Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Book Nook: Designed for More - Unleashing Christ's Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World

Our world is broken. Often, it seems like people are just shouting at each other without trying to listen, without trying to find a common ground. Even in the Christian world, people are divided politically and on points of doctrine.

But God designed us for unity with Him and as a Church, and in this book I recently got for review, authors Lucas Ramirez and Mike DeVito help readers understand Christ's vision for that unity. Designed for More is based on a unique source - the murmuration of flocking starlings. This beautiful sight is an amazing vision of unity and how one tiny bird can because part of a giant mass just by being united with the flock. 

It's interesting because this doesn't just apply to Christian unity, but unity in the secular arena as well, as you can see in the TEDx Talk below. The book is intriguing and fascinating!

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, LUCAS RAMIREZ emigrated to the U.S. as a child with his family. After graduating from Eastern University, Lucas’ professional focus has been developing the next generation of leaders and seeing today’s church unify as the body of Christ. He incorporates this passion and focus in his work as the Executive Director of The Gathering Place, an innovative student mentoring and Christian leadership development organization impacting over 10K students annually. Lucas is a non-profit expert with more than 11 years of full-time ministry experience, both in local church context and as an executive in the non-profit ministry space. He lives on the southern coast of Georgia with his family.

MIKE DEVITO is a ministry veteran with more than 40 years of full-time ministry experience, both in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. Mike frequently speaks and serves as worship leader for camps, conferences, and youth events. Because of his expertise in networking ministries, Mike is also a sought-after advisor and consultant to groups and pastor networks. Mike currently serves as the Southwest Regional Coordinator for the National Network of Youth Ministries overseeing networks in five states; he also serves as the Ministry Outreach Coordinator at Biola University in California.

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