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.