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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing; 1st edition (June 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573125563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573125567
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

As a pastor, I am always looking for thought-provoking materials that will assist me on my on-going spiritual journey. The Enoch Factor is one such book; a book that gently asks questions that no person of faith should miss. McSwain weaves materials from various biblical and non-biblical sources to describe his personal journey of faith and his awakening to a rewarding relationship and walk with God. While challenging some fundamental beliefs, McSwain asks his readers to go beneath the easy answers and undertake a journey toward faith, holding the reader's attention and interest. The Enoch Factor is organized around three general themes that build upon one another and move the reader closer and closer to discovering how one might walk with God in a real and practical sense. Along the way, readers who profess the Christian faith, another faith tradition, spirituality of another sort or the non-believers; among us, all can look forward to questions that have the potential to transform one's life. This is a personal story offered as a reflection on McSwain's own journey of self-discovery. If you want religion tied up in neat little cliches, this is not for you. If, however, you are willing to suspend judgment and open your heart and mind to McSwain's story, you will be rewarded for your efforts. A good read meant, I believe, to be read several times. --Jonathan D. Hutchison, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Elgin, Illinois --Amazon

The Enoch Factor is an eloquently written masterpiece filled with deeply profound insights leading us to a more intimate relationship with God. Anyone seeking to fully embrace God and truly be at own with their Creator must read Steve McSwain's book. It contains the key to a Divine Life. One of the most beautifully written books I've even read! I am reading it again for the second time. --Janiet Pfeiffer, Author, The Secret Side of Anger --Amazon

I read this book straight through: could not put it down, largely because I have, like Steve, spent a good portion of my life as a preacher. His discovery of himself, of his true values and convictions is heart-warming. Most people who live and work in the church (or perhaps in any institutional environment) find themselves constricted in thought and practice by the institutional culture. Steve broke out, and lived to tell about it; he has flourished, and this book is the result. Now he ministers to these institutions but in a different way, and this book is one of the powerful ways he continues to minister to those still inside the church. I have long been convinced that the church is only one avenue of the Spirit's transforming power, and this book demonstrates that reality. Very well written; very well edited. A terrific read. --Dr. Dwight A. Moody, Dean of Chapel, Georgetown College --Smyth and Helwys

About the Author

Dr. Steve McSwain is an award-winning author, speaker, adjunct professor, and spiritual teacher. He created The Foundation for Excellence in Giving, Inc., a church/parish consulting firm committed to providing consultation and guidance to leaders who seek to create a more charitable and compassionate spiritual community. For more than twenty years, Steve was a senior minister for churches in Kentucky and Georgia. For the last two decades, he has provided executive counsel to hundreds of churches representing virtually every Christian communion in America. These churches have ranged in size between 200 and 20,000 and, collectively, they have raised more than a half billion dollars for worthy causes. The Giving Myths is in its second printing and is regarded by religious leaders representing all traditions as a most insightful and inspiring book on generosity. His most recent book, The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God was one of two finalists in the IndieBook Awards at the Global Book Expo, May 2011 recognized in the category, "Most Inspirational Book of the Year." As an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky, Steve not only teaches the art of speaking but is himself a professional speaker. He is frequently invited to speak to congregations, as well as Chamber of Commerce events and at leadership conferences for community and business leaders. Steve is an executive coach who guides a select client list in the art of leadership, the laws of success in business and in life, the life you live, and the legacy you leave. For more information, visit www.stevemcswain.com.

More About the Author

Author, speaker, counsel to non-profits, faith-based organizations and congregations, interfaith activist, and spiritual teacher. Dr.McSwain's message is candid, but respectful of all spiritual traditions, as well as humorous and uplifting. He speaks in Roman Catholic parishes, mainline Protestant churches, in Evangelical congregations as well as to company employees and corporate leaders in a variety of venues. His message inspires people to achieve their highest purpose in life, to find and follow a life filled with happiness, balance, and connection to that which is sacred. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including generosity, interfaith dialogue, spiritual formation, ethics, ecology, and social justice.

