"An informative study of an important part of Pentecostal activities, this innovative collection provides a fascinating panorama on Pentecostal worship from many different perspectives. I know of no other book quite like it and it will be studied carefully with great profit."
"I am happy to commend this book to many different kinds of readers, not just specialists. To my knowledge, this volume is sui generis. Nothing quite matches it in depth and scope. Reaching back to the nineteenth century of the Pentecostal movement, it also conducts the reader on a global excursion, appropriate to the world-wide growth of Spirit-filled Christian worship."
"A.J. Swoboda is the kind of pastor, writer, and theologian today's church desperately needs. Capable and engaging, his bent toward vulnerability is simply honest and beautifully human. And it's this human touch that makes The Dusty Ones a unique, well-rooted, and spiritually nourishing work. If you've experienced your own desert seasons or periods of wandering, this book is Swoboda's gift to you."
"AJ Swoboda is one of the most authentic, profound and kind people I know. In The Dusty Ones, the pastor-theologian-friend tackles the topic of wandering, reminding us, for example, of the mistakes Israel made journeying to the Promised Land. Yet, the wandering in The Dusty Ones is about more than physical years in the desert; it’s about the wilderness and yearning of the heart. Reading The Dusty Ones is like talking to a friend who’s wandering alongside us on this road of truth, which is “always bumpy, but always worthwhile.” A.J. draws from St. Augustine noting how we were made for God, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in him. And, that’s okay. After all, it’s about the wandering, and on the road of life, you will get dusty."
"Too often Western Christian churches focus only on the sunny side of life. Why? Because it takes far more courage to walk into the darkness. Lucky for us, A. J. Swoboda has the guts to pierce the darkness and search for God there."
"Once upon a time, there was a man who saw the the breadth of God's strange redemption in just three days of Holy Week. That man is A.J. Swoboda and this is his book. It is funny, honesty, literary, outward looking, inward looking, and upward looking. 'Stars are only seen when its dark,' Swoboda writes. Indeed, and it is rare to find both stars and their darkness so beautifully charted in ink. A glorious read."
"An excellent addition to the literature on Christians and creation care. This book provides a biblically rooted and historically informed discussion of important theological and ethical issues, from a distinctly evangelical point of view, with an illuminating discussion of embodied down-to-earth living. It is thorough, well-organized, and well-written. Moreover, it exhibits wide reading and is chock-full of wisdom. I pray many will read this book and be inspired to bear witness to God's good future of shalom."
"Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology is a wonderful new addition to the field. Combining scientific data, personal stories, and careful theological analysis, the authors draw readers into the goodness and pain of God's world and invite them to develop a wholesome response as an act of Christian discipleship. Christians and congregations will learn much and benefit greatly from this book."
"Swoboda reveals a Bible...filled with God's presence but fraught with blunder, betrayal, and frustration...but in the midst of all this messiness, which the author details with humor and charm, Swoboda shows how a Divine Messenger breaks through with messages of hope, massages of beauty, and safe passages of peace."
"Swoboda describes what we rarely discuss--that the journey of becoming a Christlike community, a church, is not a pretty line from A to Z but a dizzying mess of contradictions and struggles....This book is a must-read for any Christian who wonders about the church today."
"A.J. Swoboda has done believers a great service with his groundbreaking work,Tongues and Trees: Toward a Pentecostal Ecological Theology. Worshipful stewardship of creation and Spirit-inspired redemptive action must include care for all living creatures.”
"Tongues and Trees is a groundbreaking work in Pentecostal theology. Based on the author’s extensive research and the reviewer’s own examination, it is the first serious book-length treatment on the subject ... I recommend this for all biblical and theological learners and thoughtful pastoral leaders."
"Swoboda is one of an emerging generation of theologians who are showing themselves capable of living fully into their pentecostal-charismatic theology and sensibilities on the one hand, and yet also speaking intelligibly into the wider theological arena on the other hand ... Tongues and Trees shows that it is possible to interpret across these traditional divides both prayers and discursive argument, hopes and analytical assessment, passion and criticism - and that these actually can be mutually informing rather than disparately dissonant."
''This edited collection of essays is a very welcome addition to the emerging literature on ecotheology from pentecostal scholars. They provide original contributions full of insight and wisdom from historical, theological, and contemporary studies. They also challenge theologians both inside and outside of Pentecostalism to bring ecology and theology into deeper and more sustained conversation. Swoboda should be congratulated for editing such a lively and interesting set of essays that will become a reference point for scholars and students of pentecostal ecotheology.''
''A. J. Swoboda is a singular new voice urging evangelicals to follow the call to care for God's creation. In Blood Cries Out, he shines a light on the beginnings of Earth Day and the pentecostal roots of John McConnell Jr.'s drive to establish this holiday. With his signature wisdom and accessibility, Swoboda has crafted another essential volume. Highly recommended!''