Futureville: Discover Your Purpose for Today by Reimagining Tomorrow

Futureville: Discover Your Purpose for Today by Reimagining Tomorrow

Want to see the future? It is brighter than you think.

What we believe about tomorrow determines how we live today. As Christians debate how to faithfully engage with our rapidly changing world, our vision of the future has never been more important.

But rather than providing a clear sense of purpose for our lives, popular Christian ideas about the future steal it from us by saying our work in the world, apart from ministry, has no eternal value. Is it any wonder why young adults are less interested in church, or why a culture desperate for meaning and hope dismisses our message?

In Futureville, Skye Jethani offers us a vision-shifting glimpse of the world of tomorrow described in Scripture. He reveals how a biblical vision of the future can transform every person’s work with a sense of purpose and dignity today.

Futureville is a smart, inspiring call to cultivate the order, beauty, and abundance that reflects the heart and vision of God for our world.

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The Story of With: A Better Way to Live, Love, & Create

The Story of With: A Better Way to Live, Love, & Create

"Unique and powerful, The Story of With will take readers deep into the discovery of their own identity. "Bravo! This fascinating blend of storytelling and teaching will shift the thinking of all who take this journey." New York Times Bestselling Author, TED DEKKER

"Through allegory and invitation, Allen Arnold ushers us into a journey of imagination, insight, wonder, and wisdom...Read The Story of With!" New York Times Bestselling Co-Author of Captivating, STASI ELDREDGE

"This is your invitation into deeper identity, intimacy, and imagination with God. Like finding the place you've always longed to be. The moment you finish this book, you'll race to grab one for a friend. Highest Recommendation!" Bestselling Author of The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, JAMES L. RUBART

"Allen has written a roadmap for dreaming with God. The Story of With is a beautiful, revelatory parable, filled with wonder, mystery, and adventure." Author of Prone to Love & Untamed, JASON CLARK

- From the Foreword -

"You are not alone. Whether you’re a free spirit, an office exec, a writer, musician, college student, or tired parent—your soul, like mine, knows life is meant to go beyond rat races and rare applause. This book speaks to that belief. And if you’re not careful, you may find tears warming your eyes as you read because finally someone is naming your weariness, your striving, your questions of why you just can’t quite make it, or the emptiness that hit because maybe you did. It is into those places The Story of With reaches—fusing allegory with application—to offer fresh perspective, restored hope, and a rebirth of creativity.”

—From the Foreword by Mary Weber, Christy & Carol Award-Winning, Scholastic Pick Author of the Storm Siren Trilogy.

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Discipleship with Monday in Mind: How Churches Across the Country Are Helping Their People Connect Faith and Work

Discipleship with Monday in Mind: How Churches Across the Country Are Helping Their People Connect Faith and Work

How can you help your congregation make the connection between Sunday worship and Monday work?

Most Christians spend the majority of their lives at work, whether as lawyers or construction workers, stay-at-home parents or globe-trotting executives. At Made to Flourish, we believe the gospel’s redemptive power affects every part of life, including how we work. We want to help you encourage and equip your congregation to see how their good work matters to God.

This short book is packed with interviews and examples of creative ways pastors around the country are integrating faith, work, and economics for their congregations and local context. We hope this concise and practical guide will help you take real steps towards affirming the rich theological significance of the daily grind.

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Change Your Business Career with God: 40 Days to Step into the Path of Life

Change Your Business Career with God: 40 Days to Step into the Path of Life

Are you tired of drifting? Have you lost the belief in your work? Do you feel uncertain about your future?

God is Waiting to Discuss Your Career!

God said “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life” (Isaiah 55:3a NLT). God works with anyone who comes to Him with their ears wide open and builds their career on what He says. When you change career with God, you:

  • Work on God-given assignments
  • Create world-changing products and services
  • Walk in faith instead of fear
  • Make an impact instead of simply making a profit
  • Work in the unique way God designed

Based on the parable of the sower, this book shows you how God's Word can grow from tiny seeds into highly productive careers. To bear fruit, you need to hear, understand, and then cling to His message. This book is a forty-day plan to help you convert God's Word into products and services.

Every Christian has a Higher Call, a Higher Cause for Living.

For the first fourteen days, you will engage the most powerful person by asking Him specific questions about your career. God knows what He made you to do. His provision, protection, and promotion follow those who seek His Kingdom first. His thoughts are revealed as you listen to Him speak.

God's Word is the Ultimate Power to Lift Careers out of Aimlessness!

The next nine days help root out weeds from your life. Fear, anxiety, money, temptation, and pleasure can keep you rushing in circles. With the weeds removed, your career can level-up. You are designed to do far more than you could ever imagine.

Fear of Changing Career is the Result of Conflicting Priorities.

In the final seventeen days, a picture of your future career emerges as you ask God for understanding. Then you seek products and services that bring His Word to life. Finally, you knock on doors in a business of your own or in someone else's.

