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A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith (Signed Book)
     

A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith (Signed Book)

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by Brandon Hatmaker
 

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As a host and guest judge for HGTV and DIY Network (My Big Family Renovation, Brother v.s. Brother, Tiny House Arrest), Brandon Hatmaker understands what it takes to rehab a home. But after twenty-plus years of working with the local church (and as husband to bestselling author Jen Hatmaker), he has an even greater understanding of what it takes to

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As a host and guest judge for HGTV and DIY Network (My Big Family Renovation, Brother v.s. Brother, Tiny House Arrest), Brandon Hatmaker understands what it takes to rehab a home. But after twenty-plus years of working with the local church (and as husband to bestselling author Jen Hatmaker), he has an even greater understanding of what it takes to rehab an everyday faith. In A Mile Wide, he helps readers see more clearly how the gospel works in us and eventually through us to transform an anemic spiritual life into a deeper, fuller, and more effective faith.

Offering fresh perspective on eight essentials of Christianity—the gospel, identity, scripture, discipleship, kingdom, mission, community, and justice—Hatmaker provides biblical insight and practical applications that tap into the richer life Christ promised his people, individually and as a community. God wants more than simply to save us; he’s also determined to transform us, restore us, and use us to reveal the coming of his kingdom right here, right now.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780718092931
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
09/13/2016
Edition description:
Signed Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
17,530
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Brandon is an author, biker, TV personality, and a huge fan of the underdog. He is founder and CEO of The Legacy Collective (www.LegacyCollective.org), a giving community focused on partnering, pioneering, and funding sustainable solutions to systemic social issues around the world. Brandon is author of Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture and the upcoming A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith. He is married to author and speaker, Jen Hatmaker.

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A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
RachHew 11 months ago
In his newest book Brandon Hatmaker takes us through toe wading in the shallow end, to total immersion in the deep end. Whether you are a new or seasoned believer you will be challenged to push further in your walk with Christ. Brandon shows us the importance of true discipleship, and how being ourselves goes a long way to showing others the truth of who God is. Putting on fake facades and masks only seeks to hurt the body further. Chapter three struck me right between the eyes as he walks us through our identity in Christ and all that the enemy seeks to steal. This book takes us from pious talk to actually desiring to be the church we are intended to be everyday. I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review. A Mile Wide said everything that my heart was conflicted about regarding the church for years. Here's the thing though: it isn't a scathing diatribe against the institution of the church. Instead, it is a gentle intervention directed towards US- the people who make up the institution of the church. I highly recommend this book for anyone in church leadership in particular. With an open, humble mind and heart, this book will help recalibrate your efforts and goals and will be a steady companion as needed changes are made in ministry. This is a book I will use as a resource over the years!
JennaLouise 11 months ago
Brandon Hatmaker’s new book, A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith, challenges readers to dive deeper into their relationship with Christ and with others. This is a great book for those who, in the midst of a busy life, have gotten into a rut with their faith and their community. The old phrase “a mile wide and an inch deep” was first used to describe the Platte River in the Midwestern and western United States. Because of its lack of depth, the Platte would never be used as a major navigation route – would never be used as an agent of change and influence. In this book, Hatmaker shares that the modern church and believers have recently been described just as the Platte was – a mile wide and an inch deep. While Hatmaker (and I) don’t believe every believer or every church could be painted with such a broad brush, the comparison, sadly, can ring true. Oftentimes, in the hustle and bustle of life, believers can get spread so thin that before they know it, they are moving along, doing and saying the right thing, but never truly connecting with God or with their community. In A Mile Wide, Hatmaker encourages believers to not become stale in their faith, but allow the gospel to continue to transform us throughout our lives, to continually become a new creation in Christ by knitting our hearts to His and practicing our faith daily. Hatmaker encourages believers that mission is all around us and that we can each make an impact for the gospel right where we are. This transformation of the way we view mission also transforms the way we see others. If we begin to view every encounter as a way to model Jesus’s love, our hearts will turn to one another and our lives will become more knitted together. Hatmaker provides practical guidance to create deep, meaningful relationships in our lives. He encourages believers to put away our fears and insecurities and reminds us to look at ourselves the way God sees us – wholly forgiven and washed clean. With this new viewpoint, vulnerability and honesty are sure to follow and meaningful relationships can be made. “I also pray that you’ll apply the same gospel to how you view others. That you’ll live by the standards that align with the kingdom Jesus ushered in. That whenever you feel spiritual pride and judgement, you’ll replace it with humility and grace. That you’ll pursue truth, but never go through, around, or over people to get there. That you’ll be an advocate for others, kneel in the dirt to extend dignity, and become a friend to the outcast. That you’ll not only receive the gospel, but you’ll embody it as you seek to be more like Jesus.” – Brandon Hatmaker, A Mile Wide I am known to be a bit of a speed reader, but I intentionally read this book slowly. After the first few pages, I knew that it would make a significant impact on my life and I wanted to soak in every word. I carried this book around with me for months, reading and re-reading it, highlighting passages, taking notes and writing my answers to the discussion questions at the end of each chapter. After reading A Mile Wide, I have the tools and encouragement I need to dive deeper into my faith and find the community I was missing. If you are seeking more from your relationship with God and your community, A Mile Wide would be a great book for you. I received an advance reader copy of the book in exchange for my unbiased review.
