"A Refreshing Summer Read"
Experience the Life You Were Meant to Live
As we hit July some of you may be looking for some summer reading. As you do so please consider my new book, Dropping In: Experience the Life You Were Meant to Live. Below are comments on what others are saying.
From the opening quote (“Surfing is like the mafia. Once you’re in—you’rein. There’s no getting out”) to the closing words (“I’ll see you in the water”), this may be not only one of the best books ever written on surfing, but one ofthe best books ever written on what it means to surf the Spirit as a disciple of Jesus. The moment I dipped my toes into the book and “dropped in,” I was so captivated by the wisdom of the breaking waves and washing machine I didn’t want to “get out,” even when I was washed ashore when I ran out of pages.
– Leonard Sweet, best-selling author of Bad Habits of Jesus, professor at Portland Seminary, Drew University, Tabor College, and Evangelical Seminary, and founder of preachthestory.com
In his book, I Surf, Therefore I Am, Philosopher Peter Kreeft writes, “I think God surfs all the time.” Another writer has commented, “Life is a wave, and your attitude is your surfboard.” I believe both. If you’ve ever surfed, you know that it is truly a spiritual experience that is almost beyond description. In Dropping In, Shane captures the essence of all of this. With fun stories and insight into God and life from the perspective that only a surfer can bring, this is a must-read for anyone who has a bit of saltwater running through their veins. Shane didn’t just write this book—he lives it. I dare you to read it andnot have some of his spiritual stoke rub off on you.
– Dr. Douglas Witherup, Lead Pastor, CFA Church and Wannabe-Surfer
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).” In his latest book, Dropping In, Dr. Sebastian draws upon his experience of ‘spiritual stoke’ in surfing to unpack for us what Jesus intended. This is a book about surfing and following Jesus, living over the ledge, trusting the wave, and placing our energy in what really matters.
– Dr. Loren Kerns, Portland Seminary
Shane Sebastian knows surfing. Even more than surfing, Shane knows Jesus! Dropping In takes you along on his many adventures and misadventures of surfing and following Jesus alike. This is the real-life tale of how God is using surfing to reveal himself to Shane and the world. Everyone who reads it,including wanna-be surfers like me, will want to jump on their surfboard and go after the biggest wave of their life...following Jesus!
– Scott Rubin, Young Life Area Director North County San Diego
As an experienced surfer and minister, Shane invites us into the world of surfing and how to achieve spiritual stoke in our lives. Whether you are a surfer who wants to grow in your spiritual life or just a person surfing through life who wants more clarity on how to experience an abundant spiritual life, Dropping In will help you have the direction you need to see God make more waves in your life, so that you can truly live a life of adventure and purpose.
– Holly Melton, Speaker, Author of Follow My Lead:Responding to God’s Voice in Everyday Encounters
Whether you surf or not, Dropping In is a book for everyone. I really enjoyed reading Shane’s stories and how he uses them to illustrate Biblical truth. This book is also an excellent resource for discipleship and small groups. I am certain anyone who reads this book will be inspired to share the beauty and “stoke” of life with Jesus!
– Abel Mendez, Calvary Chapel, Student Ministries Pastor
If you have ever considered having spiritual influence through doing the things that you love, then Dropping In is the book for you. Shane Sebastian shares refreshing stories and teaches with clarity on three of his favorite things: God, Family, and Surfing. If you are someone that likes to read stories of faith, family, and fun, but yet have powerful action steps for how to love God and love your life, then this is the book for you.
– Gary Schmalz, Athletes in Action, Minneapolis
Shane has the unique gift of communicating life-changing truths in a down- to-earth way. Dropping In is engaging, motivating, and brings a smile to the reader’s soul.
– Megan Donovan, Teaching Leader, Bible Study Fellowship International, Parent
Dropping In is an absolutely refreshing read. Dr. Sebastian hits the nail on the head and holds nothing back in giving us all the tools and resources we need to lead a deeper and fuller walk with Jesus. Surfers and non-surfers can expect to enjoy a well-rounded understanding of what itmeans to live a life lled with faith and spiritual stoke. To make this drop is to experience life fully refreshed and ready to take on any size wave this world may bring your way.
– Aaron Gold, World Record Holder for Largest Wave Ever Paddled, Professional Surfer, Actor in Surfers and Cowboys
Dropping In is a handbook for surfing the waves of the Spirit. I see peoplewho are excited to learn to surf. They usually just run down to the beach and rent a surf board instead of hiring a beach boy to guide them. They struggle and often find themselves in peril. They do not know their way through the channels to get out to the take-off spot, and when they get there they don’t know what wave to catch, when to paddle, when to try to get up, and how to stand. They usually wipe-out or, worse, find themselves in serious danger.
Shane Sebastian’s book is a guidebook for life. Its readability and adventurous stories draw the reader into a deeper contemplation of life, stirs up the desire to ride the waves of the Spirit and the wisdom to do so. Surfs Up!
– Bear Woznick, Best Selling Author, World Champion Tandem Surfer, Host of “Long Ride Home with Bear Woznick” EWTN Reality TV show, Host of “The Bear Woznick Adventure” EWTN Radio show, Founder of Deep Adventure Ministries
Shane does a great job using surf culture to introduce and invite his reader to live the adventure of following Jesus. His book is easy to read, very enjoyable,and relatable. It will de nitely motivate you to know Jesus more and it may even inspire you to get out in the water!
– Jonathan Whitmore, Athletes in Action, Paci c Southwest
Dropping In is a revolutionary book. For years, Christian surfers have tried to express who Jesus is and how he can guide us in our daily lives. Dropping In has finally bridged the gap for surfersto grow closer to Jesus and better understand what life with him is all about.
– John Daniels, Retired Professional Surfer, Contest Judge, Coach, Owner of Learn to Rip Surf School
Shane Sebastian loves surfing and following Jesus, and his story reveals what it’s like to do them both to the ends of the earth. Never having surfed, I learned a whole new vocabulary. But even more, what’s so enjoyable is Shane’sstories of surfing, which reveals that anyone can experience the stoke that comes from following Jesus.
– Keith Bubalo, Global Strategy Coordinator, The Jesus Film
Shane Sebastian loves surfing and loves Jesus, and his passion for both shines through on every page of Dropping In. His contagious excitement will make you want to get in the water and get in the Word. Get ready for a ride... Shane Sebastian is the perfect guide for exploring the exhilarating world of life with Jesus.
– Matt Mikalatos, speaker and author of Good News for a Change: How to Talk to Anyone about Jesus
As an avid surfer and follower of Jesus, I’ve always enjoyed the similarities of our sport compared to our journey in Christ. In this book, Dr. Shane Sebastian has done a fantastic job doing just that. He’s made a sometimes hard-to- relate subject fun, inviting, and easy-to-identifywith. Even if you’re not a surfer, this book will leave you super-stoked and ready to drop in!
– Randy Nolan, Founder of FLOW, Co-Director of Eco Pro Surf Series, Surf Brand Ambassador, Former National Champion & US Team member
Surfing is a great example of the Christian life; you have to be fully committedwhen you’re putting faith in Jesus just like when you take that drop. A greatread; I highly recommend this book to anyone of all ages.
– Gavin Seaman, Competitor Eastern Sur ng Association,Lifeguard at Satellite Beach, FL
A refreshing read…
Aaron Gold, Professional Surfer