Finding Your Way Back to God
Five Awakenings to Your New Life
Mar 1, 2016 | 224 Pages
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About Finding Your Way Back to God
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.
“The Ferguson brothers are the real deal as movement leaders and they have led a burgeoning church planting network on the very principle outlined in this book. As such it is a proven guide to aligning your community with the redemptive purposes of God.”
—Alan Hirsch, author and activist
“Even if you’ve never set foot in a church, you’ve probably heard someone say something like, ‘We’re all searching for God.’ But that search is not a one-way street. In their new book, my friends Dave and Jon believe that more than anything else, God wants us to find him. You need to read this book and rediscover the God who’s been searching for you, all along.”
—Greg Surratt, Founding Pastor, Seacoast Church
“Dave and Jon Ferguson are passionate about helping people find their way back to God. If you know someone who is far from God or you’ve begun to feel that way yourself, this book is for you. Take their 30-day challenge and awaken to the journey of a lifetime.”
—Larry Osborne, author and pastor, North Coast Church
“Sometimes we convince ourselves that people are hard to reach. We console our lack of spiritual fruit to a cultural malaise of all things spiritual. Dave and Jon Ferguson have another idea. They have somehow managed the incredible challenge to connect the dots of spiritual awakening in the culture and hearts of everyday people. Like expert craftsmen they have made what is incredibly hard into real life possibilities and strategies that seem easy! I've read Finding Your Way Back To God and have already considered buying a box so I can give it to all my friends and neighbours. You should too.”
—Danielle Strickland, speaker, activist, author of A Beautiful Mess: How God Re-creates Our Lives
“This book is your invitation to start—or restart—your journey toward an authentic connection with God. The awakenings Dave and Jon Ferguson guide you through are nothing less than life changing. Don’t miss this book!”
—Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker
“Ferguson presents this complex issue in a clear, straightforward manner. I am going to give this book to people I love who want to find their way back to God.”
—Pastor Joby Martin, The Church of Eleven22
“Dave and Jon Ferguson provide a practical roadmap for any of us—whether we are distant, disillusioned, or far from God—to return to Him. This timely book is full of stories, personal reflection and inspiring thoughts, and makes the road to be traveled and the journey to be taken both doable and enjoyable. I highly recommend it!”
—Brad Lomenick, author of The Catalyst Leader and H3 Leadership, past President of Catalyst, founder of BLINC
“All of us have a void in our life that only God can fill. We need the forgiveness, hope and purpose that only God can provide. Dave and Jon's book points us back to the great promise that addresses this eternal pursuit—if we seek God, we will find him. Embrace the journey.”
—Tony Morgan, founder and Chief Strategic Officer of The Unstuck Group
“One of the most helpful books I’ve seen in a long time, Finding Your Way Back to God is a practical and hopeful pathway for everyone seeking a close relationship with God.”
—Louie Giglio, Passion City Church/Passion Conferences
“My friends Dave and Jon have spent years focused on one compelling message; helping people find their way back to God. This book is full of inspiring stories, practical steps and spiritual challenges to help anyone struggling with the journey. If you or someone you know is at a spiritual crossroad I highly recommend Finding Your Way Back to God.”
—Mark Jobe, lead Pastor of New Life Community Church, author of Unstuck: Out of Your Cave into Your Call
“I cannot imagine a better book for anyone who wants to find their way back to God or help others do so. It is full of inspiring stories that connect to the longings we all have. And the simple prayers and thought provoking questions Dave and Jon suggest will change the way you look at yourself, God, and the purpose of your life.”
—Dr. Rick Richardson, Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center, author of Experiencing Healing Prayer and Reimagining Evangelism
“In their new book, Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson have tapped into principles that ring true all across the world. From the U.S. to India, this book can guide people on the Jesus mission no matter what country they may call home. If you are serious about helping people find their way back to God, or if you’re on the journey yourself, this is a must read! It can literally change the course of the rest of your life.”
—Dr. Ajai Lall, Director of Central India Christian Mission
“There is a constant gap in our lives between where we are and where we want to be. For years, I’ve longed to have a map to help me close that gap. This book is an answer to that longing! It’s a spiritual GPS to help you find where you are and to help you get where you’re going. It can help you find your way back to God over and over and over again. This book isn’t just for people seeking God for the first time—it’s also for anyone who wants to continue to get closer to God year after year. If you took the classic, “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” boiled it down into the main principles, and added modern-day stories, you would have this book in your hands. It’s that good!”
