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Where is the life God promised us?

Life is busy.  We live like slaves to our fast-paced, suffocating schedules.  We spend our energy and time in triviality, relegating God to the background.  He seems distant to us, and we resist the idea that God wants to give, say, and show us more; we dismiss it as rumor.  But Jesus calls us to a better way.  Another dream- an unimagined future.  Close the gap between what you ...

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Where is the life God promised us?

Life is busy.  We live like slaves to our fast-paced, suffocating schedules.  We spend our energy and time in triviality, relegating God to the background.  He seems distant to us, and we resist the idea that God wants to give, say, and show us more; we dismiss it as rumor.  But Jesus calls us to a better way.  Another dream- an unimagined future.  Close the gap between what you hear about and what you see.

Rumors is filled with the same forward-thinking spirit that defines its authors, Jon Tyson and Darren Whitehead. ―Louie Giglio, pastor, Passion City Church

Both challenging and encouraging, Rumors of God will reintroduce you to a God worth talking about. ―Gabe Lyons, author, The Next Christians, founder, Q, coauthor, UnChristian

This book invites us to find the rumors of God all around us.  Read it, but be ready to be changed. ―Scot McKnight, author, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow and Jesus Creed for Students

For those who are jaded by the church, or have become cynical about the power of the Gospel in our time, Rumors of God is a great antidote. ―Alan Hirsch, author, dreamer, activist (www.theforgottenways.org)

Foreword by Bill Hybels, founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association.

 The irony: two upstart Aussies from tiny towns half a world away wind up leading high impact churches in two of the most significant cities in North America.  Only God.

Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson are deep thinking Christ followers with a bias for action in the world.  A rare combination these days.  They are both leaders and communicators, visionaries and "get stuff done for God" guys.  Extremely rare.

I have had the privilege of working closely with Darren at Willow Creek Community Church for over 7 years.  He is thoughtful, relationally intelligent and one of the hardest working young leaders I know.

In Rumors of God, Darren and Jon have some how succeeded in slipping 3D glasses over our eyes.  The results are that passages from scripture come alive in ways that will impact readers for a long time.

 I salute the efforts of these young mates and pray that readers will be as stretched in their minds and hearts as I have been.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781595553645
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 663,992
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RUMORS OF GOD

EXPERIENCE THE KIND OF FAITH YOU'VE ONLY HEARD ABOUT
By DARREN WHITEHEAD JON TYSON

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59555-364-5


Chapter One

THE SCULPTOR'S SHOP Rumors of Abundant Life Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. —the prayer of the prophet Habakkuk

The first couple of rows at church that morning held a unique assortment of women. They whispered nervously to each other before the service started, obviously feeling a little out of place and probably wondering if they should have come in the first place. Not your typical church attendees, these women would likely be going from the church to other, darker, environments; but they had come on this day to celebrate the baptism of one of their compatriots, Rebecca. She, too, had a sordid past but today was a new beginning.

My (Darren) friend Catherine, on the other hand, had a past no one would be ashamed of. She grew up on a steady diet of Bible study and small-group experiences, going to church every week. She was actively involved in the children's ministry and found great community in the student ministries. By the time she reached her twenties, however, she felt disillusioned. After two decades of throwing herself into the Christian subculture and trying to grow spiritually, her faith seemed stagnant—she sensed there was something more to following Jesus.

In addition to this, the stories and accounts in the Bible read like science fiction to her in that she didn't see much evidence of their impact in her world. She knew she wasn't the only one who felt like this, but no one else seemed to care. Catherine was bored, uninspired, and disappointed with her faith experience. She was in a rut. So she started to search for something else.

Catherine trained to become a professional makeup artist and began working in the modeling and entertainment industry in Chicago. This lifestyle was hip, fast paced, and fascinating. She often worked with celebrities and influential icons in the fashion industry. Still, something was missing.

One day an older lady from church called and invited her to join a team headed to Costa Rica to serve women who were trying to break out of prostitution. They would train the Costa Rican women with alternative life and career skills so they would have new options for employment. The woman explained that Catherine could teach them how to apply makeup in an attractive and subtle manner. Before she knew it, Catherine heard herself agreeing to the trip.