Books:

The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God

Description:

In this his most recent book, author Steve McSwain summons a new kind of spirituality--one that truly connects people to God and to each other, regardless of race, nationality, or faith.

The survival of humanity is at stake," writes McSwain. "Virtually every conflict--between nations, religions, even between people within the same religion--has been the inevitable consequence of the narcissistic notion in practically every religion that assumes, 'We're right; You're wrong!' 'We're in; You're out!' 'We're the chosen ones; You're not!' Such insanity must end, if humanity is to survive."

The Enoch Factor is a disarmingly candid memoir on how misdirected religion has become, including Christianity. It calls for an end to religious dogmatism and fundamentalism and the consequential crisis of faith that is driving millions to question lifelong beliefs, to change religions, or to abandon faith altogether.

More than a personal odyssey, The Enoch Factor is a testament to the possibility of a spiritual awakening, one that genuinely transforms the human condition. With fresh insights into the teachings of Jesus, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and New Age thought, Dr. McSwain shows readers how to experience a spirituality beyond the distinctions and divisions that have divided people and religions for eons. It is in The Enoch Factor that readers discover what the author describes as "the sacred art of knowing God."

Endorsements:

Not just another book about God...but an eloquently written masterpiece..."
- Janet Pfeiffer, four-time award-winning author of The Secret Side of Anger

"Confrontational, challenging, even radical...this book sits at the bleeding edge of modern religious thought."
- Ryan Warnberg, Producer, Sony Records, New York

"A book you may want to argue with from start to finish...but be warned: you may learn how to walk with God."
- E. Glenn Hinson, Christian Historian and Theologian

"If you want a no holds barred assessment of organized religion...you'll find it here."
- Frank R. Hatfield, Retired Public School Superintendent

"The Enoch Factor makes me hopeful for the future of faith."
- Joseph Phelps, Minister


Book:

The Giving Myths: Giving then Getting the Life You've Always Wanted

Description:

Widely regarded by leaders from virtually every branch of Christianity as one of the most thought-provoking books on generosity and Christian giving ever written. "Most books simply rehash the same worn-out methodology, theology, or rationale for living a generous life and of giving," wrote one reviewer. "The Giving Myths, on the other hand, is fresh, creative, and takes the issue of generosity straight to its Source."

The author questions the most common myths about giving, such as "Give and You'll Get Rich" and "Tithing is the Standard for Giving." Then, he guides readers to an inner experience of spiritual transformation, the secret to becoming a generous person. Since its publication, Dr. McSwain has made dozens of radio and television appearances and has accepted numerous invitations to host seminars, conferences, and to deliver speeches on the subject, "Giving, then Getting the Life You've Always Wanted."

Dr. McSwain's Mantra for Living is:

"Receive everything as a Divine gift to you;
Learn from everything as your gift to yourself;
Live what you learn as your gift to the world."

Steve holds a doctorate and, for twenty-plus years, he was a senior minister in some of America's largest churches. For more than a decade now, he has crisscrossed the country delivering his interfaith message and speaking to and inspiring individuals, organizations and religious audiences to...

"Achieve their dreams of faith;
Aspire to live an abundant and generous life; and, to
Awaken to their spiritual identity and destiny in this world."

Customer Reviews

In "The Enoch Factor" - Dr. Steve McSwain shares a deeply personal transformation.
Martin R. Davis
He says he knows atheists that behave in a more Christlike fashion than most Christians, and I completely agree with him - I know a good many atheists like that too.
Gary Whiteman
There were times when I had to put the book down and give thought to what I was reading.
Yvonne W. Crook

