February 2013


Btw I’ve really enjoyed your book, Jon. I will be going thru it with one guy I am mentoring here (our youth pastor) and am contemplating what other ways I can use it. Your framework for cooperating w God is so helpful. Thanks.

Allen M.Wakabayashi Pastor @ TCBC Midtown

Just wanted to let you know that I am enjoying Resisting Grace as my devotional reading on my Metra commute to work these days. It’s been a thought and faith-provoking read and reflection that I am savoring slowly as well as catching glimpses and close-up details of your journey and that of others. Hope to be able to write an Amazon review when I am done. Have mentioned it to my small group. I am privileged and blessed to read and enjoy your Holy Spirit-inspired and powered handiwork on this end!
Most of all, I am deeply moved by what you have written. I told Al that you come from a theological M.Div. training pastorate background combined with practicing as a Christian counselor then add to that deep multicultural knowledge and experience and then, your personal journey and those you have walked alongside personally and professionally to bring these truths and concepts to light and life with poignancy and an abundance of grace! I’m also glad you are wired to think about such things conceptually and pulling it all together–as someone who is not theologically trained, I’m really glad you are pulling these various areas together to illuminate some of the hows of living by faith and grace. Today I read about breakthrough, beauty, and the grind of life. I know my Metra commute isn’t adequate time to reflect on any of the chapters so far and it will take me awhile to reflect and likely, my lifetime.
Thanks for the gift of your writing, sharing, integrating, reflecting. Beautiful handiwork, my friend and brother.

Dr. Diane L.S. Lin, Psychologist

Over the past couple days, I made it through a handful more chapters and am almost done. It really has been refreshing and insightful for me. Your writing has a great blend of being rich/in-depth/theological and also accessible and practical. I really like how you walk through the Gideon story. The progression of experiencing God’s grace through the different movements is so helpful and unique… I’ll write more when I’m finished, but it has been the best Christian book that I’ve read in a while.
It truly is a GREAT book. Thanks be to God!
Thanks for letting God use your gifts through writing this book…

Jared Ahrens, Pastor Harvest Community Church

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“Song and dance are the result of an excess energy. When we are normal we talk, when we are dying we whisper, but when there is more in us than we contain we sing. When we are healthy we walk, when we are decrepit we shuffle, but when we are beyond ourselves with vitality we dance.” -Eugene Peterson Where Your Treasure Is

Last night I took my daughter to dance class which she has been taking for the past five years now. I spend that forty-five minutes of the class waiting for her with several mothers of the neighborhood and talk about motherly thing. Though I am a square peg among many round ones, I readily admit I enjoy the ladies’ company. It is often funny and thoughtful. I have tried to rationalize the usefulness of the class in her life, such as it is good exercise or it gives her confidence, but underneath such thoughts is that it is a waste of time. This is my socially formed masculinity speaking. I think to myself, “She could get more out of going to the gym and doing basketball drills with me.” But something inside of me hopes that the class is giving something very special to Joelle. That it returns some of her freedom back to her.

I introduced Resisting Grace telling of the story of my daughter dancing in the aisle of church when she was three and how the years had erased such energy to create freely and spontaneously. It is the gospel that returns that energy to us through healing the wounds, restoring the hope and imparting joy. The wounds need to be healed, like the cracks need to be repaired. Then what is put in can be contained instead of lost. The hope needs to be found again so that we’d come back. We would return to the dance floor. And joy must be given, never manufactured, given. Then, truly and only then, the dance of life moves.

With enough of that kind of energy derived, there is more than enough for it to overflow. That is grace extended. It fills me to overflowing and those within reach of me can receive.

Help us Lord to stop resisting and cooperate with grace. Then to dance.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Letting God’s Grace Transform You! February 13, 2013
By J. Mark Andersen
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
Mr. Warden uncovers how God uses grace to transform us into the people he has called us to be. He explains six types of grace (Illuminating, Awakening, Determining, Deconstructing, Empowering, and Trancending), how we naturally resist them, and how to overcome our resistance to each. Through solid biblical teaching (using the story of Gideon as an example), his experience as a counselor and a small group leader, and lessons he has learned through his family, Mr. Warden gives an illuminating and practical approach to understanding how we can tap into the power of God’s grace as we journey down the path of our sanctification and ultimately to be glorified in His presence.

I heartily recommend this book to Christians who desire to grow through God’s grace.

the audio: 2.10.2013 Brokenness

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The audio of the sermon at Redeemer Life Church 2/10/13
The video played at the end is found in the Resisting Grace youtube site entitled “Drawing Me”.

Is that you? (yes but it is often mistaken for some body builder’s back. Ok, I lied, no one has made that mistake.)

The ball of light looks like Dragonball Z. (The light isn’t coming from my hands. It is breaking through the wall and I am attempting to resist it.)

Doesn’t Beyonce use that hand triangle sign? (that’s just how my broken down fingers form.)

That is your better side. (can’t argue with that.)

Did MJ (wife) make it? (it was my idea. My old friend Steve Hamada took the picture and made the light through the wall. My wife laid it all out.)

Are you getting your chi on? (no, I am desperating failing to let the light break in. I soon yield.)

What does it mean? (Simply that we resist the work of His grace seeking to breakthrough the walls of our resistance.)

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Resisting Grace is an insightful book that requires you to delve into the very core of your faith. You are given the opportunity to wrestle with God about everything that you’ve swept under the rug for so long. Dive in with an open mind and an open heart!
Theresa Mathew
Teacher, Kelly High School

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check on the facebook page for a video I put together entitled “Drawing Me” that I am using for a speaking engagement. use the link located off to the side.

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