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About The Book
- Did you ever wonder if God has a bigger purpose for your life?
- Do you find it hard to believe that God wants to use you to do something extraordinary?
- Are you struggling to figure out what your purpose is?
It’s time for an awakening.
Gerard Long, executive director of Alpha USA, was a rising young British athlete when he experienced the awakening that turned his life upside down and radically changed his heart. In many ways, he was on the top of the world – he had a promising career, the love of a lifetime, and financial success. But while he knew of God’s love, he didn’t live from that love. God had a life-altering revelation in store for Gerard, and it resulted in a new purpose for his life. Awakening to God invites you on the same adventure. Gerard shares biblical truth and practical advice gained through his spiritual journey – a journey filled with incredible joy and devastating brokenness.
Awakening to God compels us to go and live the abundant life given to us in Christ. To rediscover the gospel that calls us to action. To become fishers of men. To change the world. With our hearts awakened and envisioned, we are ready to learn how to ‘fish for people.’ Following Jesus’ model and using many real life stories, Awakening to God explains how to share God’s love with people outside the Church. Flowing from these relationships, it explains how to wait for the right time to invite people to church, to Alpha or other evangelistic initiatives. Awakening to God aims to help awaken Christ followers to God’s mission and purpose.
God is on the move, and he’s calling your name.
The pages of this book have the capacity to stir a Spirit-prodded appetite for God’s awakenings in your life as a Christ follower. As you read, may you invite God to awaken in you a greater awareness of his presence and activity in your life – and in the lives of those you impact in his name.
Foreword by Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
“An inspiring book for anyone exploring the adventure of faith!”
Bear Grylls, adventurer, author, TV presenter
Awakening to God is a great read for anyone interested in knowing God and joining with him in his rescue mission for men and women across the globe.
Roma Downey Burnett, actor, author, producer of the major motion picture
Awakening to God provides some wonderful keys for every Christ follower to be empowered, envisioned, and equipped to reach family and friends with the wonderful news of Jesus Christ. Following Jesus’ instructions, Gerard Long shows that evangelism should start and continue with God’s love and power being poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. He points out that the first 120 Christ followers turned the world upside down, and there is still great hope for America to have another awakening!
Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker and lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC
My life’s mission is to be a loving teacher and example of simple truths, helping myself and others to awaken to the presence of God in our lives. That was not my life’s mission until my early fifties, when my wonderful Christian friends awakened me to the presence of God in my life. Read Gerard Long’s book, Awakening to God, so you can become more awake yourself and become that kind of friend to others.
Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus
What a story! What reality! What relief and joy and peace to be reminded of the never-ending love of God, even in the midst of excruciating pain—pain that Gerard Long and his family know all too well. In this wonderful book, Gerard shares the power and importance of spiritual awakening—that moment when a person comes alive to God through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ. Whether you are already a follower of Jesus or still searching for spiritual reality, Awakening to God will arouse you out of your spiritual slumber and get you going on a life of spiritual relevance that will have eternal consequences.
Luis Palau, world evangelist
This is a moving and deeply personal book which I wholeheartedly recommend….
The Right Reverend Sandy Millar Honorary Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of London, former Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton
When God stirs our soul, He does so in the midst of authentic, and at times devastating circumstances. His pursuing love is powerful and unrelenting. In Awakening to God, Gerard Long personally invites readers into the depth of his own personal journey with Christ; including a transparent account of personal tragedy and brokenness. Honesty invites response. And with a clear perspective on God’s love and sacrifice, every reader will be transported to a place of personal and lasting awakening. The kind of deep spiritual awakening that changes everything.
Dan Wolgemuth, President/CEO, Youth for Christ/USA
Life, with its unpredictable twists and turns, alters or deepens perspective and outlook. Gerard Long’s path could have turned him into an angry person. Instead, he has sought God’s presence and guidance. Instead of turning bitter Gerard grew deeper in faith, to an extent that people marvel at his equanimity in the midst of crises. The root of Gerard’s strength is declared in the title of this book and revealed as he shares lessons learned and insights received from God’s Word. Gerard Long knows who he is and whose he is.