Success is Walking with God into His Promises.

What is the alternative to working on God-given assignments? Secular careers are built on shaky foundations. Gaining more possessions, status or power does not lead to a significant career in God’s Kingdom. As a result, Christians who follow the secular career approach tend to feel like something is permanently wrong. They may even jump from one meaningless endeavor to the next. When you change the world with God, you discover meaning and significance in your work.The way to break out of the secular system starts by asking God for an assignment.

Christians Changing Career are on an Adventure with God!

What if you don't enjoy the work God gives you? In a business calling God uses products and services to change the world. These products and services deliver His life to help people. For example, He may call you to start a restaurant that changes the world with His joy, a website that changes the world with His love, or a secular job that changes the world with His peace. There is nothing more rewarding than working in God's perfect plan.

God is Calling Christians to Change the World with Products and Services!

Whether you are finishing school, in a midlife crisis, or simply need a career change, this book will help you find a career you believe in. It will open your eyes to work in God's Kingdom. You will be captivated by an extraordinary career working for the Creator.

Build Your Next Career on God's Word!

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The Voting Booth: A new vision for Christian engagement in a post-Christian culture

The Voting Booth: A new vision for Christian engagement in a post-Christian culture

How should a Christian relate to the culture? For generations, Christians have been told to either escape the culture to avoid its ungodliness, or to aggressively engage the culture by seeking power and control over it. But are those a Christian’s only options? The Voting Booth presents a third path for a new generation of Christians seeking to love both God and their neighbor.

Written as a fictional dialogue between Christian, a confused voter, and three spirits of cultural engagement—Exodus, Exile, and Incarnation—The Voting Booth addresses many of the questions being asked by those struggling to follow Christ in our post-Christian age like:
-How do I respond to those who view Christian faith as oppressive?
-Why has Christianity become so political?
-What role does fear have in Christian cultural engagement?
-How should I interact with neighbors of other faiths?
-Have Christians lost the “Culture War”?
-How should I think about voting as a Christian?
-What is the role of the Church in the culture?
With engaging writing and surprising twists, The Voting Booth will challenge your assumptions and leave you with a new way of imagining your place in the culture.

What others are saying about "The Voting Booth"

"As an immigrant-turned-citizen facing only my second chance to vote in a presidential election, I am troubled by the options presented. Opinions from Christians abound, complete with blogs and Bible verses, but no clear path emerges. Skye’s allegory tale succinctly— if also slightly simplistically— represents the two dominant paradigms of Christian response: the call to escape, and the call to engage. He then offers a third perspective rooted in the incarnation. While the tale stops short of instruction, it is abounding in wisdom. This is an accessible read that provides a thoughtful way to name and evaluate the subconscious grids that undergird our approach to political engagement or disengagement. Best of all, it offers us a way to reflect on our perspective, posture, and purpose in a Christ-shaped way."
-Glenn Packiam, Pastor at New Life Downtown

"Skye Jethani is one of the most clear-headed, sober voices writing on faith and culture today. The Voting Booth raises questions many Christians wrestle with and provides answers that challenge and delight. In a time of political unrest and cultural upheaval, we can't afford to ignore what this book has to say."
- Jonathan Merritt, author of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined; contributing writer for The Atlantic

“In a creative and compelling way, Skye Jethani has written yet another book that pushes the American church in the right direction. His uncanny ability to put his finger up to the wind and chart the right direction forward is a huge help to our community as we navigate the increasingly treacherous waters of the secular west.”
- John Mark Comer, pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church and author of Loveology.

"In The Voting Booth, Skye Jethani beautifully crafts a dialogue between ‘Christian' and three personified postures we can take toward our culture. Eye-opening and thought provoking, Skye clearly illuminates the dominant but destructive attitudes that have dominated the American church for the last 100 years, and then shines a light on a better way. Highly recommended!”
- Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales, What’s In The Bible, and The Phil Vischer Podcast.

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How Churches Became Cruise Ships: A Survival Guide for the Seasick Christian

How Churches Became Cruise Ships: A Survival Guide for the Seasick Christian

When did pastors start acting like CEOs rather than shepherds? Why do people demand churches be entertaining and never boring? Why are there fewer churches today, and why are they more fragile than ever before?

These are some of the questions author Skye Jethani tackles in his latest eBook, How Churches Became Cruise Ships.

Like the popularity of cruise vacations, it is obvious that the shape of the modern church is very attractive to millions of people. If you are content with what the church has become, the benefit of this book for you may be limited to its explanation of recent church history and trends. If, however, you are like the millions of others wrestling with what the church has become, this book will help you identify the cause of your queasiness and provides you with ways to overcome it.

Note from the author: I recommend reading this book in community; Processing your thoughts about the church with others may uncover similar stories, or challenge your assumptions in ways reading alone never could. Ultimately, my hope is that together you will be able to discern where God is calling you—and the entire church—in the days ahead.

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