About the Book

Adventure is extensively used as a teaching tool throughout the Bible. In God of Adventure Bruce Dunning proposes 19 principles from the Bible that outline the validity, core concepts, and teaching approaches of what is called Christian adventure learning.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements (15)
Foreword (17)
Introduction (21)
Part I—The Validity of Christian Adventure
Principle 1: Biblical Foundation (35)
Principle 2: Many Methods (43)
Principle 3: Transformed Lives (59)
Part II—Core Concepts of Christian Adventure
Principle 4: Risking (71)
Principle 5: Trusting (85)
Principle 6: Testing (97)
Principle 7: Affirming (109)
Principle 8: Following (121)
Part III—Teaching Approaches of Christian Adventure
Setting Up the Experience
Principle 9: Agreement (133)
Principle 10: Time Frame (145)
Principle 11: Size (155)
Principle 12: Environment (165)
Principle 13: Metaphor (177)
Principle 14: Story (189)
Running the Experience
Principle 15: Challenge and Choice (201)
Principle 16: Encouragement (215)
Principle 17: Progression (227)
Principle 18: Control (239)
Principle 19: Process (251)
Conclusion (267)
Endnotes (269)
Appendix: Research for Biblical Adventure (277)

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Adventure has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a child I loved to explore the woods with my friends and to imagine that we were pirates, explorers or agents on top secret spy missions. I would spend countless hours in the woods alone and with others making forts, hiding from the enemy and exploring every ridge, valley and creek.

We would also do many crazy things like explore caves to see if we could find the local black bear or climb cliff faces without ropes or see how high we could climb up a tree. One of our favourite activities was to find tall, thin maple trees in the middle of the forest and shinny up as far as we could until the trees started to bend. Then we’d let go with our feet and safely and slowly be lowered back to the ground as the trees bent. The thicker the tree, the higher we could shinny up, hoping that it wasn’t too thick to bend. We would continually push ourselves to see what cool things we could do. As I think back to some of the crazy things I did, I wonder how I ever survived childhood...  

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