The Cause within You: Finding the One Great Thing You Were Created to Do in This World

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Whether we realize it or not, each of us was created for a great cause—and we will never be truly fulfilled until we find and pursue it. Matthew Barnett, son of a well-known megachurch pastor, discovered his great cause when he relinquished his dream of building a big, successful church like his father’s and began listening for God’s dream for his life. Sensing that God was calling him to serve the poor and powerless of Los Angeles, Matthew founded the Dream Center, a beacon of hope for homeless families, drug ...

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Whether we realize it or not, each of us was created for a great cause—and we will never be truly fulfilled until we find and pursue it. Matthew Barnett, son of a well-known megachurch pastor, discovered his great cause when he relinquished his dream of building a big, successful church like his father’s and began listening for God’s dream for his life. Sensing that God was calling him to serve the poor and powerless of Los Angeles, Matthew founded the Dream Center, a beacon of hope for homeless families, drug addicts, abused women and children, victims of human trafficking, teen runaways, gang members, and many others whose lives were filled with brokenness.
If you are hungry for a life full of passion instead of apathy; if you are ready to use your specific gifts and abilities to make a mark on the world; if you need to be reminded that God loves you and has a plan for your life—The Cause Within You is the book that can change everything. Through his own story and the stories of others whose lives have been transformed, Matthew Barnett will lead you to the cause of your lifetime. Tyndale House Publishers

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  • ISBN-13: 9781414348469
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 988,779
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 6.58 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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By Matthew Barnett


Copyright © 2011 Matthew Barnett
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-4846-9

Chapter One


Something stirred me awake. I struggled to open my eyes. My surroundings slowly came into focus. It was dark, with rays of light off to the side that barely penetrated my peripheral vision. I heard indistinct noises nearby, a kind of low mumbling coming from a few feet away. And I felt a presence. As things came into focus, I found that somebody was staring into my eyes. I stared back and realized it wasn't a somebody—it was a something.

I squinted to crystallize the image and realized it was a cat. No, wait, it was a ... rat. A rat the size of a cat! Supersized. Its eyes were maybe three inches from mine, its whiskers even closer. Other than the twitching of its nostrils as it catalogued my scent, it was perfectly still, studying me with obvious hostility.

Now I was awake, aware of where I was and what was happening. I remembered having carefully placed my large sheet of cardboard on the pavement in this alleyway, maybe twenty minutes ago, hoping for an hour of peaceful slumber on the streets of Los Angeles. What was it—four, maybe five o'clock in the morning? An unrhythmic series of moans filled the air from other homeless people lying farther up the alley, doing their best to get some shut-eye. I'd dozed off for a few minutes before this bucktoothed rodent invaded my twelve square feet of prime real estate.

I struggled to my feet, picked up my cardboard bed, and slowly shuffled out of the alley onto the main street. My watch said it was 2:13 a.m. Time was obviously on a holiday tonight. The light from the streetlamps was the only illumination in this part of the city.

I passed by a boarded-up shop and caught the strong, ever-present whiff of urine. That seemed to be the odor of the homeless nation: there were no bathrooms available to us in the dead of night—or during a large share of the day, for that matter. When you had to go, you found a wall in a vacant section of an alley and did your business. The Porta Potties strategically distributed around this section of the city, meant for the homeless, were of no use to us since they'd been hijacked by the prostitutes and drug dealers, who complete their transactions inside those mobile offices. They were the only businesses open 24-7 down here, peddling flesh and pharms. No homeless person in his right mind would enter those disease-riddled fiberglass boxes unless they were completing a deal.

Fellow vagabonds shuffled past me, traveling in the opposite direction. A woman wearing a tattered army jacket and a wraparound skirt that was frayed at her calloused, bare feet hobbled by. Her hair was a mess of tangles, her eyes sunken, wrinkles creasing her forehead as she shuffled along. A frail man who looked to be in his mid-fifties but was probably thirtyish was a few paces behind her, toting a ragged backpack that I suspected contained all of his worldly possessions. Another haggard-looking fellow was ten feet farther down the sidewalk, slumped over one of the parking meters, staring vacantly across the street. He had nowhere to go, no time by which he had to be there. He was simply taking a break from his nightly march to wherever.

