The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith

The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith

by A. J. Swoboda


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Through every turn of the biblical story, God's people are a wandering people. When they are rescued from slavery in Egypt, God sends them into the desert, where they wander for a generation. Jesus and his disciples wander from town to town. In fact, some of God's most important truths are imparted to people with dusty feet as they travel on the road.

With his trademark thoughtful introspection, A. J. Swoboda boldly suggests that wandering is not an absence of faith but a central component of faith. In The Dusty Ones, he leads the restless, the frustrated, and the curious on a spiritual journey to uncover the answers to questions like

- Do I wander because I'm failing or because God has left me?
- Is the desert something I can overcome?
- Why is God sometimes "hidden" in the Bible?
- What do I do when the end seems nowhere in sight?

This compassionate and contemplative book offers hope and peace to Christians and seekers alike as they make their way down the winding road of faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801016974
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

A. J. Swoboda (PhD, University of Birmingham) teaches biblical studies, theology, and church history at Portland Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, among others. He pastors Theophilus Church in Portland, Oregon, and is the author of A Glorious Dark and coauthor of Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Wandering and Lamaze 1

2 Mom's Gazpacho 19

3 Banished 38

4 Deserts 62

5 Invisible Loves 76

6 Walking 90

7 Our Need for Needs 110

8 A Wanderer's Rest 127

9 Displacement 145

10 Losing Jesus 164

11 Perceived Famine 175

12 The Quiet of the Walk 186

13 Jesus the Strange Wanderer 203

Notes 211

Bibliography 217

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