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“The Ferguson brothers are the real deal as movement leaders and they have led a burgeoning church planting network on the very principle outlined in this book. As such it is a proven guide to aligning your community with the redemptive purposes of God.”  
 —Alan Hirsch, author and activist

“Even if you’ve never set foot in a church, you’ve probably heard someone say something like, ‘We’re all searching for God.’ But that search is not a one-way street. In their new book, my friends Dave and Jon believe that more than anything else, God wants us to find him. You need to read this book and rediscover the God who’s been searching for you, all along.”
 —Greg Surratt, Founding Pastor, Seacoast Church

“Dave and Jon Ferguson are passionate about helping people find their way back to God. If you know someone who is far from God or you’ve begun to feel that way yourself, this book is for you. Take their 30-day challenge and awaken to the journey of a lifetime.”
—Larry Osborne, author and pastor, North Coast Church

“Sometimes we convince ourselves that people are hard to reach. We console our lack of spiritual fruit to a cultural malaise of all things spiritual. Dave and Jon Ferguson have another idea. They have somehow managed the incredible challenge to connect the dots of spiritual awakening in the culture and hearts of everyday people. Like expert craftsmen they have made what is incredibly hard into real life possibilities and strategies that seem easy! I've read Finding Your Way Back To God and have already considered buying a box so I can give it to all my friends and neighbours. You should too.”
—Danielle Strickland, speaker, activist, author of A Beautiful Mess: How God Re-creates Our Lives

“This book is your invitation to start—or restart—your journey toward an authentic connection with God. The awakenings Dave and Jon Ferguson guide you through are nothing less than life changing. Don’t miss this book!”
—Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker

“Ferguson presents this complex issue in a clear, straightforward manner. I am going to give this book to people I love who want to find their way back to God.”
—Pastor Joby Martin, The Church of Eleven22

“Dave and Jon Ferguson provide a practical roadmap for any of us—whether we are distant, disillusioned, or far from God—to return to Him. This timely book is full of stories, personal reflection and inspiring thoughts, and makes the road to be traveled and the journey to be taken both doable and enjoyable. I highly recommend it!”
—Brad Lomenick, author of The Catalyst Leader and H3 Leadership, past President of Catalyst, founder of BLINC

“All of us have a void in our life that only God can fill. We need the forgiveness, hope and purpose that only God can provide. Dave and Jon's book points us back to the great promise that addresses this eternal pursuit—if we seek God, we will find him. Embrace the journey.”
—Tony Morgan, founder and Chief Strategic Officer of The Unstuck Group

“One of the most helpful books I’ve seen in a long time, Finding Your Way Back to God is a practical and hopeful pathway for everyone seeking a close relationship with God.”
—Louie Giglio, Passion City Church/Passion Conferences

“My friends Dave and Jon have spent years focused on one compelling message; helping people find their way back to God. This book is full of inspiring stories, practical steps and spiritual challenges to help anyone struggling with the journey. If you or someone you know is at a spiritual crossroad I highly recommend Finding Your Way Back to God.”
—Mark Jobe, lead Pastor of New Life Community Church, author of Unstuck: Out of Your Cave into Your Call

“I cannot imagine a better book for anyone who wants to find their way back to God or help others do so.  It is full of inspiring stories that connect to the longings we all have. And the simple prayers and thought provoking questions Dave and Jon suggest will change the way you look at yourself, God, and the purpose of your life.”
—Dr. Rick Richardson, Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center, author of Experiencing Healing Prayer and Reimagining Evangelism

“In their new book, Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson have tapped into principles that ring true all across the world.  From the U.S. to India, this book can guide people on the Jesus mission no matter what country they may call home.  If you are serious about helping people find their way back to God, or if you’re on the journey yourself, this is a must read!  It can literally change the course of the rest of your life.”
—Dr. Ajai Lall, Director of Central India Christian Mission

“There is a constant gap in our lives between where we are and where we want to be.  For years, I’ve longed to have a map to help me close that gap.  This book is an answer to that longing!  It’s a spiritual GPS to help you find where you are and to help you get where you’re going.  It can help you find your way back to God over and over and over again.  This book isn’t just for people seeking God for the first time—it’s also for anyone who wants to continue to get closer to God year after year.  If you took the classic, “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” boiled it down into the main principles, and added modern-day stories,  you would have this book in your hands.  It’s that good!”
—Josh Howard, Director of Leadership Training, Central India Christian Mission NewThing Network Leader

“Dave and Jon are treasure to Jesus’ Church.  In Finding Your Way Back To God, you will discover why.  Likewise, trusted friends, you will be awakened to the 5 Awakenings of your new life in Christ.  You will be encouraged.”
—Derwin L. Gray, Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, author of The High Definition Leader

“I can’t think of a better journey to take than one that reconnects you with God and helps you to discover your purpose in life. Dave and Jon Ferguson lead you step by step in this awakening process, which will change your life.”
—James T. Meeks, Senior Past of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, Retired Illinois State Senator

About the Author

DAVE FERGUSON is founding and lead pastor of Chicago’s Community Christian Church, a multi-site missional community considered one of the most influential churches in America. He and his wife, Sue, have three children.
JON FERGUSON is founding pastor of Community Christian Church, a teaching pastor for their Chicago network, and movement architect for NewThing, an international church-planting movement. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children. Brothers Dave and Jon are the co-authors of three books on church leadership.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah (February 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601426089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601426086
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theologians and philosophers have posited for centuries that there is a longing every person feels that transcends time and mortality. Is there something more? Is life more than what it seems? It’s been said that we are wired for eternity and so we ask, “Does God exist?” If God does exist, how can I find Him?