These fellow denizens of the streets were dead on their feet, but experience had taught them to keep moving, to stay alert. Darkness was the scourge of life; inactivity was an invitation to danger. While I trooped up and down the streets of skid row, I occasionally looked these passersby straight in the face, searching for signs of hope, but had learned to lower my standards and seek a simple expression of life. Very few returned my gaze. These people were on autopilot, traipsing lifelessly forward, silently repeating the mantra the homeless chant to themselves each night: Gotta make it 'til sunrise. Gotta make it 'til sunrise....

* * *

As a bloodcurdling scream radiated from around the corner ahead, I ducked into the hollowed-out doorway of a storefront and leaned against the mesh security door for support. I felt an indescribable mixture of emotions: yes, there was fear, but it was tempered by joy, intrigue, excitement, and compassion. You see, I was on skid row by choice. This was a one-night-only command performance among the people whom I have spent my entire adult life serving.

I am the pastor of a "megachurch," a proud bastion of Christianity in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Tonight was the fifteenth anniversary of the beginning of our ministry, known as the Dream Center, in which we help to restore the shattered dreams and empty lives of broken people. To the horror of my church colleagues, and against the advice of many, I decided this was where I wanted to spend that anniversary: living among the very people I have come to love during these past fifteen years.

If I had stayed with the original game plan, I would have been home in my comfortable bed, lying next to my beautiful, loving wife, Caroline, resting peacefully in our single-family house while our two children slept securely down the hall. I would have been dreaming about the incredible celebration that would have taken place earlier in the evening at the special dinner planned for the hundred or so key people who made the Dream Center tick. We would have watched videos of past ministry victories; joyfully sung praises to God; eaten a delicious, well-prepared meal; and listened to people's recollections of how God had done miracle after miracle in our midst and inspired us to keep battling the odds for fifteen years. It would have been a night to remember.

Now, barely five hours into my "alternative celebration," I knew this was certainly a night I would never forget.

A few weeks before, as the planned celebration got closer and the preparations intensified, I felt uneasy in my gut. That's often how God grabs my attention. In response, I spent time praying for Him to clarify what He wanted. Soon it became clear to me that a party to celebrate ourselves was not what God had in mind. I could sense that He was looking for me to do something radical, not something comfortable and self-serving. Unsure what that might be, I enlisted several people from my team to join me in prayer and to wait for further divine direction.

Finally, the solution came into focus: I should spend the anniversary night on the streets of skid row in Los Angeles. I've worked hand in hand with poor and suffering people for fifteen years. I've spent countless hours on the city streets offering to help them and even to transport them from skid row to our campus, where we partnered with them in breaking the bondage of poverty and bad choices. But in those fifteen years I had never spent a night sleeping in their midst, on the concrete. Truthfully, it had never even occurred to me to do so. Wasn't I doing enough already?

Maybe not. The clear impression I received was that God was intent upon pushing me beyond my comfort zone, orchestrating something that would forever change me. Again.

The sheer magnitude of the idea marked it as God's; the absurdity of the option underscored its necessity.

It became obvious that throwing ourselves a party was appropriate by the world's standards, but not by God's. An anniversary gala would be a sign of naive hubris. From the day this ministry began, it was built upon going against the grain, doing the unexpected. A party? The greatest celebration would be to demonstrate solidarity with those I serve, to dig more deeply into their world so I could serve them more profoundly.

* * *

So after we had our regular Thursday night service at the church, I put on the clothes I'd grabbed specially for this night—a grimy T-shirt; a generic gray hoodie; a pair of baggy, ill-fitting cargo pants; and sneakers.

My prep team at the church included a tall, slender African American man named Lawrence,* who was one of our security guards. Lawrence originally came to the Dream Center from the same streets to which we were headed. He'd been desperately in need of help, had successfully completed one of our recovery programs, and now had his life on an even keel. When he heard what we were up to, he rushed to my side and begged me not to go. Seeing my resolve, he changed his tactic and insisted on preparing me for the odyssey that lay ahead.

"You don't know what you doing, Pastor," he said respectfully. "Let me get you ready so you can survive the night. There's things you don't know about the streets, and those streets is mean, Pastor. I can teach you a few things that will help." In retrospect, I believe Lawrence's survival tips may have saved my life.

