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Overview Live the Life You Were Made For! Amped for adventure, dulled by responsibilities? Always searching, never settling? Being a believer doesn't mean you have to leave your daredevil self behind. God has given you a love of risk for a reason. Learn to focus your energy on the one chance that's really worth taking - faith in a God that is anything but boring. Mike Barrett writes to every fidgety believer who's itching for more, using modern-day and biblical stories of adventure to prove that living on the edge can be the Lord's work. Find what it is you're fighting for, and discover the adventure God made you to live.
Publishers Description You've been called adrenaline junkie, thrill seeker, permanently out of the box, difficult, and just plain crazy. And mostly, it's true. Whether you show your radical streak in extreme sports, supercharged business ventures, or high risk relationships, you have a full-blown "danger habit." As far as you can tell, you were born with it. And honestly, you wouldn't have it any other way... Except when your danger habit betrays you. Then your craving for adventure turns into a magnet for disaster. You leave a trail of broken commitments and unwise decisions. You get trapped in stupid addictions. You hurt the ones you love. And you end up feeling like a big mistake. But what if you were created extreme for a purpose? What if the radical faith God has in mind for you doesn't have to come with a dark side? What if it actually turned out to be your ultimate rush? In his fast-paced book, "The Danger Habit," surfer and lifelong adventurer Mike Barrett explores the mindset of born radicals and the promise of what he calls "adventure faith." He combines personal story telling, raw honesty, and biblical wisdom in a reading experience that will capture your imagination and motivate you to reach for your huge life mission in Christ. Story Behind the Book "I caused significant pain to my own wife and kids while struggling with an addiction to risk, the pursuit of extreme sports, and an overwhelming feeling of being bored with many Christians and standard church life. My epiphany came a number of years ago when God broke through it all and showed me how 'propped up' my life was without His real presence and power. In the end, we sold our suburban home, moved to the Oregon Coast, and started a ministry to surfers. Countless lives were changed; my wife and I even became pastors. Once dead to the life I had pursued, God gave me back an adventure I could never have previously dared hope for." -Mike Barrett
Community Description Live the Life You Were Made For! Amped for adventure, dulled by responsibilities? Always searching, never settling? Being a believer doesn't mean you have to leave your daredevil self behind. God has given you a love of risk for a reason.
Learn to focus your energy on the one chance that's really worth taking - faith in a God that is anything but boring. Mike Barrett writes to every fidgety believer who's itching for more, using modern-day and biblical stories of adventure to prove that living on the edge can be the Lord's work. Find what it is you're fighting for, and discover the adventure God made you to live.
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Studio: Multnomah/Random House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.53" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 16, 2007
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590527402 ISBN13 9781590527405
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More About Mike Barrett
Mike Barrett has been helping people do better on standardized tests since he was in high school. In college, he worked briefly for Kaplan but left when it became clear to him that the Kaplan method was irreconcilably different from the way he naturally thought about the test. A few months after Mike graduated from college with a degree in linguistics, his younger brothers needed help with the SAT, so he taught them his approach to the test. Word of their success spread throughout their high school, and Mike was soon offering informal SAT tutoring to a few dozen of his brothers' friends. One of those students recommended to Mike that he set up his own SAT preparation company. He thought about that for a couple of weeks and decided to pursue it. Since then, Mike has used a variety of channels to help tens of thousands of students with the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, ISEE, and SSAT. He regularly travels to work with students all across the United States, and consults with students all over the world through Skype. He speaks at live events as well, and is available for booking. Mike's ACT strategies are so different from the traditional approach because he analyzes standardized tests from the ground up, rather than simply assuming that they cover the material they claim to cover. In other words, most ACT tutors and courses teach the same math, reading, and writing skills that you learn in high school, because they mistakenly assume that the ACT is a test of college readiness. But Mike has looked carefully at large numbers of real ACT questions, and knows that they don't reward the same things that teachers reward in high school and college. According to Mike, ACT questions generally rely on very basic concepts but present them in very strange ways. So students who want to improve their test scores shouldn't waste time re-learning what they've already learned in school - instead, they should learn how the ACT actually works, so they can take their existing knowledge and leverage it into a higher score. And this is exactly what Mike teaches you to do in the ACT Prep Black Book. If you want to understand how the ACT actually works, you need to read this book.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Danger Habit: How to Grow Your Love of Risk into Life-Changing Faith?
