Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release date: February 3, 2015
Peter Chin (Seattle, WA)
Author, Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering and the Untamable Goodness of God
Lead Pastor, Rainier Avenue Church
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WHO IS PETER CHIN?
Peter Chin is a pastor, writer, speaker, and advocate for racial reconciliation. A graduate of Yale University and Fuller Seminary, he has pastored and planted churches in Los Angeles, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Seattle, and now serves as lead pastor of Rainier Avenue Church, located in one of the most culturally diverse zip codes in the United States.
As a writer, Chin is a frequent contributor to Christianity Today and RELEVANT Magazine and his 2013 essay for Christianity Today was one of the most widely read articles of that year for the site. He blogs on faith from the multi-cultural perspective in his “Third Culture” column hosted by ChristianityToday.com and has been featured by NPR, the Washington Post and CBS Sunday Morning. He is also a devotional writer for Our Daily Journey, a ministry of Our Daily Bread.
WHY YOU’RE BOOKING HIM
- Diverse, alternative perspective on faith, issues of race in America
- Fresh, young voice
- Excellent and engaging speaker with experience across multiple media platforms
- Degree from Yale, but educated by life in a way few can claim
EXPERTISE / TALKING POINTS
- Christian faith, theology
- Suffering, refinement
- Racial reconciliation
- Fatherhood, marriage
- Church planting
WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?
When Peter Chin moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was doing what God wanted. But in the span of a year, his family experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage, multiple break-ins at their home, a breast cancer diagnosis, the termination of their health insurance and the failure of the church they’d relocated to plant. Why would God allow these things to happen?
But, God wasn’t finished. He had one more surprise prepared for the Chins – a child, conceived in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances, through whom Peter would realize that although God’s ways were wild and strange, they were always good.
Filled with twists and turns, deep insights, and surprising humor, Blindsided by God explores the reality of suffering, the mystery of God’s ways, and why, even in the darkest times, there’s always reason for hope.
WHY IS IT / HE RELEVANT?
- The ‘name it and claim it’/health-and-wealth/prosperity gospel and ‘the American dream’ have perverted the ospel, teaching us that following God ensures (or entitles us to) material, spiritual and physical blessings. Those that adhere to it and find themselves in the grip of loss and disappointment are often left questioning the goodness of God.
- Very few books that include stories of breast cancer are written by men and husbands from a personal — and/or Christian — standpoint.
- There are 12 million people in the U.S. who have cancer and that population and those that love them are desperately searching for real stories of encouragement and hope .
- Racial tension in America is higher than it’s been in some time. A Korean-American, Peter’s life/testimony are a picture of what reconciliation can look like.