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"Some of the best things in church history, and some of the worst, have been done in the name of 'missions.' It's one of those words we need to dust off, reclaim and re-envision so that we are spreading the real gospel―not the white man's gospel, not the prosperity gospel, not the American gospel, not the fluffy, do-it-yourself gospel, not the empire's gospel or the colonialist's gospel―but the gospel of Jesus, the gospel that is always good news to the poor, the gospel that comes with a cross and an invitation to suffer alongside those who suffer. Leroy Barber is at the forefront of reimagining what missions looks like in the twenty-first century. He helps us see missions not just as something we do with our mouths but something we do with our lives." (Shane Claiborne, author, activist and recovering sinner, thesimpleway.org)

"Leroy Barber dreams big dreams for our generation―dreams that have the power and potential to change the world forever. This book will inspire anyone who wants to move beyond the ordinary toward an extraordinary life lived for God." (Margaret Feinberg, author of Scouting the Divine and The Organic God)

"Leroy Barber has earned the right to be heard by helping hundreds of young college graduates discern how to live out the Christian life in lay vocations. This book taps into the wisdom he has accumulated over the years, along with his biblical insights as to how those of us in the pew can become radical followers of Jesus in our everyday lives." (Tony Campolo, professor emeritus, Eastern University)

"In an age when missional engagement has been reduced to dramatic short-term immersion experiences, Leroy Barber challenges us to live a consistent life of credible compassion. In Everyday Missions Leroy reframes the conversation about mission by illuminating the need to live missionally. He reflects on a life of service, not one that merely talks a prophetic game but one that embodies love. Everyday Missions is provocative and challenging, inspiring and accessible―a clarion call in an age of vocational confusion, this book will nurture your imagination to doing good better." (Chris Heuertz, international director of Word Made Flesh and author of Friendship at the Margins)

"[Barber] displays a contagious love for others and a willingness to risk common comforts in God's leading throughout Everyday Missions. Youth leaders and others in leadership or looking to lead may find useful guidance and encouragement here." (Jamie Lee Rake, CBA Retailers + Resources, April 2012)

"Through the surprisingly normal stories of heroes of faith in the Bible like Moses, David, Esther, Peter, and others, and through Barber's experiences with Mission Year and other ministries, in this book you'll learn what it means to change the world from your own little space in it." (Journal of Christian Nursing, Volume 31, Number 2)

"Everyday Missions champions the solution for the mundane life as finding personal significance by connecting with God through engaging in a variety of activities that are abnormal to twenty-first-century suburban Westerners." (Scott Zeller, Themelios, November 2012)

"Everyday Missions is anything but an everyday book. Leroy Barber speaks directly and convincingly into the lives of ordinary people, challenging us to consider commitments that have extraordinary impact. Provoking-―in the very best sense of the word―this hopeful, can-do book inspires readers to risk pursuing their created purpose and discover their true source of meaning." (Bob Lupton, president, FCS Urban Ministries, Atlanta, Georgia)

"A Christian who wants to invest his or her ordinary life in bringing about God's kingdom on earth will find examples, suggestions, wise counsel, and warm encouragement in this very readable book." (Church Libraries, Summer 2012)

About the Author

Leroy Barber has dedicated more than twenty-five years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism and living what Dr. King called "the beloved community." He is the author of New Neighbor and Everyday Missions, and the coauthor Red, Brown, Yellow, Black and White with Velma Maia Thomas. He was also a contributing author to Tending to Eden by Scott Sabin and the groundbreaking book UnChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. The co-founder and director of the Voices Project and college pastor at Kilns College, Barber starts projects that shape society. In 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia's homeless, he and his wife Donna founded Restoration Ministries to serve homeless families and children living on the streets, and in 1994 he became the director of internship programs at Cornerstone Christian Academy. He was licensed and ordained at Mt Zion Baptist Church where he served as youth director with Donna, and also served as associate minister of evangelism. In 1997, he joined FCS Urban Ministries, working with Atlanta Youth Project to serve as the founding executive director of Atlanta Youth Academies, a private elementary school providing quality Christian education for low-income families in the inner city. He also helped found DOOR Atlanta, Community Life Church, South Atlanta Marketplace and Community Grounds Coffee shop in Atlanta, as well as Green My Hood and the Voices Project. He is on the boards of The Simple Way, Missio Alliance, The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) and the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Barber and his wife Donna have been married thirty years and together they have five children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830836365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830836369
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyday Missions debunks the myth that only a few people are "called" to change the world while the rest of us lead what Henry David Thoreau calls "lives of quiet desperation." In this book, Leroy Barber encourages us that we DO have a place among the influencers of the world. He tells us how to listen to, not ignore, that voice inside us that tells us there is something more. Everyday Missions encourages us to start with our ordinary, everyday lives to become, as Barber puts it, "average people called by God to live stories of greatness." What a great truth to discover - that I don't have to travel to the farthest reaches of the world or start the next mega-church to do something significant with my life. If you are an ordinary person who longs to make an impact in your regular everyday world, get this book!
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In this day and age of "professional clergy" and "full time missionaries", this book presents a much needed message that God desires to use ordinary people. Scriptural passages of God using ordinary people are highlighted by personal stories of ordinary people today living extraordinary lives for God in very normal everyday situations. I highly recommend this book.
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I enjoyed the book, it was really interesting, made me think of how to be used in God's kingdom.In today's world we all think there is not enough time to make a difference in someone's life. The book pointed out that we all can be used to do great things with the talents god has given to us. This book was a blessing and it held my interest, especially the testimonies.
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