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About Double Blessing

New York Times bestselling author and pastor Mark Batterson believes the key to radically increasing your faith, joy, and abundance can be found in these three words: Flip the blessing.
 
His discovery started with a simple experiment. Whenever Batterson received a blessing, he would give a similar blessing away. If someone paid him a compliment or gave him a gift or went out of their way to help him, he would return the favor by doing something similar for someone else.
 
We flip the blessing by blessing others in the way God has blessed us. That’s how the blessing becomes a double blessing. It turns giving into a game—one we can’t win because God will always outgive us! It’s an ancient truth found within the Abrahamic covenant: “I will bless you . . . and you will be a blessing.”
 
In other words, we are blessed to bless. The first blessing is receiving, but it doesn’t end there. The second blessing is giving it away! That’s the double blessing. And that’s where double joy is found.
 
In a day and age where the idea of blessing has been reduced to a hashtag (#blessed), Batterson challenges readers to pursue true, God-glorifying blessing and experience an exponential impact by participating in the double blessing.
 
Don’t settle for half of what God offers. Discover how you can both get it and give it . . . in Double Blessing.

Praise

“Practical. Encouraging. Motivating. God is the greatest giver of all, so it makes sense that He loves to honor stunning generosity. Double Blessing challenges us to reframe our perception of blessing, seeing God’s gifts as opportunities for increased generosity. Mark Batterson calls all of us to not only receive God’s blessings but also to excellently use what we’ve been given to bring glory to God and grace to those around us.”—Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, founder of Passion Conferences, author of Not Forsaken

“I love Mark Batterson’s transparency about his own journey toward incredible generosity. And his practical advice in Double Blessing will get you up and moving in the right direction before you know it. But I’ll warn you to keep a pen handy. He’s got some great one-liners that you’ll want to remember—and probably claim as your own!”—Dave Ramsey, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host

Double Blessing is a genuine, powerful nudge toward God’s bighearted way. It will spark wonder and hope, leaving you ready to bless others through your blessings. That is the best way to live!”—Bob Goff, author of the New York Times bestsellers Love Does and Everybody, Always

“The word blessed has been hijacked to mean something completely different from what God intended. In Double Blessing, Mark takes us to the root of the word and shows us how much better for us God’s true blessing is than anything the world could ever give.”—Carlos Whittaker, author of Kill the Spider

“Through pure honesty and authenticity, Mark Batterson in Double Blessing reminds us of God’s powerful call for us to bless others through the blessings that we’ve received and to remain generous through all occasions. When these principles of giving and receiving are put into practice, we glorify God and make a tremendous impact on the lives of others.”—Roma Downey, actress, producer, and New York Times best-selling author

“In this book, Mark Batterson has tapped into two things I am very passionate about: giving and prayer. If we all shift our focus from what we can get to what we can give, then God will, as Malachi 3:10 says, ‘open the floodgates of heaven’ in our lives.”—David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

“In Double Blessing, Mark Batterson skillfully describes the nature of a loving and compassionate Father who naturally desires to bless His children beyond their wildest dreams. Batterson simultaneously underscores the personal responsibility of believers to live obedient and benevolent lives. Your desire to discover and walk in your birthright as a believer will increase exponentially in reading this book, as will your desire to be a blessing unto others.”—John K. Jenkins Sr., pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Maryland

“Whenever Mark teaches or writes, we are wise to listen or read. He seems to sense what we need to learn. This book is no exception. Thanks, Mark.”—Max Lucado, pastor and best-selling author of How Happiness Happens

“God has blessed Mark Batterson with the spiritual vision and godly insight to provide every reader with clear direction through Double Blessing. Receiving a blessing is wonderful, but receiving a double blessing is what God desires for us to enjoy and embrace.”—Kevin Warren, commissioner-elect of the Big Ten Conference

About Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church in seven locations, NCC owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, The Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. NCC is currently developing a city block into The Capital Turnaround. This 100,000-square-foot space will include an event venue, child development center, mixed-use marketplace, and co-working space. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times best-selling author of seventeen books, including The Circle MakerIn a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy DayWild Goose Chase, Play the Man, Whisper, and, most recently, Double Blessing. Mark and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah.

