Ordinary Miracles: Mess, Meals and Meeting Jesus in Unexpected Places Paperback – 17 Aug 2017
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Ordinary Miracles is an honest, humorous, compelling and thought-provoking read. Chris is a humble and authentic narrator, sharing the highs and lows of the journey that he, his family and friends have been on these past years as they have established a vibrant Church family in Salford, Greater Manchester. The result is a faith inspiring read! --Mike Pilavachi, Director, Soul Survivor
We re often drawn to the people who tell us to dream bigger . Here is a book that will provoke you to dream smaller and I guarantee it will set your heart on fire. I know Chris well. He has the authority of a prophet, theologian, activist and that great guy in the noisy house down the road. With his family, they are practising the art of staying put and seeing God build His kingdom through the mess, meals and mundane moments of life. Don t read it if you want to escape into the fantasy that God will only use you if you re in the perfect job, perfect house or perfect church. Jesus has moved into the neighbourhood and is staying put. Question is, will we? --Rachel Gardner, Romance Academy/Youthscape
This is an honest, passionate account of an ordinary man in an ordinary church attempting extraordinary things in Jesus name. I can be so certain of this because I ve known Chris for nearly 30 years man and boy and church leader. To all who want to join in the adventure of mission, this book will inspire you, make you laugh, and give you hope that God does really wonderful things in unexpected places. --Dr Neil Hudson, LICC
About the Author
Chris Lane has spent almost 20 years in inner-city Langworthy, working with a community of Christians to see their Salford estate transformed. A trustee of Soul Survivor Ministries with an MA in theology, he has regular speaking engagements around the UK linked to his community work and academic study. He is married with three children.
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The brilliance and beauty of Chris, and this book, is his total lack of ego, his eye-catching honesty, and his passion for Jesus & His Kingdom. I have been disillusioned by some things which nearly disillusioned him too - but his faith kept him going. I have walked past miracles in my town which he has had the wisdom to stop and be part of. I have written off stories as no good cos they're not glitzy enough while Chris gently points out that these are the very stories we should be rejoicing in.
My fav line (of many) is "Everyone wants to change the world but nobody wants to do the washing up". So so true, and so so pregnant with meaning. I have a strong suspicion having read this book, that Chris and his band of 'washer-uppers' are actually elbow deep in the business of changing the world without any fanfare. That's what I want to do when I grow up too.
The book probably makes most sense if you are already interested in church, but I'd recommend it to anyone. His explanation of the big picture story of the Bible reflects the massive amount of reading and study Chris does, and is a really refreshing description of what its all about. The theology of meals and eating together as central to following jesus is really well explained.
There are some amazing and hilarious stories of people getting healed outside greggs the bakers, and just great encouragement to keep going when things are hard.
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