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Immersion: Live the Life God Envisioned for you. Paperback – April 13, 2011
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"As a guy who pours through a lot of printed material on a daily basis, I'd like to think I know when something presses into new territory. 'Immersion' does that with its content and format. It occurs to me that in 'Immersion' Mark has captured a path to God's best. What could be more helpful."
"Immersion spoke specifically to me and gave me encouragement to move forward with a new project that we are launching called TRIFECTA. I plan to distribute Immersion to as many people as possible."
--Terry Davis CEO of Tri California
From the Author
I would like to thank you for taking the time to read Immersion. It is my prayer that this book will be a blessing and an encouragement to you in your journey as a fellow follower of Christ. I also pray that it will assist you in experiencing the rich and satisfying life Jesus came to give His followers, and that, in the process of reading this book, you will make The Great Commandment the primary grid through which you make all your life decisions.
I have done my best to directly connect the ideas in this book to scriptural passages. Footnotes and textual citations are included on the same page for easy reference and further contextual study.
The book has been organized into seven parts. Part one sets the stage for the five central sections. A seventh and final section is intended as a "putting it all together" framing piece. I have also written a group study which is located at the end of each section, with the hope that you will go through this book in community. You can do the studies alone, but everything is better in community.
In the back of the book there is a 40-day life coaching experience, designed to help you experience a richer and more satisfying life. There are also free resources for your church and small group Bible studies available at:
The greatest blessing to me would be that the body of Christ would be encouraged, equipped, and edified as people join together in their homes for elevated conversations. These group studies are intended to facilitate just such conversations.
In His Grip,
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Top Customer Reviews
As a therapist, I appreciate the perspective of "SEA" and serving to make one's life better.
As a triathlete, I challenge Mark to a world's slowest kick contest.
A great, practical, and motivating read on how to truly become immersed in God (and not religion).
I enjoyed the depth, meat and personal application of these three chapters and think it would benefit so many within the Christian community.
By Mark McNees
I am reviewing this book for BookSpoils for which I received a free electronic copy and nominal gift certificate.
As is commonly encountered in the Evangelical Christian tradition, the author reached a critical point in his life. In his case, the bottom came from depression and anxiety. After seriously considering suicide as a solution, his father convinced him to give spirituality a chance. Through a developing faith life, professional help, and life-style changes, he was able to manage his mental health problems, find purpose in his life and, in this book, mine his life experience for lessons worth sharing.
I was pleasantly surprised that this book avoided several common pitfalls. McNees never sensationalizes his pre-conversion years with language designed to shock the reader. Nor does he write of his post-conversion life with saccharin` piety, as if a Christian commitment were akin to a visit from Tinkerbelle sprinkling fairy dust. His approach to spirituality is holistic, giving good relationships, professional resources, intellectual pursuits, healthy life-style and service to others their proper due in a balanced life.
The book is divided into short chapters clustered into themed sections. Long-distance swimming is the guiding metaphor for the spiritual life. This metaphor is used consistently and effectively. Each chapter also contains personal anecdotes which were well narrated and perfectly matched to the point being made. I never left a chapter wondering about the point of a story nor skimming past unnecessary details. If anything, chapters were more likely to leave me desiring to hear more about a given topic.Read more ›
What covers 70% of the planet, constitutes 60% of the human body, makes up 70% of the human brain, and comprises 83% of our blood? While a person can go without food for weeks, he cannot survive more than a few days without...
Given that this clear liquid is perhaps the most important element known to man, is it any wonder that so many metaphors hint at it? Consider how living as a Christian has been has been equated with "swimming upstream," or the fact that non-Christians resent it when Christians do not "go with the flow." Certainly, existing as a Christian in the modern era requires the tenacity of a champion swimmer: to learn not to fight the current but how to thrive in spite of it.
With this mindset, Dr. Mark McNees has written a practical treatise establishing how Christians can succeed today with "Immersion: Living the Life God Envisioned for you." McNees is the founding pastor of the Element 3 Church in Tallahassee, Florida and draws upon his experiences swimming competitively to give Christians realistic advice for victorious living.
His athletic prowess has helped him compete in triathlons and even complete the grueling "Swim from Alcatraz": an open water swim where participants swim from Alcatraz Island to the shore of San Francisco, California. While the distance is a little over a mile, the fast moving current makes the distance swam almost two miles instead. To be successful, swimmers have to mentally prepare for, and accurately navigate, the speed of the current.
"Immersion" rightfully implies that the Christian life cannot be lived apart from the world--instead; Christians should live productive lives while being fully engaged in culture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book! I especially enjoyed the opening story about swimming from Alcatraz. Great word pictures, I felt like I was there. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jackie Bentz
As a Christian and a professional swimmer, I really enjoyed this book. This book was such an encouragement to me and it really built my faith. I would highly recommend this book!Published on May 24, 2014 by Amazon Customer
very encouraging book that made me think twice about how God's plan could play out in my life. good devotional material without being preachy.Published on March 23, 2014 by beth hanson
An inspirational book, full of meaning, faith and hope. Writen from the heart with practical illustrations. I was "Immersed" and unable to put the book down. A must read.Published on December 20, 2013 by ValerieE Mash
Dr. McNees has written a terrific book that helps us understand more deeply how to dive into a deep relationship with God. Based on scripture, Dr. Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
One of the best Christian books I've read in a while. Loved the continuous sports and exercise analogies throughout. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by t. mac
I am still reading it but so far it has been very helpful. I was doubting a lot but this book has reminded me of what it is important.Published on June 8, 2013 by Denise
As a triathlete, I really related to many of the stories in the book. At many times, it seemed like the author was writing directly to me. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Lee
Great way to share a life event (Escape from Alcatraz) with our faith walk - As an athlete wannabe I'm always working towards improving and increasing my ability - In my faith walk... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Bryan Desloge