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About The Eternal Current

A call for Christians to move past the shallows of idealized beliefs and into a deeper, more vibrant, beatitude-like faith rooted in sacred practices and intimate experiences with God.

When the limits of his own faith experience left him feeling spiritually empty, Niequist determined God must have a wider vision for worship and community.

In his search, Aaron discovered that there was historical Christian precedent for enacting faith in a different way, an ancient and now future way of believing. He calls this third way "practice-based faith."

This book is about loving one's faith tradition and, at the same time, following the call to something deeper and richer. By adopting some new spiritual practices, it is possible to learn to swim again with a renewed sense of vigor and divine purpose.

Praise

The Eternal Current is an impassioned call to move beyond spiritual observation into divine participation. Jesus didn’t invite us to simply believe about the River of God; he invited us to swim! By learning from the perennial wisdom of the wide Christian community, Aaron has written a book that will launch you in your practice from the transcendent to the particular, and it will draw you in your faith perspective from the particular to the transcendent.”
—Fr. Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and author of Falling Upward

The Eternal Current is a gift, challenge, cure for what ails, and blessing. Rather than simply pointing to the problem, Aaron has put in the time and energy to craft a new way forward, not only for you as an individual but also for your faith community. This book will cause you to reimagine a life-giving, hopeful, centered, embodied, and living path to follow Jesus.”
—Sarah Bessey, author of Out of Sorts and Jesus Feminist

“Aaron Niequist has written the defining account of a generation of evangelicals who are disenchanted with the often shallow wells of evangelical spirituality and who are looking for a deeper, more robust, transformational expression of their faith. What sets his story apart, however, is that he stayed within his native tribe to contend for a different kind of space. The Eternal Current is the new construction on the other side of the deconstruction, written not by a theorist but by a practitioner.”
—Jonathan Martin, author of How to Survive a Shipwreck and Prototype

“You hold in your hand a brilliant exploration of those ancient but evergreen practices the church must recover to remain a vital and prophetic presence in the world. This field-tested and practical guide will equip and empower you to live in and lead others into the life-giving waters of a practice-based faith.”
—Ian Morgan Cron, author of The Road Back to You

“I am inspired by Aaron Niequist’s bold vision of a church that is open to learning from all the branches of our Judeo-Christian tradition. Aaron has documented one of the most refreshing approaches to practice-based discipleship that I have ever encountered. He doesn’t have all the answers, but he sure is asking the right questions.”
—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ, Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House

“For far too long we have wrongly equated depth of knowledge with depth of life when it comes to our discipleship. I’m so grateful Aaron Niequist has presented a creative vision for us to reimagine life with God. Aaron lays out a framework for us that has been tested in real community. Our churches and we as individuals desperately need to swim with this Eternal Current of practice-based faith.”
—Rich Villodas, lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, New York

“I value this book because of Aaron’s winsome way of inviting us to swim in the Eternal Current of God’s kingdom by engaging in the life-giving practices spiritual seekers have used through the ages to open themselves to God. And what a clear and compelling invitation it is, emerging from his own life and witness! I share Aaron’s vision for practice-based communities that learn together how to swim in the deep end of the pool for the sake of others, and I am glad we have taken the deep dive together.”
—Ruth Haley Barton, author of Sacred Rhythms

“Aaron has masterfully shared the skills he’s developed through the journey of discovery. This book is for all of us who want to discover how to grow deeper roots in loving God and our neighbor in the radical way Jesus described in the Gospels—through the rhythms of grace found in practices of public worship.”
—David M. Bailey, coauthor of Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God study series

“Reading The Eternal Current was like stepping into the current of my own heart. Aaron Niequist is a genuine encouragement to those of us who are working with the grace of God to practice ourselves into being followers of Jesus and his gospel of the kingdom of God. For those who want to take Jesus seriously, this book renews faith and reveals a fresh perspective on church.” 
—Todd Hunter, Anglican bishop and author of Giving Church Another Chance

About Aaron Niequist

AARON NIEQUIST has served as a leader at some of the most influential churches in the country. In 2014 he launched a neo-liturgical, practice-based form of church that operates out of Willow Creek in Chicago. He also helps to run A New Liturgy and The Practice podcasts. Aaron and his wife, bestselling author Shauna Niequist, live in the suburbs of Chicago with their two sons.

Product Details

208 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Aug 7, 2018

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 12

Sneak Peek

Read the first chapter of The Eternal Current. A call for Christians to move past the shallows of idealized beliefs and into a deeper, more vibrant, beatitude-like faith rooted in sacred practices and intimate experiences with God. When the limits of his own faith experience left him feeling spiritually empty, Niequist determined God must have a wider vision for worship and community. In his search, Aaron discovered that there was historical Christian precedent for enacting faith in a different way, an ancient and now future way of believing. He calls this third way "practice-based faith." This book is about loving one's faith tradition and, at the same time, following the call to something deeper and richer. By adopting some new spiritual practices, it is possible to learn to swim again with a renewed sense of vigor and divine purpose.

Press Release

Influential Worship Leader Combines Ancient and Modern Christian Spiritual
Practices to Enrich and Revitalize Your Faith

“An impassioned call to move beyond spiritual observation into divine participation.” 
—Fr. Richard Rohr, Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, author of Falling Upward

Christians are leaving church in record numbers. Their reasons may be surprising. For many, the story that began their spiritual journeys simply didn’t grow as they’ve grown. Feeling stuck between two bad options, they either double down on a formulaic faith or jump ship from the whole thing. But there’s another, far more beautiful pathway. It is one initiated by Christ and reflected in countless Christian traditions through the ages. Yet our modern culture has somehow lost sight of it.
 
