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Colors of Hope, The: Becoming People of Mercy, Justice, and Love

Colors of Hope, The: Becoming People of Mercy, Justice, and Love [Kindle Edition]

Richard Dahlstrom

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The Christian life, says Richard Dahlstrom, should be guided by the intentional goal of blessing the lives of the friends, loved ones, and strangers in our midst. We are called to impact a culture that, for all the rhetoric about hope, is overwhelmingly preoccupied with personal peace, prosperity, protection, and survival. Christians should be artists who paint with the colors of hope in a broken world, embodying Christ's redemptive presence in our personal lives, our work, and our relationships.

This inspiring and practical book offers tools for living out this vision in daily life, with special attention given to the challenges we face in staying focused on the mission of imparting hope to others even while dealing with our own personal issues. Anyone who wishes they could have an impact on the world will cherish this unique book.

Über den Autor

Richard Dahlstrom is pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington, and is a conference and Bible college speaker. He is also the author of O2: Breathing New Life into Faith, which was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best Christian books of 2008.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 731 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 220 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0801013569
  • Verlag: Baker Books (1. Mai 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004WOS1IS
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Provides Needed Realism in the Pursuit of Missional Living. 20. Mai 2011
Von Larry Shallenberger - Veröffentlicht auf
The Colors of Hope is a manifesto that invites Christ followers to reclaim its mandate to be agents of redemption through our relationships, work, and hobbies. Richard's pastoral eye provides him with a unique vantage point that sets his book apart from the rest literature on Christian living. Here's three things I caught my eye in "Colors" that made me pause, think, and reconsider my perspective:

Those who wish to paint with hope must be observant. Dahlstrom writes about his friendship with a master painter and art teacher. One of the first tasks the painter needed to accomplish with her students was teaching them to see the detail of their subjects. It wasn't enough to notice a shadow, the students needed to see the rich gradient of shades that made up the shadow. In the same way, we need to be sure that we're actually seeing people as God sees them. Richard offered practical and wise ways to notice how we label, judge, and categorize others. For me, the book provided me with a fresh challenge to see and enjoy people for who they are.

You cannot be an effective "artisan of hope" without a strong theology of suffering. So much of what passes for books on missional living reads like the transcript of a Tony Robbins seminar. Lot's of "Rah, Rah" but light on realism. Richard acknowledges that one of the challenges of painting with hope is that life is difficult and challenges our own belief in the hope we aspire to depict. Dahlstrom writes:

"Apparently the deeper colors of pain and deprivation can spill onto the canvas of the faithful as easily as the colors of peace and contentment. Until we wrap our minds and hearts around this, we're in danger of forever seeking to create and live in a pastel world, when what we really need is to leaven how to be people of hope in the midst of bloody colors of suffering, shortcomings, and the loss that comes with living in a fallen world. Helmut Thielicke, the great German Theologian, said that America's inadequate theology of suffering is her greatest Achilles heel, that weakness that, if not addressed, is in danger of making her infertile." (p. 126)

Pastor Dahlstrom goes on to outline this theology of suffering, using surprising examples from the Bible and his own life. This lesson, for me, with the year I've have, is worth the price of the book.

A painting is made up of thousands of mundane strokes. Again, Richard's realism shines though. He openly acknowledges that living this type of life is often mundane. Painting with mercy, justice, and love is occurs one decision- one relational transaction- at a time. Usually, the painting doesn't take shape until after a life time of these brush strokes have been made.

I recommend The Colors of Hope for the same reason I recommend Lamott's Bird by Bird. In Bird by Bird, Anne pulls back the curtain and shows us what the life of a writer is really like. Richard Dahlstrom does the same thing in The Colors of Hope. By doing so he gives us, not just the ideals of missional living, but a model of what the life of an "artisan of hope" looks like.

Thanks, Richard.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Missing Message Found! 27. Mai 2011
Von Chris Gough - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am going to take a break from my normal (less then serious) reviews to acknowledge The Colors of Hope.

If you are looking for a book that captures the spirit and essence of a healthy, authentic, missional and joy-filled Christian life, you have found it.

The book's continuous theme is that of an artist creating a unique expression on a canvas...the canvas is the life you have been given and Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly are the primary colors used to make create a masterpiece. What results from this art is beauty, adventure, truth, meaning and hope.

