“As I read this book, I find great hope in the presence of the kingdom of God and a deeper desire to participate in it.”
—from the foreword by Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz
When Jesus was on earth, He painted a radical vision for His followers of an unseen reality. He called it “the kingdom of God.” Even here, Jesus said—in the harshness and mess of earth—His kingdom is the way things really are.
His announcement was nothing less than revolutionary, yet His followers were not quick to pick up on it. They longed for another world—a world without injustice or oppression or poverty. But Jesus said that His kingdom was already happening all around them, through them, and in them.
This Beautiful Mess explores what happens when we view our lives through the lens of God’s kingdom. We see the beauty of Jesus’ reign breaking into the mess of our broken world. We see treasure hidden all around us. We begin to grasp our exciting part in bringing about personal and social transformation for His glory.
New for this edition: an updated preface, three bonus chapters, and a small group conversation guide.
Come experience a paradigm-shifting journey into the beauty of our King, and the beautiful mess that is His kingdom.
About Rick Mckinley
While reading Acts 20:24, Rick McKinley felt God calling him into ministry, and within nine months of his conversion, he was a student at Multnomah Bible College. He worked full time as a youth pastor at a Presbyterian church and went to school full time while his wife, Jeanne, had her hands full with twins. Over the past fifteen years of following Christ, fourteen years of marriage, and thirteen years of full time ministry, they both continue to be amazed at God’s grace and goodness in their lives. Rick and Jeanne live in Portland, Oregon, with their four children. Rick is the lead pastor at Imago Dei Community Church.
About Donald Miller
Don grew up along the Gulf coast in Texas and moved to Portland, Oregon in his twenties. While in Portland he audited classes at Reed College and later wrote a book about his experiences there. That book became the major-motion picture Blue Like Jazz.