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The Holy Wild: Trusting in the Character of God [Paperback]

By Mark Buchanan, Bill Willits, Jingying Zhao (Editor), W. H. Auden (Introduction by), Nancy Goodwin (Editor), Honey Naylor (Contributor), Becky Freeman & B. Teissier (Editor)
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Our perception of God makes a difference in every crevice of our character, from our inner anxieties to our public conversations. It determines whether we're trusting or suspicious, whether we're happy or discontent--and whether or not we can rely on God on the day of our death. Mark Buchanan's third book continues his penetrating exploration of the God we worship. Bravely and honestly, he poses the direst question of human existence: Can God be trusted?

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Our perception of God makes a difference in every crevice of our character, from our inner anxieties to our public conversations. It determines whether we're trusting or suspicious, whether we're happy or discontent - and whether or not we can rely on God matters mightily on the day of our death. Mark Buchanan's third book continues his penetrating exploration of the God we worship. Bravely and honestly, he poses the direst question of human existence: Can God be trusted?

God Is _________.

How do you describe the Creator of the universe, the Maker of your inmost being? Your first chosen word for the blank space above reveals your perception of Him. Right or wrong, it defines every crevice of who you are.

Wouldn’t you rather be right?

Journey now into the holy wild and walk with the God who is surprising, dangerous, and mysterious. But is He good? Can you trust Him?

Accept the invitation to explore places you have not dared to go. And find the answer for yourself.

Christian Living/Practical Life/General

ISBN 1-59052-448-9
Mark Buchanan is a pastor and bestselling author who lives with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children on the west coast of Canada. Educated at the University of British Columbia and Regent College, he has been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity Today and Books and Culture.

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Studio: Multnomah Books
Pages   269
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 3, 2005
Publisher   Multnomah Books
ISBN  1590524489  
ISBN13  9781590524480  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Buchanan is a science writer who has worked on the editorial staff of Nature and as a features editor for New Scientist. He earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Virginia. This is his first book.

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One Of My Favorites!  Feb 26, 2007
I love "The Holy Wild." It's a beautiful look in the character of God. Buchannan has such a wonderful way with words. He is a master of the English language. You'll be touch over and over again at God's love for you as you read this book. From stories of snakes to stories of tragedy, the book speaks volumes. Pick it up. Read it. You'll be glad that you did.
Buchanan gets is mostly right  Sep 1, 2006
The beginning section is brilliant. The last section is powerful. In between it drags a bit. But the great insights into the Wild side of God are more than worth the price of the book. I find Mark Buchanan's work both challenging and enjoyable and I think you will too.

Very good work!
Mark is a good and faithful servant  Jul 25, 2005
You cannot write or appreciate what Mark as written unless you have lived it. Pharisees read and don't comprehend the mercy of God and His goodness because they live in the theologian's world of the Institutional Church. Mark touches on the word 'theology' several times and it hit a cord, although I found Mark to be a little too polite. I forgive you Mark for your Canadian politeness.

I recommend this book very highy to all who are broken and contrite in spirit and are looking for a cup of water. I have been refreshed.

Thank you Lord for Mark's faithfulness and transparency.

Inspired Writing....  May 31, 2005
If you are in a difficult place and not sure if God is listening or even there - then this is the book for you. I found the author's meditations on various aspects of God's character enlightening, encouraging and comforting. It was a thoroughly delightful read that challenged and enabled me to trust Him more as well. His writing is inspired and I was in awe of his range of knowledge and subjects. His curiosity, transparency and child-like awe of God's awesomeness AND tenderness towards us is infectious and refreshing. The Holy Wild is one of the best reads I have had in quite a while!
A Refreshing Surprise of a Book.  Nov 19, 2004
When Multnomah sent me The Holy Wild by Mark Buchanan, I tossed it into my ever-growing "to-read" stack thinking that I might get to it some year. But for some reason, I think because I had no clue what a book entitled "The Holy Wild" would be about, I picked it up and started browsing. When I got to chapter 3 in my skimming I read,

A leaf. Behold a single leaf. So fragile, it tears like paper, crushes in your hand to a moist stain, sharply fragrant. Dry, it burns swift and crackling as newsprint, pungent as gunpowder. Yet a leaf may withstand hurricanes, stubbornly clinging to its limb.