During those three months in Costa Rica, Catherine encountered something she had never experienced. Loving, serving, and believing in these women was the most alive she had ever felt. It quickened her. She began to reengage her faith and opened her heart to a whole new way of experiencing God, and when it came time to go home, she knew she could not simply return to the spiritual rut she was living in before the trip. Something in her had awakened. How, she wondered, could she continue this work stateside?

When Catherine returned to Chicago, she did some research and began a most unusual way of serving women. At a strip club in the city, she worked backstage applying the women's makeup before they went out and performed.

As she selflessly loved these women, she started to build relationships with them. One day she decided to offer sermons on CDs from our church. No pressure, she would just bring a box of CDs and set it backstage for anyone to borrow and then return for others to use.

Several months went by, and one evening a stripper named Rebecca began to show an interest in the CD box. She borrowed a couple of CDs and liked them. A week later she asked if she could borrow the whole box. "Sure!" Catherine said. Rebecca listened to the entire box in a matter of days, and when she returned the box, Catherine asked if she wanted to attend church with her.

"Would I be allowed in?" asked Rebecca.

"Of course you would. We would love to have you."

When Rebecca came with Catherine to our church, I met with them in the lobby and we sat together at a table.

"So, you're a pastor?" Rebecca asked.

"Yeah, I am."

She looked me right in the eye and asked, "Do you know what I do?"

"Yeah, I do."

"Catherine is trying to tell me that God loves people like me. People who ... um, do what I do."

Tears welled up in her eyes, spilled over her long eyelashes, and started running down her cheeks. It was hard to fight back the tears myself.

"Yes, Rebecca, God loves you deeply."

"How can this be?" she asked, and then started to tell me some of the horrible things people often say to her and shout at her while she works. "I don't understand how God can love me. I don't even love myself."

"Rebecca, Jesus came to take away our sin and shame and replace it with grace and mercy. That is the good news-that is God's message."

That day Rebecca accepted God's forgiveness and opened her life to his irrational love. A few weeks later I baptized her at our church. I will never forget the expression on her face. She glowed with joy and childlike delight.

The first few rows of the auditorium were filled with strippers and other people from the club. They were cheering and shouting to support Rebecca's moment. Several of them were weeping, some were laughing and crying. I couldn't help but wonder what they were thinking as they watched our church embrace and love this woman, a stripper. I remember thinking this had to be a taste of the kingdom of God.

Rebecca stopped stripping. Catherine ended up training her in the makeup profession, and together they continued to serve the other women. They even started to play Christian worship music backstage as the women were getting ready. In a place that was filled with depravity, exploitation, and pain, the rumors of the God of love started to circulate.

When I asked Catherine how she would describe this experience. She replied, "It was like coming to life!"

COMING TO LIFE

Don't we all want what Catherine experienced? Something deep in the human heart breaks at the thought of a life of mediocrity. Our hearts cry out for life-new life. In his classic work Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis used a striking metaphor to describe the Christian's experience of coming to life. He said: "And that is precisely what Christianity is about. The world is a great sculptor's shop. We are the statues and there is a rumor going round the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life."

How would you describe your experience of faith? Perhaps to you the life described in the Scriptures feels more like a series of rumors than real life. Maybe you're stuck in a rut, like Catherine. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Does that describe your experience? If not, you're not alone.

In fact, many churches today are filled with people who might describe their faith as being as cold as a statue—lifeless. Although Christianity is growing in places like South America, China, and India, this is not the case in the United States. In America, Christianity's growth and influence seem to be waning, as "nonreligious" has become the fastest-growing religious category.

You can almost feel the change happening. It's as if the Western church is on a "fade to black" trajectory. Society seems to be drifting further and further into secular humanism and we, as Christians, feel powerless to do anything about it. Ironically, the culture grows increasingly more "spiritual" while the church grows increasingly more practical. No wonder most Americans say they're not interested in Christianity.

Not only do we seem to be missing a connection with the greater culture, we can't seem to find common ground within our own ranks. Church leaders love to tangle about their own subcultural debates: liberal versus conservative, attractional versus incarnational, the city versus the suburbs, evangelism versus social justice, secularism, sexuality, consumerism, globalization, hell, heaven, and universalism—just to name a few. It seems as if Christians talk a lot about what we are doing or how we are doing it, but don't discuss why any of it even matters.

