Recent Reads: Coffee, the World, and Jesus

What the book's aboutCoffee, the World, and Jesus is a collection of stories from Ron DeMiglio - an international coffee businessman - about his work, travel, and faith. 

Coffee, The World, And Jesus

Why I read this book: The synopsis sounded interesting to me (and right up my alley) - "For the religiously cautious, the disillusioned, and jaded followers of Christianity, this is a refreshing look at how God reveals himself to be so much bigger than politics." 

My favorite quotes from the book:

- "My point of reference is always the cross."  

- "The ultimate destination for almost every substantive conversation, concern, or solution always ends at the foot of the cross." 

- "If I want my words and actions to impact a nonbeliever, I need to consider the other person first." 

- "Money has no power beyond that which we ascribe to it." 

- "God allows Scripture to be incredibly general in some areas so I can imagine the dynamics of a story and let it soak into my spirit in a way that would be most impactful to me personally." 

Who I'd recommend this book for: This is not a book I would hand the religiously cautious, disillusioned, or jaded followers of Christianity, as I fear it would only further disillusion them. Ron's style of writing will, I think, most resonate with conservative male Christians. 

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Coffee, the World, and Jesus in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and the forthcoming A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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