The Ride of Your Life
What I Learned about God, Love, and Adventure by Teaching My Son to Ride a Bike
- Pub. Date
- Aug 2014
"If you're looking to recapture the adventure of your faith and all the possibilities that emerge when you embrace it with passion, you can't afford to miss The Ride of Your Life."--Les Parrott, PhD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Talk
We can all remember the first time we learned to ride a bike. That terrible thrill when we first realized our dad had let go of the seat and we were on our own. That first crash. The skinned knees. The life of a Christian is a lot like that. We want to experience the freedom we're promised, so we take a risk, a leap of faith--and sometimes we fall. But just like our dad running alongside of us, God is always there, equipping us, encouraging us, and comforting us.
Through the powerful analogy of teaching his son to ride a bike, Mike Howerton lays out five essential life lessons that will help you recapture the wonder of a childlike faith and embrace a passionate, adventurous life full of possibilities and promise.
"Mike's faith--and awesome sense of humor--will inspire you on your own adventure through life."--Judah Smith, lead pastor of The City Church, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Is ____.
"Such a practical, helpful book . . . that will deepen your walk with Jesus and inspire you to develop a more vibrant faith."--Kay Warren, author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough
"Simple, profound, and refreshing."--Eugene Cho, lead pastor of Quest Church Seattle, author of Overrated
Mike Howerton is lead pastor of Overlake Christian Church near Seattle and served for six years as the college pastor at Saddleback Church. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University and received his master's degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Mike is the author of Glorious Mess: Encountering God's Relentless Grace for Imperfect People and lives in Washington with his wife, Jodie, and their three children.
"Pastor Mike is a great friend, pastor, and communicator. It's my privilege to pastor alongside him as we share Jesus with God's favorite city, Seattle. In The Ride of Your Life, Mike shares hard-earned, invaluable lessons from his life. His faith--and awesome sense of humor--will inspire you on your own adventure through life."
Judah Smith, lead pastor of The City Church, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Is ____.
"Such a practical, helpful book! Mike Howerton, my longtime friend, uses a basic task of parenting--teaching a child to ride a bike--as a launching point for life lessons that will deepen your walk with Jesus and inspire you to develop a more vibrant faith."
Kay Warren, author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough
"If you're looking to recapture the adventure of your faith and all the possibilities that emerge when you embrace it with passion, you can't afford to miss The Ride of Your Life. Mike is the real deal. He speaks from the center of his heart, and he'll get you to look at your relationship with God like you never have before. You're going to love this book!"
Les Parrott, PhD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Talk
"Life is a lot like learning to ride a bike, and Mike Howerton brilliantly draws out great insights from the Bible for riding well. I loved the creativity and simplicity in thinking about how to keep my own balance and how to get up when I fall. Through it all, Mike compassionately points to the God of second chances who is available to help us move forward. This is a great book to read and share!"
Jud Wilhite, senior pastor of Central Christian Church, author of The God of Yes
"Sometimes the most important lesson isn't a new lesson. It's reapplying simple truths that are often lost in the busyness and clutter of life. I'm not going to lie: The Ride of Your Life is simple--so simple that it's profound and refreshing. No matter where we are on the journey of following of Christ, Mike Howerton helps us rediscover the courage and joy we need to pursue the convictions that God has placed upon our hearts."
Eugene Cho, lead pastor of Quest Church Seattle, author of Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?
"Mike Howerton's The Ride of Your Life is wonderful--winsome, adventurous, wise, and practical--full of valuable life concepts with heartfelt stories that bring it to life! Reading it is as pleasant as a summer evening's bike ride."
Tom Flick, President of Tom Flick Communications, Leadership Speaker for Kotter International
"Whether Mike Howerton is speaking or writing, I am leaning in. Rarely is there a new, fresh voice that speaks deeply to life, and Mike's is one of those. I found myself laughing hard, thinking deeply, and wanting to be different. I think you will too. Buckle up and enjoy the ride."
Doug Fields, bestselling author of Refuel and Be Her Hero: The One Your Wife Has Been Waiting For