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The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God Paperback – June, 2010
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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
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The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God
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."
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
The Giving Myths: Giving then Getting the Life You've Always Wanted
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."
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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.Read more ›
But..if you are going to throw out the bulwarks of Christian belief (original sin, hell, the need for salvation, altar calls and potluck suppers), you need to replace them with something tangible - or at least as tangible as "the mysterious ways of God" are to some. That's where I think McSwain fails a bit. This is the same nitpick I had with John Shelby Spong ("New Christianity") - that God is "Being" which expects nothing other than that we learn to "listen" to Him/Her/It. We're to divorce ourselves (die to) our egos and just accept/trust, without signs, voices or Billy Graham Secret Decoder Rings. I understand that; an almost Buddhist way of living, looking to the space between our thoughts, turning down the volume on life and cranking up our hearing aids to listen to LIFE. All well and good, but how? Nod off in our car, climb some mental steps and fall backwards into the Infinite? Meditation, perhaps. Guess I'm still too new at this to be able to jump in without a procedure. Sad, but true.Read more ›
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Wow. What a well written and interesting book! Dr. McSwain engages the reader in his quest for spiritual enlightenment. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Diane Wheaton
I may be slightly biased in the sense that I have just met Dr. McSwain, but I wanted to give my sincerest recommendations for his book, "The Enoch Factor". Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andy D.
Great insight with wonderful references add along the way, fantastic reader.Published 10 months ago by Roger Hovis
I am still reading it, but this is the best book I have read in a long time. This is exactly what I have been seeking. The common sense of his thinking is very positive. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ThelmaL.
Book review of The Enoch Factor,
I loved this book.Steve McSwain vulnerably shares the path that led to his awakened moment. Perhaps you like me , are still on the side of waiting for that moment. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joan Almond
Finally made time to finish reading The Enoch Factor by Steve McSwain. Wow. I haven't thought and contemplated so much in years. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bill Good
In "The Enoch Factor," Dr. Steve McSwain does a beautiful job of weaving together and making sense of our beingness as three part creatures. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stephen Bell