Discover the Power of Community
The Surprising Secret to Living a Whole and Healthy Life!
Share your faith.
Produce fruit for God.
Oh, and try to relax.
Ever feel like success in life is all about you? And even trying to "die to self" only makes you more self-consumed?
The Bible certainly has a lot to say about "you," but it has even more to say about "us." In fact, there are over 100 passages in the Bible where the two words let us are used. Let us not give up meeting together. . . . Let us encourage one another. . . . Let us serve one another. Could it be that the only way to fix "me" is found in "we"?
Sure, that all sounds good to the "people persons" among us, but what about those who prefer to go it alone?
It turns out, the people who think they don't need community may need it most of all! In these pages, pastor Rusty George--a self-proclaimed introvert by nature--gives you the tools to "do life together," whether that feels natural to you or not. He shares such secrets as how to become more vulnerable, how to draw other people into your everyday life, and how to lean on others in times of need. Together we connect with God better. Together we heal better. Together we overcome fears, raise families, fight temptations, and bless the world better.
Learn what it means to live in true community and find the fulfillment you've been looking for!
Rusty George is the Lead Pastor of Real Life Church (RLC) in Valencia, California. Through his 11 years at RLC, the church has grown to over 6,000 people and three campuses. Rusty speaks regularly at conferences across the country, and he lives with his wife and two daughters in Santa Clarita, California.
"Rusty speaks on one of the most important topics in the world with grace, humor, and insight. Read it deeply, read it twice--but don't read it alone!"
John Ortberg, Senior Pastor of Menlo Church, author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me
"Christianity was never meant to be a solo endeavor. In Better Together, Rusty George exposes the self-destructive folly of attempting to turn our personal relationship with the Lord into a private and isolated spiritual quest. It won't work. It never has."
Larry Osborne, Pastor and author, North Coast Church
"If you are tired of languishing in loneliness, why not take steps toward connecting in community. Rusty's writing is honest and practical. His life and leadership model the message of Better Together."
Dave Stone, Pastor, Southeast Christian Church
"As a professional athlete, I can tell you the value of community, teamwork, and playing together! Rusty's book captures what that can look life in everyday life!"
Darryl Strawberry, Former Major League Baseball Player, Founder and Pastor of Strawberry Ministries
"What if your relationships were life-giving instead of draining? My friend Rusty George will get you there! His book Better Together overflows with practical wisdom."
Lee Strobel, Bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith
"The best leaders are ones who know how to work and collaborate with others. And Better Together can serve as a great resource for making sure you avoid isolation, and instead pursue building relationships that are life-giving and life-lasting."
Brad Lomenick, Founder, BLINC, author of H3 Leadership and The Catalyst Leader
"Rusty George writes with such conviction, humility, and laugh-out-loud humor, I'll read anything he writes. But this book hit a little too close to home. In a selfie world, we need this challenge that life truly is Better Together."
Vince Antonucci, Pastor, of Verve Church and author of God for the Rest of Us
"Churches are famous for talking about community and infamous for not practicing itvery well. Rusty offers a refreshing path to life-giving rather than draining relationships. It's his best book yet!"
Gene Appel, Senior Pastor, Eastside Christian Church, Anaheim, CA
"Rusty helps us realize if you keep drifting toward isolation, one day you'll realize loneliness was not what you were seeking. Better Together helps right the course!"
Dave Dummitt, Lead pastor, 2|42 Community Church, Brighton, MI
"When Amazon can deliver to places in an hour, we are becoming increasingly more isolated as a people--if we so choose. Yet we were created for more. Rusty writes a much needed, very timely book for our culture and church. This is a must-read for these days."
Ron Edmondson, Pastor and author of The Mythical Leader
"Better Together gets at a problem we all face: How to have friends when we don't have time or worse, don't have any interest!"
Randy Frazee, Pastor and author of The Connecting Church 2.0 and Real Simplicity: Making Room for Life
"Better Together gets at a problem we have always had, but it's so much harder now. I have less time and more things to do. Sometimes I just don't care enough, and I'm an extrovert! My friend Rusty (whom I do care about) will help you find a way to find balance and hopefully convince you that it's not too late to have, or be, a friend."
Dr. Tim Harlow, Senior Pastor, Parkview Christian Church
"Few embrace and live out the idea of community like my friend Rusty George. In Better Together, Rusty guides us to see value in people and the strength that comes from doing life together."
Caleb Kaltenbach, Author of Messy Grace and God of Tomorrow
"Some books I read silently to myself. Better Together I just had to read aloud to my wife. It is that good. It has to be shared!"
Glen Keane, Disney Producer, Animator
"If you've been hurt by people (and who hasn't?) you probably resist people at some level. Rusty gets that. Better Together is a refreshingly honest look at community. Better yet, Rusty shows us how what initially hurt us can ultimately heal us."
Carey Nieuwhof, Founding Pastor, Connexus Church
"In creation, God called a lot of things good. What's the first thing He said wasn't good? For man to be alone. Rusty George taps into that powerful truth in Better Together and communicates it deeply. It's worth your time and will help you find a life that keeps getting better."
William Vanderbloemen, Founder and CEO, Vanderbloemen Search Group
"As an introvert, I've justified isolation my entire life. In the pages you're about to read, Rusty confronted by greatest fears and best excuses, nudging me toward deeper friendship with others and with God."
Jon Weece, Author of Me Too
"In his usual creative, insightful, and fun way, Rusty opens our eyes even further to our need for community. I've had the privilege of being in community with Rusty. He definitely practices what he preaches!"
Mark Weigt, Lead Pastor, The Ridge Community Church
"Rusty not only reminds us that life is better connected, but shows us how we can make those connections more meaningful and catalytic."
Bill Willits, Executive Director of Ministry Environments, North Point Ministries
"Better Together gives practical guidance that addresses the resistance and fears people face in creating authentic, life-giving community. Every church with small groups needs this book."
John Burke, Pastor and author of No Perfect People Allowed and Imagine Heaven
"If you really want to go further faster, go together! Rusty's book Better Together will help you get there."
Andy Stanley, Author, Communicator, and Founder of North Point Ministries
"Rusty George is a powerful source of wisdom and insight."
Gavin O'Connor, Director of The Accountant and Warrior