Yes, the world needs risk takers. Don't slow down! Oct 9, 2008
When I first grabbed this book I thought it might be another rehash about crazy guys who love Jesus--kind of thing. But the first few pages were enough to give me a sense there was more to this book. Mike does a wonderful job defining the risk taker in a very honest and real way, not apologetic, not antiseptic, not clinical, but raw. He talks about how it's not a mistake or a God screw-up that some guys are wired for the rush. In fact, he says it's a powerful and very necessary thing from families to society to the environment. If you are like this, you have probably wondered why you get such a rush, for example, from accelerating your motorcycle as fast as you can while still hanging on. I mean, what's that about anyways! (I've stopped asking and now just hang on.) What I really like about the book is he didn't stop there... and this is where the book really starts rock'n for me. He talks about that we are to actively embrace this God-given unique aspect of who we are and let it shine everywhere we go and in everything we do. Not to hide it or treat it like we are mistake or something. But to let that be used in our work, our play, our families, our communities,... everywhere and everything. Yea, I liked the book. If you're an adrenaline junky then I think you'll get something very deep and real from reading this book.
You Won't Regret Buying This Book Aug 15, 2008
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T. S. Eliot
Mike has vision, passion, and a drive for life that keeps him in constant pursuit of his dreams and goals. "Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light." (Albert Schweitzer) Mike, through his love for adventure, has the ability to motivate others and rekindle the light inside of each reader, friend, fellow surfer, or young thrill seeker like myself, who is willing to cast aside pride, self, and unhealthy choices to embrace what God has for their lives. The Danger Habit is not only encouraging and inspiring, but it is a roadmap of his journey, one that is raw and real. As a Teen Advocate I have recommended this book to many of my teens who crave adventure, but are still searching for something real.
Finally... an author that speaks truth!
A non-believer perspective Nov 2, 2007
Currently I do not follow any faith, but I found Mike's connection between radical Christianity and acts of adventure an undeniable truth. To follow Jesus is to take an adventure, the risk involved in that commitment would be highly impactful and truly would change somebody from the inside out. There were periods of the book where I felt, as a non-believer, like they may have been a little bit preachy. Although these thoughts were needed in order to truly convey the purpose of the book, due to my current spiritual state I was unable to truly relate. It wasn't that I couldn't feel it from the book, it was simply that I just haven't had that experience. Throughout the book I felt that Mike's thoughts were well formulated and exceptionally honest. I truly have walked away from this book thinking, and I believe that is what good literature is supposed to make you do. If you're interested in a truly inspirational book that invokes personal reflection then Mike Barrett's story and outlook would be the place to start.
Read The Danger Habit If You Are Radical Jul 5, 2007
If you are a risk taker and adrenaline junkie (the author is a surfer and rock climber) and could use some soul food, this book is for you. Mike Barrett has done a great job of sharing his Christian faith with the reader in a unique and refreshing way. The book's message is based on the idea that many people (like this reader) live their lives in ways that don't realize their incredible potential to serve the Lord. It's essentially a calling to the unconventional Christian. In his book, Barrett calls on us to take our "radical" energy and put it towards spiritual fuilfillment instead of destructive behaviour that often leads risk takers to personal trouble.
Barrett reveals much about his personal life experiences and his own struggles with his radical tendencies. And unlike evangelical preachers of whom he is suspicious, his approach is one of encouragement stressing that God wants for us to do well with our lives and to make them meaningful. Many of his stories are wonderful accounts that are entertaining, humorous, even sad, but mostly inspirational. The bottom line is that this book is powerful due to Barret's down-to-earth approach to Christianity and the ovearll tone of his message.
Excellent Gift Book Apr 16, 2007
The sheer transparency of the author created an atmosphere where I could be honest with myself and evaluate the fights I pick.
This is a great book whether you consider yourself to be radical or not. Each of us has a little bit of "RADICALNESS" inside, though it expresses itself differently. A good reminder that this is in us for a purpose.
This book makes an excellent gift. Easy to read, thought provoking and even ADD people will love it!