After we smeared some grease on my face and ruffled my hair, I boarded a church van and was driven to the central business district of Los Angeles. Amidst the towering buildings in center city I disembarked and said a quick prayer with the team members in the van. Then I pulled my large piece of cardboard from the back and trudged the six blocks from the corporate haven to the edge of skid row. I had no money in my pockets; I really wanted to know what it felt like to be homeless. My only protection, at Lawrence's insistence, was a well-worn Bible.

As I strode toward my destination, I again pondered what I was about to do. Was this insane? I wondered. I'm the husband of a wife who loves me, the father of two young children who depend on me, the pastor of a thriving church that gets its direction from me. I'm not indispensable, but was this urban adventure demonstrating the wisdom of a godly man? Did this decision display the discernment of a true leader? Was I engaging in an act of courage, or was it mere foolishness? Was I demeaning the homeless by dressing up and pretending to be one of them? What was the likelihood of even surviving the night?

My self-doubts were interrupted by the sight of a genuine homeless guy—not a fake like memoving toward skid row some twenty feet ahead of me on the otherwise deserted sidewalk. I called out to him and explained who I really was and asked him if he thought I would survive the night. His reply came without emotion or hesitation.

"Nope," he said evenly, looking me in the eye. "You're too clean. They'll sniff you out in a heartbeat. Won't work. Go home." He nodded a silent good-bye and resumed his slow hobble toward the edge of helplessness.

For a moment that seemed like all the convincing I needed. Maybe God had sent him to meet me there, an angel of mercy, to deliver one final warning, a word of sanity to break the spell of lunacy that was propelling me toward disaster. Maybe it was time to call off this whole charade. Who was I trying to fool?

But as I stood there trying to get a firm fix on my emotions, my confidence returned. I wasn't here to perform a circus trick or to get the public's attention—"Hey everyone! Come see the pastor who lived for a night on skid row! Hear tales of bravery and stories of the dark side!" No, I was on the streets because I have come to truly love the unlovable. I have discovered how God can love the people that nobody else wants. And frankly, after fifteen years, I was worried that I'd lost my edge.

As a "successful" pastor, was I settling for what was now a routine process that insulated me from the suffering and tragedies that had sparked my ministry so many years ago? Had I become too comfortable in what we did to serve poor and hurting people? Was I now simply a motivational speaker, a fund-raiser, an organizational figurehead, a ministry expert doing good works but living a safe, sanitized existence?

I turned to watch the homeless man shuffle away from me. In that moment it was clear that God wanted me to do something radical; He wanted me to do this. I couldn't imagine anything more radical than humbling myself in this fashion, embracing the same risks that Jesus Christ had adopted when He lived and ministered among the untouchables of His day.

Hanging out on skid row for a day or two, with an open mind and heart, was not meant to be a quaint or clever adventure that would "preach well." It was a necessary recalibration to get me back on track—in sync with the cause God had instilled in me fifteen years before.


Excerpted from THE CAUSE WITHIN YOU by Matthew Barnett Copyright © 2011 by Matthew Barnett. Excerpted by permission of BARNA. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Tommy Barnett ix

1 A Night on the Streets 1

2 Lost and Found in LA 9

3 Sidewalk Celebration 17

4 The Reason to Get Out of Bed 33

5 Discovering the Cause of a Lifetime 53

6 Let Nothing Stand in Your Way 73

7 The Power of a Proper Attitude 95

8 Get It Done 115

9 Build Your Team to Change the World 141

10 The Right Time to Quit 161

11 The Pleasures of Pursuing Your Cause 179

Related Scripture Passages 193

Acknowledgments 201

Discussion Guide 207

Endnotes 217

About the Authors 219

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    THE CAUSE WITHIN YOU will inspire and direct those looking to find their calling in life and searching for a purpose. This book is filled with stories of people finding that one great cause that they think they were created for by just finding a need and meeting it. This book is not filled with religious sermons, but principles that will encourage, motivate, and hopefully provoke us into action, and could help us enter into our own destiny and make our dreams come true. There's a lot of fascinating inspiration between the covers here. It couldn't hurt!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011


    I have the pleasure of volunteering at the dream center and, am currently finding my cause! The book goes threw so many different views of life and teaching how to live it productively. Why find out something 20 years from now, that you can find out today and make it flourish into something beautiful!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Wow I cant believe this!

