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Stranger In The House Of God [Paperback]

By Koessler John (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 6.62" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
ISBN  0310274133  
EAN  9780310274131  
UPC  025986274139  

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This poignant and often humorous spiritual journey explores the Christian faith through one man?s pilgrimage. From early beginnings outside the church, through charismatic and contemporary evangelical churches, to being a ministry professional, John Koessler sheds light on the nature of the Christian life and the fundamental struggle every believer faces in the life of the church.

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This poignant and often humorous spiritual journey explores the Christian faith through one man’s pilgrimage. From early beginnings outside the church, through charismatic and contemporary evangelical churches, to being a ministry professional, John Koessler sheds light on the nature of the Christian life and the fundamental struggle every believer faces in the life of the church.

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More About Koessler John

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JOHN KOESSLER serves as chair of the Pastoral Studies department in the undergraduate school of the Moody Bible Institute where he has served on the faculty since 1994. Prior to joining the Moody faculty, John served as pastor of Valley Chapel in Green Valley, IL for nine years. He is an award winning author who has written thirteen books and numerous magazine articles. He writes the monthly Thelogy Matters column for "Today in the Word" and is a frequent workshop leader at the Moody Pastor's Conference. John is married to Jane and they have two adult sons. They live in Munster, IN.

John Koessler currently resides in Munster, in the state of Illinois. John Koessler was born in 1953.

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A Christian's Story  Oct 3, 2008
I did not think it was possible for a man to publicly write so openly and vulnerably about his life in a way that is applicable to so many different types of people. Including intimate, and embarrassing moments, Koessler lays himself bare on the pages of his book A Stranger in the House of God. It is only through this nakedness that a sneaking suspicion that we, the readers, too have experienced the same doubts and joys in our relationship with the church creeps upon us. You will not waste your time reading this book. It is every Christian's story.
Honesty, Authenticity, and Openess Make "Stranger" A Keeper  Sep 19, 2008
I picked up "Stranger" and was immediately drawn in. Fans of "Blue Like Jazz" will appreciate the autobiographical memoir presented here: playful, witty, and nostalgic, Koessler refreshingly shares his life story. The stories shared are memorable, and the lessons that Koessler draws out of his life are heartfelt and authentic.

The book is fast paced in a way that causes you to regretfully turn the last page, wishing for just a few more lines in this honest critique of spirituality then and now. This differs from "Blue Like Jazz" in that it is written from the mind of a man of the cloth, if you will. This change in profession will not phase you, however: Koessler's honesty and sincerity is just as welcomed as is Miller's.

I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in another tale of faith that is down-to-earth. No more pie-in-the-sky memoirs, please. Here, honesty is the best policy.
A remarkable combination of spiritual nourishment and pure reading pleasure  Jun 5, 2008
I loved this book. Both laugh-out-loud funny and poignant, sometimes simultaneously, it's also beautifully written. John Koessler is wonderfully honest about his life, from growing up in an unbelieving and deeply troubled family, to God's drawing him to faith, his calling as a pastor, the healing that came through his wife and children, and as the title says, everywhere in between. Too often the gospel has been sold with the notion that if you will just believe in Jesus, he will make you hap-hap-happy all the time and solve all of your problems. This, of course, is nonsense, and not even the gospel. Jesus told us we should expect plenty of trouble in this life. But so often we feel that to admit difficulty is to somehow let God down, to reveal a lack of faith. So it's a relief and encouragement for a pastor, no less, to write of his sense of always feeling to some extent an outsider in church, and his moments of wondering whether he has staked his life on a mirage.

What has stayed with me most is the enormous generosity of spirit with which Koessler approaches the trauma of his upbringing and his varied life experiences. Unafraid to write about the contradictions and sometimes outright wackiness of God's people, he does it with an affection and warmth that could only come from a heart transformed by the love of God. He's much farther along that path than I am, the sort of person I would like to hang around, in hopes his lovingkindness would rub off on me. Barring that possibility, the next best thing is to soak up this luminous memoir. A treat not to be missed.
I Recommend This Book To Anyone!!  Apr 20, 2008
John Koessler's ability to write with intelligence, eloquence, humor, and transparency made this book almost as fascinating as his personal story and his relationship with the church within it's pages. Sometimes the book read like a novel and at other times a respected devotional. Altogether, I recommend this book to anyone. I really enjoyed reading it. It's amazing to see the faithfulness of God through John's story, and the beauty of a life fully surrendered to Him. John, thank you for the time, effort, and emotional energy I imagine you must have invested in this project. It is truly appreciated by many, including myself. -Kristen Jane Anderson
Lasting Impression  Feb 6, 2008
This is one of those books that will long remain in my memory. I was touched with Koessler's story. Although our circumstances are different, his reflections and insights struck my soul, leaving a lasting impression.

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