Randall Bach, President, Open Bible Churches
In an articulate and powerful way, Gerard Long speaks to the brokenness and suffering of a world that we must all confront. His amazing, personal transparency—interwoven with the life-transforming Word of God—challenges each of us to become visible proof of Christ’s love and grace extended to offer healing hope and eternal life in practical ways.
Kay Horner, Executive Director, Awakening America Alliance
How gladly I commend my good friend Gerard Long’s book, Awakening to God. It is a unique blending of his personal story-finding and staying with God in deep sorrows. It also highlights how he walks daily in a vibrant love relationship with God. Finally, it is excellent for helping God’s people step into the adventure of sharing Christ as a way of life. So, it is three books in one. The Christian in suffering, daily living, and a life of sharing. Wow, it is good!
Lon Allison Pastor of Teaching and Outreach, Wheaton Bible Church, Former Executive Director, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, USA
Gerard Long lives and breathes out a contagious passion for Jesus Christ like few men I’ve known. He and his wife Jeannie are fellow sojourners in real life and their hearts have been formed both by God’s grace and intense pain. The words of this book are nourishment to any soul who longs to know more fully the love of Christ, those who desires to experience the depths of the mysteries of God, becoming people set free to serve in a lost and broken world. I strongly urge you to spend time in its pages! Be ready to be awakened.
Doug Nuenke U.S. President, The Navigators
In “Awakening to God” Gerard Long relates compelling account of personal conversion to Christ and from that vantage point leads the reader in a coherent manner from the spiritual “pre-requisites” to practical advice for evangelization. Christians from all faith traditions are sure to find both inspiration and wisdom to embrace anew Jesus’s call to make disciples of all nations – beginning with the person next door.
Most Rev. Michael Byrnes, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
Genuine – the word is reserved for the authentic, the honest, the pure and the real. Gerard Long is genuine and Awakening to God is a genuine read that everyone should experience. The personal journey of Gerard and his family reveals genuine character development in trusting God. The honesty expressed in these chapters liberates us in our walk with Christ. The passion to awaken to the call to make disciples is the pure heart of Jesus for the Church. Awakening to God is what so many of us cry for and pray for today: the genuine.
Charles, G. Scott, General Bishop, Pentecostal Church of God
Awakening To God offers Biblical principles and practical insights into how God can use each of us in the lives of others. I appreciate how Gerard Long uses many examples from his own life to lead us on a personal journey of growing faith, brokenness, and responding to God’s plan for us. I know that you will be encouraged by Awakening To God!
Daryl Nuss, Executive Director/CEO, National Network of Youth Ministries
Awakening to God may be the book for which the Holy Spirit is waiting to split history and launch a fresh Great Awakening. Harvest is coming, but not until the church awakens in obedience and arises to be fishers of men. Intimate, personal, painful, transparent! You will not be able to put Awakening to God down. You will weep, you will rejoice… you will grow. Then you will pick it up again.
Jeff Farmer, Chairman, PCCNA
As I read this book it immediately captured my attention, the more I read the deeper my heart was challenged. I sat at my desk unable to do much but weep and cry out to God, “Lord, make me an instrument of your love.” Awakening to God takes you on a journey into The Fathers heart and helps you understand that His desire is for all to come to know God in a personal and deep relationship and the way is by shining light through us. The author, through profound life experiences that most would not endure, captures the essence of what it is to walk in the light and to be light. This book is a must read for all Christians.
Fermin Garcia, Pastor of Grupo Unidad-Tijuana Mexico, Director of INSTE Bible College Mexico, Director of NHCLC Mexico chapter
Awakening to God is a remarkable book written by a remarkable man. Gerard Long shares with us greatly helpful content regarding how we can become active and fulfilled followers of Jesus Christ. He opens his life to us in powerful ways as he shares his victories and some unusually painful challenges. Gerard demonstrates for us that although it is not always easy to follow Jesus Christ, He uses our mountain and valley experiences to mold us to become more and more like Jesus. I highly recommend this book to you.
