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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482070103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482070101
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Arnold grew up in the D.C. Area. At the age of seventeen, he turned his life over to Christ through the ministry of Young Life. While in college at Taylor University-Fort Wayne, Dave received his calling into ministry. Since then, he has worked in a variety of roles: youth and college ministry, church planting, inner city missions, church planting consulting, and as a case manager with World Relief. Dave and his wife, Angie, have travelled all over the world working with the displaced, poor, and hurting. Dave has also been a freelance writer for the last ten years and a blogger for the last two years. He currently lives in the Dearborn (Detroit-area) where he works with immigrants from the Middle East. He is passionate about hospitality and helping “strangers” feel like they belong. Dave is married to Angie and they have one son, Luke. You can connect with Dave online at www.reflectionsfromthealley.org or follow him on Twitter @davejarnold16.

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This book really brings these ideas to life in new ways.
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He reminds us of the purpose of pain and that our current situation is only temporary and will be consummated by God's love.
Matthew
Few authors could speak with such a tender authority as Dave Arnold does in his book, Pilgrims in the Alley.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By danblackonleadership on February 17, 2013
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If your looking for a practical and applicable book that will inspire and allow you to become a better person and Christian then I encourage you to read this book. It is beautifully written and is full of wisdom. Author Dave Arnold walks the reader through three main stages:

Section 1: Disorientation- "To be Disoriented means to be uncertain and confused oh how to move forward." A couple chapters I found impacting in this section include: ACHE: The Story We Find Ourselves In and Wisdom: Learning to Live Outside the Nest."

Section 2: Blessings- "As we learn to rely on God's presence in our disoriented state, we come to see our purpose." A wonderful chapter in this section is LOVE: God's Plan for a Broken World.

Section 3: Homecoming- "As we face our disorientation by relying on God's presence, and we embrace our purpose through loving and blessing other blessing others, we keep going, refusing to be pushed off course, because we know we are meant for a much better world than this." A chapter I really enjoyed in this section is PURPOSE: What Hagar Can Teach Us.

Again this book is worth buying and reading. I know you will relate and grow your faith after reading Pilgrims of the Alley by Dave Arnold.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John fuder on February 11, 2013
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Dave Arnold has long championed the cause of refugees and now offers fresh thoughts on our own sense of displacement as exiles and pilgrims in this world. Yet he reminds us that God is at work in our displacement and is preparing His people for permanent residency one day with Him. Thanks Dave, for modeling a heart for the stranger and challenging us to a similar investment of our lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Barthelemy on February 17, 2013
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Pilgrims of the Alley proves to be a book that everyone should add to their reading list! Dave Arnold draws from his experience as a pastor, worship leader, church planter, world relief refugee and child of God to draw the reader into a better understanding of how no matter what social class or situation a person finds themselves in, each of us is useful for the Kingdom. It's amazing how both refreshing and challenging this book is.

The author does an incredible job drawing from scripture, people he's encountered, stories to draw the reader into the narrative that we are sojourners in a foreign land. I guarantee this book will allow you to make advancements in your understanding of God's loving pursuit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ngina Otiende on February 11, 2013
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This is a great book.

I identify with the book so much because I am a "stranger" living in a foreign country. I am intimately acquainted with the challenges, pains and angst of adapting into a new culture, a new way of life.

In this book, Dave draws a parallel of our Christian lives here on earth. This world is not our home. Nonetheless, we are called to live victoriously, to occupy till He comes. Reading this book, you get to understand that while, as a Christian you are not yet home, you can experience His presence and victory, every single day of your life. God wants you victorious because He has work for you. Your journey has a purpose, a reason - to grow, to minister, to love, to bring hospitality to others. This is a powerful book - I recommend it to everyone searching for the meaning of life, discomfort and challenges.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hill on February 8, 2013
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Dave Arnold is the real deal, and models the very self sacrifice that he calls upon us as Christ followers to embrace. This book will expose you to a radical vision of hospitality, and will give you practical suggestions for how to move towards that reality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JZ on February 5, 2013
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Pilgrims of the Alley is the real deal. Dave Arnold's prophetic voice is powerful, stretching, and vitally important. Pilgrims of the Alley reflects the light of a loving God calling his people home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geekguy on August 27, 2013
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Pilgrams of the Alley is a well written, thoughtful book with a message for people who find themselves feeling displaced by the struggles of living in a confusing world. People who want to live their faith while facing temptation and disappointment will find the stories and Dave's message a helpful guide. Dave's book is easy to read but though provoking. It shows how even in the darkest times there is light and a way forward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on April 18, 2013
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Pilgrims of the Alley by Dave Arnold is a practical daily devotional with valuable insights and encouragement for Christians who find themselves living in a very unChristian culture. Through his writing and personal examples, Dave helps us to see the potential in normal everyday interactions to share Jesus with the world and to participate in His restoration of the world.
This book helps us to recognize that we are living in displacement; a time in between Christ's death on the cross and his second coming and although we ache for his second coming and the restoration of all things, God is pushing us as Christians to be His missionaries to those around us in the mean time. Working with refugees in the Detroit area, many of whom are of the Islamic faith, Dave is no stranger to loving and serving those who find themselves displaced. Dave compares the yearning of these refugees to return to their homeland with our own yearning for God's kingdom. He reminds us of the purpose of pain and that our current situation is only temporary and will be consummated by God's love. On a personal note, I often found this book to be just what I needed for my current situation and would highly recommend it to anyone.
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More About the Author

Dave Arnold is an author, blogger, speaker, and minister.

Originally from the D.C.-area, Dave has worked in a variety of leadership and ministry roles for the last fifteen years in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Dave currently works with immigrants and refugees, which he's done for the last ten years, both in Chicago and Detroit.

Dave married his best friend, Angie, and they have two children. He loves to read, write, play hockey, and enjoys time with family and friends.

Dave and his family live in Dearborn, MI, just outside of Detroit.

Dave's website is: www.davearnoldspeaks.com