Sometimes it feels like that scene in Titanic, when the string quartet continues to play their instruments as the ship sinks. They make every effort to avoid sliding off their chairs, while pretending not to notice the ship is going down.

It seems like the future of the Western church is hanging in the balance.

A RISING HOPE

The prophet Habakkuk lived in a time when the future of God's people was also hanging in the balance. There was prevalent sin and judgment within God's people, a growing ungodly world power and uncertainty with God's rule. The prophet captured the why of his generation when he prayed:

Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.

Habakkuk passionately verbalized the anguish of his time. He had heard rumors of God's fame, caught rumblings of God's deeds, but would not stop until he experienced the reality of the transcendent power of God in his life. Habakkuk started to cry out for something he had never seen. The cry of his heart was to see an awakening of the fame and deeds of God—in his day, in his time, in his generation.

When we were teenagers we experienced an awakening. We both grew up in a Christian tradition that was more defined by what you didn't do than by what you did. Christians prided themselves on abstaining from drinking, smoking, swearing, and dancing. This defined the Christian subculture.

Growing up in South Australia, Jon and I met in our late teens when we both started attending the same church youth group. Jon had recently become a Christian and I was discovering that God was not a series of religious rules and positive lifestyle principles. In fact, we were both captivated by an idea that was brand-new to us. God's strategy for redemption on the earth was to be carried out by the church.

The very same sleepy, uninspiring institution that we painstakingly endured growing up was actually the community that was anointed and called by God. It was astounding that right under our noses were the most compelling vision, mission, and cause that we had ever heard. Captured by this new reality, Jon and I started to pray together. We would often get up early and pray in our church parking lot, in the city, or on a hill overlooking the city, asking God to allow us to see the church become all that he had called her to be.

Independently, within six months of each other, Jon and I both moved to the United States to study and work. During the last thirteen years, Jon and I have been on staff at seven different churches. Today Jon is the senior pastor of Trinity Grace Church in New York City—a thriving, growing church with five neighborhood churches in the city. I am a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, one of the largest megachurches in North America. We moved to the United States because we believed the church in the Western world would be worked out in America.

Some would say we have ended up in diametrically opposed environments—a church planter in an urban context and a megachurch teaching pastor in the suburbs. What do these guys have in common? Our response: Twenty years of friendship, a mutual love for the church, and a desire to see the church reach her God-given potential. We are convinced we are living in a pivotal time in history. We want to see God do something truly historic in our day, in our time, in our generation.

We wrote this book because the thought of our generation going to the grave without seeing the fame and deeds of God filling the pages of our own stories and the story of the world is untenable. We believe God is writing an epic, global, redemptive story that every single one of us has been invited into.

We want to share our own experiences in life and ministry where we see people breaking free of spiritual ruts and coming to life, just like Catherine. We hope that as you read you will gain a clearer understanding of the cultural and spiritual obstacles the Western church faces and, more important, how we can overcome them. Every day in our ministries we see vivid signs of God's kingdom coming to earth. We pray God will ignite your hearts with the desire to see it in your life, in your church, and in your community.

May we echo the prayer of Habakkuk and see the church rise up in our day and in our time. We are convinced that God has something fresh that he wants to do, and we know that God rewards those who earnestly seek him. We want to experience the kind of faith we've only read about and heard about.

These are the stories of statues coming to life. The rumors are true.

Chapter Two

HOSTAGES OF THE MIND

Rumors of Another Dream

[We] are being persuaded to spend money we don't have, on things we don't need, to create impressions that won't last, on people we don't care about. —Tim Jackson Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. —St. Paul to the church in Ephesus

Daddy, Daddy!"

I (Darren) woke up to the wails of my three-year-old daughter. I winced at the clock by my bed: 3:02 a.m. Groggily I flopped out of bed and stumbled into my daughter's room.

"What's wrong, sweetie?" I muttered.

She motioned for me to pick her up, so I scooped her into my arms.

