Thirty Thousand Days

“Friend, you were actually made for a purpose.  You were made to know God.  All the frustrations you experience in life are there, in part, in God’s kindness, to show you that this life, this world, is not all there is.  It is too small to fit the hopes of a creature made in His image.”  

—Mark Dever, 2015 TGC National Conference Plenary Session


Thirty thousand days isn’t long, but it’s all we’re usually given.  How can we live joyfully — with eternal perspective — in a world burdened by struggles, sorrow, and the press of time?

Eighteen years of urban ministry have given me a front-row seat to observe spiritual battle, incredible compassion, lives of deep purpose, and tragedies of shipwrecked souls.  I’ve been blessed to survive on the generosity of others and I’ve seen firsthand the fruits of selfless love.  Thirty Thousand Days is my account of a life spent longing for home, and a few signposts for my fellow travelers.  It’s a book for the aliens and strangers; for Christians determined to live “unhooked and unhindered;” for pilgrims seeking a life of joy, purpose, and significance (be it ever so brief).  As C. S. Lewis said, “I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others do the same.”  This book examines a range of topics, always from the sojourner’s perspective:  how do we worship wholeheartedly, knowing that we are not home yet?  How do we stand firm?  Hold loosely?  Give generously?

You can find it online at places like Amazon,, or, as well as Target and Barnes & Noble.

For more information, here are a few book reviews:

God Centered Life Review

Michele Morin Review
And here’s a radio interview:

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