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Peppermint-Filled Pinatas [Paperback]

By Bryant Eric Michae (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 6.58" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310273846  
EAN  9780310273844  
UPC  025986273842  

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How can we move our churches to become relevant, responsive, and reflective of the global community? That?s the question that Eric Michael Bryant poses in Peppermint-Filled Pinatas. With stories, observations, and thought-provoking suggestions, this book maps the way beyond ethnic, racial, and cultural barriers to the communities that Jesus wants us to have.

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More About Bryant Eric Michae

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eric Michael Bryant serves as an elder, speaker, and navigator with the leadership team at Mosaic ( in Los Angeles, a church known for its creativity and diversity. He also serves as part of the core teams for the Mosaic Alliance ( and The Origins Project (, a global network passionate about Jesus, Humanity, and Innovation. Eric completed his Doctorate of Ministry in Entrepreneurial Leadership with Bethel Seminary. He lives with his wife, Debbie, and two children, Caleb and Trevi, in the middle of Los Angeles County. You can find Eric and share your break through ideas at

Eric Michael Bryant was born in 1972.

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Eric Bryant hits the pinata  Jul 6, 2009
Some of the most important things are the simple things. Living in L.A. as a part of diverse community, Eric has written a book that helps us move closer to the people living around us by reminding us that love is at the center of what should define those who follow Jesus.

The audio version is well done and compliments the conversational style in which Eric writes. It made for a great road trip with lively conversations sparked by Eric's honest discussion of some of the places in society that he sees the impact of intolerance.

I recommend the book for anyone who wants to move beyond trying to "fit in" towards being a revolutionary to make the world a better place.

Bridging the gap  Jun 1, 2009
Peppermint Filled Pinatas breaks many conventions by suggesting that God's desire is the love of all people, and that by extension, that's how we are to desire and love. God's love reaches across deep boundary lines, and Bryant suggests ways of creating and sustaining such community. It's not cheap grace; rather it is difficult, intentional, life-changing work and mission. In light of current cultural impressions, especially held by gen-y and younger of "christians," bryant presents another way that has seemingly been fruitful at Mosaic.

I have given a number of copies of "Pinatas" away to others.
Creating a new world for humanity  May 31, 2009
Ever since reading the title of this book, it had my attention. The title alone made me wonder what laid waiting for me just underneath the cover. My curiosity to find out what exactly a "peppermint-filled piñata" was kept me wanting to make this a part of my reading list but it was the subtext to the title that made me dig in: breaking through tolerance and embracing love.


Tolerance is a big deal in our society- from the political to the personal; from our culture to our faith. But what on earth could this mean? What does love have to do with tolerance? How could this really make a difference in how we view others and our world?

So I gave it a go.

Diving into PFP, Eric quickly sets the tone of what he was about to unfold for the rest of the book. He immediately identifies the struggles and challenges that anyone who calls themselves a Christian faces along with all the stereotypes and intolerance of the Christian culture that has seemingly isolated itself from reality for far too long. Eric then gets to heart of the matter by challenging his reader with this thought, "deep down, we long to be a part of a loving and diverse community." He asks us to learn and embrace "the art of woo." Woo, as Eric describes it, is "winning others over." Eric smartly identifies that "none of us truly long to be tolerated; we all long to be loved. Tolerance allows us to survive; love allows us to thrive."

Peppermint-filled Piñatas is a journey towards learning to love well. It tells the tale of what a loving, caring person of faith looks like as lived out by the successes and failures of Eric's own life. All throughout the book, Eric is giving us glimpses of a world that exists much different to our own while being rooted in our reality. He paints a picture of a world that no longer sees racial, economical, political, "ethnical" or cultural boundaries but rather strives to see all people as Jesus did; as humans who ultimately desire to be loved. He calls us to create this new world and live in it as humans who are willing to move toward other humans offering our friendship and love to each other because of Jesus' love for us. Through the anecdotes of his life, Eric is showing us the love of Jesus and what an authentic Christ-follower's life should look like.

If you are a Christ-follower, you need to read this book. If you are just checking out faith, I encourage you to read this book so that you too can see what following Jesus really looks like.
practical, insightful, authentic  May 29, 2009
this book is a great read. i agree that love is the key for us as we seek to accurately represent Christ and his kingdom to a watching world. i especially appreciate the chapter 'white men can jump (just not as high); seeing past stereotypes." these are truths that can only be learned through experience, and for far too long have been separated from what it means to follow Christ for too many of his followers. i'd recommend this book to any follower of Christ sincerely seeking to engage those who don't yet follow Him.
Faith filled with humor, grace & generosity  May 29, 2009
I've heard Charles Lee say that, while Erwin McManus is the face of Mosaic, Eric Bryant is the behind-the-scenes guy who makes it happen there.

In the audiobook version of his book, Peppermint-Filled Pinatas, Eric shares from his life, family and ministry experience with humor and grace. A quick aside: Eric narrates his own audiobook, which is a nice touch given the number of personal anecdotes and stories he shares.

As the book's subtitle suggests, through his life's story, Eric calls us to move beyond merely tolerating others and to genuinely loving others in Christ. Eric is realistic in acknowledging how messy this can be, but also hopeful in showing both why it is important and that it can be done. As we engage in the mission of God in the world, we will find that our churches will naturally become more diverse:

"Jesus' eternal cause creates a diverse community. A community on a mission to love and serve its city becomes diverse through the natural connections of relationships."

Whether we like it or not, our world is changing. As the church, our willingness to engage those who are different from us says everything about our future, "If we aren't willing to diversify in order to connect to God's heart, then we should be willing to diversify to show God's heart to those in our lives who do not yet follow Christ."

Topics such as reconciliation, community, and church (especially church) are too often dry, academic and/or didactic. That Pinatas is filled with funny stories is a welcomed breath of fresh air (as he mentions in the book, Eric is a stand-up comedian).

In Pinatas, Eric shares stories of what it means to be a witness of Jesus -- not by throwing out facts and theologies at strangers, but by loving and investing in the actual people around us. For example, Eric's story about his family's move into their Los Angeles-area neighborhood reflects the biblical notion of being a neighbor (instead of waiting for others to greet his family they brought cookies to their neighbors).

Pinatas challenges us to be the church for the sake of a broken world, to live in and share the generosity and grace we have received from Jesus:

"Too often in the church, we fall into the same trap I did. We ask others to exert a tremendous amount of effort, even though the results of these efforts remain less than desirable. We think others are willing to connect with us, even though what we offer is cheap and unsatisfying. We offer peppermints, when the world wants Gobstoppers, Airheads, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. We offer something sweet to believe; they want a new life that helps change the world."

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