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It's time for a fresh vision of the Christian life as a creative adventure.
The Christian life should be guided by the intentional goal of blessing the lives of the friends, loved ones, and strangers in our midst. We are called to impact a culture that is overwhelmingly preoccupied with personal peace, prosperity, protection, and survival. Christians should be artists who paint with the colors of hope in a broken world, embodying Christ's redemptive presence in our personal lives, our work, and our relationships.
This inspiring and practical book offers tools for living out this vision in daily life, with special attention given to the challenges we face in staying focused on the mission of imparting hope to others even while dealing with our own personal issues. Anyone who wishes to have an impact on the world will cherish this unique book.
"Richard Dahlstrom brings a welcome call to a biblical faith that takes us beyond ourselves and the polarized debates in our society."--Tom Sine, author, The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time
"Passionately, deftly, Dahlstrom urges us to embrace our calling as artisans of hope. This is the soothing voice and the relevant message that this noisy, weary world needs."--Karen Spears Zacharias, author, Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? 'Cause I Need More Room for My Plasma TV
"Dahlstrom reminds us that cynicism and hopelessness are not going to change the world. But neither will nebulous idealism. We have to become people of mercy, justice, and love. In short, we have to be 'artisans of hope.'"--Eugene Cho, pastor and founder, One Day's Wages
"Richard Dahlstrom, one of the brightest and best communicators Christianity has to offer right now, calls us out into fulfilling our role as creators--artists sent to splash the world with meaningful, gorgeous color."--Jordan Green, director, Burnside Writers Collective
Richard Dahlstrom is senior pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington; Bible college teacher with Torchbearers Missionary Fellowship; and a speaker at conferences throughout North America. His first book, O2: Breathing New Life into Faith, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best Christian books of 2008. You can find more of his work at richarddahlstrom.com.
Richard Dahlstrom is pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington, and is a conference and Bible college speaker. He is also the author of O2: Breathing New Life into Faith, which was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best Christian books of 2008.
I highly recommend this book. It was inspirational mainly due to the authors authentic voice , which I heard in tones of deep personal honestly and faith. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mary
So encouraging! In a world where the church has too often pointed fingers instead of reaching out a hand, this book really demonstrates the love, grace and freedom that Christ came... Read morePublished 2 months ago by VikingMom
This book is fantastic. I worked through it with a Bible Study group and we got a ton out of it. Richard is a brilliant teacher as well as author.Published 8 months ago by Mbx
I totally enjoyed this book. I loved his stories, his heart for God, his heart for people to not put limits on how God can use them! This is one I will return to! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Virginia hanslien
Richard Dahlstrom is my daughter's pastor in Seattle. She told me about him and I signed up for his blog. The ad came for this book and I purchased it. I enjoy his writing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by PattyP23
A book to read, mark and inwardly digest. Then re-read it, listen to God and say "Yes". You will never be the same
Richard Dahlstrom creates a masterpiece full of intimate God surprises! This is a book that I will return to many times.Published 15 months ago by Judy R.
It is more than just going to church on Sunday. The journey is the destination. kdkd dkdkd dkdkd dkdk dkd.Published 16 months ago by James S. Boyd
This book describes the true meaning of being a Christian. Richard shares stories that any reader can related with, and makes the story both interesting, as well as inspiring. Read morePublished 17 months ago by MWalk