I’m excited to share with you that my new book – Finding Favor: God’s Blessings Beyond Health, Wealth and Happiness (InterVarsity Press) – releases on April 17th.
Given what’s going on in our world and in the church – I believe the message of Finding Favor could be one of the most important individual reads, group studies, and sermon series’ that your team takes advantage of in 2018.
Before I tell you about why I wrote it, I want to ask for a favor (no pun intended).
For the past two years, I’ve had the privilege to spend 20 hours a week writing 120+ articles, coaching pastors through countless calls, emails, and social media questions – all to simply encourage incredible leaders like yourself. All free of charge.
Today, for the first time in two years, I’d like to ask YOU for something.
Would you please do two things?
- Would you please pre-order copies of Finding Favor right now for you and your team HERE.
- Would you take a moment and share the Amazon link to the book on Facebook (obviously I’m not asking you to endorse it until you’ve read it though).
Chapter 3 alone could be one of the most life-giving chapters your team will have read in a while to encourage them in ministry.
Kyle Idleman wrote in his endorsement, “Friends, do yourself a favor and read this book.”
And Tim Harlow wrote, “We all desire our Father’s favor. Brian will help you understand it.”
Surprisingly, not everyone loves the idea of the book. Joel Osteen’s assistant just emailed me, “Joel told me to tell you that your book sucks. Stop calling his house or we’re calling the police.”
FYI: 100% of the profits go to CCV’s NextGen Campaign to rescue children in Haiti and Kenya.
Okay, enough about that.
Let me share a bit about why I wrote the book.
The idea for Finding Favor came to me when – starting in 2010 – I began experiencing excruciating neurological pain in the back of my head. The pain nearly incapacitated me. I went to specialists, who then sent me for innumerable MRI’s, tests, leading to surgeries, etc.
I was put on anti-convulsion medication. I couldn’t sleep without intense pain. I couldn’t sit without intense pain. I couldn’t walk without intense pain. I couldn’t do anything without unremitting, immobilizing pain. Fortunately, Lisa didn’t tell me to “curse God and die!” (Job 2:9) like Job’s wife did, or I might have taken her up on her suggestion.
Those years felt like what Russians novelists have called “a long, dark winter.”
During this time, I did the only thing I knew to do: for one full year I went down to my basement office in the morning, fell prostrate before God, and simply begged for His mercy. Every day. For one full year.
I discovered a phrase in my Bible reading during these mornings of anguish that I had never read before: “God’s favor” – which simply means His supernatural intervention in our lives to bring us a blessing.
I read the story in Genesis about how Jacob wrestled with an unknown assailant and how he wouldn’t let him go until he blessed him. And I saw myself in his story.
Was Jacob wrestling with God? Satan? An angel? Himself? His past?
Each morning was I wrestling with God? Satan? An angel? Myself? My past?
Intrigued, I looked up every occurrence of the phrase “God’s Favor” and discovered that in Hosea 12:4 that the foe Jacob wrestled with was actually an angel. More striking, it says that Jacob “begged for his favor.”
Which led me to a two-year study of all the different ways God “favors” us.
What I discovered blew my mind.
WHY YOUR PEOPLE NEED THIS BOOK
It turns out that in the Old Testament there are nine primary ways God “blesses” people with his favor. Only two of those are what we would remotely consider “positive.”
My study made me wonder how many people in our churches are praying for God’s blessing on their lives, but don’t recognize His answers to their prayers because they don’t understand HOW God actually blesses people.
Finding Favor examines these nine examples of God’s “favor” and draws upon funny stories from my life, teaching from the spiritual classics of the last 2,000 years, and profound biblical and historical insights to help people recognize and grow from each.
As Vince Antonucci wrote in his endorsement of the book, “You’ve prayed for God’s blessings. But what are you really asking for? How does God really bless us?”
How many people in our churches are being robbed of God’s peace and the powerful reassurance of his supernatural involvement in their lives because the response to their prayers for “blessing” aren’t health, wealth and happiness?
On May 16th I will make available all the free materials you’ll need to do a four-week church-wide campaign: videos of my four messages, sermon manuscripts, Bible study questions for groups, slide images, promotional materials, etc.
In the meantime, it would REALLY help me get the message out if you pre-ordered the book right now HERE and shared the news of its release on social media.
Given what’s going on in our world, and in the church, I believe it’s going to be one of the most important books Christians read in 2018.
Friends, THANK YOU for your support and encouragement. I couldn’t have done this without your prayers and encouragement, near and far.