nobodies of life. You'll cry, giggle, hmph, chuckle and ROFL. Shedding religion is messy business, albeit foundation shaking at times. Jim tells of encountering the round pegs, those questions and life situations that just don't fit into the neat and orderly square holes of religion:

What is church? What does it mean to be the church? If a loving parent wouldn't send their child to eternal hell, how could God? Why do bad things happen? What is our journey about as a child of God...is it about living the `perfect life' a striving for sinlessness? Just how far does God's grace go? Should believers do life with the "undesirables", homosexuals, adulterers, divorcees, alcoholics of the world or does being around "bad" apples spoil the whole bushel...just who are "undesirables" anyway? Is knowing about God the same as knowing God?

If you have an inkling there's something more to God than Sunday services and Wednesday night prayer meetings, pick up a copy of Divine Nobodies...Jim's story will fan that inkling into a knowing that will guide you to a deeper and more intimate relationship with God...and that `is' what life's about.

Read it...then give a copy to others.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on November 28, 2006
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I loved this book! This is one of the best books I have read this year. Jim's communication style is warm, down to earth and filled with humor - his message is right on. The stories in this book touched me deeply and reminded me again and again that God does not live in a building.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By wooball32 on January 3, 2007
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I had to put the book down and just reflect when I read the Introduction to the book...all the reasons author Jim Palmer states on why you may not want to read this book are JUST the ones that make this book so good. I really enjoyed it and NEVER read spirituality books. It is tender, sweet, open, painful and so REAL. Thanks to the author for taking a risk, being himself and putting pen to paper.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Birkey on January 6, 2007
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Tired of those hyper-religious people who have simple step-by-step solutions to all of the complex sludge that goes on in your head? Who only want to get you "saved" so that your problems will finally be solved? Who preach endlessly that life is all about Bible-reading, church attendance, acceptable behaviors, and Christian t-shirts and bumper stickers? Exhausted? Depressed? Frustrated? Struggling? Confused? ME TOO!!

This book is an account of a broken man's journey... or maybe I should say the continuation of his journey. It doesn't give any easy answers. As a matter of fact, it probably raises more questions (very thought-provoking!). But finally, FINALLY, someone has put words to the terrible angst that has been within me for a very long time. For me, reading this book was like finding a stream of cool clear water in the middle of a desert. Okay, okay... that might be a little dramatic, but--hopefully--you understand what I mean.

I thoroughly enjoyed the author's wittiness, was comforted by his stories of real (and struggling) people, and was awed by his transparency and his willingness to let me, the reader, see into his soul. Many kudos and thanks to the author for his courage and his honesty. This work is helping to heal my own messed-up, crazy, (sometimes tormented) broken soul.

Divine Nobodies: It's a MUST read!
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