Brown Like Coffee is a perfect handoff to explorers of faith, and young or growing Christians to help them think about and live deeply for Jesus Christ. Meant to be read a chapter a week, college students can kick back with author, Steve Shadrach, and enjoy 21 conversations over coffee about success and struggle, sex and dating, family and friends, discipleship and outreach, personal growth and purpose in life.
Paperback, 153 pages.
Lee Rushing, head of Backpack Evangelism
“I love Brown Like Coffee...it's a fun, inspiring, encouraging, easy-going, simple read - and it points absolutely to Jesus! I gave the 2nd copy away to a college student.”
"I just read Brown Like Coffee (didn't sleep, it's 5:47 a.m.) and wanted to text my friend who also bought your book to hurry up and ready it, but will refrain from doing so until a more reasonable hour-we are college students, after all. Your book challenged me within the first few pages-I wanted to put it down and let stuff sink in, but I was hungry for more and couldn't put it down 'til I read the last word."
"If you are a student, this will help you to reach other students. If you are a leader, this will help you to reach students also. It is written in such a way that you can read it all at once or little by little. Good job list guy."
"I am a senior in high school and this book was a WONDERFUL resource for me! It was both challenging and encouraging, and I am recommending it to all my friends!"
Table of Contents
No Average “Joe” 1
Three Lame Reasons to Go to College 3
Seven Questions to Rock Your World 9
Ten Essentials for Every Christian College Student 15
Wake Up 21
Six Reasons Why I’m a Follower of Jesus Christ 23
Three Mysterious Words to Get You From Death to Life 29
Eight Espresso Shots to Get Your Motor Running 35
Five Escape Routes from the Matrix 41
Coffee Shop Characters 49
Five Students Who Changed the World 51
Five Students Who Are Changing the World 57
Three Professors from Hell 63
Three Professors from Heaven 69
“Press” On 75
Four Exit Ramps You Don’t Want to Take 77
Seven Secrets to Avoid Persecution 83
Three Stories of Faith and Courage 91
Coffee Dates 97
Three Bases to Round in the Right Order 99
Four Songs that Sing the Blues 107
Six Steps to Dynamite Dating 115
Four Scenes from a Gay Lover 121
Three Secrets from the Buzz Underwood Files 129
One Spiritual Arsonist I Want You to Meet 135
Three Obstacles in Finding Your North Star 141
Bonus Features 147
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About The Author
Steve Shadrach was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, where he received Christ at age eighteen through the ministries of Athletes in Action and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He attended Highland Park Presbyterian and First Baptist Churches growing up. Steve enrolled in the University of Arkansas in the fall of 1973, joining and moving into the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He was involved with Campus Crusade, The Navigators, and University Baptist Church during college. He worked at Missouri’s Kanakuk Kamps during the summers as a counselor and head counselor. After graduation he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, before transferring to Dallas Theological Seminary, finishing in 1983. That spring he married Carol Vahey, also from Dallas. They moved to Fayetteville, where Steve became the Collegiate Pastor at University Baptist Church, serving under H.D. McCarty. He and Carol had four children while living and ministering next to the University of Arkansas campus. They also began the Kaleo Summer Training Projects, brought Perspectives on the World Christian Movement to Arkansas, and organized the Student Mobilization (StuMo) campus ministry.
In 1986, Steve transitioned off the church staff to go full-time with StuMo. Steve and Carol and the founding staff started ministries on campuses across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and in Kharkov, Ukraine. In 1995, the Shadrachs spent a year in Ukraine helping establish a long-term campus ministry there, then brought home a baby girl from an orphanage to join their family. In the late 90s, Steve and Todd Ahrend launched The Traveling Team ministry and the Day of Discovery (now NVision) mission seminars. Turning the StuMo leadership over to the next generation in 2000, Steve and John Patton started The Body Builders to offer practical training and resources to Christian ministries, agencies, and churches around the world. In addition to NVision, the tools they offered included the Boot Camps for Personal Support Raising and The Fuel and the Flame book for campus ministry staff and student leaders.
In 2004, Steve also became Director of Mobilization for the U.S. Center for World Mission, and along with Dave Flynn, for eight years oversaw the expansion of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course around the U.S. and globe. In 2012, the various ministries Steve was serving consolidated under The Body Builders ministry, and the organization was renamed Center for Mission Mobilization with the goal of engaging, equipping, and connecting believers worldwide to their most strategic role in completing the Great Commission.
Steve has a Masters in Biblical Studies from Dallas Seminary and a Doctorate in Church and Para-Church Executive Leadership from Denver Seminary. He and Carol have five grown children, three grandchildren, and still reside next to the Arkansas campus; continuing to minister to college students.