BurnsM 11 months ago
In a time when I'm reading many books about spiritual formation/transformation and frustrated when I find them to be so self-focused and stopping with that, I was thankful for this breath of fresh air. As Hatmaker looks at the power of the Gospel to transform, he doesn't stop with the individual, but instead recognizes that if we are transformed into the likeness of Jesus, this should generate in us a desire to see the gospel transform the lives of others and our communities. He has a way of sharing personal stories and spurring the reader on to change without being guilt inducing. And, he offers practical steps to those of us who find ourselves wanting to live out our faith in a more tangible way, to those of us who have trouble stepping out of our comfort zones, and to those of us who find ourselves simply "stuck." I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and am so thankful I did.
Anonymous 11 months ago
An ARC was provided in exchange for my honest review of this book. Brandon Hatmaker is so genuine in his discussion of how we have settled for a wide religious experience instead of a deep relationship with God. He encourages, not judges, each of us to look within and examine if where we are is where we want to be. If not, this book is a great reminder that Jesus meets us here to take us deeper.
KandiClark 11 months ago
I can't recommend this book enough. In a world that often gets sidetracked with theological minutia, Hatmaker cuts to the heart of the matter - how to be like Christ. While this is easy to say, it's often hard to put into practice. This book lays out logical ways to live out your faith and serve others. I appreciate Hatmaker's simple, straight forward message. I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
LaurelWilliston 11 months ago
If you have ever gone to a church service or event and thought, "There must be more than this," this book is for you. So many Christians have bought into a shallow religion that it can be hard to find something deeper. This is a book about what that looks like and how to find it. It will inspire and encourage you not to settle for anything less than God's best! While Brandon is not quite as entertaining as his author wife, this book is well-written and thought-provoking. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book and this review is based on that copy.
Cerebralclime 11 months ago
I received a PDF copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book is full of truth and so much more wisdom. Brandon "gets" the things that frustrate me about church culture. A real connection with Jesus and following his personal lead in my life is far more desirable to me than adding a few more bible studies or retreats and developing my religiosity instead of learning to love. (Bible studies and retreats are awesome, but can be counterproductive sometimes.) A bit too many discussion questions (10) at the end of each chapter for my preference but would work well in a group for people to pick and choose which resonate most.
Krystal_Moon 11 months ago
Brandon's words both relieve you of the burden of legalism, and convict you to reclaim the heart of the gospel in one fell swoop. He challenges you to dive deeper, to look closer, to see people as JESUS sees them, and to live out the gospel in every interaction. His book is like sitting down for coffee with a friend and mentor. You leave with a refreshed spirit, a renewed zeal, & a reclaimed gospel. I recieved an Advanced Reader's Copy in exchange for my honest review
Krystal_Moon 11 months ago
Brandon's words both relieve you of the burden of legalism, and convict you to reclaim the heart of the gospel in one fell swoop. He challenges you to dive deeper, to look closer, to see people as JESUS sees them, and to live out the gospel in every interaction. His book is like sitting down for coffee with a friend and mentor. You leave with a refreshed spirit, a renewed zeal, & a reclaimed gospel. I recieved an Advanced Reader's Copy in exchange for my honest review
Jbrum 11 months ago
Do you ever feel like you are doing all the right things for church? Despite all the activities and checklists your life feels flat? This is a practical handbook for finding the deeper levels of your faith. Well written in way that is relatable and gives you pause to absorb the information. Find your copy and prepare to take your life to the next level of awareness for your faith, and your community. I received an advance readers copy in return for my review
Jbrum 11 months ago
Do you ever feel like you are doing all the right things for church? Despite all the activities and checklists your life feels flat? This is a practical handbook for finding the deeper levels of your faith. Well written in way that is relatable and gives you pause to absorb the information. Find your copy and prepare to take your life to the next level of awareness for your faith, and your community. I received an advance readers copy in return for my review
CaptainChaosMom 11 months ago
Not just for dudes... You may think this book is only for dudes cuz it was written by a pretty cool guy (he does have tattoos and a Harley after all). You may think this book is only for pastors or other ministry lay leaders because it was written by a pastor. Or, you may think this book is only for new believers because it doesn't talk about deeply theological stuff like the infamous Knowing God or Concise Theology by JI Packer. You couldn't be more wrong. This book is for anyone at any point in their walk with Christ - a new believer or one who has believed for years. It's for anyone who has been running and working and trying to earn God's love despite knowing that His grace doesn't work that way. It's for all of us who need to somehow figure out a way to have a deeper faith in God. So if you've stretched yourself 'a mile wide and an inch deep' in this constantly pecking at you, stress-ridden world...this book is for you. Don't wait until God hits you over the head with it so you can learn from Brandon's words. Read it. But be warned...your faith WILL deepen as a result. I received an Advanced Reader copy for my honest opinion. If I hadn't liked the book, I would've said so.
