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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Civitas Press (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615467903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615467900
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathy Escobar co-pastors the Refuge, an eclectic faith community in North Denver dedicated to those on the margins of life and faith. She journeys with people in hard places as a spiritual director, teacher, and group facilitator. A Pepperdine University graduate, she also has a Masters degree in Management/Organizational Development and a Certificate in Evangelical Spiritual Guidance from Denver Seminary.


Kathy's co-authored 2 other books, Come with Me: An Invitation to Break through the Walls Between You and God (Discovery House Press) and Refresh: Sharing Stories. Building Faith with Laura Greiner (New Hope Publishers, 2007). She also contributed to Taking Flight: Reclaiming the Female Half of God's Image Through Advocacy and Renewal, (Samizdat Creative, 2010).


Kathy is also on the leadership group for the Transform Network, a missional community formation network. She is a frequent speaker at gatherings and conferences around the United States. She lives in Arvada, Colorado with her husband, Jose, and 5 kids and blogs regularly about community life and spiritual formation at KathyEscobar.com. You can connect with Kathy on Facebook and Twitter.


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Kathy Escobar co-pastors the Refuge, an eclectic faith community in North Denver dedicated to those on the margins of life and faith (www.therefugeonline.org). She journeys with people in hard places as a spiritual director, teacher, and group facilitator. A Pepperdine University graduate, she also has a Masters degree in Management/Organizational Development and a Certificate in Evangelical Spiritual Guidance from Denver Seminary.

Author of Down We Go: Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus (Civitas Press, 2011), she has also co-authored two other books--Come With Me: An Invitation to Break through the Walls Between You and God (Discovery House Press, 2002) and Refresh: Sharing Stories and Building Faith (New Hope, 2007). She's contributed to several collaborative book projects centered on life and faith--The Practice of Love (Civitas Press, 2011), Banned Questions of the Bible (Chalice Press, 2011), and Taking Flight: Reclaiming the Female Half of God's Image through Advocacy and Renewal (Samizdet Publishing, 2010).

Kathy is also on the leadership group for the Transform Network, a missional community formation network (www.transformnetwork.org) and speaks at at gatherings and conferences around the United States. She lives in Arvada, Colorado with her husband, Jose, and 5 kids and blogs regularly about community life and spiritual formation at www.kathyescobar.com.

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It will challenge and inspire you to become who Jesus created you to be.
mike herzog
We're caught up in the American dream, and there are plenty of books that will tell us we can have our Jesus and our way of life too.
Phyllis Mathis
I finally finished reading and realized that I had to own this book, to go back and read parts of it over and over again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Mathis on June 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
At first glance this book is surprising, against the grain, challenging, radical. But that's only because we're in love with the ideas of success, ascent, and victory. We're caught up in the American dream, and there are plenty of books that will tell us we can have our Jesus and our way of life too.
In Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus, Kathy Escobar reminds us of the Jesus we find in the gospels - the guy who eats with sinners and tax collectors, touches lepers, and upsets the power structures of his time. The Jesus who tells his disciples to do the same, and who promises us that *downward* is the only path to real joy.
Written from the low places, birthed from the Beatitudes, and seasoned with a refreshing dose of practical experience, Down We Go is a field guide for those who are tired of playing religious games, and long to follow Jesus into the places he asked us to go.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johan van der Merwe on June 18, 2011
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There was a time in my life when I completely ignored the beatitudes and Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. I found them too challenging. Sometimes I would read through the gospel of Matthew, but deliberately skip over chapters 5 to 7. I knew I was choosing what to read and what to ignore, but at least I was honest about it.

The thing is, I read what Dietrich Bonhoeffer said about these words of Jesus and, whilst I agreed with him wholeheartedly, I simply wasn't up for the challenge. He said the following: `Humanly speaking, we could understand and interpret the Sermon on the Mount in a thousand different ways. Jesus knows only one possibility: simple surrender and obedience, not interpreting it or applying it, but doing and obeying it. That is the only way to hear His word. But again He does not mean that it is to be discussed as an ideal, He means really putting it into practice.'

As I was reading about the work that was being done at The Refuge in Kathy Escobar's Down We Go, I felt the same uneasiness that's fuelled by my indifference creep into me: here's a group of people that is actually living the wild ways of Jesus as depicted in the Sermon on the Mount. I'm still trying to come up with an excuse why I can't do the same as them, but it's not going too well. If you want to remain comfortable with your life of upward mobility, then please, don't read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stacy M. Schaffer on June 2, 2011
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About 3 years ago, I was ready to completely throw in the towel in regards to anything close to faith, Christianity, or church. Having spent 11 years fully devoted to ministry, I had lived my life in what I hoped would bring deep fufillment. After a series of disappointing behind the scenes events, I watched the infastructure of what I thought I knew and believed about God and the church virtually crumble.

Several months later, I was sent a lifeline to Kathy's blog (kathyescobar.com) by a friend who knew I was one step away from just being done. It was the wisdom that permeated the words of that post, that quite literally, saved my faith.

In the guide, Down We Go, not only does the depth of what it could mean to be a follower of Jesus continue, but it inspires. In a world where it can feel stagnant and, well, devoid of purpose, Kathy's words ring with hope and new direction in living the ways of Jesus. With each chapter, more and more wind and possibilities are infused, and articulate more practice, instead of theory. *For those of you who are longing for a faith that is more practical, more worthy of your time, energy,and heart, and more altogether meaningful, this is for sure the guide for you.*
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mike herzog on June 3, 2011
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Down We Go-is an excellent read on living life in the trenches, as Jesus did, with the marginalized people of our society. Written with great insight, by someone who has had first hand experience, this book is a compelling collection of true life stories that will make you reexamine what it means to live the authentic life Jesus calls us to. If you don't read any other book, this year, you need to read "Down We Go"!! It will challenge and inspire you to become who Jesus created you to be. Best book I have read in sometime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 3, 2011
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In the flowing rhythmic style of the prophets of old, Kathy speaks on issues that the church needs to hear. By shedding light on what the realities of the Kingdom of God truly are, she exposes the underbelly of the counter-kingdoms of power, division and exclusion for all to see. This is a must-read for anyone considering the notion of planting a church and anyone currently taking on a leadership role in an existing community of Jesus. Likewise, this book is mandatory for anyone choosing to follow Jesus into the weird, wild, realities of Kingdom living that take them to places and people that no one has gone to before.

This book is not so much an educational approach to Jesus following theologies and ideologies but it is a an appeal from the author to change your life that is so subtle, that you don't even realize that after having read the book you are changed. Although inspirational and educational and informative, if I could choose one word to describe the book it would be transformational.

This book changed me by degrees into a kinder, gentler more compassionate person that wants to follow Jesus wherever he would have me go, not just in the comfort of my own home or church or school or work, but into the scary, into the stinky, into the dirty, hard places where the people are that have been forgotten by religion and those that subscribe to it -- into the wild ways of Jesus.
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