Something You Once Knew
Waking up to the extraordinary in your ordinary life
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The culture today tells us we can be whoever we want to be. So, why do so many of us feel stuck?
Throughout this book, pastor and poet Joshua Luke Smith invites you into a ‘selah’ moment – an opportunity to quieten the noise – and to see that the clarity you are longing for may be closer than you think.
Something You Once Knew will remind you of what you always hoped to be true and rekindle the wonder you lost along the way.
With thoughtful reflections on following curiosity, building true community and reclaiming your creativity, this book will help you to rediscover the vision and vibrancy installed in you from the very beginning.'
'Josh is a friend I trust, and he's a truth-teller, a heart revealer, and a soul searcher, so to say I was excited to read this book is an understatement. I am delighted to report that every single page is a gift to your soul. It made my heart soar, my brain engage, and it made tears spontaneously fall from my eyes as I nodded along in agreement. 'Something you once knew' will make you want to embrace every ounce of creativity you have inside and turn it into a piece of art, but importantly, it will show you that you already have the courage to reveal it to the world. Every human should read this masterpiece (and I don't call it that lightly) as I honestly think it has the ability to make us all better people.' -- Zoe Clark-Coates MBE 'Joshua Luke Smith is both a skilled poet and a dangerous dreamer. His whole aura emanates a deep and sincere hopefulness and just like Joshua himself, every line of this wonderful book is dangerously hopeful.' -- Carlos A. Rodriguez, Founder of The Happy Givers 'Joshua Luke Smith writes with an electric heart-on-sleeve honesty that makes me feel like I'm reconnecting with a long-lost friend. Page after page I feel the stirring of a mysterious wonder that I'm afraid I'd long forgotten.' -- John Mark Mcmillan 'Joshua Luke Smith has given us a beautiful book. With the skill of an artist, the heart of a disciple, and the vision of prophet, he invites us to encounter the grace of God in a way that stokes the deeper fire our hearts are aching for in these broken time. What a gift.' -- Jon Tyson, Author and Pastor 'Joshua writes so as to let no word fall to the ground. Something You Once Knew is void of any throwaway thoughts and sentiments, as Josh gently piques the appetite for forgotten practices you want to re-cultivate, and new habits you want to form. Josh's stories and unpacking of his thoughts unfold in a way that demanded me to slow the pace of reading, so as to grasp the fullness of each concept and invitation. I didn't want to miss anything. This slowing down, for me was the exhale I needed in a world full of words and ideas hurled around at the greatest of speeds. This book is confronting without being exposing, it's challenging without pointing the finger. Something You Once Knew for me has become a book I want to re-read periodically, when I need my North Star to shine a bit brighter in the sky, or when I need to remember my deeper why's, and when I want to strengthen my desire for the road less travelled.' -- Bianca Rose - Singer-Songwriter 'Joshua reminds me that in dark times, wonder keeps our minds open, engagement keeps our hands open, and reconciliation keeps our hearts open. The impulse to shut down is strong these days but the well-told story shared by a beautiful poet may yet outshine our dismay. Thanks, Josh -I needed this.' -- Bradley Jersak, Dean of Theolgoy & Culture St. Stephen's University, New Brunswick 'Joshua's tone and message communicates a wisdom that can only come from first-hand experience. The grace and poetic writing within this book will stay with you for ever' -- Propaganda, Author, Poet, Political Activist