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Rooted in Good Soil: Cultivating and Sustaining Authentic Discipleship (Shapevine) Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Don't scoff at the idea of a pastor who is also a farmer writing about Jesus' parable of the sower. Robinson is the real deal—a farmer who lived off the land for two decades, raising children with his wife and without electricity. He is also founding pastor of Vineyard Boise Church and author of several books, including Saving God's Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church's Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship. The book resonates with the injunction to live simply so others can simply live and has a profound simplicity of message and tone. Sometimes focus is lacking; many specific details of people and places are interesting—young lovers in a cabin—but other details belong in memoir, which the book doesn't claim to be; they bog down the exposition. In the end, the book redeems itself by its humility and raw edge—Notice me, the author confesses as a young man. In a gently admonitory tone the author offers a radical call to all believers to join in the harvest of a healthy crop of followers in the fields of the Lord. (May)
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Sustain your faith in a chaotic world
Just like a fruitful tree, authentic faith is the result of careful tending, the passage of time, and good growing conditions. According to Jesus's parable of the sower, true belief takes root in good soil. But how is this truth translated into changed lives? Pastor and farmer Tri Robinson invites you to cultivate a deep and lasting faith through this insightful exploration of Jesus's parable. In a culture that seems enamored with quick fixes and superficial amusements, Rooted in Good Soil will show you a more intentional and fulfilling way to live.
"Tri Robinson helps me understand how God's land, our life development, and the Lord's ministry can be integrated. Like Jesus, he tells us stories that change our lives. I loved reading this book!" ―Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida
"I want to become the 'spiritual horticulturalist' that Rooted in Good Soil describes. Tri's vulnerability and experiences inspire me to more deeply surrender to Jesus. This is the real deal." ―Dave Workman, pastor and author of The Outward-Focused Life
"I have liked and admired Tri Robinson for twenty years. In Rooted in Good Soil, he brings together the keen, curious, and sharp mind of a teacher; the wise experience of a farmer; the warm heart of a disciple; and the expert guidance of a veteran pastor. If you're interested in how followership of Jesus really works, read this simple, enjoyable book." ―Todd Hunter, founder of Churches for the Sake of Others; pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Costa Mesa, California
Tri Robinson is the founding pastor of Vineyard Boise Church. He is the author of Saving God's Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church's Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship and Small Footprint, Big Handprint: How to Live Simply and Love Extravagantly. Tri and his wife, Nancy, manage an eighty-acre farmstead at the base of Timber Butte, about an hour from Boise, Idaho.
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This time is no different.
"Rooted in Good Soil" is an easy-to-read book full of personal stories built around the Parable of the Sower and the theme of cultivating and sustaining authentic discipleship. Only, instead of writing an exegesis of the text, Tri looks at the Parable of the Sower through the eyes of a farmer - as you can see by his chapter titles:
1) Finding the Secret of the Harvest: The Condition of the Soil
2) Cultivated and Broken: Repentance
3) The Compost of Our Lives: Growing through the Pain
4) The Planted Seed: God's Hidden Work
5) Soil, Sun, and Rain: God's Hidden Work
6) Photosynthesis: Transformed to Serve
7) Symbiotic Relationships: Becoming Part of an Authentic Community
8) The Trill of the Harvest: Bearing Fruit
The best part about this book for me was getting to know Tri a little better. I had heard some of the stories at one point or the other over the last eight years (I've even listed through some of them) - but it was quite interesting to see how God fitted them all together to shape Tri and his wife, Nancy.
All in all, it was a wonderfully refreshing look at an old parable. :)