Motorcycles and Misfits
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Zac's Place is a church in Swansea. It is a small chaotic community of Jesus followers where the most fragile of life's walking wounded try to work out their faith, because they quite simply wouldn't fit anywhere else. It's also the spiritual home for the local chapter of the motorcycle club God's Squad. Zac's Place was founded in 1998 and for nearly twenty years has been led by Sean Stillman - a "painfully shy, nervous preacher's kid" - whose front-line ministry, at Zac's Place and on the road, has cost him dearly, including physical beating. In Zac's Place, chaos and disorder sit alongside community and grace in an environment that sometimes resembles an AA meeting mixed with a casualty department. This is Sean's personal story of a transformed faith alongside the broken, the story of the church he started and the European-wide growth of an unlikely bunch of biker missionaries. The thread that will run through it is the `greater righteousness' that Christ was looking for - what can happen when our concern for the perfect performance is stripped bare and replaced with poverty of spirit.
An extraordinary, authentic example of discipleship, and the honouring and validation of the radiant "broken jewels" on society's margins. -- Stewart Henderson, poet, broadcaster and lyricist Sean is a remarkable man with a wonderful story. His ministry resides among the margins, the outliers, the broken, the forgotten. Rides a mean bike too. -- Rick Elias, recording artist and producer I put some miles on my bike alongside Sean back in the day, and he remains the kind of Christian and human being I aspire to be. Compelling. -- Sean Gladding, author of The Story of God, the Story of Us and Ten Read God's Biker at your own peril, and with a significant bit of fear. The closer we connect with God, the more he changes us. Sean transformed from a "painfully shy, nervous preacher's kid" to working with motorcycle clubs and shepherding the "sometimes chaotic community of Zac's Place." A dangerous process? Absolutely. But man, what a ride you get when striving to fully follow Jesus. Sean would say that's the normal Christian life. I agree. -- Tim Riter, author of God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road The mystique of pioneering ministry can easily be alluring to those who want to do things differently. But Sean Stillman has always done things differently and, in this powerful and moving book, he shows how deep trust in God can lead to costly mission which makes a real difference to fragile lives. If you are looking for full-on glamour and minute by minute excitement this isn't for you. But if you want to see a transformative God at work in pioneering ways and far from easy places, go out and buy it - now! -- Norman Ivison, former BBC TV producer and Director of Communication at Fresh Expressions UK A very human story of a self-aware, flawed individual who has used his faith . . . to help and support people on the fringes of society. -- Andy Hornsby, American-V Magazine You don't need to have interest in motorbikes to find principles that we do well to apply to any demographic of the population who would struggle to enter our church gatherings. -- Peter Grier, author of Travel: In Tandem with God's Heart His whole story challenges us to learn from fragile people. -- Roy Jenkins, broadcaster and Baptist minister Memorable and moving. -- Ian Coffey, author and Director of Leadership Training, Moorlands College Sean challenges Christians to rethink what the church is throughout and offers a wake-up call to the bigger picture of what it means to be a part of the body of Christ. -- Ruth Clemence, award-winning blogger This is the best kind of challenging Christian book. It pushes readers to face their preconceptions and hunger for a countercultural but deeper way to live for God. -- G. Connor Salter, writer and blogger Raw and gut-wrenching. -- Mandy Bayton, freelance writer and speaker.