Book Review: O2: Breathing New Life into Faith

o2Title: O2: Breathing New Life into Faith
Author: Richard Dahlstrom
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

What is a sustainable faith? What does one really look like?

Those are the questions driving Richard Dahlstrom’s book, O2: Breathing New Life into Faith. In this book, Dahlstrom, the pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, describes a sustainable faith as one that models breathing with both “inhaling” and “exhaling” disciplines.

As we “inhale,” we read and the Bible; spend time in silence and solitude as Jesus modeled; pray; enjoy creation as God intends us to; and we practice the art of Sabbath rest. We “exhale” as we are transformed by our journey toward holiness. We spread hope to others, as we serve them, practice radical hospitality and live generously.

The Good

What Dahlstrom is calling for is a life that testifies to Jesus’ words, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it” (Matt. 7:24-27). [Read more...]