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The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends

Kevin Adams
The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends
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The Extravagant Fool is an underdog narrative. Readers will have a front row seat to Kevin Adams’s breathtaking story---one that builds chronologically through a very difficult four-year period. At the height of financial success, Kevin Adams had it all. A thriving busines... Read More

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The Extravagant Fool is an underdog narrative. Readers will have a front row seat to Kevin Adams’s breathtaking story---one that builds chronologically through a very difficult four-year period. At the height of financial success, Kevin Adams had it all. A thriving business with more work than he could get to, investments spread out between luxury homes, commercial real estate, and new business ventures. However, by January 2009, over the course of the last 100 days of 2008, Kevin watched in silent amazement as he lost it all. His house of cards came tumbling down. Kevin had a choice: Do what he had always done---work harder. Or, let go of conventional thinking and learn to live by absolute faith in God.

With foreclosures, lawsuits, potential homelessness, and his family looking to him for immediate answers, Kevin took the radical position of stopping every effort to survive and resting instead at the feet of Jesus. The process of living literally by faith is a gamble and one that only The Extravagant Fool for God is willing to take. The Extravagant Fool is about encountering God with an uncommon intimacy. Intimacy increases our ability to discern His voice, which leads to the revelation of who we are, what we are to do for Him on earth, and finally, the provision to carry it out. Yet none of this really takes hold without first hearing the kind of living, breathing, testimony offered by The Extravagant Fool, a man who staked his welfare---and future---entirely on the goodness of God.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: May 6, 2014
  • UPC: 9780310337966
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  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 219
  • Publish Date: May 6, 2014
  • Language: English
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  • BISAC: "REL012000"
  • ISBN: 0310337968

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Awesome challenge to break out of "lifestyle Christianity" and into a place of real faith through radical obedience by PeterV on 5/7/2014
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In a world where the term “Christian” seems to have remarkably little “Christ” in it, and far too much religion, to find someone, anyone, willing to break out of the dogmatic, shallow mold that religion creates and venture into the very nebulous area of faith is indeed someone to take notice of. Trite, pithy, empty Christian-ese you won’t find in this book. You won’t find cute bumper-sticker slogans, easy spiritualized ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ cards, no charlatan tricks to pray down the life you’ve always wanted. What you WILL get is an very open and raw look at the costs and rewards of breaking out of the religious mold and into the life of a genuine follower and disciple of Jesus Christ.

The road to victorious faith isn’t paved with name-it-claim-it Christianity… it’s paved by people willing to take God at His word, willing to lay down their own agendas and time tables... people who are willing to allow discomfort and suffering to birth spiritual triumph. Its long, painful, dusty and wearying, but eternally worth every bit of pain. Kevin’s book opens up a whole new thought process devoid of empty religion and full of genuine worship and sacrifice. Real faith - the kind found through trials that seem like real-life Garden of Gethsemane moments where you either submit to God’s will even at the cost of the death of all that your flesh desires, or you walk away and continue to live a trite, empty feel-good religion. Kevin’s story pushes you past easy, empty, feel-good Christianity and provokes you to contemplate the deeper calling to live as people of faith, forces you to wrestle with the notion of an empirically GOOD God who allows hurt and suffering for purpose, who calls us to give up things we love to receive things so great that we never thought we could attain to them.

I had to re-read certain sections because my knee-jerk reaction was to shake my fist at life’s unfairness, only to be brought back to the faith that can see a tapestry being woven through so many straggling, disparate cords. This book challenges you to drop the charade, to drop the “comfort zones” of lukewarm Christianity and to plunge head-first off the cliff of faith, not blindly or stupidly, but foolishly (in the eyes of the world) based solely on the character and person of God. It can radically transform your own faith walk. It’s very much challenging my conceptions and spiritual paradigms, much as Kevin’s blog, “Wake Up My Faith” has challenged them consistently for a few years now. This book needs to be read and reread. It’s very worth the purchase!

A journey that will no doubt change yours! by Craig H on 5/6/2014
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This book was life-changing for me! Kevin’s rare honesty, vulnerability and transparency touched me deeply. I laughed, cried and at times felt convicted. Mostly though, I felt profoundly encouraged.

This book is a transparent snapshot of real life events – events which brought the author Kevin Adams, and his wife Holly, to their knees as they struggled to discover that God’s provision goes well beyond meeting our needs. It led them to “wake up their faith” as they learned to settle for nothing less than total intimacy with God…that real faith and intimacy with God does not simply “seek God above all things, but INSTEAD of all things.”

When I first began reading it, I could not put it down. I did not want it to end. Then, I found myself rereading multiple portions of it (especially the journal entries) and wrestling with them as I argued with God about the struggles in my own life. Those were the portions that bore witness to my soul - that in my own job/career/ministry loss, I needed to FULLY trust in God (not my own understanding, inclinations, wisdom, skills, etc.). It was a relief to read about real struggles without the surface Christianity that we have become so complacent with in this country. I was in tears as I read the portions about "waking up your faith." I need that right now myself...

The challenge to "wake up our faith" is a powerful one. This is a gripping story of transformation to which most of us can relate during these difficult times. This story spoke deeply to me as I am still reeling from a recent job and ministry loss. I am certain that it will speak just as deeply to you! I highly encourage you! Be warned though - this book will cause you to question the complacent faith that we become so comfortable with in our hurried lives…You will find yourself being challenged to become an “extravagant fool” in your own walk with God!

A journey that will no doubt change yours! by Craig on 5/6/2014
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This book was life-changing for me! Kevin’s rare honesty, vulnerability and transparency touched me deeply. I laughed, cried and at times felt convicted. Mostly though, I felt profoundly encouraged.

This book is a transparent snapshot of real life events – events which brought the author Kevin Adams, and his wife Holly, to their knees as they struggled to discover that God’s provision goes well beyond meeting our needs. It led them to “wake up their faith” as they learned to settle for nothing less than total intimacy with God…that real faith and intimacy with God does not simply “seek God above all things, but INSTEAD of all things.”

When I first began reading it, I could not put it down. I did not want it to end. Then, I found myself rereading multiple portions of it (especially the journal entries) and wrestling with them as I argued with God about the struggles in my own life. Those were the portions that bore witness to my soul - that in my own job/career/ministry loss, I needed to FULLY trust in God (not my own understanding, inclinations, wisdom, skills, etc.). It was a relief to read about real struggles without the surface Christianity that we have become so complacent with in this country. I was in tears as I read the portions about "waking up your faith." I need that right now myself...

The challenge to "wake up our faith" is a powerful one. This is a gripping story of transformation to which most of us can relate during these difficult times. This story spoke deeply to me as I am still reeling from a recent job and ministry loss. I am certain that it will speak just as deeply to you! I highly encourage you! Be warned though - this book will cause you to question the complacent faith that we become so comfortable with in our hurried lives…You will find yourself being challenged to become an “extravagant fool” in your own walk with God!


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