Brandon Hatmaker wears many hats (get it?). Not only has he starred on HGTV’s “My Big Family Renovation,” he’s also the founder of Austin New Church and author to two books. His latest, “A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith,” released Sept. 13 and is inspired by more than 20 years of experience working in ministry. In it, Hatmaker encourages readers to dive into their faith through eight essentials of Christianity: the gospel, identity, scripture, discipleship, the kingdom, mission, community and justice. As he prepared for his book tour (he’ll be seeing the country via motorcycle, by the way!), Connect Faith spoke with Hatmaker for a sneak peek into his latest work.
What does the book entail?
The book is two parts: It [covers] the gospel in us and the gospel through us. We talk about identity, community and all those things about us. Then I talk about how those translate to mission, justice and things of the kingdom. It’s almost like a journal, to be honest.
You discuss three discipleship environments: faith, missional and secular. How can readers decipher these in their own lives?
Most people already have those environments; they just don’t know how to identify them. Our work environment can become our missional environment or secular environment. Christians are famous for not responding appropriately [in secular environments]. We can’t read the room. [I want us to] understand the environments we’re in and learn to live like Jesus would have lived in those environments.