—Josh Howard, Director of Leadership Training, Central India Christian Mission NewThing Network Leader
“Dave and Jon are treasure to Jesus’ Church. In Finding Your Way Back To God, you will discover why. Likewise, trusted friends, you will be awakened to the 5 Awakenings of your new life in Christ. You will be encouraged.”
—Derwin L. Gray, Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, author of The High Definition Leader
“I can’t think of a better journey to take than one that reconnects you with God and helps you to discover your purpose in life. Dave and Jon Ferguson lead you step by step in this awakening process, which will change your life.”
—James T. Meeks, Senior Past of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, Retired Illinois State Senator
About Dave FergusonDAVE 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.
About Jon FergusonJON 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.
224 pages | Published by Multnomah
On Sale Date: Mar 1, 2016
Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8
Carton Quantity: 24
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from Multnomah, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC
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Best-selling Book Provides Cure for Spiritual Amnesia
Finding Your Way Back To God
Now Available in Paperback
“An irresistible invitation to an unforgettable experience. Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson have written a book that could change how our generation thinks about God, and how we find him.”
—Rick Warren, pastor and founder of Saddleback Church, author of The Purpose Driven Life
In life’s journey, most of us long for meaning, love, and significance. When that journey becomes difficult, we often become disconnected with ourselves and with God. Pastors, authors and brothers Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson assure us, however, there is hope in recovering from this “spiritual amnesia.”
Finding Your Way Back To God: 5 Awakenings To Your New Life (Multnomah Books/February 24, 2016) has become a CBA bestseller and it’s now available in paperback. Dave and Jon, pastors with Community Christian Church in Chicago, invite readers to make a bet on God and to ask, “God, if you are real, make yourself real to me.”
A recent Gallup survey showed that 92% percent of Americans do believe in God, but, say the authors, “The problem is that we forget him.”
Finding Your Way Back to God, now being used by hundreds of churches across America, was chosen by Outreach Magazine as the Resource of the Year in the Discipleship/Spiritual Growth category for 2015. It is written for the growing population who believes in God (92%) but have wandered away from the church or left the faith of their parents in search of something else—also known as “The Nones.”
“While I do pastor a church, Finding Your Way Back to God is not in any way an appeal to re-engage in organized religion, but instead to find a relationship with God either outside of it or within it,” says Dave Ferguson.
Through stories about other spiritual seekers and personal anecdotes, Finding Your Way Back to God identifies five “awakenings” that will help wanderers find their way back:
· Awakening to Longing (“There’s got to be more”)
· Awakening to Regret (“I wish I could start over”
· Awakening to Help (“I can’t do this on my own”)
· Awakening to Love (“God loves me deeply after all”)
· Awakening to Life (“Now this is living!”)
Dave and Jon write, “Based on our experience with thousands of travelers much like you…we believe that God wants to be found. We believe, actually, that before you make your first move in his direction, he’s already moving in yours.”
They also challenge readers to a 30-Day Wager, a daily spiritual experience that involves simple activities such as self-reflection, prayer, and journal writing. “You take the risk to begin each day with a bet. You ask God to show up. Then see if he responds. Do you dare?”
Finding Your Way Back to God is an all-inclusive spiritual guide for any person—no matter what faith, gender, orientation, marital status, etc.–seeking a stronger or renewed relationship with God.
“This book is a map for anyone who feels lost or distant from God—for the first time or once again” say the authors. “There are many ways to describe the experience of a journey toward God, but most would agree it comes down to a simple yet overwhelming longing: ‘We want to find our way home.’ This book will guide you there.”
A corresponding Finding Your Way Back to God DVD and companion participant’s guide are also available for individual and group study.
About the Authors
Dave Ferguson is founding and lead pastor of Chicago’s Community Christian Church, a missional community considered one of the most influential churches in America with 13 locations and 10,000 members. Dave is also the president of Exponential, a growing community of leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy faith communities, and the visionary for NewThing, a global network of reproducing churches. Dave and his wife, Sue, have three children. Learn more about Dave at DaveFerguson.org.
Jon Ferguson is founding pastor of Community Christian Church, a teaching pastor across all of its 13 campuses, and serves as movement architect for NewThing, a global network of reproducing churches. Jon is also on the board of directors for the Exponential Conference, one of the largest church planting conferences in the world. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children. Visit him at JonFerguson.org.
Brothers Dave and Jon are also the co-authors of three books on church leadership. They have been featured on media outlets including Ed Stetzer’s The Exchange on Christianity Today, pastors.com, The Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio.
Book web site: YourWayBack.org