Product Details

240 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: Oct 15, 2019

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 12

Sneak Peek

Read the first chapter of Double Blessing. New York Times best-selling author and pastor invites readers to pursue, recognize, and flip every blessing from God. He provides the tools necessary to inventory one's blessings and participate in double blessing—that moment when a blessing in your life is leveraged to doubly bless another. Mark Batterson believes it's possible to experience more of God's blessing—but that might look different than you would initially expect. The first wave of blessing is that which God gives you: time, treasure, talent. The double blessing, the second movement in this relationship, is our giving back to God by giving to others. In a day where divine flourishing and godly stewardship has been reduced to a hashtag: #blessed, Batterson challenges readers to pursue true, God-glorifying blessing and experience an exponential impact by participating in the double blessing.

Press Release

New York Times Best-selling Author Mark Batterson Encourages Readers to Make Gratitude and Generosity Their Lifestyle

Utilizing compelling faith stories from historical figures and his two decades of innovative ministry as lead pastor of National Community Church in D.C., Batterson provides clear and accessible biblical teaching on receiving and passing on God’s blessings.   

Over three million people have benefited from Pastor Mark Batterson’s inspiring and very practical how-to-apply scriptural-truth-to-my-life books and now he offers his readers Double Blessing: How to Receive It. How to Give It. (Multnomah, 10/15/19), available a few weeks before America celebrates Thanksgiving.

Batterson utilizes his signature compelling storytelling and insightful biblical teaching to inspire and encourage believers in both gratefully receiving and giving God’s blessings through both words and actions. He adeptly addresses foundational topics of the Christian faith including:
-the rich spiritual blessings each believer receives in Christ as their inheritance
-the significance and benefits of taking regular inventory of one’s blessings and offering them as continual gratitude to God as a lifestyle
-the importance of passing on blessings through life-giving words, even to those who may have caused pain
-making practical God-honoring goals for tithing and generous giving, which helps keep greed in check
-walking under the “umbrella” of God’s blessings by being in complete obedience to God’s Word.

Known for leading the innovative National Community Church in D.C. for the last 20 years, Batterson also writes about some of the challenges and brokenness he has encountered. Highlighting the story of Joseph in Scripture, he reminds readers to look for blessings even in the broken places of their lives. “It takes a good eye to spot blessings in disguise,” he says. 

Far from prescribing anything formulaic about blessings, Batterson points to biblical figures like Jacob who had to wrestle for the blessing and persevere through the ups and downs of life. He also warns against ways that each person can compromise their blessings. Along these lines, he strives to live by the motto, “Whatever you don’t turn into praise turns into pride.”

Additionally, he challenges his readers to embrace radical generosity with their time, talents and treasures. Throughout the book, he points people to God’s faithful character, reminding readers that giving generously is a sign that they trust a God who they can’t out give.  

In a day where divine flourishing and godly stewardship has been reduced to a hashtag; #blessed, Batterson challenges readers to pursue true, God-glorifying blessing and experience an exponential impact by participating in the double blessing.


“God doesn’t bless us to raise our standard of living. God blesses us to raise our standard of giving.” –Mark Batterson in Double Blessing


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mark Batterson is the author of 17 books including the ECPA Christian Book award-winning Whisper, the USA Today bestseller Chase the Lion and The New York Times best-seller The Circle Maker. He’s the founder and lead pastor of National Community Church (NCC), one church with seven campuses throughout Washington D.C. NCC, known as one of the most innovative and influential churches in America, also owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center.
 
Since 2001, NCC (comprised largely of single twenty-somethings) has invested more than $19.3 million in kingdom causes. They’ve also taken 228 mission trips around the world. NCC resettles 65% of refugees in DC area—helping them furnish apartments, find employment, and acclimate to America. In 2018, they served 6,000 meals to their friends experiencing homelessness, helping some of them find a place to live. And National Community Church’s DC Dream Center offers programs including one-on-one mentorship, tutoring and reconciliation lunches, which facilitate an environment where urban and suburban, rich and poor, young and old, as well as all races and ethnicities can come together to establish friendships.
 