Kim Osteholzer 11 months ago
Brandon's book, THE BAREFOOT CHURCH, resonated with me. A MILE WIDE has even more so. As believers, as followers of Jesus Christ, we're called to search out, to serve, to woo, to love, to win the lost. Brandon articulates this call clearly and practically. As I read I found myself encouraged, convicted, inspired, instructed. I imagined what would happen if every follower of Jesus were to live the way Brandon urges us to live, and a thrill coursed through my veins. This book is a breath of fresh air for those desiring to love well and live authentically, for those desiring to be and do all God's created them to be and do, for those desiring to make a positive difference in the world! A MILE WIDE was pure joy to read!
Carolyn_Dube 11 months ago
Brandon Hatmaker... Thank you. This book provided a much needed paradigm shift. As a new Pastor's wife, I am finding myself (in my late 30s) craving a deep and authentic approach to serving Jesus as a disciple, and that does not need to be limited to what happens within the walls of a church building Sunday mornings. In A Mile Wide, Hatmaker takes readers to a new level, shifting us away from an expansive yet shallow perspective on Christianity that leaves us as Sunday morning consumers of our faith to a deeper connection and relationship with God. I loved the real life examples of seeing God's handiwork in action: the woman sobbing in gratitude for trees, the opportunities for discipleship in unlikely spaces, and so many more. I appreciated the discussion questions at the end of each chapter, prompting space for reflection and discernment. This books is great for providing perspective and a clear connection with The Word. I received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book will make you think . I thought about how I love my church, it's traditions and history, as I read this book. But it also made me think about how I can bring the church to others. It reinforced that we must go out in this world and be the church. Whether it is at work, in food kitchens, on street corners, wherever you see a need, fill it. Use the gifts God gave you and make a difference. For me, this book was truly thought provoking. It enabled me to look at parts of my faith from a different prospective and challenged me to step out of my comfort zones in some areas of my faith. I was given a free copy of an ARC for an honest review.
Anonymous 11 months ago
“A Mile Wide” is a must-read for anyone who considers themselves a Christian. This book offers life-changing words of wisdom, practical ideas, and a new perspective on church culture. You will be challenged, inspired, and empowered as you dig into each chapter. Have a highlighter ready when you start reading - you’ll need it! I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of the book, and I’ll be forever grateful!
GayIdle 11 months ago
In his latest book, A Mile Wide, Brandon Hatmaker addresses the believer's "struggle between shallow religion and deeper faith." Even for the believer who feels they are in a good place spiritually, he acknowledges the reality of wanting to go deeper still "into the goodness" that has been found. Through the following chapters we are taken on a journey with the author to change the way we view our own faith...to dig deeper into the soil of our hearts and ready it to receive the truth of the Gospel. The true Gospel that plays out not only within the localized body of believers but out into the world. We find ourselves going deeper and gaining a new perspective into our faith walk...in the meaning of true discipleship...as we follow through the authors own discoveries of faith, from identity to community, justice, the Kingdom of Christ and more. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to reassess what it means to stop 'playing church' and actually BE the church. I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.
