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God's Country

Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church
God's Country

By author: Brad Roth
Product Code: 80161
ISBN: 9781513801612
Pages: 280
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 inches

Publication Date: 8/25/2017

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With the poetic force of Kathleen Norris and the pastoral warmth of Eugene Peterson, Kansas pastor Roth sets forth a vision for vibrant rural churches, for ministry in congregations that bear a profound sense of both loss and possibility, and for harvesting fruits of transformation and renewal. Rooted in stories from Scripture, his own ministry, and interviews with rural church leaders, Roth offers a sturdy theological and practical alternative to church-growth strategies that rely on success stories and flashy metrics. Reclaiming God’s vision for the rural church, Roth writes, means learning how to praise, abide, watch, pray, grow, work the edges, die, befriend, and dream. In God’s Country, rediscover the stunning abundance of God’s presence in rural communities. Name the ways that the rural church testifies to God’s glory and goodness. Learn to live and love and minister right where you are, no matter how small or unassuming it may seem.

Winner of the Award of Merit, Christianity Today 2018 Book Awards, The Church / Pastoral Leadership category.

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Review by: Donnie Griggs, author of Small Town Jesus and pastor of One Harbor Church - August 7, 2017
“Brad Roth really understands rural ministry—he understands the challenges and yet still loves living and ministering in a rural town. I found God's Country helpful and inspiring, and I think you will too.”
Review by: Leonard Sweet, Theologian and futurist, from foreword - July 7, 2017
“You can sense Brad Roth’s love for rural people on every page in this book. . . . This is a book I will assign to divinity students and to a prominent position on my shelf.”
Review by: Will Willimon, Professor of the practice of Christian ministry, Duke Divinity School - July 7, 2017
“Brad Roth has done a wonderful, unusual thing: thought about the rural church in a way that combines both honesty and hope.”
Review by: Tracey Bianchi, Worship and teaching pastor, Christ Church of Oak Brook - July 7, 2017
“Filled with wisdom and grace and a tenacious love for rural communities, which have much to teach us all. I recommend it highly!”
Review by: Michele Hershberger, Bible professor, Hesston College - July 7, 2017
“God’s Country is a beautiful book. Brad Roth tackles our temptation to either deplore the state of the rural church or romantically glorify it. And best of all, he calls us to love.”
Review by: Tom Montgomery Fate, Author of Steady and Trembling and Cabin Fever - July 7, 2017
“Brad Roth deftly weaves his social and theological analysis of the rural church in America with his own experiences. Readers will come to understand the problem and promise of the rural church in all its complexity.”
Review by: David Boshart, Moderator, Mennonite Church USA - July 7, 2017
“A balm to the soul for all who seek the kingdom in rural communities. For anyone who fears that the sun has set on vibrant rural congregations, Brad Roth offers a sage call for hope and renewal.”

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