O2: Breathing New Life Into Faith

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?I see more passion for trees in the Sierra Club than I do for Jesus in the church.?

How can Christians revive and sustain their spiritual vitality? International Bible teacher Richard Dahlstrom offers an answer as practical and life?sustaining as oxygen.

People can?t hold their breath forever or continually blow air out, yet many Christians focus either on the inner life or on external service. As a result, their faith eventually becomes ...

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Overview

?I see more passion for trees in the Sierra Club than I do for Jesus in the church.?

How can Christians revive and sustain their spiritual vitality? International Bible teacher Richard Dahlstrom offers an answer as practical and life?sustaining as oxygen.

People can?t hold their breath forever or continually blow air out, yet many Christians focus either on the inner life or on external service. As a result, their faith eventually becomes lifeless and irrelevant.

Dahlstrom invites readers to ?inhale? life as they embrace fresh perspectives on prayer, the word, solitude, and the creation. ?Exhaling? continues the cycle of breathing through hospitality, generosity, service, and obedience to Christ?s kingdom vision.

This thoughtful and inspiring description of a healthy life of faith leads to a balanced and holistic spirituality that mirrors Jesus? life and teaching.

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Dahlstrom, a Seattle pastor and international speaker, is an original and welcome evangelical voice of reason who offers skeptics and Christians alike compelling advice on living out their faith, Jesus-style. Where, he asks, is Christians' passion for Christ? Do their beliefs make any substantive difference in their daily lives? In 1984, Dahlstrom realized that his own spiritual well was dry, so he moved with his wife to an island where he learned to "breathe" again—effectively balancing inhalation (prayer, solitude, Sabbath rest, Scripture study and contemplation) with exhalation (service, outreach, hospitality and generous giving). In this book, he gives Christians tools to achieve spiritual balance by integrating these inwardly and outwardly focused spiritual practices. Dahlstrom's tenderness is deeply stirring, as is his tough stance in confronting modern believers' unwillingness to follow in Jesus' stead by serving sacrificially, reaching forth in love and spilling out their lives for others. Dahlstrom's approach balances gentle compassion with fierce assessments of problems in the church today, making this an excellent guide to soul renovation. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736922142
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: ConversantLife.com Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents


Breathless     9
The Case for Breathing
Waiting to Exhale     19
Spiritual Asthma: The Need for Inhaling     31
The Exhaling Disciplines
Journey     47
Artisans of Hope: Stepping into God's Kingdom Story     63
Service     79
Hospitality     95
Living Generously     107
The Inhaling Disciplines
Inhaling Creation     123
Solitude     139
The Intimacy Invasion: Prayer     155
Word Problems: Assessing Our Problems with the Bible     171
The Word That Works: Recovering a Healthy Practice of Bible Reading     185
Silence     197
Sabbath Rest     207
Integration
Celebration     223
Rule of Life: Developing a Breathing Practice     237
Seeing: The Beginning and End of It All     253
Notes     263
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  • Posted October 21, 2009

    Author earns his place on shelf next to Miller and Lewis

    O2 by Richard Dahlstrom is a blessing in book form. Dahlstrom demonstrates that faith comes in two forms: inward (prayer, praise, reading the Bible, etc) and outward (charity, social justice, hospitality, etc), and only by finding a balance between the two do we find our way to live out faith. He decisively indicts both sides for not pursuing all that Jesus taught and only doing what comes easily. He divides the chapters into inhaling and exhaling and then delves deeply into practices of each. The chapter on how to live in good stewardship of the earth and rebalance your budget is mind-blowing and definitely a must read. I'm definitely hearing God's call to hospitality after hearing Dahlstrom's description of how he and his family have exercised it over the years and it has changed their lives. I am more of an inhaler, so disciplines like solitude and prayer come more naturally to me, but every chapter is a wonderful read and has something for everyone whether it is a strength or weakness of the reader. It's going on my shelf next to Blue Like Jazz.

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