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Holy Fools: Following Jesus with Reckless Abandon [Hardcover]

By Mathew Woodley (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.77" Width: 5.39" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  1414316305  
EAN  9781414316307  


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If your spiritual life has become bland, safe, and completely flat, it may be time to look to some unlikely mentors: a band of "holy fools" who are unabashedly ragged, adventurous, and sold out for Christ. Pastor Mathew Woodley offers a fresh view of "holy folly," an ancient spiritual approach that combines humor, irony, spiritual discipline, surprise, radical compassion, and passionate faith--many qualities that our postmodern world hungers for. The holy fools--from the desert fathers to Christ himself--challenge us with an unconventional and unsettling approach to our spiritual journey. Unlike many of us, the holy fools of old were gutsy enough to push against the grain of society and the church--even to the point of appearing extreme and foolish. But God also used them to ignite the church to follow Jesus and bring His love to the margins of society--and he can use you in the same way.

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If your spiritual life has become bland, safe, and completely flat, it may be time to look to some unlikely mentors: a band of "holy fools" who are unabashedly ragged, adventurous, and sold out for Christ. Pastor Mathew Woodley offers a fresh view of "holy folly," an ancient spiritual approach that combines humor, irony, spiritual discipline, surprise, radical compassion, and passionate faith--many qualities that our postmodern world hungers for. The holy fools--from the desert fathers to Christ himself--challenge us with an unconventional and unsettling approach to our spiritual journey. Unlike many of us, the holy fools of old were gutsy enough to push against the grain of society and the church--even to the point of appearing extreme and foolish. But God also used them to ignite the church to follow Jesus and bring His love to the margins of society--and he can use you in the same way.

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More About Mathew Woodley

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Matt Woodley is the managing editor for PreachingToday.com, a ministry of Christianity Today. After pastoring three churches for over twenty years, Matt currently serves part-time as the Pastor of Compassion Ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored four books, including God with Us: The Gospel of Matthew and The Folly of Prayer. He has also contributed numerous articles to various publications, including Leadership Journal, In Touch magazine, and Neues Leben.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Color outside the lines  Dec 6, 2008
I heard a pastor refer to "Holy Fools" in one of his messages and decided to check it out. The stories of the people committed to their faith no matter what were encouraging and inspiring. These weren't perfect people by any stretch of the imagination, matter of fact most were prone to mistakes which I believe made it the most appealing. These were frail human beings who gave their best in humility and often in anonimity to glorify God and serve/love their fellow man. Mathew Woodley makes the case that it's OK even desirable to color outside the lines of "normalcy" of the Christian faith and to live a life abandoned to the status quo. Woodley's writing is accessible and thoughtful making this book an enjoyable reading experience.
 
I loved this book  Aug 29, 2008
Matt Woodley has written a thoroughly refreshing and enjoyable book. While this book is well researched and academically impressive, it is also fun to read because Woodley has written it with a very personal and humorous style. We are invited to see him (and ourselves, if we will admit it) in all our flawed and sometimes ridiculous glory.

We, as Christians, are invited to consider the possibility that we may be taking ourselves way too seriously. This book shows us that we can and should be ourselves, even if we are imperfect and messy. God can handle the challenge of using us in way that truly makes a difference in this world. And sometimes what we think of as foolish can turn out to be miraculous.
 
fast paced  Jul 20, 2008
Matt Woodley's Holy Fool's is for the holy and the unholy. His style is fun, fast paced and provocative. I found myself one minute laughing and the next moment examining my own heart. Woodley peels away the layers of what it really means to live in the 21st century as a holy fool. This is a super book!

David O
 
Grounded in tradition & appealingly new  Jul 14, 2008
Woodley, senior pastor of Three Village Church on Long Island, NY, has written a moving and humble book about the humility and lack of self-consciousness that he sees as key to the spiritual lives of St. Francis of Assisi, Hudson Taylor, and Jesus himself: he hopes to motivate others to join the "motley band" of living and dead "holy fools," to "love Jesus with reckless abandon." Woodley's message is well grounded in tradition, but his recasting of Christian dedication as holy folly is appealingly new. Includes "Questions for Discussion" in each chapter. (Adapted from Library Journal, May 1, 2008).
 
Not Ashamed to Be a Holy Fool  Jul 12, 2008
This book is an excellent step-by-step manual for living a life that is recklessly abandoned to Jesus Christ. The author understands how difficult that is in today's chaotic world. He is not afraid to share his own struggles with living this way. His personal stories are easy to relate to, which makes his suggestions so much more valuable. There were many times when I laughed at his stories, but at other times I cried. All in all, a wonderfully useful book!
 

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