K_Fischer 11 months ago
An excellent book! Brandon Hatmaker has hit the nail on the head when it comes to ministry and discipleship. He challenges us to dig deeper, love harder and judge less. He has simplified ideas that many have muddied through the lens of their own experience and doctrine. In each chapter, we are reminded to look to Jesus and His example, no more and no less. Throughout the entire book, I was convicted to re-evaluate my own life, experiences and expectations. Through personal stories, Bible passages and practical ideas, Brandon has provided a handbook for readers regardless of where they are in their own faith life. I walk away from this book a new person; one excited to go out and love others. I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
-MrsC- 11 months ago
I recieved an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  I love this book! This books put beautifully into words what I have been talking with my pastor about for over a year now. There is a brand of shallow Christianity that is prevalent in our world today. This book meets that head on. I cannot wait for this book to come out so we can get it in as many hands as possible! People need to hear this message
LesleyIslas 11 months ago
In a culture of egocentricity, the modern day Christian often has a difficult time finding mentors for what it looks like to be a a true follower of Jesus. In A Mile Wide, Hatmaker offers himself as a mentor and provides a real-life, practical resource for everyday people living their everyday lives to truly live out the gospel. He knows what it looks like because it is how he and others around him live out their lives. It can be done, even in our fallen world, and Hatmaker shows you how. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter are great for small groups or even for personal reflection. I was given an Advances Reader Copy of A Mile Wide by its publishers in exchange for my honest review.
AnnaLeBaron 11 months ago
In the book A Mile Wide Brandon Hatmaker states (about Jesus' parable of the soils), "...the quality and depth of the soil represents our heart's receptivity to his truth. Our receptivity determines the fruit, not the other way around. Instead of focusing on more fruit, we're challenged to focus on the condition of the soil." With that, he proceeds to aid the reader in turning over the fallow ground and the topsoil of the heart. Seed that falls on hardened soil cannot take root and grow and is left to the birds. Seed that falls on good soil eventually becomes fruit-bearing trees. Brandon states, "...we're better at being and making converts than we are at being and making disciples." We are invited to consider discipleship through a new set of lenses, all of which are critical in our formation. He spells out, in everyday language how to go about deepening our relationship with God and with our neighbors. He offers a fresh perspective on loving others, calling them: The Outcast, The Outsider, and The Insider. This book left me hungering for greater depths in my faith and with an action plan to make it happen. I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.
Linda_Hibner 11 months ago
Ready to find a radical new way to live the Christian life? Then A MILE WIDE is definitely the book for you. I highly recommend Brandon Hatmaker's latest book because it was indeed written for me, a Baby Boomer who grew up in the traditional evangelical church. Brandon hits the proverbial nail on its head with his easy-to-read and hard-to-ignore call to quit playing church and move towards an authentic life that looks more like Christ. A MILE WIDE reminds us that it's time for a change in the church's status quo. I am already starting another read through, this time answering the thought provoking questions at the end of every chapter. This book made me cry in conviction and then rallied me to accept the challenge of following Christ in the real world, meeting the needs of real people. I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
qietspirit1 7 months ago
A Mile Wide By Brandon Hatmaker Subtitle: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith Pastor Brandon Hatmaker has written a very thought provoking book on faith. He takes his title from the writings of Edgar Nye: “A mile wide and an inch deep.” Mr. Nye was talking about the Platte River. This is not a compliment about a river or about a person’s faith. At the end of each chapter, he includes a set of questions for discussion. These seem to penetrate deeper into the reader’s heart as the book advances. Pastor Hatmaker puts into words a stance I believe all Christians serious about their faith would adopt. “. . . the kingdom of God is not the destination at the top of the ladder we climb. Rather it’s a realm that appears when we chose to engage. Any moment we chose God’s way over our way, the kingdom breaks through. Whenever Jesus rules our day in any way, the kingdom breaks through. Anytime we choose to pray about a decision, to surrender to His will, to open the Bible for insight or wisdom, or to extend mercy or grace, the kingdom breaks through. Whether it’s the first time or the hundredth time, in that moment Jesus reigns in your life and the kingdom of God is at hand.(1) I recommend this book to all believers who are serious about their faith. However, there might be a few suggestions for small groups that may tend to bother some readers. I received this book free from Nelson Books, am imprint of Thomas Nelson through the Harper Collins Booklook Locker Blogger review program. All they asked of me was that I write an honest review. 1.) A Mile Wide, © 2016, Brandon Hatmaker, page 128.
JennGrand 10 months ago
This book intrigued me because I'm a big fan of Brandon's wife, Jen! I just finished reading her book For the Love, and LOVED it. So seeing her husband had written a book was pretty exciting to me! In A Mile Wide, Brandon takes what he knows about rehabbing houses, and shares how to rehab your spiritual life! He shares 8 essentials of the Christian faith: the gospel, identity, scripture, discipleship, kingdom, mission, community and justice. Brandon wants every believer to revitalize their faith, and live out of their faith right now, right where they are. This book will not disappoint!