Busy? Yes. Fruitful? No. Many of us lead frenzied lives—but feel we are going nowhere. Every day you may be asking yourself, “How can I become a voice of hope when the problems are so great? How can I envision my circumstances through God’s eyes and respond to others with the passions of his heart when the dry details of the day take over? How do I begin to live a deeper, richer faith that unleashes God’s transforming work in and through me?” Paul Richardson draws on stories from his life as a change specialist in the world’s largest Muslim country to explore what causes us to be deactivated—pinned down under life’s fluctuating circumstances, personal apathy, and disappointment. Richardson reminds us that the Creator designed each one of us to engage the complexities of our world with creative solutions. Rather than offering a series of how-to steps, Richardson offers you a refreshing vision of what a Spirit-fueled life looks like—a vision that sees Christianity as a fluid, innovative call to love. You will come away with a deeper awareness of your dreams, a renewed passion for faith in action, and a richer understanding of how God created you to live.
What is A Certain Risk About?
In his memoir, A Certain Risk, author Paul Richardson reminds you that the Creator designed you to engage the complexities of your world with creative solutions. Rather than offering a series of how-to steps, Richardson offers you a refreshing vision of what a Spirit-fueled life looks like—a vision that sees Christianity as a fluid, innovative call to love. Many of us lead frenzied lives—but feel we are going nowhere.
Every day you may be asking yourself: 'How can I become a voice of hope when the problems are so great? How can I envision my circumstances through God's eyes and respond to others with the passions of his heart when the dry details of the day take over? How do I begin to live a deeper, richer faith that unleashes God's transforming work in and through me?' Drawing on stories from his life as a change specialist in the world's largest Muslim country, Richardson explores what causes you to be pinned down under life's fluctuating circumstances, personal apathy, and disappointment, and he helps you seek the Spirit-fueled life that can set you free. You will come away with a deeper awareness of your dreams, a renewed passion for faith in action, and a richer understanding of how God created you to live … straight from the heart of the Creator.
“Some readers measure a book by how many sentences/paragraphs they underline or highlight with a marker for future reference. Based on this criteria and the number of times I used a yellow marker…your book is a super champ.” -Dean, in San Diego, California
“I am very much enjoying A Certain Risk. I sprinkle readings of it throughout the week during my morning devotions. Sometimes I end up reading a whole chapter at once, or at least several pages. This morning, though, I only got through two pages before being drawn into prayer.” – Nicole, in Denver, Colorado
“Truly inspiring.” – Brett in Long Beach, California
“This is an amazing book.” – Priscilla in Ontario, Canada
“I want to go through it again – it’s that kind of book.” – Rich in Kansas
“Like fine wine.” – David in Pasadena, California
“I appreciate that RISK is causing me to think of creativity in broader terms. For years I have thought of myself as a creative person–though not as an "artist." RISK helped me see that my definition and perspective are too narrow.” – Carol, in Orlando, Florida
“I just finished reading Paul's book! It was challenging, exciting and inspiring!” – Deb in Kansas
“Thank you for your challenges and for your heart. Keep writing!!! and praise the Lord that Zondervan is publishing such good books as this.” – Patsy in the Philippines
“I finished it in about 3 days, and now I am tackling it again with highlighter in hand. Just wanted to say thank you. I have been moved and challenged in an amazing way, and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I believe God wanted me to hear your message, and I will share it with all who see the canvas of my life. I never considered myself a creative person, I can't draw, paint, sing, or play any instrument. Now I know that those thoughts are wrong, and that I too can redefine creativity in my own life. I am excited to begin this journey, and am praying in a new and purposeful way. Again, thank you!” – Kari in Garden Grove, California
“I began by comparing my experience of A Certain Risk to my experience of Waking the Dead by John Eldredge because I felt like, although said differently, the message is very similar. I tell people that Waking the Dead is a resource book for me. When I open it I feel the flames of the Holy Spirit. And as I was sharing with a friend the other day, the Spirit reminded me of Paul's advice to Timothy to stir up the gifts that the Father has given. A Certain Risk has been a fanning of the flames, a stirring up of the gifts for me. I have been telling the Father that I want to be more responsive to Him. I have asked for more revelation and for my eyes to be even more open to what He sees around me and for me to see the way He does.” – Kathleen in Texas
“God is using this book and will use it for many. I have mentioned it to several people because it fits in so well with the topic of conversation at any given time.” – Nancy in Cincinnati
“I can hardly put it down. It's so neat to read and hear your voice. Then I started to hear God's voice through yours. Awesome! “ – Bruce in Indiana
“It was read from cover to cover in one sitting, which has only been achieved by two other authors: Brother Andrew and the Heavenly Man. Unquestionably Paul is a modern-day poet, and has set the bar very high for every other Christian author out there.” – Mark, in Victoria, British Columbia
“It is a very challenging, thought-provoking, inspiring book, not the kind one would just breeze through, but more what I would classify as a, "meat and potatoes" book.” – David, in Pennsylvania