"What's wrong?"

She refused to answer and just buried her little face in my neck and sobbed. Her small body convulsed as she took deep breaths between wails.

"Did you have a bad dream?" I asked. She stopped crying for a second, looked up at me, and nodded with affirmation. Then she nestled her face back into my neck and started crying again.

"Sweetie, what did you dream about?"

She looked up again, "Minnie was mean to me!"

"Minnie?" I asked. "Who's Minnie?"

"You know, Daddy ... Minnie Mouse!"

I whispered a few comforting phrases that dads say to their little girls and eventually laid her back in her bed, fast asleep once more.

As I was walking back to my room, I was struck by the thought, My daughter was dreaming about Minnie Mouse! An animated cartoon character! Someone else created Minnie Mouse, yet when my daughter closes her eyes and sleeps, Minnie shows up in her dreams. She doesn't dream with her own characters, she dreams with someone else's. As I was climbing back into bed it hit me: my daughter's imagination had been taken captive.

I HAVE A DREAM

What about you? What do you want? What do you dream about? When your mind is left to wander, what does it involuntarily drift toward? What scenarios do you find yourself imagining? If God were a cosmic genie and you could ask him for anything, what would you ask for?

Let me guess. You would like to have more money—financial stability. A comfortable living environment would be nice, perhaps a newer car. You'd have a progressing career, be respected in your field. You'd like to have emotionally healthy friends, who are energetic, encouraging, spontaneous, and fun. Maybe you'd wish to change something about your appearance—lose a few pounds, be taller, more athletic. If you're single, you might desire to find a life partner, someone supportive, kind, and attractive (not just on the inside).

Maybe you want to have kids. Or maybe you already have kids, and you want them to be well-educated, high-functioning, successful, well-mannered children who do better in school than your friends' kids.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from RUMORS OF GOD by DARREN WHITEHEAD JON TYSON Copyright © 2011 by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. 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

Contents

Foreword by Bill Hybels....................xiii
Authors' Note....................xv
1. The Sculptor's Shop Rumors of Abundant Life....................1
2. Hostages of the Mind Rumors of Another Dream....................11
3. The Great Reversal Rumors of Generosity....................27
4. The Faith You've Only Heard About Rumors of Love....................47
5. Getting the Gospel in Order Rumors of Grace....................63
6. Giving Up Your Rights Rumors of Freedom....................79
7. The Radical Individual Rumors of Commitment....................93
8. Loving Beneath the Surface Rumors of Community....................107
9. The Greenroom Rumors of Justice....................121
10. Our Burning Revolution Rumors of Hope....................139
Epilogue: In Our Day....................155
About the Authors....................159
Acknowledgments....................161
Notes....................167
Reading Group Guide....................175
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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    RUMORS OF GOD- a Christian checklist.

    Within the pages of the book the writers Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson discuss Christianity as it is today. Despite its' rather lengthy title, "Rumors of God: Experiencing the God Kind of Faith You've Only Heard About", and unique cover I expected to read a book written to atheist. When I think of "rumors" I think of information that may or may not be based on facts therefore I expected the presentation of information to support Christianity.
    Christians have fallen short of the biblical principles we should be living by, often it is not because we do not know but that we choose not to do what we know. "Rumors of God" guides the readers through concepts of what Christianity should be about; included in the discussion are the taboo topics of giving and forgiveness. The authors reintroduce the believer to God's standards for living while pointing out how we as Americans have allowed the world to dictate our values. To say this book is about "Experiencing the God Kind of Faith You've Only Heard About" does not do it justice. If you never knew what it meant to be a Christian reading this book would help; if you have developed a routine in your faith walk get this book; and for all other believers use this book as a checklist to determine where you are in your faith walk." Rumors of God" is a book on Christian Ethics and I recommend you read it.
    This book was given to me free of charge from Booksneeze in exchange for a free impartial review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    Rumors of God

    "Rumors of God - Experience the Kind of Faith You´ve Only Heard About" by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson covers some of the basic beauties of Christ and our lives as His followers, reminding us to get back to the basics. These things can be easy to forget in today's modern society, or those around us try to convince us is old fashioned or old hat, but they are still very much alive and real truths and realities and just a matter of us being willing to believe and follow.

