Credits Pastor Chad Veach's Books
for Helping Him 'Keep the Faith'
Amid Life's Trials
Marieann Klutt - GospelHerald.com
Chris Pratt has revealed that the book Faith Forward
Future by Zoe Church pastor Chad Veach helps him
"keep the faith" amid the difficulties of life.
The "Guardians of the Galaxy" actor, who recently underwent
a public split from actress Anna Faris, published a video
on Instagram captioned, "So proud of my friend Chad for writing
As he explains in the video, "So I had this thing happen to me
today, it was really cool. Someone came up to me and said, 'Hey
Chris, I have this question for you ... You know, with the
things going on in your life, how do you keep the faith?'"
"I was like, 'BOOM!' I said, 'I read books by my pastor Chad Veach
at Zoe Church in LA. I find his book Faith Forward Future
to be very helpful," he said.
"The point is, Chad I love you," Pratt continued. "You should pick
it up. It's really good. The title kind of says it all!"
Chris with Gregory Smith on Everwood
Faith Forward Future: Moving Past Your Disappointments, Delays,
And Destructive Thinking this month. According to the book
description, Veach "casts a vision for a future beyond what most
dare to imagine and guides us all toward the abundant plans God
has for his children."
"Are you disappointed with your life? Do you feel like you'll
never accomplish anything remarkable? Fear not: you are in the
perfect place for God to enter with his plan! In fact, your
disappointments and failures are merely minor setbacks preceding
a major comeback," reads the description.
"In Faith Forward Future, Chad Veach presents the proof
that God has always known you, has always cared, and is waiting
to give you his better dream for your life," it continues. "When
you hear his words and release your broken dreams, you'll
receive all that God has in store and be enabled to reach your
best possible tomorrow.
With powerful Bible
teaching and practical guidance, Veach invites you to stop
limiting tomorrow's possibilities by learning how to ask God for
big things today, dismiss the distractions of regret by being
empowered to use your past for good, and redefine success by
joining God in writing the remarkable story of your life!"
Although Veach -- who pastors stars like Justin Bieber and
Kourtney Kardashian -- is seen by many as a "celebrity
pastor," he told The Gospel Herald he views himself a preacher
to all people. Previously told GH he strives to "journey with
folks" and "embrace them where they're at."
"Most Christians are afraid of getting written off or judged or
ostracized, and we've got to prove to people that we're willing
to journey with them and that we're not afraid of getting messy
and talking about real life issues," he said.
"The Bible says, 'love covers a multitude of sins,'" he continued.
"Are we going to provide covering? Are we going to provide
prayer? Are we going to journey with people for the long road
and not just the short term? This is the Father's heart. This is
God's view of humanity."
~ from gospelherald.com ~
Chris Pratt Uses
Zach Williams Song, "Chain Breaker" in Video
Chris Pratt is
undeniably one of Hollywood's most visible Christians. From
social media to live interviews, the "Passengers" star is
unafraid to talk about his faith and share how God continually
guides his life.
Now, he's sharing his conversion story, and, in typical Pratt fashion,
it's anything but normal.
The actor, who is on the cover of the most recent issue of Vanity Fair,
shared how, in his late teens, he lived in a van on the beach in
Hawaii, waiting tables at a Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant.
Because neither he or
any of his friends at the time were old enough to drink alcohol,
they'd asked someone else to buy them beer one day, and waited
outside of the store.
Pratt recalled: "I was sitting outside a grocery store ... And a guy
named Henry came up and recognized something in me that needed
to be saved. He asked what I was doing that night, and I was
honest. I said, 'My friend's inside buying me alcohol.' 'You
going to go party?' he asked. 'Yeah.' 'Drink and do drugs? Meet
girls, fornication?' I was like, 'I hope so' ..."
He continued: "It should've made me nervous but didn't. I said, 'Why are
you asking?' He said, 'Jesus told me to talk to you . . .' At
that moment I was like, I think I have to go with this guy. He
took me to church. Over the next few days I surprised my friends
by declaring that I was going to change my life."
In a separate interview
with Esquire, Pratt revealed that one month after the encounter, he
was discovered by a film director while he was waiting tables, and
he traveled to California to star in the 2000 horror comedy
"Cursed Part III."
Today, Pratt is one of
Hollywood's biggest stars - he was the highest grossing actor of
2014, making $1.2 billion between his lead roles in "Guardians of
the Galaxy" and "The Lego Movie."
Vanity Fair notes that
Pratt's story is "strange" and "so distant from what we expect of a
"In that moment, he yielded," the article reads. "His path has been clear
Since then, the actor - despite his sometimes raunchy sense of humor -
has been consistently vocal about his Christian faith, especially
after the premature birth of his son, Jack, who was born nine weeks
early and weighed only 3 pounds.
"We were scared for a long time," Pratt previously told People about
he and his ex-wife, actress Anna Farris, regarding the month
that their son spent in ICU. "We prayed a lot."
The actor says the ordeal redefined his faith in God. "It restored my
faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really
redefined it," said Pratt. "The baby was so beautiful to us, and I
look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for
other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful
Pratt also made headlines after erecting a giant cross on a hillside
on Easter weekend, explaining to Stephen Colbert, "It's
Saturday before Easter, if you think about it, that's what Jesus was
doing 2000-something years before on a Saturday before Easter, was
carrying a cross up a hill!'"
In a recent article, Relevant Magazine editor Jesse Carey referred to
Pratt as the "Christian celebrity" culture needs: "Pratt has no
agenda," he writes. "His faith seems sincere, because, unlike some
Hollywood stars turned religious poster-children, Pratt's faith
isn't political. It's also not part of his 'brand.' It just seems to
be a part of who he is...He carries himself like a guy with a
successful career who's trying to figure out his faith, just like
all other Christians are."
~ from gospelherald.com ~