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The Meme Continues

Posted on: December 22nd, 2014 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

FClobsterI love that so many of you keep sending me comments about how Finding Church is impacting you and pictures of where you are reading it. Let me share one comment here and three pictures that puts the book in some interesting locations.  What I love most, however, is how this book is connecting with people and their own stories, giving language to their own experience of looking beyond the walls of our “church” structures to see Jesus’ hand in the reality of their lives as it did with Christina:

I started reading your new book last night and I cannot out it down. I am into my fifth year outside the church walls and this is an answer to prayer. I feel like it came at just the right time. Not that I was wanting to give up on my faith or walk away for Jesus but boy I have felt crazy at times as people come to me wondering what happened and why did I walk away from “it all.” Thank you a million times over.

In fact the walking away from “it all” has led to the most amazing adventure in marriage and parenting and grand parenting I could have never imagined. As well as connecting into genuine authentic community. I sat on a park bench today with a new friend who lives behind me and I shared so naturally about this book I am reading—Finding Church, she just lit up and in agreement with what Jesus came to give. I could go on and on but I will spare you and leave you with another heartfelt thank you, thank you for this book, for sharing your journey and for your gentle Christ like way of putting into words what so many of us are feeling.

And now some other places this book has been:

FCcruiseRelaxing on a Caribbean cruise

FCTrainIn a train on the way to a business meeting in Japan

FCtrapsIn the shop building lobster traps

Where are you reading Finding Church?

Thank You for Helping

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Wayne Jacobsen 2 Comments

FCrustyThis has been a great journey so far. I am daily blessed by hearing reports of people who are recommending the book to family and friends, quoting from it on social media, posting a review at Amazon.com, or getting them by the box to pass out to others. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your enthusiasm for this book and a growing conversation of what it means for all of us to participate in his church instead of trying to build our own versions of it.

Here’s some of the recent reviews on Amazon.com:

“This is the book I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Wayne Jacobsen has written the book about what it means to bring the Kingdom of God to earth.” GKG

Fantastic!! This certainly sounds like The Church that the Gates of Hell cannot prevail against!! This has been long overdue.” Mitch

“What Wayne writes about is so thrilling and full of freedom sometimes I think my heart will literally explode. Christ died for this freedom for us. There is much wisdom and genuine love for the church packed into this little book.” Joni

“Wayne Jacobsen puts words to things I have thought about for a long time. It is truly a conversation about God’s heart for his church.” Ginny

“Wayne encouraged us to think outside the box with his book, “So you don’t want to go to Church anymore”. That book was like a great salad that beckons you for more. Well, with “Finding Church”, the more has arrived in the form of a great steak!” Jeff

It’s also been fun having people send me pictures of where they are reading the book. It has become a bit of a meme at this point. Where are you reading Finding Church? Here are two more:

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How about by a campfire in Cleveland, TXFCStack
Or, with some other light reading material in Corpus Christi, TX

Where Are You Reading Finding Church?

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by Wayne Jacobsen 1 Comment

FCrustyGot this email from Jack the other day:

I am finding difficulty reading it. The coffee stains are already bad enough that I won’t be able to give my copy away and the fluorescent orange highlights would indicate stops and starts that indeed added to the aforementioned coffee stains.
My difficulty is a good one, you have some one-liners that literally make me put the book down, look out the window and hold my breath. Almost as if I am letting something go that has held me back. I am so encouraged to read what I have felt in my gut and the “letting go” has nothing to do with the system but in my hope that a system, any system, would or could incubate or sustain LIFE.
So, page 68 you wrote, “I was caught between two world-the self-effort of performance based religion and the new creation growing inside of me. I didn’t know it at the time, but the two are incompatible.” How gut wrenchingly true that is. How hard it is to come to that reality if your hope has been in a Sunday system or for that matter, a teacher, preacher or anything man-made. It is still something that is sorting out in my heart. Best put by you, “learning to live alongside Jesus in the new creation.” Thank you for writing this book. I see the years of your sweat and tears that have gone into “finding church”. I believe, in another sense, we are finding Jesus, our life. Thank you for helping peel back the curtain of the Father’s love. Gosh, I wish you could see what was going on inside this heart of mine.

I love the pictures people are sending me showing where they are reading Finding Church. With apologies to Dr. Suess, it appears…

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You can read it while you work out,
You can read it while you zone out.

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Enjoy it with a cup of coffee
Read it while you munch on toffee.

FCbeachsm
Take it with you to the beach.
Just keep it in easy reach.

FCgardensm
Relax with it in a garden green
Or while you wait to greet the queen.

You can read it in the air,
You can read it everywhere.

(Obviously we still have some artwork to fill in!)