A BOLD CALL TO MEND THE BROKEN RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CHURCH AND CULTURE.
Broken is a call to restore the trust that we have lost in our relationships with each other and with God. Expounding on stories from the Bible, history, culture, and his own experiences, Fromholz explores the source of the disconnect and provides a blueprint for reconnection. Recognizing that we are part of this culture and life around us, Broken will inspire us to be who we were always created to be, connected and restored, so that we can find – and multiply – hope.
Greg Fromholz is a critically-acclaimed video director, speaker, and author of Liberate Eden, a groundbreaking interactive iPad bookApp. He has spoken live to more than 250,000 people, including TedX events in 2014. He has contributed to a prayer book alongside Bishop Desmond Tutu and is featured in numerous leadership resources. The co-founder of Rubicon, a faith and culture think tank, Greg is also the co-host of the #1 podcast “The Graveyard Shift.” You can find him online at GregFromholz.com.
“Greg’s unique history of rebuilding trust, carving new paths to unite uncommon neighbors, and leading an innovative work that demonstrates what restoration looks like when we get to the end of ourselves makes this a must read for anyone called to work for cultural renewal.” —Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians and founder of Q
“I love Greg Fromholz. He’s a genius at forging subversive friendships among unlikely friends. And that is because people trust him. This book is his about how to restore trust. It’s a cookbook for collaboration, where Greg unveils some of his secret recipes for how we can restore trust in a fragmented world. Greg knows that we can do more good together than we can do on our own, and he has taken on the task of helping build a movement whose sole mission is to conspire together to redeem the world and to plot goodness all over the planet.” —Shane Claiborne, author and activist, RedLetter Christians.org
“It is fitting that Greg has chosen trust as the central theme of this wonderful new book. Fitting because we have come to implicitly trust his voice as a poet, his vision as a prophet, and his heart as a pastor. Broken is yet another great example of the ease with which Greg blends his simultaneous callings as artist, pastor, and storyteller to be a blessing to the church. In a world (and sadly a church) in which we experience the sting of betrayal and disloyalty all too often, we can trust Greg to lead us on the journey to renewed hope in our trustworthy Savior.” —Chris Llewellyn, Rend Collective
“In Broken, Greg Fromholz focuses on the essential but scary ingredient of peace building: TRUST. Trust is the real peacemaker’s challenge that won’t be satisfied with a placard or bumper sticker. He chooses the most untrusting of opponents—the Sacred and the Secular—opting not just to talk of ‘building trust’ or ‘maintaining trust’ but to confront the enormous problem of ‘restoring trust’ when trust has been lost. His slingshot arguments laced with self-deprecating humor are typical Fromholz. I’m happy to endorse this book.” —Jack Heaslip, late spiritual advisor to U2
“Greg Fromholz is one of the most gifted, inspired, and articulate leaders in the Euro-American Church today. Here, in an appealing but very direct pastiche of autobiographical stories and professional observations, he calls us to the central and compelling mission of the Church. That is, as his subtitle suggests, he calls us to the business, imperative in our time, of restoring trust between the sacred and the secular.” —Phyllis Tickle, author of Emergence Christianity
“Greg takes us through fear and beyond by a potent combination of literary expressions: autobiography, modern parable, and Holy Scripture. His theme is that of restoring trust in hard places by going into the whirlwind of fear and being accompanied through this maelstrom by The Other and by God. His skill as a communicator shines through in the written word, which at times is as close to poetry as it is to prose. He is clear that communication is service of the Word of God. A number of compelling themes for our time cause us to stop, pray, and think afresh, for example: compassion precedes justice, and collaboration is the catalyst for change. This book is perspective-changing. Please read it.” —The Most Reverend Dr. Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough
“Most Irishmen head for America. Greg Fromholz has returned the favor. He’s an iconoclast who likes tradition, an innovator with a passion for reconciliation, a broken healer, a sinner who can’t help but be a saint. When Greg makes films, I watch them. When he talks I listen— with an accent like that you can’t not. When Greg writes books I read them. And when he writes a book about the world made whole, I want everyone to take note.” —Pete Greig, 24-7 Prayer, Emmaus Road
“Greg is the real deal. Always committed to bringing people together across all walks of life. Not just a good man but a great man, happy to be in the shadows but able to lead an army.” —Martin Smith, artist, writer, producer, former member of Delirious?, MartinSmith.tv “Greg Fromholz has to be one of the leading Christian leaders of our age. His personality exudes a passion for ministry to young adults. His ability to connect with people is enviable and inspiring. His ministry emanates from a heart that is immersed in the Christian message of love and hope. Through his work he empowers young adults to be effective leaders in the community of faith to which they belong. Greg’s message crosses all boundaries of faith tradition, culture, and ethnicity. His enthusiasm for empowering young adults is infectious, and he is rightly known as a key leader in developing church for the modern age.” —The Very Reverend Dermot Dunne, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral
“To paraphrase Vanilla Ice, Broken invites us to stop, listen, and collaborate. In his inimitable way, Gregory Fromholz puts flesh on what too often feels like the dry bones of scripture and its denizens. We hear and believe the living word of God when it’s on the lips of our trusted cultural interpreter—the author—a humble explorer on the trails of this world (and the one to come) who asks us to walk with him. Pack your rucksack and courage, leave fear behind, and join the journey to openhearted redemption.” —Cathleen Falsani, author of The God Factor and Sin Boldly