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Rich Villodas, Ann Voskamp (Foreword by)

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An invitation to love like Jesus and step beyond distraction and division into the joy we long to experience--from the author of The Deeply Formed Life, winner of the Christianity Today Book Award.
“A stunning book with power to reshape our world . . . if we let it.”—Glenn Packiam, pastor and author of Blessed Broken Given

Sometimes, the world feels like it is tearing itself apart because we have not been taught to love. Our daily experience is marked by reactivity, impatience, unresolved conflicts, and the inability to hold space with one another. The impact on our bodies and most treasured relationships is overwhelming. But what if a different future is possible? What if we could find real peace, joy, and love?

In this dynamic book with fresh energy and classic truth, pastor and author Rich Villodas writes that the way towards wholeness, healing, and a new collective future is found in the ancient way of Jesus. Jesus offers a way of being human that is both strong and tender enough to tear down the walls of hostility we see and feel daily. Jesus presents us with a way of healing, reconciliation, humility, reflection, patience, empathy, truth-telling, and presence. It’s the way of the Cross, and the victorious path of the resurrection. We have not been trained to love well. Our society reminds us of this often. But what if that could change? What if we submitted ourselves to an ancient path that forms us out of sentimentality into self-giving love; out of anger and into compassion; out of fear and into hospitality?
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Original Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 0525654437
Item Weight: 0.5 lbs
Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 31 to 100 ratings
Good and Beautiful and Kind is a peaceful, gracious, and wise formulation of what it looks like to follow Jesus in a world ripping apart by a lack of love, by systemic powers, and by our own woundedness. Give yourself a retreat to spend time with this beautiful book.”—Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary

“We desperately need resources to heal the brokenness, deception, and deformation that has crept into the church. In this beautiful book, Rich Villodas lays out a vision, theology, framework, and life-giving practices to help us restore our integrity . . .”—Jon Tyson, author of Beautiful Resistance and pastor of Church of the City New York

“This book is a gift to us all! Rich not only identifies the fractures in our world and wounds in our souls, but he also provides a pathway to wholeness. In a broken and disillusioned world, these pages are full of hope and healing. You will discover that the ancient way of Jesus is actually the path to the future.”—Christine Caine, founder of A21 and Propel Women

“Reconciliation and justice require new frameworks and practices to reach the next generation. In this book, Rich Villodas has given us a path toward goodness, beauty, and kindness when we are rooted in the way of Jesus.”—Latasha Morrison, founder and CEO of Be the Bridge, and the New York Times bestselling author of Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation, ECPA 2021 Christian Book of the Year

“If the church has any hope of recovering its radiance, it will be the result of the kind of deep work [Villodas] leads us to embrace here. This is a stunning book with significant power to reshape our world…if we let it.”—Glenn Packiam, pastor and author of The Resilient Pastor and Blessed Broken Given

“It’s not a secret that we are living in difficult and fractured times. Such times can be reasons for not just helplessness but more dangerously, hopelessness. Thankfully, there are servant leaders like Pastor Rich Villodas who don’t pretend to have all the answers and yet are not afraid to invite us to walk ‘a better way.’”—Rev. Eugene Cho, president and CEO of Bread for the World, and author of Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian's Guide to Engaging Politics

“In Good and Beautiful and Kind, Rich charts, with masterful insight and pastoral clarity, both the root causes of the disease of our time and the spiritual antidotes that can lead to wholeness. For those of us praying, longing, and waiting for wholeness, this is an answered prayer.”—Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, pastor of the Gathering Place and president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition

“This book is for all those who need a reminder that even when times seem dim, there is a path that leads to brightness and abundant life.”—Jemar Tisby, PhD, author of The Color of Compromise and How to Fight Racism
Rich Villodas is the author of The Deeply Formed Life, winner of the Christianity Today Book Award, and the Brooklyn-born lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-five countries represented in Elmhurst, Queens. Prior to becoming lead pastor, he gave oversight to New Life's small group ministry and served as preaching pastor. Rich graduated with a BA in pastoral ministry and theology from Nyack College. He went on to complete his master's of divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading and writing on contemplative spirituality, justice-related issues, and the art of preaching. He's been married to Rosie since 2006 and they have two beautiful children, Karis and Nathan.

Author Residence: Elmhurst, NY

Author Hometown: Brooklyn, NY