Spotting the Sacred

Noticing God in the Most Unlikely Places

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Most people these days are overwhelmed by the busyness of life, and so they often miss the little evidences of God's presence and activity around them. In contrast, Jesus led a full life but never hurried. He took time to notice his surroundings, and he often saw and then pointed out great spiritual truths in the everyday experiences of life. Using Jesus as a model, Bruce Main explores the act of noticing as a means for spiritual growth. Filled with engaging, often poignant stories that illustrate acts of godly virtue, Spotting the Sacred will challenge and encourage readers to go through their day more attuned to God's work in their lives and the lives of others.


"Bruce Main writes out of a wealth of experience coming from years of ministry in one of the desperately needy cities in America. He is a master storyteller and biblical scholar, and in this book he is at the top of his game."--Tony Campolo, professor emeritus of sociology, Eastern University

"Bruce Main has learned to look beyond the sacred page to discover what God is doing in the world around him. And what he has found in his looking is exciting stuff. This is a book for all of us who need help in 'spotting the sacred.'"--Richard J. Mouw, president and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Bruce Main has offered all of us a generous gift--the reminder to notice God at work through ordinary people living in extraordinary ways. The eyes of my heart have been opened and I am truly grateful."--Dr. Stephen Macchia, president, Leadership Transformations, Inc.; author, Becoming a Healthy Church, Becoming a Healthy Disciple, and Becoming a Healthy Team

"Bruce Main is a storyteller. Always has been. That's why so many people, including me, have been drawn to his life-changing ministry in Camden, New Jersey. In Spotting the Sacred, Bruce turns his storytelling to the spiritual discipline of 'notice.' I didn't know it was a spiritual discipline either, but it is. Bruce tells us why and why we should embrace it as our own. I loved the book and encourage you to read it 'with your eyes wide open.'"--Jon R. Wallace, president, Azusa Pacific University

"The rich and wonderful gift of spiritual wisdom from Bruce found in Spotting the Sacred, written from the crucible of decades of serving Christ in an extremely complex urban setting, serves as a practical guide for all of us seeking to walk with God each day. Bruce has given the church a gift. Thank you!"--Peter Scazzero, senior pastor, New Life Fellowship Church; author, Emotionally Healthy Church

The Author

  1. Bruce D. Main

    Bruce D. Main

    Bruce Main is a graduate of Fuller Seminary, with his D.Min. from Princeton. He is the executive director of UrbanPromise Ministries in Camden, New Jersey, and has developed satellite programs in several other cities. He is an international conference speaker...

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