Paul Cedar, Chairman, Mission America Coalition
Gerard Long has experienced hard battles in life, but his faith in Jesus Christ stands undiminished. It is inspiring that his desire to share his faith is stronger than ever.
Nicky Gumbel, pioneer of Alpha and senior pastor of HTB London
Awakening to God is truly a wake-up call for us all to be on mission, wherever we are living life, and to discover the ultimate and true plan God has for each of us. Gerard’s experience in the corporate world, along with his years of leadership with Alpha, gives him major street cred to write this book. I highly recommend it!
Brad Lomenick, author of The Catalyst Leader, former president and key visionary of Catalyst
Gerard Long personifies the hope embedded in a classic psalm: “Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” His personal tragedies expose in him a faith that enables him to both move mountains and to “be still” and know that Christ is God. In his new book, Awakening to God, Gerard shines the light of Jesus and empowers the reader to engage in a journey of faith, love, truth, and life.
Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC, the Hispanic Evangelical Association
With gentleness, grace, and a sense of urgency, Gerard Long calls us to a great awakening that will affect us personally and in community. He focuses on our coming alive to God’s love and purpose; to the Holy Spirit; to God’s calling to go and make disciples; to brokenness; to eternity; and to the opportunity God gives us, and the provision he provides, to seize that opportunity. He invites us to invite others to “come and see.” This is not a dry how-to book on evangelism and discipleship. Instead, it’s simply one changed person sharing with the rest of us what God has done in his life and what God has in mind for ours.
Denny Rydberg, president of Young Life
Awakening to God is a breath of fresh air, a rejuvenating invitation to the fundamentals of Christian life and witness. If your spiritual life is in a rut and you’re longing to get back to your first love, this book is for you. If you’re wondering whether God has a deeper purpose for your life, this book is for you. If you’ve ever found yourself unsure of how to share the gospel in a world that questions the gospel’s continued relevance, this book is for you.
Jim Liske, president and CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries
Awakening to God is a must-read for pastors and church leaders. It will not only awaken you to God’s call and power in your own life, but it will also help your church awaken to its full purpose and potential.
Scott Evans, president of Outreach Inc.,
Gerard Long is a sincere, passionate man with street credibility in both the business domain and the church. In Awakening to God, I appreciate Gerard’s straightforward way of sharing about his brokenness and the beauty of Christ in the midst of his journey. This is a practical guide for those who want to share about their relationship with Jesus in a way that is more real, supernatural, organic, and clear.
Dave Gibbons, founder of Newsong Church and XEALOTS
Gerard Long has written a vital and vibrant book that will both encourage and challenge you. He is a man of deep experience who knows of what he speaks. Definitely a worthy read.
Gregory W. Slayton, author of the national bestseller Be a Better Dad Today: Ten Tools Every Father Needs
The early church grew exponentially because people were drawn by their passion for Jesus. Today, we have the same opportunity—and the same responsibility. Awakening to God will renew your spirit and inspire you to be more intentional about building relationships with people who don’t know God.
Mac McQuiston, CEO/president of the CEO Forum, Inc.
Awakening to God not only tells the surprising, moving story of how God changed one man’s life forever, it is a practical, gentle wake-up call to sleeping people everywhere. If you’re stuck in a rut, underwhelmed by life, and not sure your life could ever be much different, this is the book for you!
Don Everts, author of Go and Do: Becoming a Missional Christian
Awakening to God shows us how God’s love can enter any situation and bring true transformation. From the lessons of a life filled with joys and sorrows, Long beautifully shows how God loves us, equips us, and sustains us as we go and make disciples.
Kerry Knott, president of the C. S. Lewis Institute
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