Rob Strong knows how to stop a conversation in its tracks. Being a pastor in Massachusetts - ''the least churched state in the USA'' - can certainly raise eyebrows and halt conversations, but Rob never lets his faith bar him from doing what matters most: building sincere relationships with people as, together, they question and explore the nature of The Big Guy Upstairs.
Here he shares how approachable, interactive, and, above all, relevant God can be our lives, without any of the trappings of religion or ''Christianese'' that make many of us suspicious. Filled with his inimitable brand of wit and humor, Strong offers a fresh take on:
The importance of understanding our humanity and our purpose in life
Disagreeing and still respecting the perspective of others
Diversity in life and how that means different things to different people
The role that God plays into all of these facets of our lives
From a ''weed'' that turned into a delicious peach tree to a miraculous pair of brown shoes, Strong will engage readers with stories and biblical commentary that reveal why their lives are significant-and how God is more intentional, active, and closer than they realize.
Over the last twenty years of being friends with Rob Strong, I can't begin to count the number of times I've heard him tell a riveting, hilarious, gut-wrenching story that opens up all kinds of new insight and wisdom and thought: 'I wish everybody could hear that...' And now, with his first book, you can. - Rob Bell, author of What We Talk About When Talk About God and Love Wins
Genuine, raw and real, Rob Strong is virtually guaranteed to comfort the disturbed while disturbing the comfortable. But for those who truly want to meet and walk with God, this book could be invaluable. - Rev. Dr. Clive Calver, Walnut Hill Community Church
Rob's down-to-earth language and honesty invite you to pull up your most comfortable chair and discover how he walks with his Creator. Rob unpacks what it means to not only believe in the Big Guy upstairs, but how to develop a meaningful relationship with Him. - David Mitchell, World Vision International
A poignant, delightful, witty, and profound re-look at the timeless questions of God embedded in our souls. Finally we have a text that cuts through the excruciatingly cliche language that normally get eyes rolling, and unpretentiously engages believers and non-believers alike in gut-level conversations about God. - Ron Carucci, bestselling author, Rising to Power and Leadership Divided
Rob is a gifted storyteller, able to draw you into to his experiences-the good, the bad and the ugly-while relating each to God's heart and His desire to connect with each one of us. If you only read one book about a faith journey this year, choose THE BIG GUY UPSTAIRS. It will have you laughing, crying, and yearning to get beyond the edge of your life to the core of your purpose. - Bernie Prusaczyk, Jr., CEO, Atlantic VIC
Rob's book -like Rob himself-is refreshing, insightful, and inspiring. Spiritual seekers inside and outside the church will be surprised to find The Big Guy isn't nearly as distant or mysterious as they might have imagined. - Rev. Dr. Bryan Wilkerson, Grace Chapel