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It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done—God wants a relationship with you.
Social media, television, video games, drugs, pornography – there is so much noise distracting us from what is important in life that it is nearly impossible to hear God’s truth that He will take you as you are. When we finally kill the noise of the world, we’ll discover in the silence a loving Savior who is waiting to forgive us and offer us a purpose for our lives.
Ryan Ries is living proof of this truth. Growing up in Los Angeles as the son of a mega-church pastor but surrounded by the music, skate, and snowboard industries, Ryan felt a tug-of-war between the church and the world. It was in the skate and music culture that he found his passion and his identity. As a result, he walked away from God and dove head first into the world, losing his way in alcohol, drugs, and sex, which led to anxiety, brokenness, and emptiness.
Kill the Noise tells Ryan’s story about finding God in the messiness of life, and lets you know how you too can find peace, joy, and purpose in Jesus Christ. This book will be a tool to help you kill the noise of the world so you can hear God’s voice telling you that He loves you and that you belong to Him.
Ries, host of the Ryan Ries Show podcast, debuts with a frank and passionate chronicle of his rocky road to embracing his faith. As a teenager, Ries became passionate about producing concerts and live events, and despite his early success in marketing, he struggled with addictions to drugs, alcohol, and pornography. While Ries's parents unsuccessfully tried to find him help, he describes losing his sense of purpose after his wife had an abortion and the two separated, his desperate attempts to treat his sorrows with drugs and pornography, and his anger at God for his poor choices. After nearly dying of a cocaine overdose, Ries was convinced his parents' prayers saved his life, and the next morning he devoted himself to Christ. Throughout, Ries draws from scripture, explaining God's power: "I confessed, He forgave instantly that's how God works. When He makes a promise, He keeps it every single time." In the end, Ries gives his father "huge props" for addressing his son's mistakes with "love instead of criticism" and teaching biblical lessons of forgiveness, peace, and purpose through action. This uplifting message of redemption will resonate particularly with millennial Christians.