Where is Your Briarpatch?

Thank you to all of you who submitted responses for our giveaway. Even if you didn’t win, we hope you’ll get a copy of The Briarpatch Gospel as Shayne speaks to all your situations in the book. Be sure to catch the rest of our video series as well since we’ll address some of these issues like homosexuality, people who are suffering, etc. more! The Catalyst Blog is hosting our next video on March 7, so watch for that!

Through Random.org, we chose our winner…


Congratulations, Luela! Please email your mailing address to us at bloggers@tyndale.com to claim your prize! If Luela does not claim her prize by Wednesday, March 6, we’ll randomly select another winner.

The briarpatch is the area where you feel afraid or unequipped to go. This is the place Jesus is calling you to enter boldly. Maybe this means sharing what you really think about controversial issues or becoming friends with someone who’s different than you. Jesus does some of his best work amid the bristles and barbs of life. He meets people in their briarpatches and He wants you to join Him there.

Pastor Shayne Wheeler has ventured through the briarpatch himself. He continues to do so through the church he founded in Decatur, Georgia, All Souls Fellowship. Shayne shares his journey and challenge to Christians in his new book, The Briarpatch Gospel: Fearlessly Following Jesus into the Thorny Places, which releases tomorrow (March 1).

Today we’re kicking off a six-week video series from Shayne on The Briarpatch Gospel. We hope you’ll join us each Thursday on various blogs until April 4 to learn more about what it means to truly love one another in Jesus’ name in the briarpatches of our own communities.

Discover the way into the briarpatch as Shayne discusses learning to love those who are different than us without fear or judgment.

{GIVEAWAY} Leave a comment answering the question(s) below for a chance to win a copy of The Briarpatch Gospel. Please leave your email address. Winners will be contacted via email on Friday, March 1 at 9:00 a.m. CST. So enter before then!

What about you? What’s your briarpatch? What keeps you from loving others who are different than you?


Christy Stroud

Christy Stroud

Christy is a publicist at Tyndale, working to get the best media coverage possible for our authors and products. She has worked on many campaigns including the New York Times bestseller "Winning Balance" by Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Phil Vischer’s What’s in the Bible? DVD series, "The Devil in Pew Number Seven" by Rebecca Alonzo, "Night of the Living Dead Christian" by Matt Mikalatos, the "Courageous" novelization by Randy Alcorn, and "Cupidity" and "Unstuff" by Michael and Hayley DiMarco. Christy enjoys being a wife, mom, and pug owner. You can often find her reading, running, training for triathlons, doing youth ministry, and occasionally horseback riding. She also blogs at http://www.christystroud.com.