In a Christian culture unbalanced by music, preaching and (afterlife only) evangelism...this book offers a refreshing reminder that God's Kingdom is is now and it is full of color!

This is not an overly scholarly debate of Micah 6:8, instead the book follows a (biblical) model of story telling to convey its premises'... using real life narratives to underscore the message. Richard's deep knowledge of scripture and its themes, and his open recounting of his own story keep the book authentic, applicable and sharp. I found the section on Justice to be particularly powerful.

I have already given this book as a gift and wholeheartedly recommend it to both those who have a faith in Christ and those who are seeking truth. The Colors of Hope is very approachable but firm in its conclusion that we are made in God's (creative) image and are loved infinitely and are therefore able to be a blessing to others.

Looking forward to more from Richard Dahlstrom!!!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Contemporary Inspirational Read 28. Oktober 2012
Von Davey Jones - Veröffentlicht auf
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Dahlstrom has this incredibly disarming authenticity, like he could submerse you in a sea of despair and raise you up to dry off in the radiant and blinding sunlight of idealism before you realized that his words had reached your consciousness. Instead, though, he constantly deflates the romanticism of a perfect Christian world and provides seemingly mundane, but substantially realistic and sustainable, guiding principles.

I can imagine that somebody struggling or learning would easily grant a five-star rating. I'm not renovating walls in my life, though, only patching up loose bricks. When I come to that day where I need it more desperately, I'll inevitably promote my rating.

Unfortunately most of pop culture won't get past more widely known and superficial and short-lived fads that come in the forms of books. But those few that manage to stumble across Dahlstrom will certainly cherish his writing for a far longer time.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A jolt of electricity to shock lukewarm faith 29. Juni 2011
Von C. T. Krispin - Veröffentlicht auf
If you are content and happy with where you are in your journey of faith, and if you prefer that your happy little boat not be rocked, steer clear of this book. For some reason, God has decided to give Richard Dahlstrom a remarkable life, or at least a deeper-than-usual sensitivity to the remarkable aspects of a normal life, characterized by full-frontal confrontations with what the apostle James referred to as "faith without deeds."

For years, like many of us who have been Christians for most of our lives, Richard was marching along happily in God's army, about the business of saving sinners, when he discovered the things that seem to matter most to God (judging by the attention they are given in scripture), and how the things God seems to prioritize are often not the same things his followers prioritize, if you consider how we spend our time, money, and words.

Using the analogy of art - specifically, visual art - Richard explores what the Lord wants from his people, according to Micah 6:8 (incidentally, a governing passage in my life). Referring to these as the "primary colors," he explores what it looks like to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

With a refreshing sense of his own fallibility coupled with a zeal for sucking every last bit of watermelon off the rind of life, Richard strikes me as a middle-aged man who never quite got the memo that he's reaching the age where he should start slowing down and letting the next generation pick up the slack. Far from it, as I learned on Easter Sunday. Richard is too busy building wells in Africa, teaching theology classes in India (and many other places), and challenging his flock at Bethany to live remarkable lives for the sake of setting the captives amongst us free.

You can't read a book like The Colors of Hope and then carry on with business as usual. If you are a Christian, you will put this book down and be filled with a fresh sense of your purpose and calling, relieved by the reminder that our faith is not tame, predictable, or comfortable, but it is good - always good. And if you are not a Christian, reading this book just might encourage you to reconsider the glorious invitation to walk with Jesus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "The Colors of Hope" 19. Juli 2012
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Once I started reading this book, I had trouble putting it down. It is packed with inspirational material about the author's life experiences without emphasizing himself, rather pointing to a purposeful faith walk with our Savior Jesus. My son was visiting from out of state, and I finished reading the book before he left and gave it to him to read on the plane on his way home.
Marcia Matthies
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Thankfully, God has shown us that hope, in its million different forms, always springs from three primary colors: justice, mercy, and love. &quote;
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Trusting in Gods active involvement in our daily lives, were invited to learn dependence on the Creator for provision, direction, and protection. Then, from this place of security, were invited to live outwardly, finding creative ways to spill hope into the world. &quote;
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We need to give God space to show us who we really are, to show us our wounds, our gifts, our passions, our fears, our hidden addictions. &quote;
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