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Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson

Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You’ve Only Heard About by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson is a book driven by stories. Whitehead and Tyson, friends since they were teenagers, are both from Australia and are both pastors, Whitehead at Willow Creek in Illinois and Tyson at Trinity Grace in New York City. The stories they share are personal and pastoral, illustrating that “a better way, another dream, [and] an unimagined future” is possible for people of faith in the changing world.

Each chapter in Rumors of God takes on a different “rumored” theme (rumors of grace, rumors of generosity, etc.) and is developed following a pattern familiar to those who have read other “Christian living” books: a personal story supported by a scriptural illustration and concluding with a clear and simple application. Since the structure and flow of each chapter is similar, the book read like a collection of standalone stories or sermons connected by common language and style pointing towards the real potential for the Christian faith to transform lives and be good news to the world around us.

I enjoyed reading Rumors of God; it was a quick, light read with interesting stories, but, for me, it didn’t rock the boat or change any paradigms of my thinking. This could be a good resource for someone who’s struggling with (or at an early stage of) faith or been hurt by churches.

Disclosure of material connection in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: I received a copy of this book for review, though the opinions I have expressed are my own.


3 thoughts on “Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson

  1. I’ve kind of given up on Christian living books being “game changers” or “paradigm shifters.” The book felt like it might be useful for someone at an early stage of faith with a lot of skepticism (maybe more emotional skepticism rather than intellectual skepticism, since this isn’t a scholarly or philosophical apologetic or anything). It’s quick, pretty light reading – and I enjoyed it because it has interesting stories and moved quickly, but there wasn’t a ton that stuck with me.

    Maybe I was too nice in the quick little review, I may have to add a bit of the above 😉


  2. Appreciate what you’re saying. I liked the book for what it was. Felt that it was a solid introduction to the Christian faith for many of today’s audience. Also thought it was an excellent re-introduction. I’ve bumped into Jon a few times and have enjoyed his preaching, I think he’s doing good work. (Here’s my review if interested (

    Like this blog, will click around some more.


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