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Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith Youve Only Heard about

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Where is the life God promised us?

Life is busy. We live like slaves to our fast-paced, suffocating schedules. We spend our energy and time in triviality, relegating God to the background. He seems distant to us, and we resist the idea that God wants to give, say, and show us more; we dismiss it as rumor. But Jesus calls us to a better way. Another dream- an unimagined futu
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Published July 19th 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Jul 12, 2016 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
It's no secret that one of the most maligned "institutions" of our day is the church. Most people have a jaded view of the church. Some of that can be blamed on people's misunderstandings and misapprehensions; far more of the blame falls upon the people who comprise churches for failing to come anywhere near the New Testament expectation of how the church is to function. It is one thing to be a fallible, sinful human being; it is quite another to continually willfully distort what God establishe ...more
Sarah Oyerinde
Rumors of God is a book of Biblical possibilities with modern day testimonies of those possibilities being fulfilled. Whitehead and Tyson, best friends from Australia and now both living in the U.S. and ministering in major arenas of influence, dedicate each chapter of their book to a “rumor” of God working to save and mobilize people in certain Biblical ways. Each chapter is subtitled “Rumors of_________” and covers such topics as abundant life, another dream (or a heavenly focus as opposed to ...more
Nikole Hahn
Aug 27, 2011 Nikole Hahn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life is busy. We live like slaves to our fast-paced, suffocating schedules. There’s so much more that God wants to give, tell and show us, but we simply don’t ask. We spend our energy and time in triviality, splashing in the shallow end of our souls. – Pg. 19

Aren’t we searching for something more in our lives? We seek it in new television shows or newer video games. We bury our noses in other realities hoping to find that fulfillment. We put the responsibility on churches to fill us and, “live
Jul 15, 2011 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
In Rumors of God, Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson teamed to unwrap scripture, bringing a freshness that quickens, and a vibrancy that inspires authenticity. Habakkuk prayed, “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” The authors invite us to turn a captive ear to what God is doing among his people today, shouting for abundance of life rather than settling for mediocrity and substitutes, becomi ...more
Karie Hall
Jul 05, 2011 Karie Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that you will have to step back from yourself , a breath of fresh air as well as a carefully thought out book on how Christianity should be. The United States is rapidly becoming nonreligious. Can we change that? This book addresses a the issues that plaque the Church and most Christians. If only we all read an implemented the ideals from this insightful book. In today's age, the authors' accurately note that Christians are thought of as judgemental. Is Christianity supposed to be judgeme ...more
Kathy Robbins
Sep 09, 2011 Kathy Robbins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rumors of God opens with a story about a woman who ministered to strippers by going to where they were. She ministered to them by doing their makeup. She provided CD’s of the sermons from her church. One of the ladies started listening to them and got saved in the process. What a unusual, beautiful story.

After I read this amazing story, I was hooked on this book. The authors provide a mixture of current age stories with biblical history, scripture and commentary from prolific authors into an eas
Jason Postma
Where is God?

People no longer look for God in churches.

Indeed, most people look for him anywhere but in churches.

They look for him in shopping malls, on the links, in movie theaters, and in bottom lines.

They look for him without even knowing that they are looking for him, seeking happiness and fulfillment in a wide assortment of things and activities.

Even those faithful few who retain their weekly Sunday morning rituals seem unable to find God in their midst.

There are many who would suggest that
This book is basically a call for revival in America (and I think it's fair to extend this to the rest of the Western World as well, particularly Canada). And Whitehead and Tyson hit every nail in the head along the way.

Some times it can be so easy to get bogged down in feelings of despair and hopelessness; where is God in all of this? Why is there such wickedness? Why doesn't God do anything?

Rumors of God raises a better question: why don't WE do anything about it? Why do we sit passively by an
Dana Rongione
Sep 14, 2011 Dana Rongione rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Habakkuk 3:2 says, "O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known." In a world of such wickedness and pain, it often becomes difficult to see God working. The God of the Bible seems to be nothing more than rumors or fairy tales. Even those who are strong in the faith find themselves looking toward the heavens and crying, "God, are you there? Don't you see what's going on down here?" We long for a revival. We plead for God to make Himself known to us. Sti ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Pilar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are no words to adequately describe how brilliant this book is, but I will try. What initially piqued my interest was the description of the book... "Where is the life God promised us? Life is busy. We live like slaves to our fast-paced, suffocating schedules. But Jesus calls us to a better way. Another dream--an unimagined future. Close the gap between what you hear about and what you see." Thus the book title, "Rumors of God--Experience the kind of faith you've only heard about."

