Item description for Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the unlikely people who help you) by Jim Palmer...
Overview Palmer, founder of an innovative emerging church, shares his sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious, always compelling journey to authentic faith as it is intersected by the oddest of characters.
What does a Hip-Hop artist, Waffle House waitress, tire salesman, and disabled girl have to do with discovering spiritual truth? What if embracing authentic Christianity is a journey of unlearning? Welcome to Jim Palmer's world
Don Miller meets Anne Lamott meets Brian McLaren in this tale of shedding religion and plunging into uncharted depths of knowing God. Jim Palmer, emergent pastor, shares his compelling off-road spiritual journey and the unsuspecting people who became his guides.
"Perhaps God's reason for wanting me," writes Palmer, "is much better than my reason for wanting him. Maybe God's idea of my salvation trumps the version I am too willing to settle for. Seeing I needed a little help to get this, God sent a variety pack of characters to awaken me." For all those hoping there's more to God and Christianity than what they've heard or experienced, each chapter of "Divine Nobodies" gives the reader permission and freedom to discover it for themselves. Sometimes comical, other times tragic, at times shocking, always honest; Jim Palmer's story offers an inspiring and profound glimpse into life with God beyond institutional church and conventional religion.
"I am tempted to say that Jim Palmer could well be the next Donald Miller, but what they have in common, along with an honest spirituality and extraordinary skill as storytellers, is a unique voice . . . Divine Nobodies is a delight to read, and it was good for my soul to read it." -BRIAN MCLAREN Author of "The Secret Message of Jesus"
"You hold in your hands an amazing story of a broken man finding freedom in all the right places-in God's work in the lives of some extraordinarily ordinary people around him. You will thrill to this delightful blend of gut-wrenching honesty and laugh-out-loud hilarity, and in the end you'll find God much closer, the body of Christ far bigger and your own journey far clearer than you ever dreamed." -WAYNE JACOBSEN Author of "Authentic Relationships "
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.33" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 17, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849913985 ISBN13 9780849913983 UPC 023755026996
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Divine Nobodies has universal appeal Feb 28, 2007
Written with rare authenticity and humbleness, Palmer's journey from "Christian" to Christ follower is a path well worth reading about and contemplating. At first I thought only those of the same faith would be able to appreciate his story. But then I realized that the journey to Love is universal, and what a positive bridge Palmer builds by showing his struggles with his preconceived notions of what being a Christian is all about, and how the extraordinary is found in very ordinary people all around us. An atheist friend of my teenage son just asked to borrow this. It's rare a book about discovering true faith would attract such a broad audience, but with both humor and pathos, Palmer manages to do just that.
Divine! Feb 24, 2007
Tired of "canned Christianity"? At a time when many people are turned off by organized religion, TV evangelists and recycled sermons, Jim Palmer comes to the rescue. He points out that there is no "right" way to "do" Christianity... it comes in all shapes, sizes, places and circumstances. You will be captivated by Palmer's wit and wisdom as he takes you along his personal journey through disaster, disillusionment and discovery. Give yourself permission to color outside the lines and enjoy a relationship with God that is truly uniquely yours! This is a book that I'll be reading again and again. Thanks Jim!
To Divinity and Beyond... Feb 5, 2007
In Divine Nobodies, Jim Palmer covers some of the spiritual and religious queries of an entire generation - maybe even two or three generations. With genuine humility and some entertaining self-debasement to boot, Jim takes us on a flight into the realms of authenticity that can only happen when your wings have been broken and healed. As Jim attests, this brokenness makes us stronger because of our newfound reliance upon God.
Divine Nobodies is a ride through the lives and journeys of real people who, for Jim Palmer, have been the face, the voice, and even the breath of God. I read it devotionally, but never had so much fun praying.
Dan Gilliam, artist, musician and author of "God Touches: Finding Faith in the Cracks and Spaces of My Life".
A new kind of book! Jan 27, 2007
I have read many Christian books over the years - hundreds. Adrian Plass wrote that they are like Chinese meals - great at the time but you soon feel like you need another one.
But there have been the occasional books that are different. The ones that grab you by the throat, pin you against the wall and mug you of your preconceived ideas about yourself and God. I'm thinking of books like Disciple by Ortiz, Father Heart of God by McClung and Ron Sider's rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. .
This remarkable little book by Jim Palmer comes into this later group.
He was a high profile Christian leader who was caused by circumstances to re-evaluate all that he has done and said. He shares this with an openness and vulnerability that I have rarely read or heard. Don't you have to wear a cape to be a Super Christian who writes books? On this journey he finds Jesus. Not in meetings, right theology or mega churches - but in ordinary people. A waffle waitress, a couple who run a garage, a tyre salesman, a gay friend and others. We soon revisit our own ideas about those we accept or reject and how this contrasts with Christ himself. `In my world there was no such thing as a gay Christian; a greedy, gluttonous, hateful, prideful, selfish, lustful, dishonest, hypocritical, vengeful, callous, slanderous, angry Christian maybe, but not gay.'
He also gives us a fresh insight into leaving the comfort zone. What a clichéd phrase that has become. I have embellished talks with it for years. But it takes on new meaning on a visit with IJM to rescue child prostitutes in south East Asia or when he sees a tyre dealer go several extra miles for a homeless visitor. In the former case his writing comes into its own as he shares with us the drama of the rescue, the revulsion at what is happening and the honest but entirely reasonable questions of God and how He feels about this oppression. `These IJM guys have a slightly different picture of Jesus than most of us do, convinced that if he were bodily present, his boot would have been the first kicking in the door....sure we need to pray for victims of injustice, but has anyone thought of, well, like, rescuing them.'
This is the sort of book which can be read in a couple of hours. But its effect will last far longer. Get it, read it, now!
Humble vignettes to soothe the perfectionist's soul Jan 10, 2007
This isn't my favorite all-time book, but I am glad to be reading it. It is impacting me. I am maybe half-way through the book, taking it slowly to absorb each chapter. This is a book of the Christian faith and of embracing one's weaknesses as a way to better experience God's healing acceptance. Palmer describes getting off the performance treadmill that some of us perfectionists can get stuck on. He describes people he's met who have taught him something about living a life pleasing to God in simple, non-glitzy ways. This book is of particular interest because at one time Mr. Palmer was "at the top" in church culture and now is examining more deeply what it means to live a life for Jesus. Is God more pleased by those in full-time ministry? What is ministry? This book is similar to Don Miller's BLUE LIKE JAZZ in tone. As with Miller's book, I am being challenged and stretched.