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mark W. Rountree on January 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Enoch Factor is one of those rare books in the (too-crowded) marketplace of spiritual essays: it is intellectually challenging without being stuffy or "preachy", and the reader feels connected to the deeply human story of the author's journey. (Amazingly, Steve McSwain's book enticed me--a lifelong agnostic--to do something that I hadn't done in years: open up my Bible and start re-reading the words that are not just at the center The Enoch Factor but at the very core of so many controversies in religion.) McSwain is tackling what is arguably life's toughest puzzles: Why are we here and, more directly to his point, What is our relationship to a creator? He is emphatic, articulate (and delightfully self-critical) about how he came to hold his own beliefs, namely that "Knowing God" is not just his purpose, but also his source of solace. But he didn't get there overnight. Perhaps the chief joy of The Enoch Factor is watching McSwain passionately untangle the knot that is his personal story: a people-pleasing Preacher's Kid who slept-walk through an unsatisfying career as a so-called successful preacher, only to realize that he was deeply unhappy, that he was missing The Point of It All. Setting the tone for his newfound belief in a loving, non-authoritarian ministry, McSwain invites you to join him as a true equal, walking at his side on new paths in search of answers to our oldest questions. Be forewarned that this book is not going to give comfort to those readers who want to be told that the Bible (or any sacred text) has All The Answers for spiritual seekers. Quite the opposite, McSwain happily (some would say gleefully) takes his flashlight and shines it unflinchingly at several of Christianity's most errant inerrancies. But he does so with a clear, loving purpose.Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne W. Crook on July 17, 2011
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This is probably more a testimony of how this book affected my life than a critical review of the book itself, but that is what transformation is all about.

I was raised in church, was "forced" (maybe that is too harsh a word) to attend weekly services and education classes all my early years lived in my parent's home. Just days before leaving for college, I was asked to accompany friends to a revival sponsored by their church. It was there that the message of the cross became REAL to me. I prayed the "sinners" prayer and immediately felt as if "the hamster wheel" I had been on stopped and I could get off. I was given my first bible, a King James edition and a booklet with one month of bible study lessons.

I left for college with not much understanding of what the expectation of my "salvation" experience was to be. There were girls on my dorm floor that "claimed" to be Christians, and who took me occasionally to their churches (when they weren't hung over from sneaking in booze or their boyfriends to their dorm rooms the night before). With little to no understanding, I made the assumption that I was "saved" (i.e. destined for heaven with a "get out of jail free" card) but what I did with my life was strictly up to me.

Well, what red-blooded college coed wouldn't say, "whoo hooo...let's party hearty"? Don't get me wrong. I attended my classes regularly and I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and at least a 3.4 average. I completed my GRE and was accepted to the Master's Degree in Social Work program at another college. But the weekends and the holidays, and my evenings were full of experimentation and curiosity about the world and its people all around me.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan D. Hutchison on June 20, 2010
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As a pastor, I am always looking for thought-provoking materials that will assist me on my on-going spiritual journey. The Enoch Factor is one such book - a book that gently asks questions that no person of faith should miss. McSwain weaves materials from various non-biblical and biblical sources to describe his personal journey of faith and his awakening to a rewarding relationship and walk with God. While challenging some fundamental beliefs, McSwain asks his readers to go beneath the easy answers and undertake a journey towards faith, holding the reader's attention and interest. The Enoch Factor is organized around three general themes that build upon one another and move the reader closer and closer to discovering how one might walk with God in a real and practical sense. Along the way, readers who profess the Christian faith, another faith tradition, spirituality of another sort or the "non-believers" among us, all can look forward to questions that have the potential to transform one's life. This is a personal story offered as a reflection on McSwain's own journey of self-discovery. If you want religion tied up in neat little cliches, this is not for you. If, however, you are willing to suspend judgment and open your heart and mind to McSwain's story, you will be rewarded for your efforts. A good read meant, I beleive, to be read several times.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dulin Clark on December 13, 2010
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Aside from being beautifully written, the book reveals truths that are too powerful to be ignored. As a psychologist, I encounter the anxiety and fear of many people on a daily basis. The existential fears of human existence are very powerful and letting them go often requires a belief that there is something bigger than yourself to assist with the process. Steve provides insights from many different "walkers with God", in addition to his own insights, that present with great clarity the importance of staying in the present. Once one begins to associate the concept of ego with worry, fear, doubt, and the vicious treadmill of wanting more, then one is truly on the path to being free. If you ever felt the desire to feel free, unencumbered, and connected with the divine, this is a must read.
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