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Live Sent (a guest post from Shauna Pilgreen)

I’m happy to introduce you to my friend Shauna Pilgreen, a church planter here in San Francisco. We first met last spring as fan girls at Tsh Oxenreider‘s book q&a. Since then, we’ve been able to get to know each other’s work both locally and out here on the interwebs. Today, she releases her new ebook, Live Sent. Here’s what I had to say about it…

When I (a small town/suburban girl) moved with my family to San Francisco five years ago, I was overwhelmed with the challenges and pace of city. I longed for a wise friend to come alongside me and show me how to be a mom in the city, how to be a follower of Jesus in the city. This is the book I needed then. Shauna Pilgreen is a friend to guide you through those lonely days of feeling new and overwhelmed. Her words are an encouraging whisper that you are here in this place because you have been sent, because God is on the move and you part of God’s renewal in your city.

-Micha Boyett, Author of Found

I’ll let her share a little more…

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you’ve got 30 seconds to describe where you live. go…

“ummm…it’s a small town. half a dozen traffic lights. everybody is related to everybody. i grew up here. yeah. that’s about it.”

“well, it’s a pretty big sized town. i mean, we’re growing. lots of nationalities moving in. shopping centers popping up every mile or so. the towns nearby are coming to our town now. they’re more or less touching each other.”

“i live in a great place. there’s so much to do. we’ve got a university and a research hospital. tons of green space and lots of events and festivals and concerts are here on the weekends.”

“it’s so different from home. so different.”

“i live in a tight-knit community. most people who were born here, stay here and raise their families. our kids go to church and school and play sports together. it’s a nice place to raise a family.”

“it’s a city. skyscrapers. mass transit. people on the move all the time. multi-cultural. apartment living. transient. delicious foods. strange smells. thankful for google maps. yep. that’s where live.”

“i don’t know yet. we just moved here. check back next year!”

 

10 seconds. why do you live where you live? go…

job.

family.

school.

i don’t know.

it’s far from home.

i believe there is purpose in where you live. beyond your job or schooling or family.

and i believe the places you call home need to receive and gain more of you.

it’s time for us to live sent.

and i’ve written an ebook on how to do just that…

 

Live Sent: 31 Days in the City

 

I’ve written an ebook that’s a planned adventure for how we met our neighbors and experienced  a diverse culture and began opening our home to others.

Every chapter is a day and every day is a leap of courage.

The book is filled with my personal journal entries and the stories of struggle and deep joy. It’s a concept that is sure to grow your love for where you live and those who live around you.

see the 31 days {table of contents} here.

Christ followers, of all people, should love the places God has us in. We learn to love our cities and towns by knowing them. We know our cities more by engaging. We engage our cities when we attend sporting events, get a library card, dine at restaurants, play in the parks, ride transit, run marathons, shop locally, meet the neighbors.

Sink roots where you call home for now. Your zip code, your street, your neighborhood will be a better place if you do.

Because I believe this: We, of all people, should laugh the loudest, give the most, and love better than anyone else in the places we call home.

Live Sent extended version is on sale exclusively here for only $2.99!

In addition to the 31 days, get more of an insider’s view into how this can be lived out and be the first to receive future templates and ideas. Over 10 additional chapters with highly practical and useful ideas to Live Sent:

31 Days of Prayer

Craft ideas and recipes

templates for neighbor gatherings, family structures, and celebrations

practical ways to invest in school

teaching lesson called, God of the City

and more

I’m a sojourner with you on this earth to live sent for His purpose and Kingdom. Just as the rope was extended to me, I boldly and excitedly extend it to you. Whatever coast, mountain, farmland, valley, or desert you are in. Whatever zip code that is now assigned you. Whatever color the sky. Whatever challenges and adventures await.

{excerpt from Live Sent – 31 Days in the City}

To you, the new ones to your town or city…may God grant you the courage to explore. To embrace a new culture, a new process on how things operate, a new community. To you, the ones who are comfortable where you live…may God give you a fresh new look at your surroundings. What’s that part of town that still needs your footprints?

{excerpt from Live Sent – 31 Days in the City}

Get Live Sent here.



  • I am so excited about reading this book. My story is the reverse of Shauna’s — we moved from a small city to a tiny town, and getting to know people in this blue collar, tight knit community that doesn’t have a lot of “hang out spots” like coffeeshops, etc. has been really challenging. Luckily I have a kid in the school system, so that’s one connection point at least. I am looking forward to trying all her challenges this spring!