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Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead & Jon Tyson

Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You´ve Only Heard About
is a Christian book about the question, “What if the rumors are true?” We in North America so often hear stories about other people’s amazing faith; we read about God’s promises and mighty works in the Bible; we hear about miracles happening in other parts of the world; and we wonder, “Are these things really true? Does this apply to my life? Will God do that here, too?”

Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson’s answer to those questions: yes.

Rumors is an all-encompassing book that looks briefly at every important area of the Christian life and offers a fresh perspective on each. Each chapter addresses a different rumor (ie. Generosity, Abundant Life, Love, etc.), talks about real-life examples of people encountering God, discusses how our mind-sets might be hindering our view of God’s perspective, and offers encouragement for the reader to pursue God in that area. The “how” isn’t addressed so much as the “why,” and for that reason, I really took my time reading this book. There was much to think about, consider, and try to apply to my life.

As I read through the first few chapters, I found myself actually breathing a sigh of relief. I had been hoping that there was more to God’s purpose for my life than filling in a spot in the nursery and getting a nicer house, and Darren and Jon say there is! I guess what I mean by that is that I had unknowingly become discouraged over the years, seeing my Christian friends pursue the same things as everyone else: more money, more happiness, more acceptance by the group. Where was the abundant life Jesus had promised? Wasn’t it supposed to be about more than just stuff?

This book has given me a fresh perspective on God’s bigger plan that I desperately needed. I had been planning to give my copy away (I received it complimentary from BookSneeze), but I’ve decided to keep it instead so I can refer to it again and again through the years. Like I said, I still have to figure out the specific “how” that applies to me and the way God designed me, but I know that when I need inspiration, I can refer back to Rumors for a breath of fresh air. I hope you’ll get yourself a copy, too, and find out that the rumors are true.