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Dangerous Wonder The Adventure od Childlike Faith [Paperback]

Michael Yaconelli
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Oct. 10 2003 Pilgrimage Growth Guide
Recapture the joy of being a child and apply it to your relationship with God. Ask the difficult questions about faith, then just take Jesus at His word.

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Playfully written with both humorous and honest stories from his life, Dangerous Wonder provokes readers into looking at Christianity in a whole new light. -- Frontline CBA, January 1999

This book is filled with wonderful stories to remind us what childlike faith looks and feels like, and it challenges the Christian status quo. We are told to take risks, to wonder, to love passionately, and to experience God's indiscriminate grace...Dangerous Wonder is a must-read. Many youths in my church think Jesus never laughed and the Christian life is boring. That breaks my heart. My mission now is to liberate these teens in any way I can. This book will help! -- Youthworker, January/February 1999

The other day I wore my son's board shorts on my head. The cord hung undecorously behind my ear and the legs ballooned out behind. My nearly eight-year-old came down from his room and placed his swimmers on my head while I was eating breakfast and reading Dangerous Wonder. I normally would have removed them and ordered him to get ready for school, but I was reading that book. So I left them on ...If none of this makes sense to you, then you urgently need to read Dangerous Wonder...If people read it they might sell everything and give it to the poor, or dance with all their might in church, or wear swimmers on their head. They might stop what they are doing and, for the first time since they were nearly eight, do nothing but enjoy life. And suddenly find that God is there enjoying it with them. -- Peter Hallett, Alive, May 1999

This is the sort of book which can and will change lives. It is so refreshing to read someone who communicates passionately through words and images. I, for one, hope to find the courage to follow the invitation to childlike discipleship-a "jump-first-fear-later" faith. -- Donald Macaskill, Life & Work, February 1999 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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MICHAEL YACONELLI is the cofounder of Youth Specialties, an international organization that trains and provides resources for more than 100,000 youth workers worldwide. The former editor of The Door, he earned his degree in communications from San Diego State University and is a frequent conference speaker. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars putting fun back in faith Feb. 4 2011
By PwB
Micheal has a wonderful gift of stirring grace with laughter.
I highly suggest that all imagination stealers in churches lighten up and read this book. PwB
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5.0 out of 5 stars God I challenge you to a game of Hide and Seek! Nov. 5 2003
Hey all,
This is an amazing book. However if you are looking for a deep thelogical description of what a child like faith is this book isn't for you. For that matter if you want anything deep and theological, find a different author. Mike writes for your everday people. He writings are for people who want a break from acadamia and want somthing that is just plain and simple.
This book capture real life examples of childlike faith. It show how boring life is with out the carefreeness of childhood. It makes you want to go out and revive the passion and naivity of childhood. It makes you long to play with God.
I love this book it made me realize that my life is boring and needs some passion in it. I have long ingored the call of My savior to come out and play. I have grown accustomed to the noise of this world and have forgotten what the quiet wisper of God sound like. If you can relate then this book is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thankful for this book Oct. 30 2003
I just learned that Mike Yaconelli died in an auto accident today. His death reminded me of how much I enjoyed his book Dangerous Wonder.
His journey into a "Childlike Faith" was very well written and gave a good insight into some of the missing aspects of today's Christian. I recommend this book to any Christian who is seeking a renewed wonder.
Thank you Mike for your wonderful book, your work with Youth Specialties, and your faithful work. You will be missed.
"A four year old girl leans into her baby sister's crib and whispers 'Baby, remind me what God sounds like, I am starting to forget.'"
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5.0 out of 5 stars want to build a sandcastle? Sept. 24 2003
This book is truely amazing. I read it in three sittings, desperately trying to squeeze in a few more pages when supposed to be working! It left me crying out for more as I reluctantly finished. Yaconelli has a genuine gift in story-telling and illustrates his thoughts with heartwarming tales. Some stories are hilarious, others sad, but you can't help but be moved by these pictures of the simplicity of God's love for undeserving scum like us. Theologically it's sound. The beauty of Dangerous Wonder is the style in which Yaconelli writes - continually finding God in everyday occurances, in creation, in children. This book reawakened my senses to the youthful idealism and energy of childhood, which although I have never lost, is constantly under seige from the dullness of life and the daily routine. Thank you Mike, I feel recharged again, ready to build more sandcastles and enjoy coloring! Never lose the wonder.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good, quick read... July 21 2003
Granted, I'm a college student and not a parent, I still appreciated this book for it's attempts to explore "childlike faith" and rediscover that that is where God wants us all to be.
I've been fascinated with the "childlike faith" idea for the past few years now, and this book is a nice glimpse into that idea with a variety of simplistic reflections that don't complicate things, but rather, tell life how it is.
Many people come to Christian living books with expectations to take them deep, deep and deeper, and are disappointed when they don't "feel" like that the book was that deep. However, I don't think Mike writes simply for fun...he does so to help us understand that we don't have to use big words to impress God...b/c a child-sized heart is big enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of such is the kingdom of heaven June 2 2003
By ESBYoda
So often the Christian path leads to a focus on a legalistic, sufering focused march. Here, Mike Yaconelli reminds us that Jesus was serious when he told us to be like the little children. Mike reaquaints us with a Savior who wants our "joy to be full" and our lives to filled with the Spirit. If you're discouraged about your faith, or if you've been put off by church in the past, or if you are a happy Christian that just wants to be reminded of the Joy of His pressence, then "Dangerous Wonder" is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good one Sept. 6 2002
By William
Probley the best book I have ever read as a high schooler. This book totally challanges you and inspirers you to have that "childlike" faith we all need. I just couldnt put it down, read in one day. Dont read unless your willing to change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I cried again... Aug. 28 2002
By P. Hamm
This is a beautiful book. I have read both of Yaconelli's books, this one and "Messy Spirituality" and he moves me more than any other contemporary author writing in this field. I got choked up over and over again. We desparately need more books by Mike.
This book will inspire you to live your ordinary life in a whole new way, and to see God's work in your life today, not someday when you "have it all together." Similar to Philip Yancey, he'll really move you out of your seat!
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