    The chapters in "Rumors of God" cover the following topics:
    1. The Sculptor's Shop Rumors of Abundant Life
    2. Hostages of the Mind Rumors of Another Dream
    3. The Great Reversal Rumors of Generosity
    4. The Faith You've Only Heard About Rumors of Love
    5. Getting the Gospel in Order Rumors of Grace
    6. Giving Up Your Rights Rumors of Freedom
    7. The Radical Individual Rumors of Commitment
    8. Loving Beneath the Surface Rumors of Community
    9. The Greenroom Rumors of Justice
    10. Our Burning Revolution Rumors of Hope

    There is also a Reading Group Guide, with thought provoking questions to go with the topics of each chapter of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    Rumors of God

    I just finished reviewing "Rumors of God - Experience the Kind of Faith You´ve Only Heard About" by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson as a part of Thomas Nelson's book review program.

    I feel one of the things the authors are trying to help remind us of, or for those who are not fully aware of, is to help us see through Bible passages how much more God has for each one of us in every area of our lives: our faith, our dreams, our life, and more. It's easy to fall into ruts, and that includes our thinking as well, which is one reason I enjoy reading books of this sort - on the topic of faith - coming from another angle than the way I tend to see it. Books that help me think and reflect on my life, to see things from another angle, in a different way than I tend to see them and this has helped me to do just that in an easy to read format and not too deep or hard to grasp or understand.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Rumors of God

    Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You've Only Heard About is a thought provoking book written by coauthors, Jon Tyson and Darren Whitehead, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. This book is full of thoughts, quotes, and stories that will blow your mind and grab your heart. Before reading this book, you may have been asking yourself questions such as: Does God do great things today? or Is it possible to really experience him? This book not only answers those questions to the fullest, but it also closes the gap between what hear in everyday life and what we see. This book's coauthors share amazing stories of life and and about the amazing things that God does in peoples' lives today.

    Whitehead and Tyson are both christian authors that share the same thought about life, God, and what the believe the world should be like in this day in time. They are definitely a rare combination of people that together wrote an amazing book that I would recommend to any person looking for insight on what God is doing today and how to get closer to him, and experience a faith that you have only dreamt about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Excellent!

    This book was inspiring and convicting. God help us be the church you've called us to be. May the rumors be true.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Rumors of God By Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson

    Product Description
    Does God still do great things today? Is it possible to really experience him? Can we close the gap between what's promised in Scripture and what we encounter in our daily lives? Whitehead and Tyson share biblical insights, cultural observations, and compelling stories that will renew your passion for God's kingdom-and your role in it! 256 pages, softcover from Nelson.
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    this book is really great. Whitehead and Tyson's faith have brought them to great destinies and i've really told myself that i need a great friend like the friendship they share. it also inspired me to do more for God and how really to trust God.
    The chapters in "Rumors of God" cover the following topics:

    1. The Sculptor's Shop Rumors of Abundant Life

    2. Hostages of the Mind Rumors of Another Dream

    3. The Great Reversal Rumors of Generosity

    4. The Faith You've Only Heard About Rumors of Love

    5. Getting the Gospel in Order Rumors of Grace

    6. Giving Up Your Rights Rumors of Freedom

    7. The Radical Individual Rumors of Commitment

    8. Loving Beneath the Surface Rumors of Community

    9. The Greenroom Rumors of Justice

    10. Our Burning Revolution Rumors of Hope



    it's also easy reading, good to reflect on. love the book! love how the both authors are such great friends, and how they inspire each other to go on in the path of God.



    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2011

    Excellent read--recommended!

    This book will change your perspective on God. Especially if you are anything like me and forget so often to ASK GOD FIRST what to do in certain situations. Christians need to learn to not just go bumbling into situations, instead we should ask God what to do. He will tell us, and we will hear Him, loud and clear.

    We are bombarded with media, with rumors, with so many things that attempt to grab and hold our attention. Anything to get our focus off of God. This book is filled with stories of regular people like you and me who have stepped out in their faith and allowed the love of God to do some miraculous things.
    In this book you have an opportunity to consider the following Rumors: Abundant Life, Another Dream, Generosity, Love, Grace, Freedom, Commitment, Community, Justice and Hope. If you are open and looking/listening one of these Rumors are certain to challenge and encourage you. All the best on your journey if you happen to read this book.

