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The holy wild
Buchanan, Mark (Mark Aldham)
Publication Information:
Sisters, Or. : Multnomah Publishers, [2003]

Physical Description:
269 pages ; 22 cm
The God of the holy wild -- His goodness : eulogy for a giant -- His faithfulness : the God who is true to himself -- His love : a visitor in the camp -- His wrath : a burned patch of ground -- His mercy : God's hair trigger -- His victory : the God who overcomes -- His holiness : burned clean -- His creativity : where the stones sing -- His wisdom : a haven for fools -- His glory : beauty in the crevice -- His rest : it never comes from pushing.
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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? It's life drunk deeply, lived to the hilt-where we walk with the God who is surprising, dangerous, and mysterious. It's the terrain where God doesn't make sense out of our disasters and our boredom, but keeps meeting us in the thick of them. But unless we trust in His character, we'll never venture in. We will sit at the stream all day, dying of thirst, but not daring to drink. To follow God is to drink and drink from the stream, even if it means-especiallyif it means-getting swallowed up. Let Mark Buchanan show you the entrance to the Holy Wild, where you can live face-to-face with the beautiful, dangerous God of creation. From the Hardcover edition.

Author Notes

He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Virginia. He has been an editor and writer for Nature and New Scientist.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Can God be trusted? Canadian pastor and author Buchanan (Things Unseen; Your God Is Too Safe) argues yes in this hard-hitting evangelical book, which brandishes vivid imagery and biblical truth. Writing in colorful, expressive terms, Buchanan engages readers' hearts and attention as he challenges them to trust in three divine attributes: God's benevolent nature, his saving nature and his majestic nature. Opening with a discussion of soul weariness, which most Christians experience at various times, Buchanan emphasizes the importance of trusting in a faithful God. A common obstacle to this trust is that Christians desire a God of love, but want to forget his equally essential quality as a God of wrath. Does anyone really want a God who is devoid of anger, asks Buchanan-especially when that anger is a purifying fire that responds to godlessness and wickedness? Interestingly, Buchanan notes that God's wrath is played out most fully not when he delivers retribution but when he leaves his children to their own way-alone for all eternity. The author's passion convinces readers to dare enough to embrace the gift of rest from God. Though the reading generally moves along at a fast clip, the book's second section focuses on the foundations of salvation in lackluster fashion. The final sections, however, pick up momentum to finish in fine style. (Oct.) Forecast: Buchanan's two previous books have combined sales of 50,000 copies, making him an up-and-coming writer in the evangelical market. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Preface: Mapping the Holy Wildp. 11
Part I Drink from This Stream
Chapter 1 The God of the Holy Wildp. 17
Chapter 2 Eulogy for a Giantp. 33
Chapter 3 The Testimony of Leavesp. 53
Chapter 4 A Visitor in the Campp. 73
Part II Stand in This Place
Chapter 5 A Burned Patch of Groundp. 93
Chapter 6 The Innkeeper's Roomp. 111
Chapter 7 Where the Lamb Is Slainp. 125
Chapter 8 The Presence of Ruinp. 141
Part III Search These Woods
Chapter 9 Where the Stones Singp. 167
Chapter 10 A Haven for Foolsp. 189
Chapter 11 The Gift We Refusep. 209
Chapter 12 Beauty in the Crevicep. 225
Epilogue: A Took and a Bagginsp. 249
Notesp. 261