    This book was wonderful!!! Pastor Matthew's heart behind all of it is just incredible. To read about where he was and how God's hand was upon him the entire way just shows His glory and how He can work in each and every one of our lives. Pastor Matthew is an inspiration to all and just to show that we can rise up and answer the call that God has placed in all of our lives as well! I am now encouraged to just continue to seek after God's heart to see how He wants to use my life for a greater cause. Everyone should read this book and support the Dream Center!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    My Cause

    Mathew Barnett is an incredible author and man who is driven in all he does. This book has inspired me to find that one cause that God has set for my life! I would encourage anyone who is looking for purpose or meaning in life to read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011


    I freakin' loved this book.

    I'm a fiction gal. I like to read stories. I think one of the main reasons I didn't like Mere Churchianity was because there wasn't a story throughout the whole book. I kept waiting for Spencer to actually act out what he was preaching. But The Cause Within You kept me spell bound from the beginning all the way to the end, a story that began way back when as a sixteen-year-old pastor wannabe who was told he couldn't do it.

    It starts out with a mega-church pastor seeing what it's like to be homeless. Literally on the streets sleeping on a cardboard box. I totally cheered this guy on. I thought, Finally! Someone who doesn't just PREACH. Someone who says they have faith and proves it with works! (James 2:14 - Awesome scripture. I totally recommend you pulling out your Bible and reading the book of James in the New Testament).

    Reading this book was like a breath of fresh air. It encouraged me soooo much to read about hundreds of people who don't sit around debating. It's okay to have questions and doubts (Happens to me all the time!), but it seems like some people just get STUCK in their questions. Seems to me that we humans have a lot of questions. And for some dumb reason we keep on asking each other. When was the last time you asked God?

    Okay, sorry, I feel like I'm preaching. These are just the thoughts churning in my head. Back to the book!

    Barnett wrote a lot about what God has taught him, and he ended some of the chapters with a short list called "What I've Learned." I loved that. Totally summed up the chapter and keeps you thinking.

    He also wrote about the Dream Center and his church. I have a list of churches I want to visit (Like, The Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York, Joel Olsteen's church, Moody in Chicago, etc.) and his is so on my list. I would also love to visit the Dream Center.

    If you're involved in ministry or you're looking for God's purpose in your life, this is the book for you. Barnett is so real in his book. I didn't feel like I was reading about a mega-church pastor, I felt like I was reading about a brother in Christ. He wasn't throwing in a bunch of "what-ifs" or "I think God wants us to do this and that." Instead he was genuine and I whole heartily agreed with everything he said.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    Life Changing

    I.Loved.This.Book. What a wonderful composite of real life story, inspiration, hard truths; a great example of someone who is willing to back up the cashing of every check his mouth writes with real action.

    Matthew Barnett is the son of megachurch pastor Tommy Barnett. At 20, he began pastoring in Los Angeles and shortly after became very discouraged. The church was in a challenging neighborhood, people weren't coming, and the plans he had made weren't coming to fruition. One night he felt very impressed to go to Echo Park and there he specifically heard God tell him that he must build the people, and God would build the church. This was a big turnaround to how he perceived he was supposed to handle things....but it was exactly what he needed to do. Fast forward about 15 years and Matthew Barnett has seen God do amazing things both in his life and the lives of those around him.

    I especially appreciated the obvious humility Mr. Barnett displays throughout the telling of stories in this book. He is a real person following his God-given cause to change people's lives through serving. We can all take serious notes both from his example and the service-driven approach to finding your personal cause.

    Please, go buy this book. Then read it. You will be glad you did, and proceeds go to assist the work they are doing at the Dream Center LA....then go find someone to serve. It will change your life.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Better Choice for Someone Who Has a Ministry, Not Someone Looking for One