Each cha
Lynn  Davidson
Oct 21, 2013 Lynn Davidson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The authors, both from Australia, received a revelation new to them, that “God’s strategy for redemption on the earth was to be carried out by the church.” They were moved to prayer, relocated to the USA where “the future of the Western church is hanging in the balance”, and set into place in ministering to hearts and lives as part of that strategy. In this book, Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson share their vision in a clear and sincere, heartfelt manner. They include wonderful teachings, stories, ...more
Raine Lampert
Aug 12, 2011 Raine Lampert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found Rumors of God to be a refreshing read.It made me wish that I could go to a church that either Darren or Jon were working at just to see them in action. It would be great to have a intelligent conversation with either of them!
The statistics really were eye openers foe me. When it was pointed out that an average North American sees about 3,000 ads per day it really drove home the fact that we are really being programed to want/need items that we would e able to survive without. It makes it
Lindsey Jane
I'm not usually of books like this. This one, while not great, was not as horrible as I anticipated. There were a lot of good points made. Many things that I think many Christians today do need to hear. However, it was still shallow and seemed to linger on long after the point was proven. The small group questions were completely useless. They were really not good small group questions, in my opinion. If I were doing this book with a small group, those questions would keep the conversation movin ...more
Michael Boling
Feb 27, 2013 Michael Boling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson, two Aussie transplants to America, one to New York and one to the Chicago area, provide the reader with a challenging message on the need to refocus every aspect of our lives to how God would have us live. To a large extent Rumors of God is yet another effort to awaken the sleeping giant that is the church to actually live out the Christian walk and not succumb to the temptation to focus on matters of a temporary nature. Such an approach places this book in the sa ...more
Linda Walters
I found this book to be interesting; with refreshing real life stories . One point they made was: The primary job of the Christian life is to remain in how God feels about us, not how we feel about Him. Another good point is the description of the flesh. We often think the Bible is talking of our physical body but its more accurately described as the systems, strategies and structures we create to live without God. Those attitudes, habits and desires that serve as functional gods in our lives , ...more
I really wanted to give this only 2.5 stars but that isn't an option. This isn't a bad book, and I did highlight about a dozen passages or sentences that I thought I'd like to refer back to in the future. However, for me, there just wasn't a great deal that was newly insightful in this. I read a lot of books on religion, faith, and spirituality, and this would be good for someone that is newer to their faith or stuck in a rut but for an "organized religion rebel" like myself willing to think out ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spectacular. Refreshing look at how to experience God as He intended, without being formulaic as so many spiritual "how-to" books can be. Shed many tears as I read the book. Time to start it over again.
Blake Chenoweth
This book was a great resource for me in ministry to think about the difficult questions and how we grow in our faith. Darren and Jon are friends and guys who came from Australia to America and work for churches here Jon in New York and Darren in Chicago. It was great to hear about their ministries and how they do some things to help rediscover the truth in our own lives. It was a challenge for all Christians.

I did get a little tired of hearing about how many great things they were doing in mini
Amy Young
Dec 28, 2015 Amy Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The chapter on hope is worth this book -- if for no other reasons (but thankfully, there are many other reasons :))
Megan Wehrle
I appreciate the authors' sentiments, but the book left much to be desired. Not the deep, revolutionary read that was promised.
John Ausmus
Jun 18, 2012 John Ausmus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently was given the opportunity through BookSneeze to review a book called Rumors of God. Just from the description I knew this was going to be something that would get my new year off to a bang up start.

It was a quick read, filled with illustrations to aid the reader in seeing the viewpoints of the authors. It provided great examples of the difference between mercy and grace plus many other real world examples to show what we as Christians are called to do and live by.

This was a great book
Shirley Apellido
Challenging and inspiring
Chris McGrath
I enjoyed this book very much, particularly Chapter 8, which describes Christian community of honesty, sincerity, and accountability. As a whole, this book examines many different aspects of the American Christian experience (ironically written by two Australian pastors) and shines a light on many of the lies our culture convinces us are true. If this book stirs nothing in you, you must be either spiritually dead or already much closer to God than I can imagine.
Enjoyed how consistent this book was in carrying a theme from beginning to end, though some chapters were more engaging than others. I particularly resonated with the "rumors of community" and "rumors of hope" chapters.
Sarah Hubbell
Great thoughts on community. Structure doesn't really flow or have a logical order.
a good book. interesting viewpoints on our heart's desire to seek & find God.
May 29, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the writing style as well as the topics presented. Forced me to look more closely at my faith.
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