Introducing the life you’d gladly stand in line for
You don’t stand in line at Starbucks ® just to buy a cup of coffee. You stop for the experience surrounding the cup of coffee.
Too many of us line up for God out of duty or guilt. We completely miss the warmth and richness of the experience of living with God. If we’d learn to see what God is doing on earth, we could participate fully in the irresistible life that he offers.
You can learn to pay attention like never before, to identify where God is already in business right in your neighborhood. The doors are open and the coffee is brewing. God is serving the refreshing antidote to the unsatisfying, arms-length spiritual life–and he won’t even make you stand in line.
Let Leonard Sweet show you how the passion that Starbucks ® has for creating an irresistible experience can connect you with God’s stirring introduction to the experience of faith.
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|Title of Religion eBook: The Gospel According to Starbucks|
|Release Date: 05-20-2008|
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|Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group|
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The Gospel According to Starbucks
Your Spiritual Life on Drip
How do you take yours?
Chances are that you take it some way. I know I do. I’m an eight-aday “cupper.” And even at that, I’m a wuss in my “attachment” (a Buddhist usage that I feel works much better than addiction). At least when my habit is compared to the eighteenth-century composer Johann Sebastian Bach, the eighteenth-century philosopher Voltaire, and especially the nineteenthcentury French novelist Balzac (called by Baudelaire “the novelist of energy and will”),who drank more than fifty cups of coffee a day. (He died at age fifty, some say from caffeine poisoning.)
People around the world drink more coffee than any other drink besides water: four hundred billion cups a year. And more people are drinking more coffee more frequently with every passing year. Second only to oil as a USAmerican import, coffee is the drug of choice for the majority of North Americans, with 167 million USAmerican coffee drinkers alone quaffing five million tons a year in this nineteen-billion-dollar industry.The average coffee drinker admits to 3.4 cups a day. But remember: a “small” Starbucks cup is “tall.”
Looked at another way, every USAmerican over eighteen years of age swills one and four-fifths cups of coffee a day.But compared to either the Viennese or Swiss, we’re teetotalers. Our per capita consumption of more than ten pounds of coffee beans per year looks puny compared to the Austrians
(14 pounds) or the Swiss (15.5 pounds). In the Netherlands, each citizen (birth to nursing home) downs on average an amazing four cups a day.
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