“God, if you’re real, make yourself real to me.”
Each of us spends our lives on a journey toward God. Yet often our most deeply felt longings—for meaning, for love, for significance—end up leading us away from, instead of toward, our Creator and the person he made us to be.
Finding Your Way Back to God shows you how to understand and listen to your longings in a whole new way. It’s about waking up to who you really are, and daring to believe that God wants to be found even more than you want to find him. It’s about making the biggest wager of your life as you ask God to make himself known to you. And it’s about watching what happens next.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
DAVE FERGUSON is founding and lead pastor of Chicago’s Community Christian Church, a multi-site missional community considered one of the most influential churches in America. He and his wife, Sue, have three children.
JON FERGUSON is founding pastor of Community Christian Church, a teaching pastor for their Chicago network, and movement architect for NewThing, an international church-planting movement. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children. Brothers Dave and Jon are the co-authors of three books on church leadership.
Table of Contents
The Journey Starts Here 1
1 When Did You Forget About God? 3
2 The Wager 15
Awakening to Longing: "There's got to be more."
3 "I Want What's Coming to Me" 25
4 Looking for Love 31
5 What on Earth Am I Here For? 39
6 Those Unanswered "Why" Questions 47
Awakening to Regret: "I wish I could start over."
7 Zoe Kind of Life 59
8 How to Start Over 71
Awakening To Help: "I can't do this on my own."
9 I Want to Come Home 83
10 The God Who Runs 93
11 Help Has a Name 103
Awakening to Love: "God Loves me deeply after all."
12 The Shadow That Follows You Home 115
13 Your New I.D 125
Awakening to Life: "Now this is living!"
14 Partying at the Lost and Found 135
15 Better Together 145
16 Your Part in God's Dream 153
Finding Your Way Back to God … Again and Again 163
30-Day Wager 167
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Two things made me request for this book-- 1. Rick Warren's purpose driven life is one of my all time favorite books. Reading his comment on this book's cover :Absolutely life changing" made me thing this book will be worth reading. 2. "God if you are real, make yourself real to me" I remember making this prayer several times as a young believer in my desperate need and longing for God. This is a very simple yet weighty prayer. Looking back at those short years, I discovered that my relationship with God was much sweeter and real then. So that prayer longing paid off, because God answered me. Well years have passed, while I never doubt whether God is real or not, I have seen more struggles and drawbacks in my Christian life than I need as a younger believer. This challenges have sometimes made me forget God or put Him in a box, or backslide. Whenever this happens, I always feel the need to get back to God, but it always difficult because of one fear or the other. I was at that point where it seemed difficult to find my way back to God when I saw this book, and out of curiosity and need to revive my relationship with God, I requested for a review copy. When I began reading this book, I wasn't quite sure where the authors where headed-- was it for a new believer? an old believer or a non believer? Reading through this book and the 30 days wager which of course I'm going to give it a shot. I cannot imagine a better book to recommend for new, old and non believers and or anyone who wants to find their way back to God or help others do so. Even if you have never been to church, you've probably heard some one say something like, "we're all searching for God' or 'we all have some form of emptiness in us that only God can fill' or sort. The search for God or whom to fill the emptiness in us, or a meaningful life is not a one-way search. God wants us to find Him and wants to reveal Himself to us more than we could ever desire. You need to read this book, and discover or rediscover the God who's been searching and waiting for you all along. This book is a collection of inspiring true life stories of people, some like me, who struggles with balancing up their life experiences with what they have seen or heard about God. Reading this stories, you will find that this people have something in common; they all got to a point in their live when they cried out: "God if you are real, make yourself real to me", 'God reveal yourself to me', 'God, if you are truly God, I want you to show me''... and the likes. These simple, one sentence, yet weighty request which is mostly born out of regrets, experiences, frustrations, disappointment, when we have come to end of ourselves and probably run out of options has proven over the years to be the beginning of a spiritual awakening and a journey into a deeper relationship with God.. In case you are at that point in your life, or you don't want to get to that breaking point but you desire your relationship with God and your Christian life to be more real, I recommend this book for you. This book is an invitation to start or restart your journey toward an authentic connection with God. You can find it in any online book store or your local book shops. I received this book as a complimentary from Blogging for Books for my honest review.