Item description for TOUCH: Pressing Against the Wounds of a Broken World by Rudy Rasmus & Kirbyjon Caldwell...
Overview Before God touched his heart and transformed his life, Rasmus was a businessman running a "borderline bordello" in Houston. This work tells the amazing story of Pastor Rudys life and his ministry of grace.
Publishers Description Before God touched his heart and transformed his life, Rudy Rasmus was a businessman running a "borderline bordello" in Houston. But thousands now know him simply as "Pastor Rudy"-with a downtown ministry at St. John's Church that he and his wife Juanita started to reach out to those who Jesus called "the least of these." TOUCH is the amazing story of Rudy's life and ministry of grace that is changing lives daily. The church has become one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country with people from every social and economic background, including the homeless, sharing the same pew. Pastor Rudy's message to touch the lives of those in our own communities has a lesson for us all. Pastor Rudy is also a featured contributor to "O," The Oprah Magazine-answering questions on ethics and marking one of the few times "O" has asked a Pastor to serve in this manner.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849919851 ISBN13 9780849919855 UPC 023755028846
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More About Rudy Rasmus & Kirbyjon Caldwell
Pastor Rudy Rasmus has led St. John's United Methodist Church with his wife, Juanita, for more than 20 years. St. John's has grown to more than 9,000 members (3,000 of whom are, or were, homeless at one time) and is one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country. Pastor Rudy attributes the success of the church to a compassionate congregation that has embraced the vision of tearing down walls of classism, sexism, and racism, and replacing them with unconditional love and acceptance. Proud parents of two daughters, Rudy and Juanita live in Houston, TX.
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Reviews - What do customers think about TOUCH: Pressing Against the Wounds of a Broken World?
Touch: Pressing Against the Wounds of a Broken World Feb 9, 2008
This book is a true source of inspiration for all us. It teaches us not to judge based on appearances and to love unconditionally. The message is ideal as we get settled into the New Year. Pastor Rudy's partnership with Beyonce to bash hunger worldwide is fascinating. His transformation from a "borderline bordello" owner to one of America's most popular and unique pastors is absolutely refreshing. I would recommend this book to everyone I know! What a joy it was to read!
Truly Anointed!!! Feb 6, 2008
Pastor Rudy is a great example of how Jesus would want us to minister to a hurt and suffering world. He's very authentic, very compassionate. His deep commitment and love really shines through. He shows us how we can really make a difference in the lives of others. I Highly recommend this book, particularly for those with a heart for serving God's people.
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DEEP, REAL, SIMPLE FAITH Jan 8, 2008
Pastor Rudy speaks straight from the heart out of his real life... He takes us to a deep place where God can reach into the recesses of our daily living and provide us with a way of hope and transformation. His simple faith gives courage to all who wonder how God could help in our particular circumstances! A great book to give to people who did not grow up around religion!
Inspiration for the masses .... Jan 7, 2008
Not the typical book is an understatement - this book compels you to take action anywhere you see the undeserved - so in any community in the United States! This book also explains what it means to touch a life and how to keep that process moving forward. It encourages you to take a chance and live life a little more, reach out and touch those who need a friend and touch those who don't appear to be touchable. This book teaches the meaning of compassionate service. Compassionate service can mean making a phone call to someone you have been upset with for years and forgiving them or walking around the corner and buying a homeless person a hot cup of coffee on a cold day. As this book proves, it only takes one person to make a change.
TOUCH is REAL Jan 7, 2008
The opening lines of the book "...never trust preachers and church folks" stop you head on and make you think about where you stand. Are you the untrusted preacher or church person, the critical unchurched, or the hopeless unsaved. Once you turn the pages, you will know where you stand, but also hear the story of a man that Christ transformed through love. TOUCH is an outstanding book that will offer you the opportunity to be transformed by Christ love so that you can TOUCH the world.
Definitely a book for the unchurched, unsaved, and churchdom. This book shows you a life and ministry of a man that critiqued the institution of churchdom. It shows the transformation process when Christ entered his life. It shows you grace with skin on, but most importantly this book shows God's unconditional love for us, and how to show others God's unconditional love. For the unchurched, you get the opportunity to have hope again, believe again, and love again. For the unsaved, you get to see authenticity and experience love probably like you have never experienced it before. For the churched, you will be re-exposed to the very reason why you decided to follow Christ, HIS unconditional love and acceptance of you.
This book revitalized my purpose as an advocate for the poor, motivator of the broken hearted, and liberator of those in bondage and captivity.