My guest this week on the Voices In My Head Podcast is Pastor, Author, and Mountain Climber Brian Zahnd. Brian is the Lead Pastor of Word of Life Church on St. Joseph, Missouri and has written several books including A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save The World, and Unconditional. His latest book, Water To Wine: Some of My Story, tells his story of disenchantment with pop Christianity and his search for a more substantive faith. www.BrianZahnd.com
Since I close chapter three of the book by talking about St. Patrick I wanted to share the entire chapter as a celebration of his life and legacy. I hope you enjoy it. The book can be purchased from Amazon.com at this link.
Simply click on the picture below to read Chapter 3 – St. Patrick and Psalm 42
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“I recently had the pleasure of reading A Farewell To Mars by Brian Zahnd. This is one of the most needed books I have ever read. It resonates so much with what I believe Jesus is saying to His church. I hope every pastor in America will read it because the Gospel of Peace is in fact the Gospel of Jesus. It’s as deep as any book by Hauerwas or Yoder that I’ve ever read but infinitely more readable for the lay person. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the words in this book are the utterances of a prophet. However, as with all prophetic utterances, I’m sure there will be a lot of opposition to it from those whom Brian describes as “the crowd.” However, there will be many others who will be transformed by the words that Christ has spoken through Brian Zahnd in this work. It takes the attentive, transparent spirit of a pastor to write a book like this, and a great amount of courage to publish it. This book is a call to all followers of Christ to lay their weapons down and follow Jesus. I encourage you to heed the call and bid farewell to Mars, the God of War, so that you can embrace the way of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.”
Rick Lee James
Author of “Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms”
We know Jesus the Savior, but have we met Jesus, Prince of Peace?
When did we accept vengeance as an acceptable part of the Christian life? How did violence and power seep into our understanding of faith and grace? For those troubled by this trend toward the sword, perhaps there is a better way.
What if the message of Jesus differs radically differs from the drumbeats of war we hear all around us?
My guest this week on Voices In My Head is Brian Zahnd and these are just a few of the questions he addresses in his latest book, A Farewell To Mars. Join us as we discuss this great new book more in more detail.
Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a nondenominational congregation in St. Joseph, Missouri. Brian is a passionate reader of theology and philosophy, an avid hiker, mountain climber, and authority on all things Bob Dylan. Brian and his wife Peri have three adult sons and three grandchildren.
I hope that you are all enjoying your week and that God is blessing you as you draw near to him in this Spring time of year. It always reminds me of newness and life. God is always doing new things in His world.
This has been a year of new things in my life. Most of you know that I released my first book this year and I have been so pleased with the response. Getting endorsements and encouragement form people I’ve admired for so long like Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Brett McCracken, and Matt Litton just to name a few has been a dream come true. I’ve also received some wonderful review on Amazon from new readers and I just feel so blessed.
The reason I’m writing is that a new opportunity has arisen which could be a real help in getting the book into the hands of more people. Dan Gummel is a talented voice actor who is very interested in narrating an audio version of my book. In order to cover his expenses and studio time I would need to raise about $1500.00 before distribution costs. Since we are in an audio/video society that frankly doesn’t read very much anymore, I feel like this audio book could be used to reach people who might not sit down to read a book, but would give it a listen in their car or while they exercise using their mobile devices.
Today, I’m simply asking if there is any interest level in helping to fund an audio book of Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms. I’d love to end each chapter with the song that corresponds allowing people to not only hear the chapter on the Psalm but then respond to it with music. I would love the chance to make this available, but I want to make sure it isn’t just me.
What are your thoughts? Any interest in supporting this endeavor or should I just leave it as is. I’d appreciate your thoughts and prayers on this as people who have been such a blessing to me in the past. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. I’m not asking you to give today, I really just want to know your thoughts.
Here is a sample of Dan reading a portion of the book so you can have an idea of what it will sound like.