Wipf & Stock
If you’ve been following along over the past year or so, then you already know about the successful Kickstarter Campaign and most of the journey towards publishing , but I wanted to let you know that “The Art of the Christian Ninja” book is now OFFICIALLY available for purchase!
Click Here to Read an Excerpt (used by permission from Wipf & Stock Publishers)
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*E-Book versions are on the way.
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What is The Art of the Christian Ninja Book?
If this is all new information to you, then let me explain a bit where this came from from.
The first thing you should know is that this book is not a collection of blog-posts or sermons that you will find on the website — it’s something completely different. The idea for the book came a long time before the website.
I wrote this book as an introduction to personal, private discipleship. The name “The Art of The Christian Ninja” was birthed from an encounter I had with God after reading Matthew 6:1-4.
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven…. do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
He gave me new eyes to see this truth from a different angle and it spawned in my mind something that I couldn’t shake: the importance of the secret side of faith. There are lots of great devotional books and discipleship guides to help people live their faith out loud, but I wanted The Art of the Christian Ninja to be different. This book is meant to inspire believers to build their relationship with God in ways that no one else sees.
That’s why I wanted it to be more than just another “book”. That’s why I partnered with artist Martin Murtonen to create something unique – I wanted it to be different. I wanted it to be a partnership between art and writing, a balance of black ink and white-space, a tying together of teaching and questions, meditation and practice, humour and study. It’s a journey, a meditation, a conversation, and a training ground to help believers become the Christian Ninjas God wants to help them to be. The art, humour and focused chapters are designed to inspire young readers and challenge seasoned believers to explore a part of their faith that they may not have considered before – the secret part.
It has been read by Christians of different maturity levels — from new believers to mature elders — and each said it helped them grow in different ways. I tried to avoid big words but never shied away from big concepts, in the hope of making it accessible to young believers and old. I’m also hoping that Christian teachers will use it as a jumping off point to get their students talking about how they serve and encounter God in different ways. (That’s why I’m working on releasing some presentation slides with extra discussion questions and study options.)
To get an idea of the topics covered, here are the chapter titles:
- The Christian Ninja’s Source of Power: (The Art of Dependence)
- Your Daily Exercises: (The Art of Devotions)
- Hiding in Plain Sight: (The Art of Infiltration)
- Staying Clean in a Dirty Place: (The Art of Purity)
- Travelling Light: (The Art of Simplicity)
- An Agent of Light: (The Art of Sabotage)
- Covert Operations: (The Art of Ghostly Giving)
- The Christian Ninja at War Part I: (The Art of Combat)
- The Christian Ninja at War Part II: (The Art of Assassination)
I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from those who have read the book and think it has the potential to help people grow a little closer to God.