Process the oxygen of the Spirit and win a copy of Richard Dahlstrom’s new book!

O2: Breathing New Life into Faith

“I see more passion for trees in the Sierra Club than I do for Jesus in the church.” How can Chr istians revive and sustain their spiritual vitality? International Bible teacher Richard Dahlstrom offers an answer as practical and life-sustaining as oxygen. People can’t hold their breath forever or continually blow air out, yet many Christians focus either on the inner life or on external service. As a result, their faith eventu ally becomes lifeless and irrelevant. Dahlstrom invites readers to “inhale” life as they embrace fresh perspectives on prayer, the word, solitude, and the creation.

“Exhaling” continues the cycle of breathing through hospitality, generosity, service, and obedience to Christ’s kingdom vision. This thoughtful and inspiring description of a healthy life of faith leadsO2.jpg to a balanced and holistic spirituality that mirrors Jesus’ life and teaching.

Voted by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the top 10 Religion books of 2008. Dahlstrom, a Seattle pastor and international speaker, is an original and welcome evangelical voice of reason who offers skeptics and Christians alike compelling advice on living out their faith, Jesus-style. Where, he asks, is Christians’ passion for Christ? Do their beliefs make any substantive difference in their daily lives? In 1984, Dahlstrom realized that his own spiritual well was dry, so he moved with his wife to an island where he learned to breathe again-effectively balancing inhalation (prayer, solitude, Sabbath rest, Scripture study and contemplation) with exhalation (service, outreach, hospitality and generous giving). Read the rest here.
Also – Pastor Richard just started tweeting – you can follow him @raincitypastor
Contest: The contest for this blog tour is: (Please tweet & facebook this contestplease use the hashtag #O2)

richard.jpgWin a signed copy of 02 for yourself! There are two ways to enter! The winners will be announced 10/26


  1. Jump over to Pastor Richard’s blog “Pastoral Musings from Rain City” ( ) and leave a comment between October 5th and October 24th. Just say hi or tell Pastor Richard what you liked about his book, or share with him how you’ve experienced ‘new life’ in your faith!
  2. Tweet this: @raincitypastor Pub. Weekly voted Breathing New Life into Faith as top 10 book in 2008 check it out! #02

Meet 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:

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