Monday, October 5, 2009

O2: Breathing New Life Into Faith by Richard Dahlstrom

"I see more passion for trees in the Sierra Club than I do for Jesus in the church." How can Christians revive and sustain their spiritual vitality? International Bible teacher Richard Dahlstrom offers an answer as practical and life-sustaining as oxygen. People can't hold their breath forever or continually blow air out, yet many Christians focus either on the inner life or on external service. As a result, their faith eventually becomes lifeless and irrelevant. Dahlstrom invites readers to "inhale" life as they embrace fresh perspectives on prayer, the word, solitude, and the creation."Exhaling" continues the cycle of breathing through hospitality, generosity, service, and obedience to Christ's kingdom vision. This thoughtful and inspiring description of a healthy life of faith leads to a balanced and holistic spirituality that mirrors Jesus' life and teaching.

Voted by Publisher's Weekly as one of the top 10 Religion books of 2008. Dahlstrom, a Seattle pastor and international speaker, is an original and welcome evangelical voice of reason who offers skeptics and Christians alike compelling advice on living out their faith, Jesus-style. Where, he asks, is Christians' passion for Christ? Do their beliefs make any substantive difference in their daily lives? In 1984, Dahlstrom realized that his own spiritual well was dry, so he moved with his wife to an island where he learned to breathe again-effectively balancing inhalation (prayer, solitude, Sabbath rest, Scripture study and contemplation) with exhalation (service, outreach, hospitality and generous giving).


Richard Dahlstrom is Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, in the heart of the city, among university students, young professionals, families, the homeless, and the elderly. He is also a popular teacher in North America and Europe for the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers. He holds a M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary. Find out more about Richard at:

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