I am excited to share that my new book, Grow Down: How to Build a Jesus-Centered Faith, was launched a couple of weeks ago. As mentioned in the acknowledgements, I really am so thankful to all of those in Canada, the U.S., and Northern Ireland who have borne my immaturity over the years and who helped me shape the idea of this book through countless, poorly draw 'tree diagrams'.
This book is geared for students, but is written so that anyone could enjoy reading it. There are twelve short chapters, each with interactive elements, that could be read by people on their own, in mentoring, or in small group settings.
The idea of the book is fun and simple… and yet, I believe, essentially profound. We keep trying to grow in the wrong direction by adulterating our lives… and then we wonder why we are unsatisfied. This book encourages us to grow down into Jesus, draw up strength as we root into his unlimited resources, and then go out into the world with an overflow of his abundant life. Imagine a tree with roots growing down, a trunk drawing strength from its roots, and leaves and branches bearing signs of this life.
Here's a snapshot of what's inside:
PART 1: THE PROBLEM WITH GROWING UP
Chapter 1: Warning: Adult Content!
Chapter 2: Three Habits of an Adulterated Faith
Chapter 3: You're Growing the Wrong Way
PART 2: GROW DOWN
Chapter 4: Greatest in the Kingdom
Chapter 5: Rooted in Christ
Chapter 6: Unlimited Growth & Unlimited Resources
PART 3: DRAW UP
Chapter 7: Standing Strong in the Truth
Chapter 8: Withstanding Winds
Chapter 9: Scars That Become Beauty Marks
PART 4: GO OUT
Chapter 10: If You Can Contain Jesus…
Chapter 11: The Overflowing Life
Chapter 12: Seeing the Forest
Conclusion: Rooted Faith
Here's where you can get the book:
Simply Youth Ministry (publisher- with bulk pricing)
… and several other book outlets.