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Wide Awake Faith in a World Fast Asleep

Watch is a study in the “Stay awake”, “Be alert” passages of the New Testament. Running through the Gospels and epistles is a clear, consistent theology of wakefulness. Watch is utterly unique in its focus and synthesis of this crucial teaching.


Wide Awake Faith in a World Fast Asleep
By Rick James

To be asleep is to be oblivious to being oblivious. The danger of sleep is the danger of carbon monoxide: it's colorless and odorless, and you're anesthetized before you know it―before you ever hit the floor. And for the follower of Jesus, it's just as dangerous―because the Christian who is "asleep" is spiritually unreceptive. If anything will be our undoing, sleep will.

In this thoughtful, engaging, challenging book, Rick James dives deep into the New Testament's teachings on spiritual wakefulness, calling Christ-followers to defy the darkness and remain awake as they await Christ's return. Because being awake―continually in prayer, watchful for God's will, expectant of open doors, cautious of sin, desiring to serve, eager to repent, continuously giving thanks, willing to witness, embracing of humility, overflowing with kindness, persevering in obedience―changes everything.

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Watch is one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read in a long, long, time.”
—Mark Batterson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Circle Maker
Lead Pastor of National Community Church

"Whether you grow up in a Christian community or come to faith later, the practice of that faith can be baffling. Rick James knows this well. Here he charts Christian life from its beginning in basic commitment to its end in glory. Casually, carefully, quickly, with personal stories and vivid illustrations drawn from both literature and ordinary life, he shows readers a clear path through the maze. Lest readers languish, he declares, 'Wake up! Don’t just smell the flowers; follow Christ. Here’s how.'”
—James W. Sire, author of The Universe Next Door


Rick serves as the publisher of Cru Press. He speaks at conferences and campuses and is author of numerous ministry resources and several books including A Million Ways to Die (David C. Cook, 2010), Jesus Without Religion (IVP, 2006), and Watch (NavPress/Tyndale, 2017). Rick’s M.Div. is from Trinity and he’s currently finishing a Ph.D in Philosophy of Religion at Southeastern Baptist Seminary. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife Katie.

ISBN: 978-1-63146-508-6
Format: Softcover, NavPress/Tyndale Publisher, 2017
Page Count: 272 pages

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Book Authors Rick James
Ministry CruPress
Topic Discipleship / Follow Up
Media Book
Language English