New Release

Today’s follower of Jesus exists at a moment in history when our desires, longings, and wants are being weaponized against us by cultural, spiritual, and relational forces. “Follow your heart” and “You do you” has become our moment’s mantras.

The result, for too many, is feeling torn asunder by the raging desires within.

What do we do with our desire?

What about our unwanted desires?

And how do we cultivate desires which bring life and freedom and lead to Christ?

“With pastoral insight, Swoboda brings doubt into the open, removing the shame and inviting us into practices that draw us back into our bodies, communities, and tradition. After Doubt builds our capacity and courage for the normal, lifelong process of being formed in the wrestling.”

MANDY SMITH,
pastor and author of Unfettered: Imagining a Childlike Faith beyond the Baggage of Western Culture and The Vulnerable Pastor

“Few things are as subversive to the hurry addiction of the modern world than the practice of Sabbath. And few things are as life-or-death important. A. J. has written his best book yet. His keen mind, quick wit, and deep soulfulness come through beautifully, page by captivating page. But more than anything, this is a book that is lived. My new go-to book on the Sabbath.”

JOHN MARK COMER,
pastor of teaching and vision, Bridgetown Church;
author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

“Drawing on the stories of biblical characters and historical figures, Swoboda reminds us that God has always walked alongside his people, even through life’s more arduous terrain: God walks with wanderers and speaks to wandering hearts. A. J.’s words are like water in our own wilderness, reminding us that God is forging a deep work in our desert spaces. May we all have the courage to live as one of the dusty ones.”

—JO SAXTON,
author, speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneurial coach

“In matters of grace, hyperbole is always understatement.”

–Eugene Peterson

Slow Theology

A Podcast about simple faith for chaotic times, with A.J. Swoboda and Nijay K. Gupta

A.J. Swoboda (Ph.D., Birmingham) is an associate professor of Bible and Theology at Bushnell University and lead mentor for the Doctor of Ministry Program on Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Friends University. He is the author of many books, including The Gift of Thorns (Zondervan), After Doubt (Brazos), and the award-winning Subversive Sabbath (Brazos). He hosts the “Slow Theology” podcast (w/ Dr. Nijay Gupta) and writes the widely read “Low-Level Theologian” Substack. A.J. lives and works on an urban farm with his wife and son in Eugene, Oregon.