Five years ago, NCC purchased the Navy Yard Car Barn, the last building standing in the city that relates to the cable car era. In 2018, NCC began renovating and restoring this 1891 block-long building to transform it into a ministry hub to be a blessing to the city. The three phases of this project are:
1) 1,000 seat event venue (opening Summer 2019) allowing NCC to have a 24/7 ministry and outreach space while also generating income to impact more people
2) child development center to meet D.C.’s desperate need in the area of providing trustworthy and accessible care of children between 6 weeks-5 years old (Jan. 2020 targeted opening)
3) the mixed-use marketplace, which will serve as an incubator for entrepreneurs and creatives and a community hub where people can work, eat, and play.
 
Batterson has been interviewed on many media outlets including The Washington Post, “The Glenn Beck Program,” Christianity Today, Religion News Service, The Startup Camp Podcast, Forbes.com, “The 700 Club” and the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” Batterson has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives in the Capitol Hill area with his wife and their three children. For more information, visit him online at: http://www.markbatterson.com
www.Facebook.com/MarkBatterson
www.Twitter.com/MarkBatterson
www.instagram.com/MarkBatterson

On sale: October 15, 2019
Christian Living / Personal Growth
ISBN: 9780735291119 · Hardcover · $22.99 / $29.99 Canada
e-Book ISBN 9780735291126 · $11.99 / $14.99 Canada


Praise for Double Blessing:
Double Blessing is a genuine, powerful nudge toward God’s bighearted way. It will spark wonder and hope, leaving you ready to bless others through your blessings. That is the best way to live!”
—Bob Goff, author of the New York Times bestsellers Love Does and Everybody, Always

“Practical. Encouraging. Motivating. God is the greatest giver of all, so it makes sense that He loves to honor stunning generosity. Double Blessing challenges us to reframe our perception of blessing, seeing God’s gifts as opportunities for increased generosity. Mark Batterson calls all of us to not only receive God’s blessings but also to excellently use what we’ve been given to bring glory to God and grace to those around us.”
—Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, founder of Passion Conferences, author of Not Forsaken

“I love Mark Batterson’s transparency about his own journey toward incredible generosity. And his practical advice in Double Blessing will get you up and moving in the right direction before you know it. But I’ll warn you to keep a pen handy. He’s got some great one-liners that you’ll want to remember—and probably claim as your own!”
—Dave Ramsey, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host

“Whenever Mark teaches or writes, we are wise to listen or read. He seems to sense what we need to learn. This book is no exception. Thanks, Mark.”
—Max Lucado, pastor and best-selling author of How Happiness Happens

“The word blessed has been hijacked to mean something completely different from what God intended. In Double Blessing, Mark takes us to the root of the word and shows us how much better for us God’s true blessing is than anything the world could ever give.”—Carlos Whittaker, author of Kill the Spider

“Through pure honesty and authenticity, Mark Batterson in Double Blessing reminds us of God’s powerful call for us to bless others through the blessings that we’ve received and to remain generous through all occasions. When these principles of giving and receiving are put into practice, we glorify God and make a tremendous impact on the lives of others.”
—Roma Downey, actress, producer, and New York Times best-selling author

“In this book, Mark Batterson has tapped into two things I am very passionate about: giving and prayer. If we all shift our focus from what we can get to what we can give, then God will, as Malachi 3:10 says, ‘open the floodgates of heaven’ in our lives.”
—David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

“In Double Blessing, Mark Batterson skillfully describes the nature of a loving and compassionate Father who naturally desires to bless His children beyond their wildest dreams. Batterson simultaneously underscores the personal responsibility of believers to live obedient and benevolent lives. Your desire to discover and walk in your birthright as a believer will increase exponentially in reading this book, as will your desire to be a blessing unto others.”
—John K. Jenkins Sr., pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Maryland

“God has blessed Mark Batterson with the spiritual vision and godly insight to provide every reader with clear direction through Double Blessing. Receiving a blessing is wonderful, but receiving a double blessing is what God desires for us to enjoy and embrace.”
—Kevin Warren, commissioner-elect of the Big Ten Conference

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