Abandon fear and build something awesome

If we know God is real, let's pray as if he's actually listening. If we know he's good, let's reflect that goodness in the world. When our problems feel big, let's lean on the One who is bigger. Is that risky? "Sure," says Owen Strachan. "Embrace it anyway. It's literally the only way to live."

"Let's pray as if God is actually listening..."


about the book

How do you access a real, thriving, vibrant faith? You trust a big God, and you start living like he's real. It's time to put our comfort and ease and false security on the line. If we know God is real, let's pray as if he's actually listening. If we know he's good, let's reflect that goodness in the world. When our problems feel big, let's lean on the One who is bigger. Is that risky? "Sure," says Owen Strachan. "Embrace it anyway. It's literally the only way to live."

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endorsements

Some Christians are paralyzed by fear or indecision or constant second-guessing or by the blur of activity in their lives. In this book, Owen Strachan sets out to point out what's immobilizing you right now, and to give you the gospel coaching to run the race again. Read this book to stir up courage in yourself, or to equip you to do so for a brother or sister in need.
|| Russell D. Moore, Ph.D, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention ||
Owen Strachan takes us through a journey of the struggles of the ordinary Christian life. Refreshingly honest, he shares about his own current and past temptation to fear and shrink back all while challenging the reader to look to God's word and the gospel for the strength to take risks. In his words, "Jesus came to embolden us not to anesthetize us.  With humor and wisdom, Owen casts a vision for a risky life in our faith, marriages, work, churches, and culture. In the end we see that risking it all for the gospel isn't risking at all.
|| Trillia Newbell, author of United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity ||
My favorite books are those that lead me to want to thank the authors for writing them. This is one such work. Owen Strachan clarifies a compelling vision for fruitfulness and faithfulness in light of the work of Christ, but he does not stop there. He exhorts us to reach our full potential in Him by embracing the call to risk and shows that we can boldly live out this gospel calling no matter our walk of life. Thank you Owen for such an encouraging book.
|| Joe Crispin, Former Professional Basketball Player, Writer, Speaker ||
Could it be that the safest place in the world is in risking everything for the gospel? Risky Christianity is Christianity, argues Strachan. And so he calls us to give what we cannot keep to gain what we cannot lose. Many popular books and leaders will lead you down a risky and wrong path. But Strachan offers a reliable and readable account of what it means to risk everything for the gospel in life's major arenas. Please read, Christian, and learn to think and live well.
|| Jonathan Leeman, Author of Reverberation and The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love ||
Here's a book that would have done me a lot of good in my teens and 20s. But even a little later in life I'm grateful for how Owen impressed upon me the privilege of risking life that's secure in God. Read this book and embark of a life of 'empowered dependence' and 'winsome courage.
|| Collin Hansen, editorial director for The Gospel Coalition ||
This is a different kind of book from those around it. Whether you're a tired parent or a wide-eyed millennial (or some combination of both), Owen is writing to you. The vision of God in these pages is so glorious, and the grasp of the practical so relevant, that you will be compelled to live bold for fame of Jesus. There is no shortcut to Christian maturity, but Risky Gospel touches all the bases. Read it. Trust God. Build something.
|| Jonathan Parnell, Content Strategist, desiringGod.org ||
One of the worst--and most common--misunderstandings people have of Christianity is that it is a "religious decision" that has no impact on the rest of life.  In Risky Gospel, Owen Strachan takes that misunderstanding head-on, practically and biblically showing how the truths of Christianity impact every area of life, from family to church to the workplace.  This is a book that will help you think more biblically and clearly about what it means to follow Jesus in all of life.
|| Greg Gilbert, Author of What Is the Gospel and Pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY ||
There's a rumbling, thunderous joy rolling through the pages of Risky Gospel. Owen candidly describes how the Christian life is to be one of boldness, conviction, and intentionality. The kind of zeal he's talking about isn't haphazard and reactionary, but it flows from living in light of the joy-inciting gospel of Jesus Christ. What a timely message for the Church around the world!
|| Gloria Furman - cross-cultural worker, author of Glimpses of Grace ||

about the author

Owen Strachan is executive director of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and assistant professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky.  He also teaches for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

A contributing writer for The Gospel Coalition, Strachan has published six books and has authored essays forThe Atlantic, First Things, and Christianity Today.  Strachan completed a PhD in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an MDiv in Biblical & Theological Studies from SBTS, and an AB in History from Bowdoin College.  

He is married to Bethany and is the father of two children.  A member of Kenwood Baptist Church, he enjoys basketball and has made a rap CD.

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