    This book was given to me courtesy of booksneeze in exchange for an honest book review.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Fresh ideas to connect past and present. A must read!

    Saturday, August 27, 2011
    Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson
    In their newly released book, Rumors of God, Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson captivate readers with an engaging mix of intellect and references to modern culture. I received a complimentary of this book to review for BookSneeze. I typically find it impossible to finish books of this genre because they seem to be copies of previously written books and filled with clichés. However, I have found Rumors of God to be thought-provoking and insightful.

    In ten chapters, Whitehead and Tyson explore the various ways that our contemporary lives intersect with a God who is often relegated to archaic rituals and outdated ideology. Beginning with an intersection of Habakkuk declaring that he has heard of God's fame and an ordinary woman who uses her professional talents empower destitute women. They continue by questioning the purpose of our slavery to over-packed schedules; hinting that humans were created for more than accomplishing an endless stream of tasks. After the challenge to find our value apart from busyness, Whitehead and Tyson delve into the differences between mercy and grace. Who knew that these, often synonymous terms, could be so clearly differentiated? Finally, they circle back around to re-evaluate the prayer of Habakkuk and why we seldom find true value in relationship with God.



    From chapter to chapter, Whitehead and Tyson explore how the rumors of God that are revealed in the Bible have real-life applications in our contemporary society. They use antidotes, historical references, economic theory, and literary analysis to link past to present. to breathe new life into the faith of readers.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    Peeling Away The Layers

    In my short years as a blogger, I have read many church-bashing blogs. Some blogs have merely caused me to feel compassion for the obvious and real hurt that the writer still feels, and others have simply made me angry. What we don't realize is how much we're nailing Jesus in the foot by our unintentional efforts to sabotage our church family. We are more apt to preach the bad that happens in church than to preach the good. In the introduction of this book, Darren and Jon talk about what they believe about church:

    Right away I am wooed by his words. How I long to hear those rumors and see God do some amazing things in our churches. Our culture has done a good job in raising a new generation to live with a focus on "me," and what's most amazing is how much this generation yearns for truth in the crystal-clear sense; not the muddied water they'd been drinking for so many years. Slowly, the authors rip through our defenses layer-by-layer. "Or the better question may be, why aren't more of us receiving, finding and opening? (pg. 19)," the author says pointing the finger back at us.

    The book is not your typical, build-your-self-esteem book filled with useless advice and words that fail to fulfill the promise written on the back flap. I could relate to it, and I know many in my Praise and Coffee group could relate to it. I know my readers can relate to it. It's more than a book, but pages of deep thought peeling away our bitterness and shallow reasoning of what we think about church. God, I agree, IS doing something new with church in America. In one paragraph, the author shows HOW God is working in church:

    As I walked to the front of the sanctuary, I bumped into a woman who had recently come to Christ. A former atheist, she wanted to tell me about what she was discovering about her new identity as a child of God. I was high-fived by one of the students in our youth group, a kid from the projects who had recently become a Christian, while a Wall Street broker prayed with a friend who was in crisis.As Overall, this book is a great read.
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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Review of Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson

    Many of us are searching for an authentic faith, one that truly reveals through our lives the power of the message of Jesus. All too often, however, that sort of faith is elusive, being subsumed by a shallow religion that is all form and no substance. In the midst of hectic schedules and everyday distractions, God seems far off, distant and unloving. Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson want to show readers another way. In Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You've Only Heard About, they propose that God is more than just a rumor; He is instead a real presence that can transform our lives.

