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Restoring All Things: God's Audacious Plan to Change the World through Everyday People

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God is at work--and He invites you to join Him

It's easy to get discouraged by the headlines. It can often feel as if God has left the building and we are on our own. This soul-stirring book cuts through the chaos and uncertainty to show you how God is powerfully active and intensely engaged in fulfilling His promise to restore all things. Through inspiring real-life storie
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Published May 5th 2015 by Baker Books (first published April 28th 2015)
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We need to stop asking people to memorize pi to the 10th decimal point and start telling them stories that in the end will allow them to see the world more like it really is. We need to get better at telling stories if we want our message to be heard. The strategy of this book is to tell stories. As we learn of the great work God is doing through His people in the world, not only will we be inspired to embrace the redemptive responsibility the church as in the world, we will be inspired to join ...more
Evan Rogers
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a 9th grade boy, I thought this book was a very good book. When I look around my class I see a huge variety of books. Some similar and lots different, but when I found this book I thought it was great, it wasn't like any book I had read before. This book talked about very significant and important news in this post-Christian time, as well as uplifting and inspiring stories of Jesus Christ, miracles, and faith.

In this book, it talks about lots of stories, stories like Truett Cathy and
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book brings a fresh, relevant, and practical perspective to applying biblical worldview to every area of life and culture. I plan to use this book as material for a small group Bible study. The stories and examples leap off the page, and the specific ideas about how to live out biblical worldview are helpful and inspiring. A must-read for those who are interested in going beyond the philosophical talk of what biblical worldview is, to putting it into practice.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
charity more responsible crowded out by govt, education with purpose and educated villains of last century, to give honor and glory to God, restorative justice for crime, silence in face of evil is evil, racial reconciliation book, ivory tower of babel book, this is Providence, sinners in need of redemption, media message reflects media beliefs only, too many children too many flowers, 300k churches 100k foster children, movie of Beethoven missed abortion, aim small miss small.
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: theology
The most recent book I received from Baker Books was Restoring All Things: God's Audacious Plan to Change the World Through Everyday People (2015) by Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet. Smith is the vice president o WORLD News Group and Stonestreet is a public speaker and fellow with the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview and appears on two radio commentaries BreakPoint (with Eric Metaxas) and The Point.

In the interest of fairness and an overwhelming feeling of charity, I always tr
Emily Wydo
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
this book came into my life at a time where all I could see was the brokenness, and chaos of the world. It's a breath of fresh air to know God is still at work even in the midst of the fall and in average people like me.

Warren Cole
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grateful for the positive reviews....
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Summary: This book narrates the impact mediating institutions and efforts by Christians in bringing restoration into some of the most challenging situations faced by our society today.

Wherever we turn we face stories of huge challenges in our own society and around the world. Poverty, persistent racism, refugees, the oppression of women, evidence of the decay of our culture in some of its art forms. Often we look in vain for solutions from our political and educational institutions. This book su
Michele Morin
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Archaeologists have unearthed a tale to delight the heart of every conservative in America, and to answer the question posed by Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet in Restoring All Things. How can the church act in ways that are restorative and life-giving without being reactionary? The story is set in Ephesus, seat of Artemis worship and home to the temple which housed the perpetual fire for their worship. Now, it happened that the priests, keepers of that fire, were essentially the utility ...more
Kevin Halloran
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Watching the news these days can be downright discouraging. Checking Facebook or Twitter might be just as discouraging for the same reasons—we’re living in increasingly difficult times for Christians. Even listening to Christian news might leave you wringing your hands and crying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

And in such times, that is an appropriate response (to a degree). But even as evil rises like a dark cloud over our world, God is using ordinary people to positively impact the world in great ways th
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Bible likes the "re" words. No, I am not talking about: reduce, reuse, recycle. Those words are important but I can't find them in my Bible (perhaps in the Message?). Nor am I talking about the lesser "re" Bible words: resisting, reacting and rejecting. Nope, the big, important ones are: redemption, renew, repent, restore, resurrection, reconciliation and redemption. In Restoring All Things, authors Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet argue that these are the most important "re" words in ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first few lines of the introduction let you know you're in for something interesting. Why, the authors ask, is God so into 're' words, such as resurrection, restoration, and redemption? What does this tell us about God's heart, that these are the ways He relates to His creation?

