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Upside-Down Spirituality

upsidedown 330A picture of the countercultural life God wants for us. Read more for Brock's non-fiction Wednesday Bookmark interview with author Chad Bird.

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(Originally aired June 12, 2019)


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Book Description: Enter a world where failure is success, endings are beginnings, and freedom is found as we learn to submit

It may sound counterintuitive, but the truth is that Christianity is not just a "nicer" version of the world we live in. It's a completely different, upside-down, backward faith. Somewhere along the way, we've forgotten that and instead accepted a boring, predictable, watered-down version of the life we were meant to live.

Now Chad Bird invites us to put our striving for success aside to embrace nine specific failures in the areas of our personal lives, our relationships, and the church. With compelling examples from the Bible and today, Bird paints an enticing picture of the countercultural life God wants for us. He helps us delight in all of the ways that Jesus turned the world upside down, allowing us to experience true freedom, not from our weaknesses but in the midst of them.

About the Author: Chad is an author and speaker devoted to honest Christianity that addresses the raw realities of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has served as an assistant professor of OT theology, contributed hymns to the Lutheran Service Book, and cohosts the popular podcast “40 Minutes in the OT.” He holds Master's degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. He has contributed articles to Christianity Today, Modern Reformation, The Federalist, Concordia Pulpit Resources, The Gospel Coalition, Mockingbird and other journals and websites. His two newest books are Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul (Eerdmans, 2017) and Your God Is Too Glorious (Baker, 2018). His newest book, Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life (Baker, 2019), was released on April 2. He is also a regular contributor to, 1517legacy, and Mockingbird. Chad and his wife, Stacy, have four children and two grandchildren together. They enjoy life together in the Texas Hill Country.




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