Pastors Dave and Jon Ferguson of Community Christian Church, a multi-site mega-church in Illinois, have written Finding Your Way Back to God with the hope that it will help people on this journey.

According to Rick Warren, Finding Your Way Back to God is, “Absolutely life-changing! Dave and Jon Ferguson have written a book that could change how our generation thinks about God.” That is high praise that doesn’t just border on hype, it’s an atomic bomb; a declaration that the war is now over because we said so. If Rick Warren is right, this is the last book we’ll need on finding purpose for at least the next 30 years.

Does the book live up to that kind of hype? Unfortunately, it doesn’t. While the Fergusons remind us of God’s love and grace they fail to tell us why it matters and the personal cost involved. This sets up several problems that make the book more confusing than helpful.

#1 – Expectations

Whenever we talk about God and what it means to be a Christian it is important that we set proper expectations. In the book we are told to expect that we can find a power greater than ourselves to make it through life, discover unconditional love to transform how you think and feel, find a way to love others the way you want to be loved, purpose for life that gets you out of bed and excited every day, and hope for this life and the next.
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My favorite part about this book is that anyone, no matter how far from God they may be, can pick this book up and sense God calling them back home. It's my prayer that as this book makes it's way into bookstores, vacations, airplane cabins, coffee shops, pubs, ministries, small groups, 12-step groups and beyond - that people everywhere will begin to realize they can absolutely find their way back to God.
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Wow! This book is a must read no matter where you are in your spiritual journey. Whether you're taking your first steps towards God or are a long time follower of Jesus, there's something in this book that will resonate with you right where you are. I loved reading this book and the insights that it brought to light for me make me a better follower of Jesus, husband, dad and friend. I can't wait to share this book with EVERYONE in my life and see the impact it will make in their lives too.
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Finally had the time to finish my review of a new book by Dave and Jon Ferguson. Finding Your Way Back to God: Five Awakenings to Your New Life has tremendous outreach potential and if you’ve not had a chance to spend some time with this book, you need to make time! This book is a game-changer!

Finding Your Way Back to God is very well-written and might be one of the easiest books to read I’ve ever come across. At the same time, it is packed with provocative stories of life-change and redemption.

One of my favorite things about Finding Your Way Back to God is its built-in potential to be used as an “I’ll read it with you” resource. If you have a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker or a family member that you’ve been hoping and looking for ways to help them take a step toward God, this is a book you need to know about.

As the subtitle indicates, there are five awakenings “that almost always occur in a person’s journey back to God.” I like the way the authors describe the awakenings: “Where people start and what motivates them to begin this journey are often different, but the stages they go through are remarkably similar.” The book explores five different “God, if you are real” prayers that are intended to arouse the five awakenings.

The book also includes an intriguing element; one that I am looking forward to sharing with a few friends. Referred to as a Thirty Day Wager, the last chapter of Finding Your Way Back to God is actually a kind of 30 day journal to be used by anyone willing to put 15 minutes a day into an honest pursuit to find God. If you take a few minutes to flip through these pages you’ll begin thinking about people you know who could be persuaded to make the wager.
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Dave Ferguson and his brother Jon are the founders and Pastors at Community Christian Church near Chicago. They have many years of ministry experience and have written a new book called "Finding Your Way back to God", which I received for free through the book review program for bloggers that is available for bloggers at bloggingforbooks.com. The views expressed are my own.

The book uses the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 to elaborate the various points it proclaims in it's pages. It is divided into five sections, each with the subject of 'awakening' at the forefront, including awakening to longing, regret, help, love and life. Through some of the scriptures found in the story of the Prodigal Son, and many tales of lives who were altered by the principles discussed in each chapter, the authors weave a tale of self discovery, ending with a life that most people desire, but don't often see. They also include a study guide at the end, with questions for discussion about the topics that are addressed.

Finding Your Way Back to God is probably very good for a non-believer or Christian who feels they have stumbled beyond restoration. And many of the stories in it's pages tell of these type of experiences. For that reason it will be a benefit to many people. However, I am noticing a trend in Christian literature that has become more stories while focusing less on scripture. While the authors do use the Prodigal Son as the backdrop of their book, it is not a book based on the Bible. It is a book that contains scriptures to support it's points, similar to the way we might use famous quotes which illustrate what we're trying to say. This is one of the points you need to be aware of.
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