— Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, AND BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
D. Clay Perkins, Ph.D.
FORMER PRESIDENT OF MID-ATLANTIC CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
"Read this book if you want to be challenged on what an abundant life in Christ means. Read this book if you're tired of the false presupposition of performance theology. Thomas is a friend who helped me freshly unpack the story of the prodigal son. This frank reflection of life in the ministry is powerful.
Marvin L. Garrison
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HI-PLAINS SCHOOL OF MISSIONS
"Out of his own personal pain, Thomas has found the courage to introduce us to a fresh understanding of the prodigal son and his family (Luke 15). Not only does he tell the story with imaginative clarity; he also presents the Biblical lessons and concepts in a very under-standable form. The reader will appreciate the personal applications of the parable.
Fleur Marie Vaz
CHIEF EDITOR OF MALAYSIAN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
"A must-read for anyone who is depressed by circumstances, challenged in their faith that God cares, and about to cop-out. It's for those who often get burnt out trying to live up to everybody’s expectations. Kilian's discovery of the answer to our problem and his embodiment of it, this is what I want for myself too.
We've bought into the lie that we are valuable, worthy, and meaningful only when our lives are going well. Performing well means that life will go well for us–filled with meaning and value. No wonder we struggle with having imperfections. The more we do to perform well, the more we're revealed for who we are: imperfect. Being imperfect in a world that gives us value according to our performance has led us to lack intimate relationships, intense meaning, and transformative faith. Our obsession with performance has led to a mediocre life, and for some, even death. But the Bible is about an abundant life from start to finish, and if we are willing to, God's words will transform us. Look at Jesus through the lens of relationship over performance and see how the worthless and misbehaviors are his friends. God cares for the imperfect. Through Jesus, you belong, are made right, and stand accepted.
Raised and toughened in the swamplands of North Carolina, Kilian has lived in a tent within conflict zones, built a thatched hut, and opened his first ceramic studio in 2007. He's been a wood mill laborer, interior painter, pastor, and administrative assistant – from mopping floors to meeting with dignitaries. Kilian is experienced in eating ice cream, collecting hot sauces, and dancing in store aisles. During summer, you may find him hiking with his Boxador in the Blue Ridge Mountains. On the weekends, he preaches in the Roanoke Region of Virginia.
Kilian is an ordained minister and candidate for a Masters in Theological Studies at NationsUniversity®. In 2018, Kilian received the Stone-Campbell Promising Scholar Award. He travels widely, speaking and teaching in many different contexts, helping people of various backgrounds, ages, and occupations to manage the triumphs and catastrophes of life. As Program Manager and Chaplain for MERCYPARTNERS®, he travels to remote areas within North and East Africa empowering locals through equal partnerships.