    This book begins by telling the personal journey of Matthew Barnett, how he found his cause and has benefitted others through following his cause. The book then continues by offering guidance on some steps one can take to find their personal cause, and finishes by offering some practical advice on how to make your cause a reality. I believe God created everyone with a specific purpose, or cause, in mind for them. I believe the only way to truly understand that purpose is through a true relationship with God as Creator, Father, and Savior. Even with these things in mind, I did not find this book very helpful. For starters, this book is not very helpful in actually determining one's personal cause is. How can it be, when that is something between you and God? The only mass printed book which will really offer concrete guidance is the Bible. It makes sense, then, that if someone is going to read a book on finding their purpose, they would read the Bible first, not a book written by someone as humanly fallible as the rest of us. In a way, Barnett admits this by emphasizing prayer, scripture reading, and keeping your eyes open as his tips to finding a cause. Without practicing these, the rest of the book is worthless. If you already have a grip on what you think God might want you to do with your life, then you might gain some insight by finishing the book. Major plot points include: Don't be discouraged when things don't work out, act on faith and God won't let you down, ask for help, be patient, and so on. Again, all of these things can be found in the New Testament. For me, the book most succeeded by offering stories of the positive impact one person can have on another. If you are someone who already has a ministry, then you may feel encouraged reading about others who survived the hard times and managed to share God's love with others. It can also act as a good way to refocus on what God has asked you to do. It's very inspirational reading. The book fails the most when compared to its title. This is not a guide to "Finding the one great thing you were created to do in this world." There is no guide to that other than the Bible. Also, the causes emphasized in this book are slanted by the author's own limited experience as a Pastor and leader of the Dream Center. There are many causes which do not involve selling everything one owns and moving to L.A. to help recovering prostitutes or beginning a similar ministry in your hometown. The calling to be a Christian teacher, doctor, grocery store clerk, car mechanic, or parent is an equally valid and important cause as heading a huge non-for-profit. In the author's enthusiasm for his own mission, I am afraid he undermines the less glamorous missions most of us have been given. Finally, the author fails to recognize the fact that very few of us only have *one* cause. A perfect example of this is Eric Liddell who was called to be an olympic runner as well as being a missionary for Christ. Both of these causes are equally *great*. A more mundane example might be someone who is called to be a godly Father and a godly business executive. The ways and means of showing and sharing God's love is close to infinite, and I don't think it is wise to limit people to only one. Recommended for someone who is either hopelessly lost as to where to find their purpose or already has theirs nailed down. If you're in between, this book may not be as help

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    Posted June 24, 2012

    Subtitle - Finding the one great thing you were created to do in this world

    This author is the son of a famous preacher, and felt a lot of pressure to build a mega-church like his father. However, an encounter with the needy in Echo Park changed all that to a ministry to the homeless and street people. He then founded the Dream Center in Los Angeles and this book is how it came to be and examines it's growth and includes success stories of famous and not so famous people who have been helped through this ministry. Matthew really feels that he has found his calling in helping addicts kick the habit, training and helping others find jobs, and helping wherever and however needed. Many of his unique ministries are mentioned including the adopt-a-block program, where volunteers and staff visit the same block over and extended time doing whatever needs to be done.

    The stories of people transformed in this book are amazing examples of what God can do in a person's life. Some have become staff members and counselors at the Dream Center to help others and pass it on. The only criticism I have is that God may not call you to that "one big thing " but several things at different stages in your life. I believe God can prepare us for different unique ministries based on our experience, personalities, and talents. Otherwise, this is an inspiring true story of a Christian truly helping others and showing God's love in the process.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Inspired yet?

    The Cause within You: Finding the One Great Thing You Were Created to Do in This World is a book where the title might not be as catchy as it could have been but the one thing that will catch in this book is inspiration. Matthew Barnett was the youngest pastor of his denomination at age twenty, and he took a church that had about eight people in attendance to creating a huge center that reaches out to those in Los Angeles who are hurting and desperate -- the homeless, drug addicts, and anyone who feels hopeless. People come to serve at his church and he stresses that serving will bring out the cause that is inside you, just serve and you will find that. He says that true joy comes when we realize others are better off because of our investment in them.

    This is a fascinating book. He is certainly someone who hasn't thought traditionally. A church that is open 24 hours a day? There's always someone at the church serving. Vans go out to feed the homeless. He tells personal stories, too. The story of taking the homeless children to Build-A-Bear was one I really enjoyed, but my favorite was one where he was telling of a woman who started a ministry in his church to pimps. She even got invited to the Pimp of the Year award ceremony, and they all told her they would go to one function she wanted them to go to, and one Sunday morning there was a section of pimps in Matthew Barnett's congregation.

    This book isn't a one-two-three to find your purpose in life. Instead, it's a book of inspiration for you to discover that yourself -- or if you already know what your cause is, it's a book of encouragement to keep it up!

