Just in time for Black Friday binge-purchasing (get a box!), the new book is out. Here’s what completely unbiased, if well paid, blurbers say about it (these were shortened for the book jacket):
“With extraordinary single-mindedness, John Stackhouse’s discussion in Why You’re Here revolves around four fundamental realities: call, shalom, Jesus Christ, and salvation. All human beings are called to seek shalom. Christians are called, in addition, to extend Christ’s work of salvation. Single-minded but not simple-minded, Stackhouse recognizes the complexities of answering one’s call in the real world. Yet he never allows the reader to lose sight of the signposts: shalom and salvation. Lucid, wise, and passionate.” —Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University
“This book should become a classic. Too much attention is paid to various options of withdrawal from the world, or grand schemes to conquer it for Jesus, when what we most need is this realistic, hopeful, and practical approach. In fact, I think this is one of the best books ever written on shalom-keeping and disciple-making.” —Leonard Sweet, best-selling author, professor, and founder of preachthestory.com
“Stackhouse gently and astutely reminds us that Christian ethics are not simply about what’s right or wrong, but rather what it truly means to be Christian in this world. He inspires us to understand that we can love God, our neighbor and ourselves, simultaneously, as we follow our life’s calling—not only in our work, but in everything we do. I couldn’t put it down, definitely a must-read!” —Bonnie Pruett Wurzbacher, Chief Resource Development Officer of World Vision International; former Senior Vice-President, Coca-Cola
“In Why You’re Here, Stackhouse gives us a vital ethical vision for living well in our conflicted time. We’re invited into the hard, joyful work of being faithful and fruitful Christians. No retreating into naivety or partisanship or unobtainable purity. The reader is instead inspired in profound, practical, and loving ways to live in the real world. I highly recommend this book.” —Kent Annan, co-director of Haiti Partners and author of Slow Kingdom Coming
Who am I to remain blushingly silent before such generous words?
To be sure, it’s not for everyone, but only for a select group: politicians, pastors, parents, professors, philosophers, physicists, physiotherapists, painters, plumbers, police officers, pilots, pedlars, and people. If you know anyone like that, get ’em a book.