Endorsements - Books
• Praise for Say Yes to Grace
"With Say Yes to Grace, Kirk Byron Jones has entered into the echelon of contemporary spiritual masters, occupied by names like Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Barbara Brown Taylor, Anthony de Mello, Richard Foster, and Howard Thurman. This book will minister to you in ways similar to his now classic, Rest in the Storm, yet Say Yes to Grace sees Jones writing with a wild freedom - bursting into sudden poetry mid chapter. There is joy and life in these pages! Perhaps best of all, Jones invites many fellow sojourners from the great cloud of witnesses to join him in this holy concert. This book is a must read. I loved this book, and it loved me back. Its author would not approve of the endorsement, "Steal this book!"
So instead I will say, "Give this book." For whomever you send this literary balm to will undoubtedly be blessed.”
Charles L. Howard, Ph.D., University Chaplain, University of Pennsylvania
"Kirk Byron Jones offers a message to leaders and all others stressed-out and struggling: rest, pace yourself, and live a life that claims God’s acceptance and love. This book is counter-cultural. I found much in these pages to remind me of what is most important (usually not what I think is most urgent). Say Yes to Grace is clear, accessible and practical, built on a sound spiritual foundation. Jones knows there isn’t a quick fix for what ails us, but he shows a way forward that anyone can begin.”
Margaret Marcuson, Author, Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry
"Doctor Kirk Byron Jones, new book, SAY YES TO GRACE, is an herbal medicine that cures the aches of "busy-ness.”
It is engaging, inspiring, and life-style changing. A must read for all!”
Larry D. Robinson, Chaplain, United States Army
"Say Yes to Grace was a mirror of my own life. This self-help book should be read by all persons in equipping ministries such as campus ministry as well as the secular world. I found it to be profound, and a collection of affirmations that truly will help one to burn brighter for God as we continue to do God's will in our lives. Rest is essential to one's being; rest is awesome; rest is a blessing of Grace.”
Consuella Foster Breaux, Executive Director of Grambling State University, Wesley Foundation
• Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers
In 2009, Named by Sojourners Magazine as one of the 40 "Best Resources for Social Change."
"Rest in the Storm moves concretely to think about self-care that is not maudlin but informed by the gospel itself."
Walter Brueggemann, Author of The Prophetic Imagination
"Dr. Jones has given us a remarkable resource for managing the chronic role confusions and burnout that afflict nearly every pastor sometimes in their ministry."
G. Lloyd Rediger, Author of Clergy Killers
• Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down
"If ever it was a travesty to read a book quickly for review purposes, this is the book. Jones' very language cries out to be savored."
The Clergy Journal, March 2004
"This book hits the mark with practices that can be done to savor life's precious present moments."
Spirituality & Health Journal, SpiritualityHealth.Com, August, 2003
• The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach With Great Freedom and Joy
"The Jazz of Preaching is about reaching for "beyond-ness" that can persuade people to embrace God."
Sharon Thornton, Author of Broken Yet Beloved
"An awesome work ... this work will free preachers of the gospel up."
Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois
• Morning B.R.E.W. : A Divine Power Drink for Your Soul
"I loved m y Morning B.R.E.W. from the first sip to last, it warmed my soul and lifted my spirit. Do your life a favor.
Buy it, Read it, and Enjoy its Wisdom."
Lynn A. Robinson, author of Divine Intuition, Compass of the Soul, and Real Prosperity
"Kirk Byron Jones has fashioned a soul-stirring devotional resource. His spiritual enthusiasm is evident on every page. Use his words to jump-start your day with gusto and grace!"
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, authors of Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life
"God is inviting Christians into a deeper relationship. Disciples know the power of such sustained and intentional practices, and Kirk Jones speaks with conviction born out of his own experience and spiritual growth. This is a wonderful voice added to the discipleship movement of the Holy Spirit across the churches in the 21st century."
Michael Foss, author of Power Surge, A Servant's Manual, and Real Faith for Real Life