Renew Your Life

Discovering the Wellspring of God's Energy

by Kai Nilsen

I was dying from the inside out and could envi­sion noth­ing life giv­ing, noth­ing ener­giz­ing, noth­ing vital hap­pen­ing in my life. Ever. Again.” Many of us can iden­ti­fy with pas­tor Kai Nilsen in this place of exhaus­tion and long to find a source of refresh­ment. This book shows us the way to the well­spring of the Holy Spir­it. When we find the ener­gy for cre­ative life change in God, we dis­cov­er the courage to

  • say no to an addic­tion and yes to life
  • gain new insight to how we are designed and linked to the web of creation
  • for­give oth­ers and recon­nect relationships
  • par­tic­i­pate in lov­ing ser­vice with and for others

If you are ready for renew­al, then the life-giv­ing spir­i­tu­al prac­tices in this book will point the way.



Kai Nilsen [is] a pas­tor with a vul­ner­a­ble heart and a voice of expe­ri­ence and depth, call­ing and invit­ing us to join him in a jour­ney toward whole­ness in Christ. The path described in Renew Your Life is not dis­tant or obscure. It is avail­able and acces­si­ble, espe­cial­ly to those who are tired, worn out, beat­en down or just lone­ly. Catch the ener­gy that is described in this book and you might just find your­self renewed!
Keith J. Matthews, Azusa Pacific Seminary
Kai Nilsen is a fun per­son to have for a friend. It helps that he’s a Luther­an. His first solo book project, Renew Your Life: Dis­cov­er­ing the Well­spring of God’s Ener­gy, doc­u­ments his own move­ment from run­ning on emp­ty to tap­ping into a source of vital­i­ty that is not of this world. Along the way he reminds us that the cre­ation sto­ry was not a one-time-only event and fills this book with pic­turesque speech and prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions. And it comes from a sea­soned pas­tor’s heart.”
Gary W. Moon, Executive Director, Martin Institute and Dallas
Renew Your Life is dis­arm­ing­ly hon­est, refresh­ing­ly faith­ful and pro­found­ly hope­ful. In a cul­ture that increas­ing­ly con­fus­es busy­ness with ful­fill­ment, Kai’s book is a roadmap, chart­ing a real­is­tic path­way to wholeness.
Jeff Marian, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, Minnesota
How easy it is to lose our way, to say yes’ too often, to allow our work to devour us, to get too tired, to overex­tend, to run out of gas in a mis­guid­ed, self-absorbed quest to help God and oth­er peo­ple. How can we find our way home to the rich won­ders of God’s grace, the pos­si­bil­i­ties that God sprin­kles into every day, mean­ing­ful work, the beau­ty and mys­tery of nature, and the restora­tive rhythm of Sab­bath rest? Kai Nilsen is a wise, insight­ful, empa­thet­ic guide for God’s weary wan­der­ers, grace­ful­ly help­ing us to reset our com­pass to the true north of the king­dom of God. High­ly recommended.
Christopher Hall, President of Renovaré USA

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