Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith

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JUMP FIRST. FEAR LATER.

Remember the thrill of thinking you could fly? The adventure of going places in your imagination? The joy and abandon of running and jumping and playing hard-without worrying about what "might" happen?

In Dangerous Wonder, Michael Yaconelli invites you to recapture the joy of being a child and apply it to your relationship with God. You'll be encouraged to ask difficult questions about faith and take Jesus at His word when He says, "Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

If you're looking for the joy and freedom of faith, Dangerous Wonder will open your eyes and your life to the possibility of an exciting adventure in relationship with God.

"Mike Yanconelli has written a book about wonder that is truly wonderful. It made me laugh, cry, and pray that God would help me grow up enough to become a child again. After reading this book, I felt my spirit loosen its tie, kick off its shoes, and run out to play in the sunshine of God's grace."-Dr. Donald W. McCullough, president, San Francisco Theological Seminary and author of The Trivialization of God

"Sea-lover, loner, sky-sentry, gifted writer, faithful friend, Mike Yanconelli awakens and befriends the child within and guides us to a place where Jesus says we all belong."-Brennan Manning, author of The Boy Who Cried Abba and Abba's Child TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction: The Place All Children Know About Chapter 1: Dangerous Wonder Chapter 2: Risky Curiosity Chapter 3: Wild Abandon Chapter 4: Daring Playfulness Chapter 5: Intense Listening Chapter 6: Irresponsible Passion Chapter 7: Happy Terror Chapter 8: Naive Grace Chapter 9: Childlike Faith

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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.

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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

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