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Excerpt: "This book is about wandering.

It wouldn’t be fair to say I make my final approach to the topic of wandering out of nowhere or free of baggage. I’ve checked some heavy bags for the flight. Indeed, I bring myself with a cargo load of luggage from my own story that’s sure to affect the way I reflect upon it. For one, I approach the topic of wandering as a preacher. Preaching is my trade, my vocation, and my life’s passion. Preaching is also my paycheck—it puts food on my family’s table. But my preaching isn’t entirely driven by economic forces alone. I preach because I am a Christian. And as a Christian who has done a considerable amount of wandering, I can’t shut up about the topic. Standing there week after week in front of the people of God with an open Bible, I’ve come to observe that every follower of Jesus does a good deal of wandering from Sunday to Sunday."


Originally published as the introduction and chapter one of The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith, by A.J. Swoboda, Baker Books, 2016.

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ISBN-13: 978-0801016974

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