Monday, August 4, 2014

Review: Dirty Faith by:David Z. Nowell

 Dirty Faith: Bringing the Love of Christ to the Least of These
About the Book:
Put Your Faith Into Action
Do you ever feel like something in your faith is missing, that going to church, studying the Bible, and tithing just aren't enough? There has to be more, right? What would it look like to truly "follow" Christ and not just believe in him?
David Nowell asked the very same questions, and was led to minister to the "least of these," whom God loves deeply. In "Dirty Faith," Nowell shares powerful stories of faith in action, and encourages us to move with him from the sidelines to the front line, to get our hands dirty helping the hopeless, the disenfranchised, and the poor.
Loving as God loves is central to the gospel, whether that means taking in foster children, ministering to inmates at the local jail, or something else God has in mind just for you. Let this inspiring book help you find what's been missing in your faith. 

About the Author:
I am a writer, speaker, president of Hope Unlimited for Children. I am a husband, father, grandfather and churchman. Most important, I am a follower of Christ, a sojourner pursuing dirty faith, and I invite you to join me on the journey. Author website:

My Review:
 Sometimes it begins to get hard for us to step out of our comfort zone of that warm church pew and actually do something to further the Kingdom. I will admit it is hard to take that initial step but it gets easier and easier after that. In Dirty Faith, the author asks us to really think hard about the advancement of the gospel and our role in that advancement. We can't just sit back and do nothing. I have always participated in something in whatever church I attended at the time. I started out in the nursery with the little ones and did that for many, many years. Now I teach the preschoolers Sunday school class every Sunday.

 For me they start to become my children and I start to see a shift in my way of thinking. I am helping them get the bigger picture of following God. It is a slow process that may involve many Bible stories and crafts all centered around a particular Bible lesson but it is all to help them to grow in their walk. And yes I believe that their walk has already begun to take root. I put the lessons I teach in words that they can understand and I really believe they get it. But many times I think they are helping me more than I'm helping them. These children are going to go on to win souls one day and I had a part in helping them achieve that. It is a great feeling!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Bethany House.