Thursday, October 22, 2009

O2 by Richard Dahlstrom

About the book:
Your physical body needs oxygen in order to survive. Inhale, exhale ... one leads naturally to the other. Inhale too long and you feel as if your lungs will burst. Exhale too long and you get light-headed.

The same rhythm is essential in the life of faith. You inhale life-giving strength from God through things like prayer, study, solitude, and silence. You exhale generosity, hospitality, and service to the poor. If you try to do one without the other, you wont' last very long.

This fresh perspective on the classic disciplines of the faith will empower you to process the oxygen of the Spirit. Discover how you can develop a balanced spirituality that reflects the life of Jesus and keeps your faith growing stronger. Read an excerpt.

About Richard:

Richard Dahlstrom is Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, in the heart of the city, among university students, young professionals, families, the homeless, and the elderly. He is also a popular teacher in North America and Europe for the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers. He holds a M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary. Find out more about Richard at:

You can buy a copy of O2 HERE.

You can read the first chapter of O2 HERE.

You can find the Study Guide HERE.

And you can find the Blog Tour Schedule HERE.

Want to win a copy of this book for yourself? Head over HERE.

Here is a YouTube video of Richard talking about O2


This book was fun for me to review because I know the author personally! Richard Dahlstrom was one of my professors at Capernwray Harbour Bible Centre. It's been a long time since I heard him speak (I was a student there 1993-1995 when I was a mere 17 & 18 year old) but he sounds exactly the same in that YouTube video as he did back then :).

I enjoyed Richard's teaching those many years ago and I enjoyed it again in O2. He is very down to earth and his book is straight forward and easy to understand. You don't have to be a scholar to enjoy this book. I am also certain that everyone could learn a lot from this book. You can tell that Richard is a pastor and teacher, he uses great illustrations to get his point across.

I think I would have liked this book even if I didn't know the author personally. I also think it would make an excellent group study. I found O2 incredibly encouraging and a wonderful reminder of what our faith needs to grow and stay strong. I definitely recommend this book.

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