Upside-Down Spirituality

The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life

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Enter a world where failure is success, endings are beginnings, and freedom is found as we learn to submit

It may sound counterintuitive, but the truth is that Christianity is not just a "nicer" version of the world we live in. It's a completely different, upside-down, backward faith. Somewhere along the way, we've forgotten that and instead accepted a boring, predictable, watered-down version of the life we were meant to live.

Now Chad Bird invites us to put our striving for success aside to embrace nine specific failures in the areas of our personal lives, our relationships, and the church. With compelling examples from the Bible and today, Bird paints an enticing picture of the countercultural life God wants for us. He helps us delight in all of the ways that Jesus turned the world upside down, allowing us to experience true freedom, not from our weaknesses but in the midst of them.


"A soul-stirring guide to grace in everyday life, brimming with heart, insight, and poetry."--David Zahl, director of Mockingbird Ministries and author of Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion

"Chad Bird has not just set the value of success on its head but has restored to success its true meaning."--Paul F. M. Zahl, retired Episcopal minister and theologian


Chad Bird
has served as a pastor, professor, and lecturer and is the author of several books, including Your God Is Too Glorious. He has contributed articles to The Lutheran Witness, Gottesdienst, The Gospel Coalition, Concordia Theological Quarterly, Modern Reformation, Mockingbird, Logia, Higher Things, and The Federalist. In addition to hosting chadbird.com, he is a regular contributor to christholdfast.org and 1517legacy.com. He lives in Texas.

Contributors

Chad Bird, Author

Chad Bird has served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, as assistant professor of Hebrew and exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and as a guest lecturer at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Novosibirsk, Siberia. He is the author of several books, including Your God Is Too Glorious, and has contributed articles to Lutheran Witness, Gottesdienst, The Gospel Coalition, Concordia Theological Quarterly, Modern Reformation, Mockingbird, Logia, Higher Things, and The Federalist. In addition to hosting chadbird.com, he is a regular contributor to christholdfast.org and 1517legacy.com. He lives in Texas.

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