Bo's Cafe [Paperback]

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When Steven Kerner's life and marriage in Southern California falls apart, the high-powered executive is befriended by the mysterious Andy Monroe who leads him from a performance-based life to the healing power of God and a more authentic life of faith.

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High-powered executive Steven Kerner is living the dream in southern California. But when his bottled pain ignites in anger one night, his wife kicks him out. Then an eccentric mystery man named Andy Monroe befriends Steven and begins unravelling his tightly wound world. Andy leads Steven through a series of frustrating and revealing encounters to repair his life through genuine friendship and the grace and love of a God who has been waiting for him to accept it. A story to challenge and encourage, BO'S CAFE is a model for all who struggle with unresolved problems and a performance-based life. Those who desire a fuller, more authentic way of living will find this journey of healing a restorative exploration of God's unbridled grace.

Item Specifications...

Pages   246
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2009
Publisher   Windblown Media
ISBN  193517004X  
EAN  9781935170044  


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More About John Lynch, Bill Thrall & Bruce McNicol

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bruce McNicol is president of Leadership Catalyst, Inc. and an international speaker and consultant. He holds a master's in theology and a doctorate in organizational and leadership development. Previously he served for ten years as president of the international church planting organization Interest Associates.
Bill Thrall serves as vice-chair of Leadership Catalyst, mentor, and coauthor of the bestselling TrueFaced resources (www.truefaced.com), The Ascent of a Leader, and Beyond Your Best.
John Lynch is a national conference speaker and writer for LCI, holds a master's of theoology from Talbot Seminary, and has twenty years' experience as a teaching pastor of Open Door Fellowship. He's also cofounder and playwright of a theater troupe in Phoenix.

John Lynch has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, Berkeley, University of London.

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Faith, Forgiveness, and second chances  Nov 29, 2009
Bo's Cafe was a wonderful read. I really enjoyed the story line between Steve and Lindsey. In today's world I am believing that this is all to often the circumstances and I found this book believable. Bo's Cafe is a captivating read... from the great cover picture of a warm inviting cafe filled to the brim with friends, even within the pages you find people like Andy - a little mysterious, but there is something more to that guy that you cant quite put your finger on... and he drive's an old car and live life with a sense of joy.

On page 228 I found a quote that I think may need to go on the sidebar of this blog somewhere... "Integrity is proven when you admit what you cannot do and honor what you say you can."

I found the book refreshing. As a Christian read, the book covers well that no one needs another list of do's and don'ts. I loved that in this book we are reminded that God loves us for who we are. He created us out of His love. Personally, I know how long it took me just to learn that it was ok to be real - it is ok to be flawed and fail and get back up again. God is first in line to hold out a helping hand. Andy's character is a fine example and I enjoyed getting to know him and the rest of the gang at Bo's Cafe.
 
Very good read  Nov 21, 2009
Let me first say that I truly believe that God designed us to need community. Next that the perfect community that we are ultimately designed to live in for eternity is Heaven. Having now fully declared my bias let me share a couple of brief observations.

I read through many of the other reviews and found some interesting thoughts. Some of them should have had a similar disclaimer about their own Biases. In any case I felt that this was a very good mix of character development that ended up being the vehicle to present the principles that the authors were attempting to share. Yes it would be hard to have a book that really reflects the kind of timeline that usually accompanies this kind of life change. If the book were 15,000 pages long we wouldn't have the time or inclination to read it.

Here is the most important thing to me. I found this book resonating with my own longing for that perfect eternal community. To me that means that they hit a home run. This is not a "how too" book, but you can see possible solutions. At the end of the day we wish for answers--the silver bullet----the magic beans. This book does a great job of showing that while there are some amazing tools that God gives us He chooses to give them to us largely through flawed human beings. It really takes a lifetime to get ready to be able to fully enjoy that eternal home.

This book also shows the amazing potential that God places in the people he puts around us. We have an opportunity to experience all the unseen aspects of God though His family. Some might say that this book takes a shot at Church. I guess you could take that view. To me it was more a lamenting that many church environments fall short of God's design. That shouldn't justify any disdain we have for church. Rather, it should motivate us all to be a part of moving the Church back to that design. The design that represents the "Unstoppable Force."
 
Grace Explained  Nov 8, 2009
I read this book right after I finished reading "The Shack". I hesitated reading "The Shack" because I generally don't like to jump into whatever the next "Christian Thing" is. There are so many badly written (Theology) books that I was afraid this one would follow suit. While I didn't agree with all of the Theology of "The Shack", I loved the story line and I was in hook, line and sinker, and cried during half of the book.

So, I had the same hesitation about reading "Bo's Cafe" even though I know the authors. I was not disappointed because the theology is spot on. The character's were defined, in time, although it would have been nice to know Stephen and his family a little more before the story got too far. I'm also sure Andy was born and raised in Wisconsin and not California! I felt I knew each of the characters, because there has been a little of each of the characters in me during different times and circumstance in life. If we don't possess that character traits of the Andy, Stephen, Carlos,Cynthia, etc., we know someone who does.

This book may be difficult for many to swallow because it makes a strong theological statement, but for those people out there who are wanting to find a new way to live, this can be your starting point. While life change generally doesn't happen this quickly, I think the authors are pretty clear that our issues just don't go away over night. While shame, pain and protection take years to manifest in our lives, so does the healing. The definition of grace, as explained in this book, is clear and understandable. I will admit I did have to read a few statements over again to grasp what the authors were saying.

Bravo to the authors for being brave in their beliefs and putting what is in their hearts into words. I felt encouraged after reading this book. I hope you will too. I cried less in reading Bo's Cafe, but I laughed more and said "hmmm" more often too. Well done!
 
Courtesy of Teens Read Too  Nov 6, 2009
Steven Kerner and his wife live the good life, but things sometimes get edgy, and one night his anger explodes. His wife, Lindsey, kicks him out, and he retreats to a hotel. Then Andy Monroe extends a hand of friendship, but Steven is not trusting of that friendship, and carries a massive chip on his shoulder.

Lindsey does not accept Steven's apology. She just doesn't feel that he will be able to change on a deep enough level without outside help. Help that Steven is reluctant to seek.

Andy introduces Steven to a group that meets at Bo's Cafe who try to steer Steven to an acceptance of God's grace, and to allow himself to trust. They each have a story to tell in their conversations with each other, much like an Alcoholic's Anonymous group.

Steven does eventually begin to unravel his pent-up feelings, and learn to cope with life without temper blow-ups.

Windblown Media published THE SHACK, which turned into a publishing phenomenon, and this is their follow-up inspirational book, designed to encourage and challenge readers who struggle with problems in their personal life.

It is a message that we can all profit from. It teaches you to give, receive, and to trust, opening yourself up to self-realization, and helping you to experience God's grace.

Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
 
Bo's Cafe  Nov 1, 2009
Opened the eyes of my heart a little more enabling me to see the subtle ways everyday things take control of me and keep me from loving others as I should because ME is too busy.
 

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