When we Christians look at the culture/geopolitical landscape, do we adopt a different set of "re" words?
Do we tend towards reaction, rejection, and resistance? Could we take a page from God's book and replace those
Daniel Hendon
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book for free from the Free First Reads Giveaway.

The authors take an interesting approach to some of the most pressing questions for the post-modern question. They make references to scripture throughout, but the primary form of influence is stories of real people.

The best part of this book is the use of stories and To-Do Lists at the end of each chapter.

The introduction summarizes the need to use stories because they influence people's thoughts more effectively than p
Jason Kanz
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Too often, Christians get a bad wrap. The media has a way of presenting Christians as bigoted and hateful, standing against anything of value. But is that true? Perhaps, the truth is that Christians have been at the forefront of positive cultural and social change for the last 2000 years. In their book Restoring All Things: God's Audacious Plan to Save the World through Everyday People (Baker Books, 2015), Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet use the medium of story to explore just what Christ ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Restoring All Things by Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet is a book about how God is “powerfully active and intensely engaged in fulfilling His promise to restore all things”. At the heart of the book is a conviction by the authors that Christians today spend to much time engaging in the wrong “re” words: resisting, reacting, and rejecting. Instead, scripture describes God’s work in the world using another set of “re” words: redemption, renew, repent, restore, resurrection, reconciliation, ...more
Dottie Parish
Restoring All Things is an outstanding and audacious book. Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet demonstrate through many true stories that God is actively at work redeeming, reconciling, renewing and restoring the world using the Church and resolute everyday people to do so.

The authors explain that helping must:
1. Challenge and equip people to participate actively in permanently solving their own problems.
2. Must recognize that poverty is not a financial problem but also a spiritual problem.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is not what I thought it would be. I was hoping it would offer a realistic ‘behind-the-scenes and beyond the hype’ look into how the good news of God’s faithfulness is moving forward in our day through God's people, centred in the church, reflecting God’s love and reconciliation as a place where restoration occurs. Instead, what I discovered was a topical exploration of areas where (mostly individual) American Christians are meeting needs in the world. This isn't necessarily a bad thin ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Pam by: Net Galley
Shelves: christian
I received this book for free to preview through Net Galley.
I was blown away by the book.! it is a book that prompts you to take action , it motivates and inspires you through the story of others, I will not discuss the exact details so that you can enjoy and discover it for your self, but I think this book will change peoples lives.
The layout of the book is the best I have seen, it informs you and then at the end of each chapter is a ( take action list) my words not theirs, it gives additional
Hallie Szott
Jun 24, 2015 marked it as to-read
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Another valuable read from Baker Books, Restoring All Things: God’s Audacious Plan to Change the World through Everyday People by Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet explores God’s restoration at work in the world. Smith and Stonestreet tell encouraging examples of restoration in various aspects of culture and through the participation of ordinary Christians, and their book had me thoroughly captivated and challenged. All-around interesting, inspirin
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am impressed with this book. Christians sometimes think the world is entirely evil and is to be avoided. The authors want to change that focus. They want Christians to minister to the brokenness of the world. They provide some really great examples of Christians influencing their communities. Some are at the corporate level but many are everyday Christians. The authors want the world to be again familiar with the redemptive work of Christ. Whatever one's passion, Christians will find encourage ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed Restoring All Things. It was very informative and gave me a new way of thinking how we all can give our help to people who are in need. The stories throughout this book are very inspiring. We may sometimes feel small to be able to make any big changes in this world but we work for a God that is all powerful and everything we do for Him is glorifying His name!
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