    I very much enjoyed this book, and will definitely be recommending it to others.

    FTC disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book free from the publisher as part of their summer reading program. The thoughts and opinions of it are my own.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Inspirational and Life Changing

    I highlighted a lot of statements in this book that I want to always remember! Filled with stories to illustrate his points, Matthew Barnett inspires you to find the one great thing that God has gifted you to do and given you a passion for and to get your eyes off yourself to live for something bigger than you. While I don't necessarliy think we were all created to do just one great thing, but perhaps many things throughout the seasons of our lives, either way the points that he makes in this book ring true. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    The Cause Within You by 'Matthew Barnett' - Book Review

    'The Cause Within You' is a instrument to discover what our cause is. The objective is to assist us find the cause which will make our life. We will learn how to ascertain the cause God has for us. Matthew Barnett talks about the importance of undivided focus in pursuing our cause, the prominence of right attitude and the joy in this journey of pursuing the cause.

    He deals with the subject in a profound way. We are ignited in our hearts and minds to pursue our passion as we complete reading this book. This book has been flooded with real life stories to encourage and motivate us. That really makes this book tick.

    Some important nuggets from the book which inspired me:

    o God's cause for our life is easier to fulfill than our self-designed cause.
    o Our true cause will liberate our passion and gifts.
    o The best time to figure out the cause within us is now.
    Sometimes our cause emerges out of our pain or hardships.
    A breakthrough in identifying your cause may come when you least expect it.
    Our investment in our relationship with God is the best investment we can make in the pursuit of our cause.

    'The Cause Within You' is a real inspiration to people suffering from confusion and inconsistency with regard to their purpose in their life. Matthew Barnett presents the message in an adhesive way throughout this book. The importance of relationship with God in our pursuit of cause is stressed throughout the book. This book will of great assistance to anyone who is leading an aimless vagabond-style life.

    I give this one four out of five stars.

    Please note that I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers through its book review bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. Please be also informed that the opinions I have expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    Find your cause

    Wow wow wow. The Cause Within You by Matthew Barnett is a life changing book. This book captures the heart of God in what he has for us to do in this life here on earth. There are so many hurting people who need to know that God still loves them, and that hope is still there. A quote from the book that touches my heart still was "hopelessness is exhausting." This quote really explains what so many people in this world are facing day in and day out. Whether they are they are a homeless person, drug addict, or prostitute, like Barnett talks so much about in his book, or a 'normal' person we see in our day-to-day life, so many people have lost hope. Barnett challenges each and every one of us to find OUR CAUSE. We each have a cause that God has destined for us to find. Once we find that cause we can not let fear hold us back from being a part of it. We have to make our mark in order to change this world.
    "Your cause was made to consume you. When it does, you become like the sun, a blazing ball of energy that illuminates and brings life to a world of frozen hearts and souls."

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

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    Incredibly Inspirational!

    Matthew Barnett, co-founder of the Dream Center in Los Angeles, definitely got it right with this book. The Cause Within You is the most inspirational spiritual growth book I've ever read. At nineteen, he preached his church from 39 people to literally zero. Feeling defeated, God led him to what used to be a park and is now the home to the lowest of the low. After seeing the devastation there in Echo Park, he knew God was calling him to make this his ministry. God said to him "If you reach the people nobody wants, I'll send you the people that everybody wants."
    Fifteen years later, Pastor Matthew is walking around the streets of L.A. toting a sheet of cardboard and a well-worn Bible, celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the Dream Center. His passion is re-awakened as he slumbers the streets with homeless people and is humbled by panhandling the next morning.

    Whether you're young or old, this book is for you. Everyone was created for an amazing cause and discovering that cause will change the world. Through his story and the stories of those around him, Pastor Matthew shows us as readers how to trust God and to listen for His dream for us. "God's dreams for you are always bigger-and better--than your dreams for you."

    What God has done through Pastor Matthew is an amazing thing--just think if we all lived out the causes within us.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011


    I am usually not a fan of these kind of books. But I enjoyed this book. The illustrations are great. He explains what God has gave them to do. We never says do what we do at you will have success. He does point people to God and His Word. The author wants people to be transformed by the power of the cross. Then take the transformational power and spread the gospel. I was encouraged by his transparency and realization of his purpose to glorify God. I was challenged to go...

