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This is the book on making disciples that I have been waiting for — and I know you have too.

– Christine Caine, founder of the A21 Campaign and Propel Women
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why I wrote this book


For Jessie Cruickshank discipleship isn’t an outcome—it’s a process. In this insightful book, Jessie fuses a biblical understanding of discipleship with the taxonomy of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey and shows us how spiritual maturity is an extended process of learning and unlearning, being broken and remade. Or to use her words, it is “climbing the mountain and coming back down again.” Here’s the guidebook to get you started on that heroic journey.
MICHAEL FROST,  founding director of Tinsley Institute at Morling College in Sydney, Australia
So much of what we are seeing in today’s church behavior in and outside of the building can be linked to discipleship (or the lack thereof). This simple, practical, and inspiring book is needed in this time to help ordinary people like you and me join in on an amazing opportunity and privilege that we are actually made for . . . that of making disciples of Jesus. Jessie provides helpful insights, stories, and even brain science to point the way for us to lean into a God- given invitation to be agents of transformation for lives around us.
REV. DR. ELIZABETH RIOS,  founder of The Passion Center and Passion2Plant Network
Discipleship is a word that often haphazardly gets thrown around in the church. Definitions are numerous; achievement is rare. Though this book title uses the word “ordinary,” it is an extraordinary call to the true north of the church . . . making disciples who also make disciples. Jessie does a tremendous job of serving as our guide through the journey of not only being a disciple but teaching others to be guides as well.
ROWLAND SMITH, national director of Forge America Mission Training Network, author of Life Out Loud: Joining Jesus Outside the Walls of the Church, curator/editor of Red Skies: 10 Essential Conversations Exploring Our Future as the Church
“Not biologically possible.” The words leapt off the page as Cruickshank described the most common discipleship method I have seen attempted all my life. Ordinary Discipleship clearly
guides us to change the way the brain learns the life of the Spirit.
JIM WILDER, PhD,  neurotheologian, author of Renovated: God, Dallas Willard, and the Church That Transforms