    Whitehead's and Tyson's book is a moving tribute to the faith that they describe and a guide toward the faith that we all desire. By examining the basis of our lives-including consumerism, marketing, and hectic schedules-they show how it is easy to fall into a trap of a shallow faith. Through personal stories and Biblical references, Whitehead and Tyson reveal the way that we should live our lives, one that is based in an authentic faith in God based in the Bible. Part inspiration and part practical knowledge, this book will push you to explore your beliefs and find a way toward a more fulfilling faith, one that helps to bring a little bit of God's kingdom to earth. Rumors of God is highly recommended and easily read by even a layman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2011

    Recommended Read

    "Rumors of God" by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson is a book challenging people to reconnect their faith in God in a world where faith "You've only heard about" isn't seen very often. Whitehead and Tyson give the answer to the questions, "Is God still present in the world today? Can we still serve him despite of what society tells us in this world?" Originally both from Australia, they are now pastors in two of the largest church communities in the United States. Whitehead and Tyson are gifted writers who really put things in perspective for those who are seeking faith. This book is filled with practical advice and information that really makes sense. Inside this book, you will find quotes by C.S. Lewis, the apostles, and of course Jesus. Also inside are personal and compelling stories of a variety of people in which everyone can relate. This book will teach you how to turn your life around and really live the way God wants us too. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and had trouble putting it down once I started it. I am anxious to begin my life journey with God leading the way which--turns out-is turning out to be quite different than how I had originally thought God wanted me to live. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Recommended -- An Encouraging Antidote

    "Rumors of God" is a book meant to stir the hearts of Christians and encourage them in their faith. While the text may be choppy and poorly spliced in some areas, the message is true and edifying. Alan Hirsch stated that "Rumors of God" is an antidote "For those who are jaded by the church, or have become cynical about the power of the Gospel in our time..." I agree. This book is for anyone who seeks refreshment and encouragement when it comes to experiencing the power of God.

    As I read the first few chapters of this book, I felt myself begin to groan in disappointment. There were grammatical errors and the fluidity of the text was poor. However, as I continued to read on, the message that the authors were trying to get across began to grow and become more clear. By the halfway point, I found myself actually enjoying the material.

    I found the most moving part of this book to be chapter 8, Loving Beneath the Surface. I truly believe the authors captured the essence of Christian community and the power of love within the pages, urging the reader to have faith -- that the following rumours are true: we are handiwork, there is a God who loves us, and there is grace for even the worst sinner.


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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    Wake-Up Call to Put God #1 in your life, not tv, sports, games, family

    Fantastic book! I highly recommend this book because it opens your eyes and make you go "Wow, I never thought of that!" Most of us were raised in wealthy America. Brought up on tv and games (including sports). This book is a wake-up call to all us who have fallen into this everyday American life and let our love of God fall by the side. We have settled for temporary pleasures when a much much happier life is so close and possible for us. This book asks: What will your life be if you just keep going just like you are going right now? When you are lying on your death bed and look back at your life, would you be proud of the life you had lived? Would you feel like the majority of your time was well spent? Myself included, I get the feeling most of us would be ashamed of a life wasted. Rumors of God is a book about prioritizing seeking God, not just letting your relationship with him fall by the side.

    I found this book highly inspirational. There was so many good and convicting points that I found myself highlighting on every other page! It was a slow read for me because there was a lot of substance here. This book touches you and hopefully will change your life - make God your #1 and trust Him to carry you (like Footprints in the Sand).

    Disclaimer: I gave my honest review. I received this book from the publisher but a positive review was not required.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Where did YOUR passion go?

    This quick and simple read, is great for the "average Christian" to the most educated of theologians. It allows you to critically reflect upon the choices that you make within your daily life, all while re-igniting your passion and finding that lost connection with God.

    Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You've Only Heard About, is a compelling and thoughtful illustration of the modern-day Christian life. It's inevitable. We live in a fast-paced, overly stimulated, and stressful society. We are constantly traveling from one place to another, checking items off of our to-do lists, and attempting to do our "good deed" every now and again, all while making sure that we are hanging on to God, by the tiniest of threads.

    We often wonder where God is when we need him the most.