Hold it open in your palm. It is perfect as a newborn's smile. Pinch its stem between thumb and forefinger and hold it to the light. Eden bleeds through. Its veins are like bone work in silhouette. This single leaf, joined to the tree, drinks poison from the air, drinks it serenely as Socrates downing his cup of hemlock, and refuses to return in kind, instead spilling out life-giving oxygen. This leaf tilts to catch the sun, its warmth and radiance, to distill the heat and light down to the shadows, down to the roots, back up to limbs. To shade the earth. To feed you and me.

A leaf. God makes these season after season, one after the other, billions upon billions, from the Garden to the New Jerusalem, most for no eye but His own. He does it faithfully, or else I would not live to tell about it, or you to hear.

Perhaps of all my many sins against heaven, this ranks with the worst: Until this moment, I have never thanked God for a single leaf.

Which is the problem with faithfulness: We hardly notice it. Faithfulness is, by definition, the predictable, the habitual, the sturdy, the routine. It is the evidence of things seen, but seen so often we've grown blind to them. It is the substance of things expected, expected so unthinkingly that we now take them for granted.

It is the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, the skin we inhabit, the way our insides tick and pulse and spin on their own, in season and out, whether we sleep or work or play, without asking us or us having to ask. It is these myriad amazing things: toes and eyes, leaf veins and cloudbursts, bedrock and ozone, seed and sap that by their very constancy and durability have worn familiar or become invisible. The sheer steadfastness of things that surround and uphold us are dull with the caking of the ordinary. We live amidst the surpassing wonders, but most of it has become run-of-the-mill. We dwell among endless miracles that, repeated day after day, have grown tedious. We are lavished with gifts that we now expect or ignore or begrudge.

Faithfulness bores us.
Who among us leapt up this morning as the sun rose, exclaiming, "Look! Look, everybody, look! The sun! Here it comes! Hallelujah, it's here again!"? Or who ran through the house shouting, "Ha ha! Air! Behold! Air! Clean air, fresh air, air to fill my lungs, air to shape my words, air to move the clouds, air to lift the birds"?

Not me. I woke up groaning.

This chapter stopped me in my tracks and pointed me to my faithful, just, loving, gracious, fear- and honor-evoking God. As I continued to read, many other chapters did the same. Mark Buchanan is obviously an extremely talented writer. Each sentence has been meticulously crafted; his imagery is so vivid that the images, the sounds, the smells, and the emotions that are in his mind when he writes are almost certainly recreated perfectly in the mind of the reader. But this is not reason enough for me to recommend a book. The object of such picturesque and thought-provoking language is God, who give Mark an endless canvas of beauty, wonder, and intrigue from which to draw in his artistic writing.

I normally do not read books like this. I can't even define what "like this" is. But suffice it to say that I would be more likely to pick up a book by Spurgeon, Piper, Mahaney, or Martin Luther than Mark Buchanan or Max Lucado ("fluffy writers"). But this has been to my detriment. Although, I cannot give this book at 5 star rating because I think that many thoughts are left unfinished and some exegesis incomplete and possibly misleading (Good Samaritan text in particular), I can say that the writing has left me wanting more.

Small bits and pieces of God and his character were exposed. God is magnified and glorified by being shown to be who He is, a God who causes us to fear and tremble at the mere mention of His Name, and the God to whom we can run and give all of our cares, concerns, and hopes. Mark helps us discover more and more what he discovered and describes in the last chapter,

"I have discovered, as I hoped and feared in my younger days, that God is no drab pedant, meddling and puttering, but the Lion of Judah, the Lord of the Holy Wild. The God, who when He speaks or shows Himself, stirs in me two impulses at onece: to run FROM Him and to run TO Him."
-Jacob Hantla

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