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Meet the Author
Matthew Barnett, founder of the Los Angeles Dream Center, best-selling author and pastor of one of America's fasting growing churches, is one of the most dynamic voices God is using in Christianity today. He is the son of Pastor Tommy Barnett, best-selling author and pastor of, what Time Magazine considers, one of the three largest churches in America.
The Dream Center houses close to 600 people who are being rehabilitated for the glory of God. Through its 40 services and nearly 200 ministries they reach over 40,000 people a week with food and many other services that meet the spiritual and physical needs of the local community. As of September 2003, there have been over 150 Dream Centers launched around the world.
In 2001, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel's Angelus Temple united with the Dream Center and Pastor Barnett is now the senior pastor of both with a weekly congregation in excess of 7,000.
Pastor Matthew has won numerous awards including the Religious Heritage Award and the church has been recognised several times for its contribution to the community. Former President George W. Bush has personally endorsed Ps Barnett with highest regards for his achievements.
Pastor Barnett is married to Caroline and they have one daughter, Mia Aimee and a son, Caden West.
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The author, who is pastor of Angelus Temple and the Dream Center in Los Angeles, California, has written a book that ought to be read by every pastor and every member in the pew. Not many "respectable" churches these days would boast of having a staff team or congregation whose members are formerly drug addicts, prostitutes, gangsters, cutters, orphans, the homeless, failures and misfits in other kinds of ways. Yet Barnett's church and staff team are made up of precisely many such people who are often neglected by churches. The book contains inspiring and heart-warming accounts of various misfits who have experienced God's grace and the church's love and whose lives have been touched and changed and become useful to reach out to other misfits. Although Barnett's own life and ministry has been deeply enriched by these people, he is also very open that ministry to misfits can be messy at times. Reading this book, I cannot but be encouraged to know that God is looking for people who don't have it all together but are willing to let Him take their lives and run with them. Not only that, the author also reminds us that there is life after giving up, after throwing in the towel, and after falling down all because God is the God of second changes and gives us another shot at obedience. He meets our mess with His mercy and our failures with His forgiveness. This book is a great reminder of what redeeming and restoring grace is all about.