If you had to pick five words to describe the Christian life, would these make your list: wonder, whimsy, beauty, magic, adventure? These five elements are bursting at the seams of Joel N. Clark's new book Awake: Discover the Power of YOUR Story.
I haven't encountered a book like Awake before - I could call it a Christian adventure memoir, but it's more. In Awake author and filmmaker Joel N. Clark shares stories that challenged him to live a bigger story, one suffused with wonder and deeply connected to God. As Joel reveals in this exclusive interview, he believes God created all of us to live that way, pursuing Him "fully awake."
Read on as Joel discusses what we stand to gain if we accept the "fully awake" challenge. -Adam Forrest, Zondervan
ZBLOG: You write that you want to live "fully awake." What does a fully awake life look like?
JOEL: For much of my life I've heard pastors say, "God is not just found in the four walls of the church, but he's found in our places of work, in our homes and in our daily lives." Yet for many years my relationship with God came down to the times I prayed, read the Bible, worshiped (which usually meant singing) and went to church. This was the entirety of my relationship with God and therefore I was bored with him and all things Christian.
Living "fully awake" is about more than finding God in the midst of ALL of my story. It's about experiencing him fully, his pleasure, his heart and his presence in the midst of every part of it. This is something that doesn't come naturally, but he is speaking and acting constantly throughout the day.
When I am "fully awake" I am able to see and hear him in all of it and my life is filled with wonder, beauty and magic, even in the seasons of pain and heartache.
ZBLOG: In Awake you recount many of your adventures, and some are quite dangerous! Some readers may be tempted to say, "Joel is just addicted to danger" – but you claim you've never been an adrenaline junkie.
So, what is it that drives you?