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    Absolutely Incendiary!! It's a must read!!

    If there was a book that could ignite a fire from within, it would be this book - The Cause Within You. This is by far, one of the most incendiary, life changing and authentically jaw-dropping books I have ever read. The stories of real life people committed to serving and making a difference in the community strikes a powerful cord amongst every individual desiring to make a change. This book challenges each reader to rise above apathy and relentlessly purse the cause that God placed within their hearts. Matthew Barnett and George Barna co-wrote a book that is heartfelt, genuine, awe-inspiring and will even bring you to tears. If you've never known what you were destined for, this book will definitely inspire you to go out and find it.

    I can't get enough of this book!! It's a must read and a continual read through out the course of your life. Once you read it you'll never be the same!!

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  • Posted February 4, 2011


    Matthew Barnett's book "The Cause Within You" is simply amazing! the revelation you get from reading it is unlike anything you can experience from anything else! It will motivate you to get up and get going in life to find the great cause you were put on this earth for! absolutely amazing!!!

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Highly Recommeded - Will provoke you into action!

    The "Cause With in You" is such a facinating book filled with stories of how people can find that one great cause that they were created for buy just finding a need and meeting it. This book is not filled with religious rhetoric, but living principles that will encourage, motivate, and hopefully provoke you into action, and help you enter into your own destiny and make your dreams come true, along with those you serve. By loving and caring for individuals entire neighborhoods and cites are being won for Jesus Christ, by those that have found that one great thing they were created to do in the world.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Must Read!!!

    This book with both inspire you and move you to action. I have been so challenged to step outside of myself and find that one great thing that I was meant to do. The way that Matthew Barnett has given his life over to those in need is amazing. We all need to be that diligent in pursuing God's cause for our lives. This is a must read for everyone!!

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    This book will change your life!


    The cause within you is a book written by the founder of The Dream Center LA. His name is Pastor Matthew. I am a part of one of the ministrys that Pastor Matthew started at The Dream Center. It is called the Movement, and it´s the ministry training school of the Dream Center. Being a part of the movement I have had the priviledge to see Pastor Matthew alot and even play volleyboll against him. And I just want to start to tell you all a little bit about Pastor Matthew as a person. He is probably the most humble man I have ever met. He is always giving God all the glory and he really wants to be a servant. But not only is he really caring and passionated for people but he is also so full of life. Every time I see him, at church or on the volleybollcourt, he changes the atmosfer around him. He is always smiling, always having fun and just loving life. And being close to him has been such an inspiration for me. Thats why I was so excited to read his book.

    I started to read it when I was sick and was lying in my bed in one of the many bedrooms in the Dream Center. I felt bad for myself, and felt a little bit depressed almost. But then I started to read the book and read all about how Pastor Matthew found his joy in helping other people. He found his purpose in life in loving God and loving people. Everything that he says in the book is so true. He is the same person on stage preaching, as he is writing the book, as he is playing volleyboll or softboll. He loves people.

    In the beginning of the book he tells the story about when he spent 24 hours on skid-row, the place in LA where thousands of homeless people live, and prostitutes and drugdealers do their stuff out on the street. His heart broked for these people and he found the passion in his heart for helping these people that nobody wants. And that inspired me so much. I tried it and it´s amazing that I get to be that love for people, showing God´s love to the people around me brings me joy!

    One chapter that really stod out to me was the one about the power of having a proper attitude. And a sentence in this chapter that is one of the best is: do not become ambitious for success; become obedient in the pursuit of your cause. It´s all about focusing on all the small things you can do everyday to pursuit your cause. And to know your priorities in life; that God and people is the things that really matters in life, everything else will come and go. I love Pastor Matthews love for people and life. That inspires me so much to serve people with God´s heart and in the process of doing that finding the joy and passion in my life. If you feel lost in life and are looking for the mening of your life this is the book for you. If you are ready for it, it will change your life!

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Inspiring, Thought provoking

    This book has the ability to change your life if you open up to the stories within the dream center itself, this book is not about the fancy cover or the writing itself.this book is about changed or the writing itself.this book is about changed lives. so much so in fact, that all proceeds go back to the dreamcenter lives. so much so in fact, that all proceeds go back lives. so much so in fact, that all proceeds go back to the dreamcenter.

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