This Beautiful Mess Paperback

Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God

by Rick McKinley;

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Uncover the reality of the kingdom of God & what it might look like if followers of Christ practised its presence

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This Beautiful Mess

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When Jesus announced, “the kingdom of God is at hand,” what did He mean? Uncover the reality of the kingdom of God and what it might look like if followers of Christ practiced its in-breaking presence. What happens when we view life through the lens of the kingdom? How does the beauty of Jesus’ reign break into the mess of our broken lives and world? What if we lived as though a world other than this one was here today? This Beautiful Mess launches a paradigm-shifting journey inviting us to experience the kingdom of God in the ordinary miracle of our everyday lives.

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he…sold all he had and bought that field.” — Matthew 13:44.

Jesus’ sayings about the kingdom of God just might be the most overlooked of his teachings. Yet the Good News of the kingdom—a treasure beyond price—was what he came to preach.

It’s time to ask:
- What is the kingdom Jesus talked about?
- Could it be already here, hidden from sight? If so, where is it?
- How can I be a part of it?

A new generation is tuning in to the teachings of Jesus and to their revolutionary implications. Could it be that living under Christ’s reign is not merely a future vision but a present reality?

Rick McKinley’s exploration is fresh, accessible, and timely. With careful attention to historical texts, he unveils new understandings of authentic personal and social transformation. The time is now. Your opportunity is here. In the mess of everyday life, you can live in the beautiful presence of the kingdom.

This Beautiful Mess by Rick McKinley was published by Waterbrook Multnomah in September 2006 and is our 23041st best seller. The ISBN for This Beautiful Mess is 9781590525012.

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“This Beautiful Mess will revolutionise the way you look at Jesus and His mission to bring the kingdom of God into our cosmos. If you are content with mere religion, don’t read this book. It will force you to engage in the true mission of Christ.” – Chris Seay, president of Ecclesia Bible Society.

“Rick McKinley reveals a raw faith in ‘This Beautiful Mess’ that will catch you off guard. He strips away the religiosity that so often shrouds the true gospel.” – Mark Batterson, best-selling author of ‘The Circle Maker’.

Story Behind the Book

"When we started Imago Dei Community, it was with a passion to be people who live in love with Jesus and live out the values of His kingdom in our city. But we had no idea how to do that. God let us stumble into grace and discover the wide-open plains of His kingdom. This has ruined us in the best way possible. Because once you taste untamed life in the kingdom, you will never go back to the sterile hallways of religion. The beautiful, transforming grace of Christ shows up in the messiness of life and the kingdom breaks in as a beautiful mess.” — Rick McKinley.

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Page last updated 25th February 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherWaterbrook Multnomah (September 2006)
Number of Pages188
Thickness14 mm
Height208 mm
Width134 mm
Product Code120573
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