Skin in the Game
: Explores the revolutionary idea that risk is a foundational requirement, not an optional step, of the true faith walk "Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it." -Matthew...
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Explores the revolutionary idea that risk is a foundational requirement, not an optional step, of the true faith walk
"Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it." -Matthew 10:39
Christians are longing for more life in their lives, a sense that they're more present to Jesus and to their own story in the everyday. They're looking for the answer to the deepest question of human experience: "How do I find the freedom I crave, and become the person I long to be?" Too often, though, they're scared to risk too much to find the answer-so they simply continue to lead lives of "quiet desperation."
Rick Lawrence says that's exactly the problem. We've seen too much. We know too much. And so we manage our risk so well that we choke off the very fuel that our soul needs to stay alive. In fact, risk should be a primary aspect of our relationship with Jesus, not the thing we avoid.
In this book, Lawrence argues that if we pay attention to the way Jesus related to people, we discover that he asked every person he ever met to put their "skin in the game"-invest part of themselves. Only then did they find the life they always longed for.
Lawrence asks eight key questions, including:
• Will you embrace your shame?
• Will you receive grace?
• Will you confront your fears?
• Will you wait, even when all hope is lost?
With a vigorous, fast-paced, and conversational style, he uses these questions plus stories straight from Scripture and pop-culture corollaries to explore the kinds of risks we find in our lives today and how to stop waiting and start going all in for Jesus.
John Baker is the founder of Celebrate Recovery, a ministry born out of the heart of Saddleback Church. The program is being used in 12,000 churches and over 500,000 individuals have completed the program. John began serving as a lay pastor at Saddleback in 1991; and in 2001, Rick Warren asked John to become the pastor of Celebrate Recovery. He travels nationally speaking at churches and training them in the Celebrate Recovery program. John and his wife, Cheryl, have been married almost four decades and have served together in Celebrate Recovery since 1991. They have two adult children. John B