‘Be true to yourself’ and ‘Do whatever makes you happy’ are the new commandments for today’s world. But instead of setting us free, they have made us legalistic, unfulfilled and miserable. So how can we be truly free—especially when it comes to identity, sex, study and work? I highly recommend Mike Snowden’s A New Freedom to start us in the right direction. We will discover our true place, purpose, and meaning. And we might also learn how to kite surf.
- Sam Chan
National Communicator at City Bible Forum, author of Evangelism in a Skeptical World, How to Talk About Jesus and Topical Preaching in a Complex World
Thoughtful, practical, funny and liberating! Mike Snowdon navigates difficult and profound topics of our time in a brilliant, yet accessible, way. I believe this book will help many to find true freedom!
- Sarah Breuel
Director of Revive Europe and Evangelism Training Coordinator for IFES Europe
Some people just tell you what you should think, feel and do—you feel constrained by them. This book will help you shape your own thoughts, feelings and actions around the person of Jesus Christ—and enjoy the freedom only he brings.
- Ed Shaw
Director of www.livingout.org and Pastor, Emmanuel City Centre, Bristol (UK). Author of The Plausibility Problem.
Do you want to live with the freedom that Jesus offers you? This book will not only help you to explore very important topics in a really practical way, but will also give you a solid yet simple foundation so you can repeat those steps with any other doubt that we have in our adventure as Christians.
- Aitana Benítez
Let Mike show you how the Bible’s epic story makes sense of your life … not with little verses here and there, but with a huge and amazing tour of God’s world, of God’s Son, and … of you. All in a way that will make you say: ‘Aha! I get it now. I can be different’.
- Rev Dr Andrew Cameron
Director of St Mark’s National Theological Centre and author of Joined-Up Life
A New Freedom is a real gift. Indeed, it reflects one of great gifts that God has given Michael Snowdon: a knack for communicating complex truths in clear, memorable, vivid and helpful ways. This knack is especially important when it comes to teaching biblical ethics to younger Christians in the context of our modern world. Therefore, I cannot think of a better book to put into the hands of a young adult seeking sage wisdom on how to live for God today. I read through it with my own children in mind, and the prospect of giving it to them gave me great delight. Unsurprisingly, I heartily commend A New Freedom to you.
- Mark Earngey
Lecturer at Moore College, author of: Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present
When I talked about God with my classmates, they asked me, ‘How can God allow suffering if he is so good?’ These questions and doubts about God made me begin to reconsider his love, power and goodness. This book digs deep into who God is, what he’s like, if he’s really acting for or against us. If you too doubt if God is really good, this book will help you to get to know who he really is.</p>
- Sarai Pardo
Taking the Bible as God’s big story, Mike doesn’t duck the hard questions. Rather than giving us the rules, he shows us what we are for, rather than what we are against. He shows how the gospel really is good news—good for heart and mind, for body and soul, for relationships and intimacy. Good for all those looking for something more than ‘just being myself’. If you want to be real about your faith, an authentic Christian with a sense of purpose and meaning to your life, this is the book for you.
- Glynn Harrison MD FRCPsych
Former Professor and Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Bristol, UK. Author of A Better Story
After reading Mike’s book, I can tell you that you are going to feel challenged to live a life focused around what God really wants of you. It won’t leave you the same.
- Natalia Ganivet
High school teacher
I will be giving this book to teenagers in my church and encouraging my students to use it as a resource for their ministries.
This book respects teenagers and never talks down to them. Instead of being preached at, they are invited to grapple with the Bible and the world they live in. The focus is not on what Mike says is true, but on Mike’s plan of attack when faced with all the choices and decisions of life. It helps us to come up with answers to those gnawing questions at the back of our heads: How do I live my life? How do I make decisions? As I struggle with the influences around me and the desires within me, how do I work out who I am?
Sometimes it feels like there is too much in this book and too much to learn. But the videos are engaging and will help the reader to not give up but to take their thinking further. It will, (using Mike’s language) ‘blow their minds’. I hope that the reader will see that the Bible is a rich mine of wisdom that we can keep digging and digging in. Young people need this wisdom in a world where they are overwhelmed by choices and the only answer the world is giving them is ‘be who you are’ and ‘look within’. Mike shows us that the Bible is ‘God’s good word for the world’ and the only way we can find true freedom and wisdom in life.
I love Mike’s stories about himself and his vulnerability. It shows us that as a young person he had to grapple with the same questions and that he has now found wisdom and freedom in God’s word.
- Ruth Lukabyo
Lecturer and Dean of Women at Youthworks College, author of From a Ministry for Youth to a Ministry of Youth
Mike has perceived that in the new generations there is a longing for freedom and at the same time the desire to have a guide to what the good life would be today. With pedagogical criteria and in a conversational style, Mike offers us answers from biblical teaching. This book will not disappoint those who are searching.
- Samuel Escobar
Author, Emeritus Professor at Palmer Theological Seminary and founder of several IFES movements in South America.
Many think freedom is about breaking the chains that hold you back. However, true freedom is not found in getting rid of something but in finding someone. This is exactly what Mike explains in this book, in both a practical and passionate way. When you know Jesus personally you find true freedom, leading you to enjoy life ‘to the full’.
- Pablo Martínez
Psychiatrist, author and Bible teacher
Let yourself fly with this book. You’ll get to know God better, and yourself and the big story that we are all part of. You’ll laugh and cry with the experiences that Mike shares. Journey through these pages expecting that God will surprise you and lead you to the true freedom that is in Christ Jesus.
- Hélder Favarín
Directo 180˚ Global, Pastor C29 Granada, and author