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The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That's Dying to Bring Us Home by [Butler, Joshua Ryan]

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Editorial Reviews


"New Author of the Year" 2015 finalist -Evangelical Christian Publisher's Association (ECPA)
"I commend this book front, left, and center because it thinks deeply and cares immensely for the moral vision of the Christian faith." Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary (Chicago, IL)
"In vibrant prose, paints a dramatic, textured, and beautiful portrait of the God who we constantly underestimate." J. Todd Billings, Professor of Theology, Western Theological Seminary (Holland, MI)
"May well be the most spiritually perceptive writer of his generation." Sarah Thebarge, Author of The Invisible Girls
"Hands down: this is THE book to read for 2016!" Preston Sprinkle, Professor, Author of People to Be Loved, Charis, and Fight
"Holds up a king-sized mirror to the heart of God and invites everyone to look inside. It's beautiful in there. Breathtakingly beautiful." Evan Wickham,Worship Pastor of A Jesus Church: Westside
"A fiery prophetic word--a flaming arrow shot across the dark landscape of dead religion; piercing our moral codes and feeble attempts to find our way to God. Our work is not to find him, but to stop and be found. John Sowers, President of The Mentoring Project
"A brilliant mind... a prophetic voice... tells us the truth about God--that he absolutely, recklessly loves us to death--while not shying away from the difficult passages that, at first glance, can seem to tell us otherwise." Nish Weiseth, Author of Speak
"Artfully, beautifully, and emotionally written, Joshua deconstructs some of the most powerfully embedded caricatures we have around God and replaces them with gospel truth... it left me feeling more free to be human, mess and all." David Lomas, Pastor of Reality San Francisco
"Sets out to restore a portrait of the biblical gospel of God's incarnate, crucified, and risen Son,correcting our worst caricatures of sacrifice and atonement, and revealing the glory of the triune God who has been relentlessly seeking to restore us to himself." Derek Rishmawy, Theologian and Blogger at
"A twenty-first century thinker who straddles opposing worlds: those of the artist, the dreamer, the skeptic, the academic,the clinician, the idealist and the theologian--as a sure-footed guide he walks with us turning old, worn-out theological concepts on their head, startling the reader with unforgettable paradigms of God's goodness and generosity and love." Celestia G. Tracy, Cofounder and Director of Mending theSoul Ministries
"Recovers the grace of orthodoxy by flipping caricatures on their heads so that we might see just how astounding God's love is for us... an uncanny ability to take deep theological concepts and not only make them accessible, but beautiful. " Nate Pyle, Pastor of Christ's Community Church, Indiana, Author of Man Enough:How Jesus Redefines Manhood

"Asking the rightquestions and offering excellent and accessible answers... bridges the gap between pastoral concerns and rich theological study... digests a mountain of research and thought into a warm and approachable book." Adam J. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Theology, BiolaUniversity, Author of Atonement: A Guide for the Perplexed
"Captivating gift of storytelling makes potentially thorny spiritualconcepts wonderfully accessible... invites readersto take another look at God and risk comparing our culture-crafted caricaturesto the Original." Dr. Alicia Britt Chole, Author of 40 Days of Decrease and Anonymous: Jesus' HiddenYears and Yours
"Every generation needs new theologians standing on theshoulders of those who have preceded them. We need these "new" theologians toexemplify the humility that traverses across traditions, cultures, andgenerations so that they may speak winsomely and wisely to our present times... This book is astounding and will spuryou on to greater love." Tyler Johnson, Lead Pastor of Redemption Church Arizona


About the Author

Joshua Ryan Butler serves as pastor of local and global outreach at Imago Dei Community, a church in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Joshua oversees the church's city ministries in areas like foster care, human trafficking and homelessness; and develops international partnerships in areas like clean water, HIV-support and church planting. Joshua is also a worship leader who enjoys writing music for the life of the church.

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  • File Size: 1337 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 3, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010RBQTF6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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