    Whitehead and Tyson combine stories of both the past and present, to illustrate where we, as modern day Christians, have gone wrong. Living a passionate and fulfilling life isn't about our own plan, but about His blueprint and the story that He is creating with us, each and every day. Once we can set aside the desire for recognition, re-ignite the passion within our souls, and intentionally breathe each moment for God, we can begin living a life worthy to our Savior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2011

    Rumors Of God Review

    Rumors of God written by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson is a very interesting book. It introduces you to the most amazing friend ever named God. God is one friend that you shouldn't miss out in life. He helps you through struggles and problems. He helps you through hard times and never ever abandons you. God is the BEST! Rumors of God is written by those two authors I listed above. The interesting thing about it though is they both are Australian born American pastors. They tell you about God in this book and how great it is to have him in your life. These two authors, Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson, did a great job writing the book. They put lots of passion in it and filled it with faith and most important God! This book is well written and I recommend it to everyone! It will surely increase your faith and bring you closer to God. I congratulate and thank Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson for writing such a splendid book that is filled with scriptures, faith, God, and many more. This is a very enjoyable book for both Christians and non Christians. Rumors of God is an amazing book and I really enjoyed reading it!

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    BUY THIS BOOK - you must read it, life changing

    I loved this book and couldnt put it down from the start to the finish! There are so many good parts and points that I found myself pulling out the highlighter and marking up the whole book! The book really grabs you and it makes you realize many things you should have already known but probably never really put together. I highly recommend this book! Like me, you will probably find yourself buying extra copies for friends and family!

    This book makes you want to shape up your life and encourages you to live a life worth the Christian name. It shows you there is more to this life than just going to church, work, then vegging on the tv. Pick up this book and change your life for the better! It is time to get inspired!

    Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher but I am giving my honest review.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Very well written and will make you think about your God.

    Rumors of God inspires you to check out your ideas of God and compare it to the Bibical God. It deals with forgiveness,love, generosity,grace,commitment, freedom, justice , hope and others. Plenty of Scriptures to back up their thoughts and give you reason to check it out.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Quite Insightful and Though Provoking

    The full title of this book is Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You've Only Heard About. The authors, Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson, both have a vision for an awakening for the church, especially in America. Rumors of God is their call to a deeper understanding, relationship, and walk with our God.

    I found it quite insightful and thought provoking. Each chapter addresses a "rumor": of abundant life, of generosity, of love, of grace, of commitment, of community, etc. The book is geared towards Christians seeking more out of their faith.

    I think this book has something for every Christian, though to what depths would vary with each individual. It was very easy to read and just like our Lord used parables, they told many stories of individuals they've encountered which either had need of the Truths they wrote about, or about how those individuals showed the Truths to them. These stories keep the book from being another theoretical book, but instead motivates you to claim these things of God for your life and the world.

    The book made me want to converse with and get to know the authors. I think that's usually a good sign that a book is worth reading.

    I got this book free from Thomas Nelson's booksneeze program in exchange for my impartial review.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    I like the book because it offers hope for the United States and for the Church. Helping us to see real life examples and Scriptures fitting for us.
    I highly recommend this book to everyone. It has great study guides that are essential.
    This book reminds you of God's original plan. Of His desire to walk with us on a daily basis, and have an incredible relationship with us. If you never knew what it meant to be a Christian reading this book would help, if you have developed a routine in your faith walk, you need to get this book. This book helps you to understand God, opens your eyes and your heart toward him and the path he has set for your life.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    This book really made me think!

    I enjoyed Darren and Jon's first novel. They use real world examples to highlight some of the major tenants developed from Bill Hybels and his book "Becoming a Contagious Christian". Also, this book gives an interesting insight into the Seeker Church movement that is taking hold in many parts of the US. Without giving to much away, many of the chapters deal with rejecting the hold of consumerism and individualism that is prevalent in the United States. Their views are very conservative within the non-denominational structure and their opinions are well informed. I especially enjoyed their analysis of the lack of community in individuals' lives. The church should be the one place that Christians can go to find empathy and shared identity. However, their counter assertion is true, many churches today have no sense of community; bring a personal struggle to the foot of the church and you will get many lecturers, critics, and naysayers, but little or no unconditional Christian acceptance or sympathy.

    Throughout the book they state their only hope is "that as you read you will gain a clearer understanding of the cultural and spiritual obstacles the Western church faces and more important, how you can overcome them". Jon and Darren achieve that goal with this book. The only compliant that can be made is that some of the real life stories are so cliché that they sound contrite instead of informative and inspirational.



    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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