Broken By Religion, Healed By God: Restoring the Evangelical, Sacramental, Pentecostal, Social Justice Church is the newest release from best-selling author Gordon Dalbey. Gordon’s new book explores the much needed healing in the church. In the Bible, Jesus reveals Himself in four major ways, each of which has been claimed by a larger Christian faction: the born-again experience, by Evangelicals; eucharist/communion, by Sacramentalists; the baptism of the Holy Spirit, by Pentecostals, and social justice ministry, by Oldline Reformers. Instead of celebrating each other’s vision to know Jesus more fully, each of the four have discounted the others and thereby, crippled the Church.
The same sectarian, shame-based religion that fueled the 9/11 terrorists infects the Body of Christ today. Like towers of human construction, a Church divided will fall, and with it the very world Jesus died to save. This book will stir you to a faith both passionate about its truth and compassionate in its grace. You’ll discover here freedom from universal tolerance on the one hand and narrow condemnation on the other. But to walk it out, you’ll need to give Jesus your shame.
God has a plan – are you ready?
Gordon shares, “I’ve been working on this book for close to twenty-five years and it’s time to finally publish it. Civitas Press gives me the much needed means to release it in it’s current form, the way it needs to be published.”
Magnificent. Humility, insight, and dogged determination after a genuine relationship with Jesus. (Rev. Rich Redman, United Church of Christ)
With prophetic clarity, Gordon captures the Spirit’s present-day vision for restoration within the Church—and through it in our divided world. (Pastor David Tidwell, Assembly of God, ME)
“Amen! Let’s lay down our doctrinal differences, our smug judgments, our self-satisfied pronouncements and learn from each other.” (Rev. Doug Gregg, Presbyterian Church USA)
Wisdom and practical ways to work with God for healing today’s broken Church. (Rev. Joe Johnson, D.Min., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
This book has challenged me, as a former Anglican priest, to face my own religious pride. (Rev. Paul Watson, Ellel Ministries , AUSTRALIA)
Gordon is the best-selling author of the groundbreaking book, Healing the Masculine Soul:God’s Restoration of Men to Real Manhood (Thomas Nelson, 2003, 2nd Edition), widely considered one of the most significant works in spiritual formation for men. He is also the author of No Small Snakes: A Journey into Spiritual Warfare (Thomas Nelson, 2008), Sons of the Father (Tyndale House), and Fight Like A Man: Redeeming Manhood for Kingdom Warfare (Tyndale House, 1996).
Gordon is a popular speaker at conferences and retreats, and on radio and TV shows, Gordon has ministered throughout the US and around the world in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong and South Africa. A former news reporter (Charlotte, NC), Peace Corps Volunteer (Nigeria), high school teacher (San Francisco, Chicago), and pastor (Los Angeles), he holds an M.Div. from Harvard, an M.A. in journalism from Stanford, and a B.A. in mathematics from Duke.
Retail Price: $14.99 Softcover
Release Date: March 25, 2011