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The Briarpatch Gospel
Fearlessly Following Jesus Into The Thorny Places
By Shayne Wheeler
Hasn't Jesus called us into the thorns and thistles with Him to love what we find there? What if we had the courage to follow him into the briarpatch and discover life as we were always meant to live it?
In The Briarpatch Gospel, dynamic young pastor Shayne Wheeler presents a radical message of grace, one that won't allow you to remain comfortable merely sitting in a church pew. He shares his own heartbreaking personal journey through the briarpatch, and his church's remarkable experience of creating a community in which people walk through life's issues—even the darkest, most painful problems and questions—together. Unafraid. Like Jesus did.
Think about it: What is your (or your church's) briarpatch—the area where you're afraid to go, or feel unequipped to address? Is it sharing what you really think on controversial issues? Becoming friends with someone who's different from you? Confronting and overcoming your own pain, doubts, or fears? Bold and challenging, The Briarpatch Gospel provides a new vernacular for Christians to have open, honest conversations about what loving each other in Christ's name might look like in the briarpatches of their own communities.
About the Author
Shayne Wheeler is the founding pastor of All Souls Fellowship in Decatur, Georgia, an eclectic and funky church about five miles east of downtown Atlanta. Prior to starting All Souls, Shayne served churches in Missouri, Virginia, and the suburbs of Atlanta. Before he became a professional Christian, he was a shoe salesman, mattress mover, warehouse worker, and waiter in a few different restaurants. He met his wife, Carrie, at Western Kentucky University, and she quickly became his best friend. They married in 1992 and now share a very noisy home with their three busy kids and two very articulate but mostly illiterate dogs. In his free time, Shayne enjoys exercising, traveling with his family, riding motorcycles, and reading quietly on his awesome front porch. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religion from Western Kentucky University, and an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary.