#FridayReads: “Unlikely” by Kevin Palau

Kevin Palau is president of the Luis Palau Association, a Portland, Oregon based ministry that has shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with 1 billion people around the world through Kevin’s father, evangelist Luis Palau. Kevin joined the Palau Association in 1985 and began directing the day-to-day operation of the ministry in the late 1990’s. Under his leadership, LPA has produced some of the largest Christian events ever staged, including festivals that have drawn crowds from South Florida to South America of up to 1 million people. Kevin is a valued partner with Movement Day. We recommend his book Unlikely. Take a read of the book summary below.

In 2007, Kevin Palau and a few dozen pastors approached Portland’s mayor and posed the question: How can we, as the Body of Christ, best serve the city? Officials identified five initial areas of need—hunger, homelessness, healthcare, the environment, and public schools. And so began “CityServe,” a partnership between the city and a band of churches seeking to live out the gospel message. Since then, the CityServe model has spread like wildfire, inspiring communities across the country to take up causes in their own cities.

Unlikely not only tells the story of the inception of CityServe, but also challenges readers to evaluate their understanding of the gospel. Today’s church finds itself torn between social justice, and direct proclamation. Unlikely proposes a ‘both/and’ scenario, showing how the gospel can truly penetrate a region—through word and deed. Unlikely is proof that when differences can be put aside for a worthy cause, real change can be attained, and unlikely beauty is born.

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