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This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God Paperback – Bargain Price, September 30, 2006
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The book is basically Rick's thoughts on the kingdom, with a heavy dose of real-life experience of kingdom living at his Portland church, Imago Dei.
If you enjoyed McLaren's The Secret Messages of Jesus, then you'll love this book. McLaren did a great job of exploring the theology of the kingdom. He opened up some new doors in how we think and view the kingdom. McKinley does a fantastic job of helping the reader live the kingdom. Practically. Incarnationally. Biblically.
(And both authors' last names start with 'Mc'. Coincidence? Maybe I should change my name to 'McMoser' and write a book?)
This Beautiful Mess is an open, sincere, and passionate look at living life with a kingdom mission. I'd highly recommend it. Rick doesn't take the opportunity to boast about how wonderful his church is. Rather, he simply tries to tell the story of Imago Dei's journey to living with a missional, kingdom perspective.
A few quotes, out of context, for your provocation:
* "We take the 'Jesus is our Savior' message home like a really good story, but Jesus as King has no place in our lives."
* "When I became a Christ follower, the sad truth is that I transferred Christ into my kingdom, into the context of my life."
Go buy the book. It will be $12 and a few hours well spent.
This book does a wonderful job of clearly stating and highlighting just what "The Kingdom of God" really means for us day-to-day. The best part, though, is McKinley's clear and concise way of showing how we can actually pursue the presence of God in tangible, applicable ways.
Along with the aforementioned, "A Voice Is Calling," no other book can help any small group or follower looking to go deeper genuinely encounter the life-changing event that is entering into the presence of God.
Highly recommended for bible study or personal devotion.
Far from being slick or pretentious, inaccesible or trite, Rick's infectious prose radiates a profound sincerity. He writes like an explorer who's found something of inestimable worth and can't wait to share his discovery with the rest of the world. It's apparent that in Rick's city (Portland, OR) something beautiful has been unearthed, and it's changing the way his church (Imago Dei Community) interacts with God's world. Rick describes this newfound treasure as the kingdom of God and his unbridled enthusiasm for it is contagious.
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This is a great explanation of the tension of living out God's kingdom in the broken world. A very needed book that is well written. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Laurel
This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God by Rick McKinley was another difficult book for which to write a review because I can’t really put my finger on... Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by KB
This book is a very necessary message for our time. I read it for myself and then quickly shared it with my friends who are learning what it means to be Kingdom Dwellers and heirs... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by PJgyrl
Rick McKinley is the author of Jesus in the Margins and is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
THis BEAUTIFUL MESS
McKinley begins with the kingdom as both beautiful, but a mess. Read more
Great insight on his thoughts on the Kingdom of God, Rick McKinley provides some thoughts on what this means to him as well as life stories from his church Imago Dei. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Ray
This book is an excellent read for anyone searching for inspiration about how to live like a Christ follower. Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by Donna M. Houghton
Rik McKinnly has a profound way of telling his experiences in life which immediately got me started looking at what am i doing and why, where is the purpose, am i purposeful in my... Read morePublished on January 9, 2009 by Persnickety periwinkle
In his book, This Beautiful Mess, Pastor Rick McKinley shares his thought about what it might be like to live a faith that acknowledges that the "Kingdom of God" that Jesus... Read morePublished on August 5, 2008 by Chad Davies