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Neighbors and Wise Men by Tony Kriz

“Ultimately, everyone is looking for this story. They want to understand its themes and they want to know its implications: for their painful yesterdays, their struggling todays, and their hope-starved tomorrows.”

It’s funny how the stories and messages we learn in Sunday school translate so poorly into the real world. Those neatly packaged stories paint a world in such stark black and white, right and wrong, Christian and non-Christian. For Tony Kriz, life could no longer operate that way. God’s message didn’t unfold perfectly into simple formulas, but through broken people in a defective world.

Tony Kriz (who is known to many as Tony the Beat Poet from Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz) shares how God has spoken to him in the oddest places through the most eccentric people. Through missionary work in Albania, burnout in seminary, exploration at Reed College, and discovering home again, Tony Kriz shares his unique journey with God.

I really enjoyed this book. It is always refreshing to hear someone be unashamedly honest about their struggles and doubts of faith. I was very fortunate to hear Tony Kriz speak on the day this book came out. I was able to hear his heart and see how God has moved in him. I definitely recommend this book, you won’t be able to put it down.