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Michael Yaconelli
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Oct. 10 2003 Pilgrimage Growth Guide
If you're looking for the joy and freedom of faith, this book will open your eyes and your life to the exciting adventure of a relationship with God. Now includes a discussion guide.

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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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Through his Youth Specialties publications, previous work in THE DOOR magazine, and other writings, Mike Yaconelli has always tackled issues in very fresh, non-conventional ways. His willingness to challenge us to see things differently has enabled me to continue to believe that God is worth pursuing, even when most Christians were unknowingly persuading me otherwise. The same holds true here in this incredibly powerful book.
If you are tired of hearing the same cliches and thoughtless pragmatism of most current Christian authors (such as "5 Easy Steps to a Happy, Spirit-Filled Life"), let Mike help you rediscover the true nature of what Christianity is intended to be. Mike highlights the importance of doubt, questions, wonder, mystery, passion, honesty, and "wild abandon" to God... themes that are seldom spoken of in Christian circles today but are in desperate need of inclusion. Christians who may have become stale (and boring) in their persuit of God can rediscover the joy and wonder of what drew them to Christ in the first place. And for new or potential Christians who may not be corrupted yet by the current version of happy, quick-fix, Americanized Christianity, here's a chance for you to start on the right foot. Skip the fluffy stuff. Yac is back.
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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read that will make you think... Oct. 23 2000
I read this book in one day, so that say something about how well-written and interesting it is. It brought back long-forgotten childhood memories. We really do lose our sense of wonder as we get older, even if we fight doing so. This book leads you to think childlike thoughts again, to see how big the world really is, and to remember how fun it is to color outside of the lines. While reading, I remembered adventures in the summer sun and the fun of making believe on the playground in kindergarten. And I started thinking that maybe life could be fun again.

I wouldn't say that this book is an incredible life-changer. But it will *enrich* your life. It will get your creativity bubbling and your excitement stirred. It will remind you of your dreams, and it will make you wonder why you gave them up along the way. This book is worth buying!
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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 Read...You Won't Be Disappointed! Dec 29 1999
Dangerous Wonder was recommended to our Bible study class and I am glad that I read it. It encourages us not to display child-like behavior; however, to have child-like faith. Do you remember feeling like your Mama and Daddy would always take care of you no matter what? This book compounds this feeling a million times by reminding us of how much God loves us and is looking after us. I was raised in a Christian home, by very loving parents and went to church regularly, yet somehow missed the magnitude of Christ's love for us. Think about Jesus' outstretched arms on the cross as his way of saying, "I love you thiiiiiis much!"ÿ
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5.0 out of 5 stars putting fun back in faith
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
Published on Feb. 4 2011 by PwB
4.0 out of 5 stars Thankful for this book
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003 by Michael Taulbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Of such is the kingdom of heaven
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... Read more
Published on June 2 2003 by ESBYoda
1.0 out of 5 stars A Romp in the Romper Room wonder.
I've tried to figure out this book, because after I read it, I didn't have the same reactions as some others. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2003 by Gregory Nyman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good one
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002 by William
5.0 out of 5 stars I cried again...
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by P. Hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars Jump first, Fear later
I read this book in about two days, and it was very thought provoking. Michael Yaconelli describes the benefits of a child-like faith, and shows how we digress from this sensation... Read more
Published on July 17 2002 by "walt_iv"
5.0 out of 5 stars If this book doesn't move you, you're dead.
Dangerous Wonder greatly moved me. It expanded my view of God and of his love.
Mike Yaconelli does the almost impossible with this brief, easy to read, book -- he helps us... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by Mark Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting excited about Christ
I recommend Dangerous Wonder to anyone who is ministry, no matter where you are in your journey. We all need to be able to reclaim the innocent and wide-eyed excitement about... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2001 by "jmoyers@mtso.edu"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonder Of It All!
Be warned! This book is not a theological thesis bogged down with stuffy theories and over-your-head language. This book is FUN! Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2001
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