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Overview This 60-day experiment in loving God and loving people demonstrates how moment-by-moment connections to God with wide-open willingness fulfills Christians' deepest longings and transforms them into life-giving people.
Publishers Description You've heard it all before. The promises for a better life get tiresome after awhile, because you know they don't deliver. However, they do touch on a profound and inescapable truth. You were created to live your life out of a rewarding, richly textured relationship with God and others---and deep down, you long to experience that kind of life. But how? Are you willing to devote sixty days to finding out? Soul Revolution may be one of the most important books you'll ever read. In it, author and pastor John Burke guides you on a journey of experiential discovery. Called the '60-60 Experiment, ' it has already made a profound impact on thousands who have discovered what it means to actually 'do life' with God
From Publishers Weekly Burke, founder of Gateway Church in Austin, Tex., and author of No Perfect People Allowed, asks powerful questions in his second book: What drives us to strive so hard? What are we really after? What do we long for? Burke believes our deepest longings are fulfilled through relationships with God and others, and he provides a way to create those relationships through a 60-day experiment in faith. He says that willingness is the key to staying connected to God at least once every 60 minutes for 60 days. His book offers a roadmap for the 60-60 Experiment through loving God, loving people, building character and demonstrating God's love to the world. Burke uses Bible texts and real-life examples liberally, as well as action steps with each chapter to make principles personal. He encourages accountability, yet eschews traditional groups that encourage participants to try harder because we can never become all that God intends just by trying harder. Connecting to God creates genuine change, he says. This is a thorough, well-written and challenging book. (Oct.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Soul Revolution: How Imperfect People Become All God Intended by John Burke has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 11/01/2008 page 58
Publishers Weekly - 08/11/2008 page 42
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.36" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Sep 23, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310276462 ISBN13 9780310276463 UPC 025986276461
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More About John Burke
John Burke and his wife, Kathy, founded Gateway Church in Austin, Texas, in 1998. Since then, Gateway has grown to over 3,000 people, 70 percent of whom are in their twenties and thirties, and consists mostly of unchurched people who began actively following Christ at Gateway. Burke is also the author of No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church.
Reviews - What do customers think about Soul Revolution?
Great Perspective! Feb 4, 2010
I really enjoyed following this book, overall it had it's up's and down's but as the examples proved this helped my connection just following the 60-60. Was fun and helped me relay current thoughts to God. =] Just ordered No Perfect People alowed!
Lots of stuff to think about Jan 30, 2010
I am still reading this book, but so far it has really opened my eyes to a new way to think about God. Not just a condemning god who is watching for you to stumble so he can "catch you", but a god who wants to connect with you because he loves you and wants a relationship with you. I can't wait to finish it.
Enthusiastic Author Presents Old Info for a New Generation Jun 22, 2009
Following after God, hearing and listening to his voice, allowing him access to all areas of our lives, being accountable to others, having a trusted inner circle where one can be honest . . . these are not new ideas. Nothing in the book is earth-shatteringly revelatory. God-followers of every age have written on these subjects, reminding us what Scripture teaches.
What is new in this book is the packaging and marketing of these ideas for today's generation. Although the author gave an example (early in the book) of an older man who put these principles to use, as the current cover image depicts, the intended audience is a young generation. My premise for stating this is partly based on the overwhelming use of examples from the author's congregation (something one got tired of reading after a while), which, demographically speaking, seems to be almost entirely comprised of new believers and/or young folks. From reading this text, one could think that relatively little is happening in other parts of the body outside the author's congregation--that his congregation is one of the few that are getting it right and teaching biblical truths. The author did not imply this in any way, but presented his ideas as though they were practically novel today. Not stressed enough in some circles perhaps--especially seeker-sensitive congregations hearing the milk of God's word repeatedly--but definitely not uncommon. Having said all of the above . . . eternally important ideas were presented for which the book can be commended.
1. one's relationship with God is a priority 2. don't let the busyness of life crowd out your relationship with God 3. be purposeful in cultivating your relationship with God 4. be on the alert through out the day for God opportunities 5. be an honest and authentic person with others 6. deal with others in godly ways 7. don't be a lone ranger in your walk with God.
The author gets five stars for enthusiasm and zeal for God. However, perhaps he (or his publisher) should have titled the book, "Soul Revolution in the Church I Pastor." He might have sought other examples to make the book more appealing to a broader readership. Therefore, three stars meaning--nothing new, not a "wow," (though it may be for some), good information that a growing believer can always be reminded of, and nothing heretical. And yes, as other reviewers have suggested, this is "Brother Andrew" for post-modern man.
Wonderful perspective Mar 30, 2009
Great book reminding us of the need to stay connected with the holy spirit. Through the testimonies we get the real life victories that people can reach if they minimize our exposure to this world and focus more intently on what God wants for us.
Revisiting Brother Lawrence Dec 29, 2008
If Brother Lawrence's Practicing His Presence was written by a group of people who failed and succeeded together, instead of an solitary believer, it might look something like Soul Revolution. Burke's book is the story of a community of people who tried to consider God every hour for 60 days. Are you interested? All you need to do is buy a cheap watch with an every-hour beeper, and you're off to the races.
While I'm pretty sure this book lacks the simple staying power of Brother Lawrence's effort, there were a number of things about it that I enjoyed:
1. The stories fit the message perfectly. You can tell Burke is a preacher--he has the perfect anecdote for every situation. I even used one of these stories to challenge our congregation here in Bracebridge. 2. The sidebars contain testimonies of people who took the challenge and learned from it. The honesty of these messages drive the point of the book home. 3. There is a ring of authenticity here. You will finish this book with hope that you can grow in your Christian life, because other people have broken the trail.
Full disclosure: I didn't take the 60-60 test, I just read throught the book. Even so, I was challenged and encouraged. If you're looking for something to help you beyond the making and break of of annual resolutions, give Soul Revolution a try.