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a brand new book about the unlikely beauty of christian belief

On March 28, 2017, my new book, Unbelievable, releases. But before then, I'm looking for Jesus-followers who are willing to speak vulnerably, doubt openly, and sound crazy. Is that you? Then join the Kickstarter, visit the book website, and invite friends to join the conversation. 



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My name is Ryan. I'm a pastor, writer, speaker, and journalist. I have the deep conviction that, in the long run, openness and listening trump suspicion and blaming. And I'm an explorer: I scout for God in art, literature, culture, sin, addiction, and relationships. Read a few stories from the blog and see if you don't glimpse the divine. 



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Praise For Ryan's Upcoming Book Project — Unbelievable

Like a fish imagining life without in water, it’s hard as a person of faith to imagine not trusting the accounts in the Bible. But for a rapidly growing number of Americans, the plausibility of biblical record as history simply doesn’t exist, making the sharing of faith different than in decades past. Ryan Sanders has captured the dilemma and the solution to a fresh and gracious approach to engaging non-believers in the greatest story ever told.

What an creative invitation to re-hear the jarringly creative story of God. Unbelievable pulls back the curtain covering the truth of the biblical story, a truth that is easily overlooked because we think we already know it. Read this! And let God’s grand story shock you again (or maybe the first time).
— M. Scott Boren, Author, Trainer, Consultant
Ryan Sanders’s new book, Unbelievable, is a creative new Christian apologetic that defangs the skeptics’ scoff that the stories of the Bible are unbelievable by amiably admitting that, yes they are! But scientific unbelievability does not necessarily mean a story is untrue, especially when that story is the one story which every great novel and movie and fairy tale of every great civilization in history retells! Rather, Ryan reintroduces us to “the Fairy Tale Gospel”, a story so beautiful that we cannot resist it because it is the ultimate myth come true and therefore the only story really worth believing. Please read “Unbelievable,” especially if you an unbeliever! You’ll find that it appeals to your intellect, but also to a part of you far deeper and more profound than mere intellect. It appeals to your heart a la Ecclesiastes 3:11.
With passion and a fresh voice, Unbelievable offers us an opportunity: to be recaptured by the beauty and brilliance of the story of God. What Christians see from the inside with familiarity, the world sees from the outside with skepticism. This book is place where we can meet in the middle and rediscover the Good News.
Do you telepathically communicate with a zombie Jew-God? That’s not how most of us conceive of our faith, but sometimes we need a reminder of how odd it all sounds the first time around. With fresh wit and ample imagination, Sanders retells the Christian story showing that isn’t as easy on the modern mind as we might think, but that its very unbelievability is what makes our story so compelling… and maybe even life changing.
— John Dyer, Author, From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology