What others are saying about “Wholly Jesus”:
“I’m so grateful for the loving, careful, and wise teaching I see in Mark Foreman’s new book, Wholly Jesus. The world needs six billion copies of it quick! One for every hungry heart, eager to know the real Jesus and his true mission on earth. This is a book for the church and the watching world. I cannot recommend it more highly.”
Producer, Artist, Founder of Art House America and author of New Way To Be Human
“Mark Foreman’s gives us an inspiring manifesto for a revolutionary Jesus movement. No more bi-polar theology where on earth it can never happen as it is in heaven. Foreman reminds us how to sing redemption songs where the slaves are set free from their chains, whether material or spiritual, to pursue a destiny of freedom and love.”
David Batstone, Ph.D.
President, Not for Sale Campaign
Author, Not for Sale & Saving the Corporate Soul
Professor of Ethics, University of San Francisco
“Long overdue, Wholly Jesus eloquently addresses a church culture that has become wholly dysfunctional and splintered. Mark Foreman delivers powerful messages from his life as a pastor, a surfer, a cultural observer and believer seeking wholeness in a fractured world.”
Editor in Chief, Risen Magazine
“Building on the fact that ‘the whole world has gone whole,’ (or holistic), Foreman explains that evangelical Christians have neglected biblical understandings of wholeness. As a result, we have little more than a “partial gospel” to share with a culture already eager to transform mind, body, and soul. This book clearly and convincingly presents ‘the wholeness remedy’ Jesus offers. We urgently need to be reminded of a gospel for the whole person, not just the soul. Foreman does this. The book is not about the ‘social gospel.’ Rather, it challenges us to understand the /social implications/ of the gospel, and that the gospel is first personal, but always social. Particularly helpful were Foreman’s insights into the Creation story and how we were made to reflect God’s nature. This, along with an insightful commentary on the concept of salvation, represent the core contributions of this engaging book. The church is challenged to invade and influence culture, to demonstrate in transformative ways that ‘Holy Jesus is Wholly Jesus.’”
Dr. Ron Enroth
Sociology Professor, Westmont College
Author of The Jesus People and Recovering from Churches that Abuse
“Wholly Jesus is more than another book. It is a vision of the Christian life, forged in the crucible of real-life ministry in southern California by an astute pastor with a doctorate in psychology and a heart for God and people. Mark Foreman understands that the Gospel is about far more than an admission ticket to heaven; it is about a Jesus-centered, supernaturally-empowered plan to restore our lost humanity, renew our broken souls, and help us become all that we were meant to be. Forman breaks out of the tired old box of a narrow, otherworldly spirituality in order also to embrace the present and to follow God’s heart into the world. This book is written with flair and spiritual substance. Wholly Jesus is more than a feel-good pill; it portrays a Christian spirituality that encompasses all of life—which was surely the Founder’s idea in the first place.”
Glen G. Scorgie, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology
Bethel Seminary San Diego
“I count Mark Foreman not only as a friend, but as one of the leading pastors in our country. I was excited to read Wholly Jesus for my own spiritual formation, and he did not disappoint me. I believe all of us want our lives transformed in a way that it will impact every part of our world. This book will open your eyes and heart and activity to integrate the Kingdom of God (the life of Jesus) with your whole world. It is not just a theological explanation; it is a warm and touching letter that speaks to the searching heart.”
Senior Pastor, Northland, a church distributed
“If you want to be challenged, encouraged and refreshed then this book is for you. In Wholly Jesus Mark reminds us that Christ didn’t die and rise again for us to settle for a semi-sterile second-best Christianity. Christ came to give us life and give it more abundantly. God wants to do ‘exceedingly, abundantly beyond all that we ask or think.’ Mark challenges us to resist the comparatively safe and socially acceptable siren call to settle for sin-management and church growth when we can enjoy a personal and relational transformation that embraces all of who God made us to be, influences all of who he designed us to be and become and impacts all of what he has created. Mark shows us in very practical ways what it looks like to allow God to satisfy our God-given hunger for wholeness and experience the abundant life.”
Gary J. Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D.
Executive Director of The Center for Relationship Enrichment
Professor of Psychology and Practical Theology at John Brown University
Author of Mad About Us and Raising Sons and Loving It!
“Mark Foreman’s book Wholly Jesus is a much needed corrective from a Pastor’s heart to a truncated version of the Gospel that has been in vogue in our Churches for many decades. Rooted firmly in the understanding of the central nature of the Kingdom of God in the teaching of Jesus, Mark argues theologically and practically for the full-orbed salvation that Christ brings to human beings. The book powerfully meets the crying need of our times for the expression of an authentic Christianity.”
International President, Dalit Freedom Network
“Mark Foreman unpacks the essentials for each of us to truly understand what it means to be a TRUE follower of Jesus, and what seamless redemption looks like for us, our communities and our culture. As believers, we have the ultimate model of wholeness in Jesus, and Mark helps us once again discover the practicality of this. Wholly Jesus gives a practical approach to the fullness in Christ most of us are missing, and paints a picture for how a return to living in the wholeness in Christ will allow us to TRULY transform Culture. Mark gets it- he has lived it out, he has passed it on to his friends and family, and now he is passing it on to all of us. A great read!”
Catalyst Conference, President
“In this powerful book, Mark tackles a tough yet very relevant topic: what is wholeness and how will we know when we get there? As a culture, we search daily for ways to become ‘whole’ — but often like a ship with a compass. In an easy reading, fact filled, poetic style, Mark unfolds the true definition of wholeness and reveals Jesus’ intended offer for us to become whole — an offer to become fully human. This book has potential to re-direct the heart and focus of your life. It will open your eyes, make you think, and challenge you to start a whole new journey ? a journey of becoming whole as Jesus intended. A key book for our time, a wake-up call for our church, a must read for everyone who wants to become the person they are meant to be.
Sharon Morris May, Ph.D.
Haven of Safety Relationships
“Some leaders are obviously bright, others are well educated, still others have reflected deeply on their work. It is rare to find this combination in one person. It is, however, as you’ll see in reading Wholly Jesus, found in my friend Mark Foreman. Mark guides us from a too-small Gospel which rarely leads to Christian living into the roominess, wholeness and fully embodied salvation found in apprenticeship to Jesus.”
Founder and President Three is Enough Groups
Former President Alpha USA
“Jesus said knowing the truth would set you free. Despite a Masters of Divinity degree, and years in professional Christian ministry, I managed to miss Jesus’ truth. I was a lot of things, knowledgeable, zealous, moral, and disciplined, but one of them was not free. There was always some inner malady or life circumstance disturbing my peace, stealing my happiness, diminishing my worth, disconnecting me from love, and filling me with fear and anxiety. There are only two options: either Jesus lied or I had not yet uncovered Jesus’ truth. Mark Foreman in Wholly Jesus unpacks the freeing truth of Jesus. You may be someone who has quietly wondered, ‘There’s got to be more to Christianity than this.’ There is! You’re about to discover it in Wholly Jesus.”
Author of Divine Nobodies and Wide Open Spaces