Well-known worship leader and liturgist Aaron Niequist understands. He began his spiritual journey as a child—embracing Christian ideas, praying Christian prayers, and attending Christian events. Yet he was never shown how to swim in the life-giving River of God. He was missing out on the purpose, peace, and power of eternal life. Niequist had unknowingly traded the richness of swimming in the life-giving River for the dry riverbed of religion.

This journey of discovery is one that led him to an ancient yet future way of following Christ. Niequist calls it “Practice-Based Faith” because it embraces the Christian faith tradition while recognizing that belief alone is not enough. In The Eternal Current: How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us from Drowning (WaterBrook, 8/7/18), Niequist unveils the historical Christian precedent for enacting and experiencing the Christian faith in refreshingly real ways.

Some of the practices that Niequist explores from various ancient Christian traditions include: the lectionary, prayers from the Book of Common Prayer, confession and assurance, the Eucharist, and the Jesuit practice of the Examen.
 
As well, he describes how his community incorporates a wide range of worship and liturgical forms—from hymns to readings to silence and to modern worship. Niequist emphasizes that the importance of reclaiming these spiritual practices are not about style but about form and intention. They need to be “infused with the power of the uncontainable Spirit of the living God,” he says.

The Eternal Current is an essential guidebook and resource that will help believers across denominations and backgrounds enrich their journey as they worship and walk with Christ.
 
Readers can explore samples of these experiential practices at Niequist’s anewliturgy.com, an ongoing collection of songs, prayers and scriptures that can be used in any location, community or season.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aaron Niequist has served as a leader at some of the most influential churches in the country. In 2014, he launched a neo-liturgical, ecumenical, practice-based service at Willow Creek in Chicago. He also created a series of liturgical recordings called A New Liturgy to help people create holy space wherever they find themselves. Niequist and his wife, bestselling author Shauna Niequist, live in the suburbs of Chicago with their two sons. For more information, visit aaronniequist.com and anewliturgy.com.
 
Twitter: @aaronieq
Facebook: @aaron.niequist
Instagram: @aaronieq


Praise for The Eternal Current:

“Aaron Niequist has written the defining account of a generation of evangelicals who are disenchanted with the often shallow wells of evangelical spirituality and who are looking for a deeper, more robust, transformational expression of their faith. What sets his story apart, however, is that he stayed within his native tribe to contend for a different kind of space. The Eternal Current is the new construction on the other side of the deconstruction, written not by a theorist but by a practitioner.”
Jonathan Martin, author of How to Survive a Shipwreck and Prototype
 
“I value this book because of Aaron’s winsome way of inviting us to swim in the Eternal Current of God’s kingdom by engaging in the life-giving practices spiritual seekers have used through the ages to open themselves to God. And what a clear and compelling invitation it is, emerging from his own life and witness! I share Aaron’s vision for practice-based communities that learn together how to swim in the deep end of the pool for the sake of others, and I am glad we have taken the deep dive together.”
Ruth Hailey Barton, author of Sacred Rhythms
 
“Reading The Eternal Current was like stepping into the current of my own heart. Aaron Niequist is a genuine encouragement to those of us who are working with the grace of God to practice ourselves into being followers of Jesus and his gospel of the kingdom of God. For those who want to take Jesus seriously, this book renews faith and reveals a fresh perspective on church.”
Todd Hunter, Anglican bishop and author of Giving Church Another Chance
 
“Aaron has masterfully shared the skills he’s developed through the journey of discovery. This book is for all of us who want to discover how to grow deeper roots in loving God and our neighbor in the radical way Jesus described in the Gospels—through the rhythms of grace found in practices of public worship.”
David M. Bailey, coauthor of Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God study series

Religion/Spiritual Growth
ISBN 97816014291164 ● Hardcover ● 208 Pages ● $19.99 U.S./$25.99 Canada
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Notable Quotes from The Eternal Current

You and I have been invited to swim with this Eternal Current for the sake of the world. Jesus didn’t merely invite us to believe about the River. He didn’t say, “Here is the truth. Believe me.” He declared, “I am the truth. Follow me.” Beliefs are important but they’re not nearly enough. The invitation is to wade into the River and swim.

Christ calls us to finally and completely let go of our self-building projects and get swept up in the River of God’s humanity-building project.
 
Learning the “unforced rhythms of grace” became the anchor point and goal of every conversation, dream, liturgy, teaching, and plan.
 
Discipleship is not an optional add-on to evangelism. Mission is not an optional add-on to discipleship. The Eternal Current is a beautifully messy journey experienced through interconnected people, practices, and lenses.
 
Communion is participation with a presence, not merely remembrance.
 
Liturgy is not about one specific aesthetic but about a well-balanced meal that forms us into what God has made us to be.
 
We often are good at teaching, talking, and helping people learn important truths. But we rarely give them the tools or training to live out those truths.
 
There is a great and mighty River flowing throughout history toward the healing and restoration of all things. Jesus called this the kingdom of God, where what God wants to happen happens.
 
The assertion that “Jesus loves me” is not the whole story. Not even close. The bigger story is that God, through Christ, loves everyone.
 
Sunday is not the main event; our actual life–-Monday through Saturday–-is the main event.
 
A healthy spirituality will integrate every aspect of faith into a holistic, interdependent organism rather than splitting the spiritual life into separate, autonomous pieces.
 
We can’t separate spiritual formation from joining God’s redemption mission in the world, because our spiritual formation is part of God’s redemptive mission.
 
God is redeeming and restoring all things. That includes our most difficult and broken relationships.
 
Wherever we go, we discover that the Creator and Animator of all life is already there. We cannot not be fully submerged in the presence of God.

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