How to Move from Activity for God to Intimacy with God
Aug 2, 2016 | 224 Pages
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We start out with hearts brimming with hope and excitement. And that energy carries us for awhile, maybe even years. But one day we suddenly find ourselves like the man in the Good Samaritan story: half-dead, going through the dreaded motions hoping no one around us notices.
It’s not that we’ve stopped loving God, but it’s just that things have happened along the way that have caused us to settle for a small life, one defined primarily by activity for God. We look around and sigh: It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
Author Greg Hawkins knows that reality firsthand. He also knows there is something beyond that reality if we have the courage to step out and hope once more. Far from giving us simply more stuff to do, Greg shares the necessary and doable shifts in our thought and language that lead to true intimacy with God.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
“I’m so thankful that as a young leader I was able to learn from Greg Hawkins. He taught me some of my earliest and most fundamental lessons—about leadership, about life, about faith—and I’m thrilled that now so many people will be able to learn from him through these pages. Greg is brilliant and kind, and his spiritual journey through these pages is a beautiful and inspiring one.”
—Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine and Savor
“Greg Hawkins is a man with an enormously capable mind and a deeply feeling heart. His book More will help you connect your mind and heart to each other—and to God.”
—John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Church, and author of All the Places to Go
“Greg Hawkins has given us all a gift. His transparency and humility invite us on a journey of discovery. More is a spiritual devotional derived from data gathered in the most technical way and then processed through the filters of a heartfelt search for God’s best. Anyone who takes the time to read these pages can find hope and direction for the challenges life presents.”
—Allen Jackson, senior pastor, World Outreach Church
“Research suggests that one in eight people in a given church live the ‘life of more.’ I want to be one of those people, and as a pastor I desire to lead others to the same place. Greg masterfully lays out the journey and invites us to join him. I’m in! You will be too after you read this important book.”
—Randy Frazee, senior minister, Oak Hills Church, and author of Think, Act, Be Like Jesus
“In Greg Hawkins’ new book, More, he tackles the questions many of us have asked: ‘Is there more to this life? Is there more to my relationship with God?’ With very real conviction, he proves the answer is yes! Filled with practical, Scripture-based suggestions, years of research, and personal anecdotes, this book pushes us toward intimacy with God. I encourage anyone who wants to experience more of life to read this life-changing book.”
—Robert Morris, founding senior pastor, Gateway Church, and best-selling author of The Blessed Life, Truly Free, and Frequency
“When I met Greg Hawkins more than twenty years ago, I quickly discovered his passion for Christ. Today he remains a person full of zeal and zest for living a Christian life of eternal significance—and his goal is to pass it on to you. More exemplifies how preparing in this life for the next life is the most important thing we as Christians can do. This book will grip your heart spiritually, as it did mine, and your soul will be stirred by Greg’s vibrant faith and passion.”
—Jon R. Wallace, president, Azusa Pacific University
“I’ve never read a book so data-driven that stirred my heart toward love in all my life. If you personally need a soul reawakening to long for and pursue more of the life Jesus promised, pick up More and don’t be surprised when you struggle to put it down.”
—Shane Farmer, senior pastor, Cherry Hills Community Church in Denver, CO
About Greg L. HawkinsGreg L. Hawkins is the former executive pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, where he served alongside Bill Hybels for over twenty years. He currently serves with Max Lucado and Randy Frazee on the leadership team at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to joining the staff of Willow Creek, Hawkins was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Greg and his wife live in the Texas hill country with their three children.
224 pages | Published by Multnomah
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Sneak PeekClick Here to download the first chapter of More by Greg Hawkins About More by Greg Hawkins We start out with hearts brimming with hope and excitement. And that energy carries us for awhile, maybe even years. But one day we suddenly find ourselves like the man in the Prodigal Son story: half-dead, going through the dreaded motions hoping no one around us notices. But they do. It’s not that we’ve stopped loving God, but it’s just that things have happened along the way that have caused us to settle for a small life, one defined primarily by activity for God. We look around and sigh: It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Author Greg Hawkins knows that reality first-hand. He also knows there is something beyond that reality if we have the courage to step out and hope once more. Far from simply more stuff to do, Greg shares the necessary and doable shifts in our thought and language that lead to true intimacy with God. That’s the life of more we’ve hoped for all along, the life where everything is waiting for us!
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“I love this book. It is an honor to applaud it. Greg tackles a fundamental question: the question of unmet expectations. How do we explain this disconnect in the hearts of many Christians? The faith they desire and the faith they experience are two different things.” – Max Lucado, best-selling author and pastor of Oak Hills Church, in forward of More by Greg L. Hawkins
Is this how life is supposed to be?” It is not an unusual question. In fact, author and pastor Greg L. Hawkins suspects that deep down in the private corners of their souls everyone asks it.
Hawkins has been on a quest for more than 20 years to answer if this is really how life is supposed to be and feel. In his new book More: How to Move from Activity for God to Intimacy with God (Multnomah, Aug. 2, 2016), Hawkins reveals how that question and his involvement with the Reveal research project opened his eyes and heart to the answer: yes, there is a life of “more”—more intimacy with God, more peace, more contentment and more joy.
In the early 2000s, Hawkins headed up the Reveal research project, sponsored by Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek Community Church, which examined the responses of more than 500,000 people on their church experiences. Initially, the focus on the research was to discover what lead Christians to greater spiritual growth. To his dismay, the data showed that church programs do not directly lead to spiritual growth. But Hawkins was fascinated by one subset of people in the survey results.
Digging beyond the data, he discovered that there was a small group (12% or 1 in 8) of respondents who reported higher levels of contentment and joy. Their responses to the survey were not slightly different. They were remarkably different. Hawkins was irresistibly drawn to this group. “Truth be told, I wanted to understand them because I wanted to be like them,” he writes.
Hawkins did further examination of the results, conducted personal interviews and studied Scripture. He found that a pattern emerged from this group of Christians. These people had shifts in their thinking and shifts in action. Those two shifts had a symbiotic relationship: thinking and actions reinforced one another and together they moved people toward greater intimacy with God.
In More, Hawkins reveals the six shifts in thinking and six simple actions that readers can apply to experience more in their own lives. He counsels such changes as:
· Live from “inside” to “outside”
· Move from “me” to “we”
· Transfer from “head” to “heart”
· Exchange “closed” for “open”
· Proceed from “full” to “empty”
· Experience “now” instead of “next”
Now working on the leadership team at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Tex., Hawkins could not escape the calling to write More. “I had to do this because I connected deeply with the longing and desire expressed by 500,000 people who told our research team what they wanted from God and their church,” writes Hawkins. “The data…confirmed that people were longing for more and they were starting to give up hope that it existed this side of heaven. But others had found a life of more. They were living it, here and now. And I needed to share what those people had discovered with the thousands who were still searching for it.”
In the book’s forward, Max Lucado recommends More for anyone who wants to grow in faith, to church leaders needing an exceptional resource and all Christians looking for encouragement.
For more information, visit www.waterbrookmultnomah.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Greg L. Hawkins is the former executive pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, where he served alongside Bill Hybels for more than 20 years. He currently serves with Max Lucado and Randy Frazee on the leadership team at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Tex. Prior to joining the staff of Willow Creek, Greg was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He received his MBA from Stanford University and a Civil Engineering degree from Texas A&M. Greg and his wife live in the Texas Hill Country with their three children. Website: www.GregLHawkins.com