Does your life exhibit the abundance and adventure Jesus described, or are you trapped in a safe, untested, and monotonous existence? Out of the Forest: Re-Engaging in God's Call to Purpose can provide direction. In this book, author Rick Brown explores an obscure but profound passage found in 2 Samuel 18: 8. Describing a battle during Absalom's rebellion, the Scripture says: "The battle spread . . . and the forest claimed more lives that day than the sword." With wit and encouragement, Brown discusses some of the reasons people are still running to their own forests, and provides hope for re-emerging into a life of purpose. "Rick has fired a literary flare in the air, announcing a way out of spiritual mediocrity for all those who have somehow lost their way. Practical, insightful, and grounded in a consistent life, Out of the Forest is a clarion call to reconnect, renew, and realize." -Neil McClendon, Lead Pastor, Grand Parkway Baptist Church, Sugar Land, Texas "Rick's book will challenge and encourage you. I especially love the chapter on finding beauty . . . that's so important for the church. And I laughed out loud at the story of 'the nod.' This is good stuff!" -Robbie Seay, Worship Leader and Recording Artist "I have witnessed directly Rick's commitment to front-line action. Who better then to pen this stirring call to arms? I recommend it-into your corners and come out fighting!" -Jon Burns, Director of the NE1 Mission, Senior Pastor of Yarm Vineyard Church, England Rick Brown and his wife, Beverly, live in Richardson, Texas. In addition to his passion for writing, he serves as a Bible study teacher at The Heights Baptist Church. He is an investment adviser, CPA, and owner of RLBrown Financial. Rick holds a Bachelors degree and MBA from Baylor University. He and Bev have two adult sons, Reese and Grant. Rick enjoys playing guitar, the outdoors, and is an avid student of military history.