Monday, October 19, 2009

Blog Tour: O2 - Breathing New Life Into Faith

Breathe in. Breathe out.

OK, now that you've gotten that detail figured out - you every few seconds of your life - you have the beginning premise of Richard Dahlstorm's newest book "O2: Breathing New Life Into Faith."

Dahlstrom, pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, has penned what may become a new classic for the emergent church - a look at the spiritual disciplines in a new way.

He divides the "disciplines" into two categories - those that impact the person internally or through "inhaling" and those that involve doing something or "exhaling."

Inhaling disciplines include: solitude,  prayer, and reading the Bible.

Exhailing disciplines include: service, hospitality and living generously.

Through it all, he weaves a variety of personal stories, all designed to show Christians of all ages and stages, a way to incorporate faith into their lives - so that they can develop a living, vibrant faith.

So What Do I Think?
Even if the thought of integrating spiritual disciplines into your life makes you cringe (or feel inadequate), I truly believe this book will make you think.

Dahlstrom has an easy writing style, which will at least let you begin a conversation, either with yourself or a small group, related to how Christians interact with these topics.

As someone who "grew" in faith reading Richard Foster (another contemporary theologian), I'm not sure what I expected in O2. Frankly, the book didn't immediately "click" with me like Foster's writings. However, that doesn't mean it's not good or a potential resource for Christians wanting to know more.

Honestly, I'm still processing some of his ideas and trying to see how they can directly impact my life. I am tired of reading books and saying "great," what 's next. I'm trying to savor this book and see what new things it can teach me about prayer, solitude and the Sabbath.

Yes, I'm technically writing this review on my sabbath from my job as a children's pastor, so you can see, I still have a lot to learn about the disciplines and how they impact my faith journey.

So I think O2 is definitely worth a read - and probably more than just a read. I think it's a great way to explore some "vital" issues that impact a Christian's life. At the vary least, you may find yourself having a much needed conversation with Jesus. 

A Bit More About Richard Dahlstrom
Richard Dahlstrom is Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, in the heart of the city, among university students, young professionals, families, the homeless, and the elderly.

He is also a popular teacher in North America and Europe for the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers. He holds a M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary. Find out more about Dahlstrom at:

A Few Extras You Can Explore
* Watch a video about the book: Click here!
* Read the first chapter of the book and download a copy of a free study guide: Click here!
* Reach an excerpt from the book: Click here (a second link if you have trouble with the first).
* Follow Pastor Richard on Twitter - @raincitypastor 
* See what others think of this book: Click here for the blog tour list.

A Contest

Win a signed copy of 02 for yourself! There are two ways to enter! The winners will be announced 10/26.

1. Jump over to Pastor Richard’s blog “Pastoral Musings from Rain City” ( ) and leave a comment between October 5th and October 24th. Just say hi or tell Pastor Richard what you liked about his book, or share with him how you’ve experienced ‘new life’ in your faith!

2. Tweet this:
@raincitypastor Pub. Weekly voted Breathing New Life into Faith as top 10 book in 2008 check it out! #02

As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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