The Briarpatch Gospel Paperback

Fearlessly Following Jesus Into the Thorny Places

by Shayne Wheeler;

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Following Jesus into the sticky, painful and uncomfortable lives of those around us

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The Briarpatch Gospel

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In ‘Into The Briarpatch’, a clear reference to the Brier Rabbit Stories, Shayne Wheeler compels Christians to think fearlessly about following Jesus into the sticky, messy, sometimes painful and uncomfortable lives of those around us, in our community and in our everyday lives.

In this book, the author writes: "Is the briarpatch where Jesus makes his home for you? If you are a Christian, the answer is yes... Jesus can, of course, be found in the sanctuary, but his presence is not limited to a scheduled hour between breakfast and lunch on Sunday morning." Being a follower of Christ, he insists, means living and being "Jesus" in the everyday lives of people; not just in the comfortable settings of "church" events.

This book is for anyone who is looking to step back and get another perspective on themselves and those they come in contact with day by day.

The Briarpatch Gospel by Shayne Wheeler was published by Tyndale House in March 2013 and is our 52087th best seller. The ISBN for The Briarpatch Gospel is 9781414372303.

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Hasn’t Jesus called us into the thorns and thistles with Him to love what we find there? What if we had the courage to follow him into the briarpatch and discover life as we were always meant to live it? In The Briarpatch Gospel, dynamic young pastor Shayne Wheeler presents a radical message of grace, one that won’t allow you to remain comfortable merely sitting in a church pew. He shares his own heartbreaking personal journey through the briarpatch, and his church’s remarkable experience of creating a community in which people walk through life’s issues—even the darkest, most painful problems and questions—together. Unafraid. Like Jesus did.

Think about it: What is your (or your church’s) briarpatch—the area where you’re afraid to go, or feel unequipped to address? Is it sharing what you really think on controversial issues? Becoming friends with someone who’s different from you? Confronting and overcoming your own pain, doubts, or fears? Bold and challenging, The Briarpatch Gospel provides a new vernacular for Christians to have open, honest conversations about what loving each other in Christ’s name might look like in the briarpatches of their own communities.


You Are Here
Were Not in Kansas Anymore
The Way In
The Briarpatch Within
The Iceberg Lurks
Pirates and Freaks
Into the Briarpatch
Following the Story
Moving toward the Rubble
Missing Pieces
Looking for the Rainbow
Transforming the Briarpatch
Open Borders
Getting in Tune
Discussion Guide
About the Author
Common terms and phrases


I was really excited to read this book hoping to get some insight and encouragement but I found it somewhat hard to read. I liken it to being on a roller coaster. You are excited about going on it but as you go up that first hill - your heart races and your grip tightens and you wonder if this really was a smart thing to do. There are ups and downs - excitement and fear. I loved the premise and the stories and the heart behind it, but in the midst of it I felt attacked and weary. As a conservative Christian I felt, at times, I was being accused of being self centered, uncaring and hostile. I know there are those out there who are, but just like anyone else - I don't think we should be categorized. I encourage you, that if you are to read this, read it with a friend - one who knows the Bible, one who is willing to talk things out with you - one who is willing to go through the Briarpatch.

"The Briarpatch Gospel is not what I originally thought it was about. As I opened the book, I imagined what was to follow as being a book telling of how Jesus is walking with us in our valleys and through our trials. Instead it is a book which takes us in another direction. The direction Shayne Wheeler takes us in shows Christians are to minister to the same type of people which Jesus ministered. Christians are to step out of their comfort zones and meet the people outside of the church. Shayne also references how we can go beneath the surface and look at our own selves." - Other Retailer's Reviewer.

"Unlike other books I have read, this one was a little harder for me to digest. It took me more than one sitting to take it in. There appears to be many areas throughout each chapter where it leads the reader to pause and reflect. I do not agree fully with all of Shayne’s words, but I believe he has presented very good main points. These main points can be found in each new chapter, like precious jewels waiting to be discovered. There are consistent references made to God’s word and the relation to what Shayne is saying in his book." - Other Retailer's Reviewer.


Details for The Briarpatch Gospel

Page last updated 2nd October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherTyndale House (March 2013)
Number of Pages257
Thickness18 mm
Height208 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4058572
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