There’s hardly anyone in the world more down-to-earth than Jesus. That sounds far-fetched because, well, Jesus is God. But read the Gospels and you find Jesus telling stories that ring true from beginning to end, stories you can immediately identify with, stories that make you go “hmmm.”
In Down to Earth we learn that these stories are different from the stories we tell each other—these are stories intended to change your life. They’re soul stories—stories that get inside you and linger there, stories you start to find yourself living into. And when you do, you and the world around you are transformed for good.
The gospel is God’s flesh-and-blood embodiment of life-giving love. Jesus Christ is that life, the living center of that gospel. Tom Hughes is utterly convinced this Jesus alone provides the good news we all need. In Down to Earth, Hughes takes us into some of Jesus’ most powerful stories that to this very day still invite and provoke us to find our truest and fullest life in Christ. Relish these stories and respond to Jesus’ call to life—life abundant.
by Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Theological Seminary
In Down to Earth, Tom highlights Jesus’ use of parables throughout his ministry on earth. Tom proffers that Jesus used a parable as both a riddle and a mirror. Certainly, some parables seem straightforward, but others have always felt like a riddle to me. Through reading this book, even the ones I assumed to be straightforward have been unlocked in new ways, like riddles in sheep’s clothing. What I learned through the pages of Down to Earth is how Jesus used parables to mirror back to us how valuable we are to him. These mirrors are meant to show us not how we see ourselves but how he sees us, as image bearers of God. Jesus not only sees us as precious but invites us to see this ourselves, as a way to step out of hiding and into deeper communion with him. Tom articulates how Jesus came not only to prove the existence of God but also to demonstrate the character and compassion of God—and he did this most powerfully through parables.
by Blythe Hill, CEO of Dressember Foundation
Tom Hughes’s book Down to Earth declares with great joy who God is, whose we are, and the invitation to become changed people. Tom writes and teaches with years of ministry and leadership experience, pastoring us into the stories and heart of Jesus. You won’t regret reading this book that exclaims the power of the greatest story ever told!
by Albert Tate, speaker and senior pastor of Fellowship Monrovia
The beauty of this book is that it fully lives up to its title! Tom brings heaven’s stories down to earth for the here and now with real-life application, and you find yourself captivated by the Master Storyteller, Jesus, along the way.
by Tammy Dunahoo, general supervisor of The Foursquare Church
Every one of us loves to hear a good story. We weave our own lives into its fabric as we discover that we can identify with the reality it unfolds. There is such joy in finding that in the grand stories of Jesus, there is a place for us. Let Tom Hughes guide your heart in finding yourself on the pathways of Jesus’ stories that bring meaning to your life and godly perspective to living.
by Kevin Mannoia, chaplain at Azusa Pacific University, president of International Council for Higher Education
It’s one thing to tell someone that God is love; it’s quite another to tell them the story of how Jesus suffered and died for them to prove that love through a beautiful song or captivating story. Jesus did the same thing when he taught two thousand years ago. He told stories. Tom Hughes has done a beautiful job of pulling out the sometimes-hard-to-understand truths of these stories in an instructive and inspiring way.
by Tommy Walker, worship leader at Christian Assembly Church
Jesus’ stories have the power to unlock the deepest realities of our lives: our regrets, disappointments, failures, and fears. Hughes helps us wrestle with these life-changing stories . . . with helpful discussion questions at the end of the book. This book contains hope and good news for all. Dig in!
by Doug Schaupp, national director of evangelism at InterVarsity