Review: O2: Breathing New Life into Faith

Written by Scott

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In O2: Breathing New Life into Faith, author and pastor Richard Dahlstrom uses the analogy of breathing (inhaling/exhaling) to explain aspects of spiritual disciplines and our lives. Our physical bodies need oxygen in order to survive, and the act of breathing requires both inhaling and exhaling…each naturally leads to the other.

That same rhythm is essential in the life of faith. You inhale life-giving strength from God through things like prayer, study, solitude, and silence. You exhale generosity, hospitality, and service to the poor. If you try to do one without the other, you won’t last very long.

The book is solid. The theology is solid. Overall, it is a fitting analogy. But as the book went on, I found myself thinking “ok, I get it…I get the analogy…enough already!” Again, it is a good analogy–and good book–but I felt like the analogy was overdone.

Don’t let that stop you from reading the book though…it was a good read.

About the Author: Richard Dahlstrom is Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, in the heart of the city, among university students, young professionals, families, the homeless, and the elderly. He is also a popular teacher in North America and Europe for the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers. He holds a M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary. Find out more about Richard at:


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Contest: The contest for this blog tour is: (Please tweet & facebook this contest – please use the hashtag #O2)

Win a signed copy of 02 for yourself! There are two ways to enter! The winners will be announced 10/26.

1. Jump over to Pastor Richard’s blog “Pastoral Musings from Rain City” ( ) and leave a comment between October 5th and October 24th. Just say hi or tell Pastor Richard what you liked about his book, or share with him how you’ve experienced ‘new life’ in your faith!
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