The Ride of Your Life: What I Learned about God, Love and Adventure by Teaching My Son to Ride a Bike.
What exactly does teachng your son to ride a bike have to do with Faith?
I am thrilled to say that it has everyting to do with it! At least in Mike Howerton’s new book The Ride of Your Life – What I Learned about God, Love and Adventure by Teaching My Son to Ride a Bike it does.
Mike was inspired to take the principles he used to teach his son to ride a bicycle and expand them to help adults… not adults who need to learn how to ride a bike, although I’m sure it would work for that too… but adults who need help in their spiritual journey.
Mike asks us to examine our relationship with God. Are we relying too much on ourselves? Are we crippled by fear? Are we doing things the way God wants us to or like we want to?
A lot of people, I think, are frightened or overwhelmed by God. On the surface, He looks complicated and complex but the reality is that God’s love for us is amazingly simple. We just lose sight of that in the HUGENESS of God sometimes.
So let’s break it down to 5 simple lessons and see if that helps us.
It has certainly helped me!
Will you take this journey with me, with Mike? Do you remember what it was like to learn to ride a bike? Didn’t you feel great after you found out that you could do it after all? Did you ever want to go back to the training wheels? Nope. Me either. And my 11-year-old son didn’t either.
So let’s go along with Mike and see where it takes us!
Here is what Baker Publishing says about The Ride of Your Life:
“If you’re looking to recapture the adventure of your faith and all the possibilities that emerge when you embrace it with passion, you can’t afford to miss The Ride of Your Life.”–Les Parrott, PhD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Talk
We can all remember the first time we learned to ride a bike. That terrible thrill when we first realized our dad had let go of the seat and we were on our own. That first crash. The skinned knees. The life of a Christian is a lot like that. We want to experience the freedom we’re promised, so we take a risk, a leap of faith–and sometimes we fall. But just like our dad running alongside of us, God is always there, equipping us, encouraging us, and comforting us.
Through the powerful analogy of teaching his son to ride a bike, Mike Howerton lays out five essential life lessons that will help you recapture the wonder of a childlike faith and embrace a passionate, adventurous life full of possibilities and promise.
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