About the Book and Author

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When You, Then God
7 Things God Is Waiting to Do In Your Life
By Rusty George, with Michael Defazio

About the Book
God loves you unconditionally . . . but could it be true that some of His promises have strings attached?

In the groundbreaking tradition of Not a Fan and Jesus Religion comes this provocative new book from pastor and debut author Rusty George.

Beginning with the Old Testament and walking through the life of Jesus, Rusty unpacks seven core promises of God—and reveals what you need to do in order to unlock them. What is it God wants from you? When you do it, what can you trust He will then do in response? And how can you confidently move forward in life without wearing yourself out trying to guess God's will or somehow earning His unconditional love and boundless grace?

Come to know all this and more in When You, Then God—a dynamic call to obedience, an invitation to partner in God's work in your life, and a fresh way to experience His blessings.

About the Author
Rusty George is the lead pastor of Real Life Church in Valencia, California. Born in Oklahoma, he spent his childhood in Wichita, Kansas. Knowing from a young age that he wanted to pursue vocational ministry, Rusty was inspired by his youth pastor to study the Bible, and later to attend Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. Rusty played basketball at Ozark while earning a bachelor's in biblical studies and a bachelor's in preaching. Before his junior year, he met Lorrie Miller, and they were married in May 1994, the same month they both graduated from Ozark.

Originally aspiring to be a youth pastor, Rusty gradually began to sense that God was stirring something else in his heart. During his last two summers of college, he had served as an intern with Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and when he graduated, they offered him a full-time position as college pastor. He served at Southland for nine years, eventually moving to young adult pastor and age level director, while also attending Cincinnati Christian Seminary.

After considering an opportunity to join with a few friends who were planting a church in North Carolina, Rusty got a call from his friend Kyle Idleman, who was the founder and lead pastor of Real Life Church (RLC). Kyle had been offered a position in another church, and he recommended Rusty as his successor at RLC. In 2003, after a few trips to California, Rusty and Lorrie took the plunge and accepted the offer.

Though moving to California was certainly a change for Rusty, Lorrie, and their daughter, Lindsey, who was born in 2002, it quickly became home. In 2004, another daughter, Sidney, joined the family. There is nothing closer to Rusty's heart than family, and this includes his extended family at RLC and their collective vision to be a church that unchurched people will find irresistible.

Rusty has led RLC through many changes, including the purchase of land, the construction of an eco-friendly building in the middle of town, and incredible growth from their original meetings in a 285-seat movie theater at the mall to now a multi-campus church where more than six thousand people gather every weekend.

4/16/2016 4:00:00 AM
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