Mark Sayers is back in blogdom and throwing out some juicy thoughts on gospel and culture over here.
Mark is one of those blokes I never tire listening to so if you have an interest in 21st C western culture and how we engage in it as missionaries this blog is essential reading – especially for Aussies.
And while we’re on Mark his first book is now out and there is an official booklaunch in Melbourne to celebrate it.
‘The Trouble With Paris’ Book Launch
Sunday June 15th 3:30pm – 4:30pm
@ the Red East Space: Level 1, 878 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill
You can buy the book at the launch for $15.00 or you can head over to Amazon and get it there
The book gets an eclectic range of endorsements:
“These are great tools for everyone trying to find the Way, the Truth, and the Life in a world of shortcuts, deception, and death. Amid the noise and seductions of our culture, may Mark’s work help us to be both relevant and peculiar to this chaotic world. May we raise up a generation of radical nonconformists with everything that is wrong in the world, a generation that turns the world upside down so that it aligns with the Kingdom of God.”
Shane Claiborne, Author of The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
Mark has something fresh to say about what can kill your soul and who can salvage it.
John Ortberg, Pastor and Author, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
Mark Sayers is something of a spiritual genius who is able to both name and diagnose the angst of an entire generation caught up in the web of consumerism and hyperreality. This book is laced with the kind of wise and prophetic insights that take the reader to the heart of some of the most important issues of our age. Nothing less than a clue to the spiritual healing of a generation lies hidden in the pages of this book.
Alan Hirsch Author of The Forgotten Ways and author (with Michael Frost) of The Shaping of Things To Come. Alan is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network
Mark Sayers’ new book The Trouble with Paris is outstanding. Well informed, insightful, articulate, and down to earth are just a few thoughts that come to mind when describing this tour de force. Sayers has a unique ability to put his finger on the pulse of contemporary culture and Christianity, and he proves to be a capable guide through the thickets of that which is counterfeit and fake. Today we’re submersed in the media driven and publicity shaped hollow promises of hyperreality, which are driving us to embrace the unreal and consequently an impoverished spirituality. Reading this powerful book will help us get back to the real and lead us to a rediscovery of our spiritual bearings for the present and the future.
In working with Swiss L’Abri for over twenty years now, my take on this book
is that it’s exactly what we need to get our priorities aligned with living in God’s reality, instead of trying and failing to make it up as we go along. Hyperreality is deceptively addictive, and if we are to touch a generation of people for the sake of Christ, it is books like Sayers’ The Trouble with Paris that will help pave the way. Highly recommended.
Dr. Gregory J. Laughery, Author of Living Spirituality: Illuminating the Path and teacher with L’Abri Fellowship, Switzerland
Its great to see Mark’s brilliance recognised and now in print. If you haven’t come across him before then I’d encourage you to check out both blog and book!