Lost and Found: How Jesus Helped Us Discover Our True Selves
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There are many paths to lose your way. And only one way to find it.
So said Jesus of Nazareth, the most compelling and controversial teacher of all time. This book aims to make sense of his counterintuitive claim: Unless we lose our lives for his sake, we will never discover our true selves.
Writers from around the world tell their stories of healing and hope amid many hardships. Joni Eareckson Tada, Sam Allberry, Christopher Yuan, Aixa de Lopez, and many other contributors share how God found them amid many dangers, toils, and snares.
A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic in a wheelchair at 17 years old. After two years of rehabilition, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. In 1979, she founded Joni and Friends, an organization committed to bringing the Gospel and practical resources to people impact by disability around the globe. Joni served on the National Council on Disability for three and a half years, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Christian Leadership Alliance in 2021, and was recently inducted ino the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She is the author of more than 45 books, a radio host, and a sought-after fine art painter. Joni lives in California with her husband, Ken.
Sam Chan (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MD, University of Sydney) is a public evangelist with City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia where he regularly shares the gospel with high school students, city workers, doctors, and lawyers. He speaks at conferences around the world on the topics of ethics, story- telling, apologetics, and the practice of evangelism in a post- Christian culture. Sam blogs at espressotheology.com.
Quina Aragon is an author and spoken word artist residing in Tampa, Florida, with her husband, Jon, and their daughter. They are members of Living Faith Bible Fellowship. Quina has contributed to several books, produced multiple spoken word videos, and performed for various organizations and events. Her first children's book, Love Made, poetically retells the story of creation through a Trinitarian lens of overflowing joy and love.
Sam Allberry is Associate Minister of St Marys Church, Maidenhead, UK. He enjoys American history, bad puns and slowly perfecting his recipe for Thai green curry. He is the author of Lifted: Experiencing the resurrection life.
Vaneetha Risner is a writer and speaker who is passionate about helping people find hope in the midst of suffering. Part of her story is losing her infant son, which was the inspiration for the hit song "Held," recorded by Natalie Grant. She is also the author of The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering. Before she started writing, Vaneetha had a career in business and received her BS from University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Vaneetha is married to Joel and has two grown daughters, Katie and Kristi.
Chris Castaldo serves as Pastor of Outreach and Church Planting at College Church in Wheaton. He was raised on Long Island, New York as a Roman Catholic and worked full-time in the Catholic Church for years. He has earned degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv) and has completed graduate work at Harvard Divinity School. You may visit Chris online at chriscastaldo.com.
Christopher Yuan and Angela Yuan travel nationally and internationally to speak at churches, conferences, youth conventions, and colleges about God's desire for prodigals of all types to return to him. Angela is a businesswoman and advocate for Chinese-American cultural causes. Christopher teaches at Moody Bible Institute (MBI). He holds a bachelor's degree from MBI and an master's degree in biblical exegesis from Wheaton College Graduate School. He is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry from Bethel Seminary.