The Briarpatch Gospel – Fearlessly Following Jesus Into The Thorny Places by Shayne Wheeler
Are you ready to move beyond the cozy confines of your local church and follow Jesus into those places where you can truly be the salt of the earth and the light of the world that He called you to be?
Do you believe that building real community means more than attending a weekly church service, bible study, and occasional potluck?
If so, then get ready to follow Jesus into the thorny places in life – the places Shayne Wheeler calls the briarpath!
In the Briarpatch Gospel, Shayne challenges us to stop leading safe, sanitized Christian lives and to step out into the real world – the briarpatch – and to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.
Shayne encourages us to build transparent relationships with people who look, think, and believe differently than we do. He reassures us that we don’t have to have all of the answers to the questions people might ask us about suffering, about life, and about faith – it’s okay for us to grapple with the tough questions just like everyone else.
He reminds us that we’re not here to judge others – we’re here to love others, even as we stand firm in biblical truth.
When we move beyond our comfort zone and into the briarpath, we move into the places where we have the opportunity to experience God’s transformative power firsthand.
It is rare that you come across a book that you feel every Christian should read – but The Briarpatch Gospel is one of them. The Discussion Guide in the back of the book makes it ideal for church and small group discussion as well as for personal reflection.
For a fresh vision of what it means to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to read The Briarpatch Gospel today!
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About Shayne Wheeler
Shayne Wheeler is the founding pastor of All Souls Fellowship in Decatur, Georgia, an eclectic and funky church about five miles east of downtown Atlanta. Described by Andy Stanley as “a pastor who refuses to allow theology to get in the way of ministry”, Shayne holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion from Western Kentucky University, and an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary.
Before he started All Souls, Shayne served churches in Missouri, Virginia, and the suburbs of Atlanta. Prior to becoming a professional Christian, Shayne worked as a shoe salesman, a mattress mover, a warehouse worker, and a waiter in several restaurants.
Shayne married his wife Carrie in 1992 and shares a very noisy home with their three kids and two very articulate but mostly illiterate dogs.
For More Information:
- Visit the Briarpatch Gospel Website
- Follow Shayne Wheeler on Twitter
- Visit the All Souls Fellowship Website
- Read The BriarPatch Gospel, Chapter One
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- Reach by Laura Krokos and Angie Pratt
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.