This book is a story about a group of men who transform their town by considering what would Jesus want them to accomplish every day
People transform society by those who are inspired to change it. In the story of Greenville, a simple challenge from a pastor inspires a group of men by asking them, “What do you think it would look like if we accomplished what Jesus wanted us to do. How would our world be different if we listened to Him every day and did what He was doing?
This simple word would change these men, and in just one year, they transformed their entire community; however, each man faced different issues as they considered how to address their pastor’s challenge. “The Challenge” describes their journey.
“This book takes the Journey to greater faith and dependence on God in an insightful story of ever-increasing trust in God and how the supernatural life of a Christ-follower is lived out. It is an interesting journey that leads us into that deeper relationship.”
Rev. Ken Raymer
Interim Lead Pastor, Listowel Pentecostal Church
“Life is a journey, and this journey is enriched as we walk it with others. It is enriched still more when we can truly make a difference in the lives of those around us. The longing of God’s heart is that his people can bring his love and grace in all its beauty into the communities they live in, creating new stories and breakthroughs along the way. Bill’s writing demonstrates his heart for this transformation, and paints a picture of what could happen as faith is stirred up in the Church.”
David Wuyts – former Pastor, Lifehouse Colchester, UK
“Jesus told stories to stab people awake to life-changing truth. This modern-day story packs a punch that has the power to wake up ordinary people to the fact that they can live extraordinary lives. Take up “The Challenge! “
Fred Fulford, Professor Emeritus, Summit Pacific College
“I was first introduced to “The Challenge” by Bill over lunch one day when I mentioned our Men’s Group at Singing Waters. We had been meeting for five years, and I knew that God was preparing a plan and a new purpose for us to come into. Reading this book has encouraged all of us to allow our Father to use our unique gifts and fellowship with each other to not only impact our Ministry but also the Community. A wonderful read full of great characters that bring real purpose and insights that challenge and encourage you to grow your faith!”
Peter Leishman, Ministry Team, Singing Waters Ministries
Everyone loves a story. To hear of other people’s life experiences is an encouragement to us all. In “The Challenge,” Bill brings to life the simplicity of Evangelism as he breaks it down to a simple, “What can I do?” Bill’s books are enjoyable and easy to read, and “The Challenge” is no exception. He takes the reader on a journey of faith and anticipation as all the characters in the book explore their individual gifts to bring light and life to their community. It is an inspiring book and a great encouragement to us all to ask ourselves, “What can I accomplish?”
John and Pauline Arnott, Founding Pastors of Catch The Fire Melbourne
“The Challenge” makes you believe the 'impossible' is 'possible' and that it can happen through everyday ordinary people like You and I. Personally, I found it to be really (practical) and (down to earth) at its heart. It was both encouraging and instructional throughout. Within its pages, there are little "manna-bites" that feed and satisfy the soul's desire to be more like Jesus and to see Him made real in your own personal world.
An enjoyable weekend read that makes you hunger for the more that is available in God's Kingdom.
A challenge happens when we arrive at the crossroads of decision. A wise person once said, "it is in your moment of decision that your destiny is formed." This book "The Challenge" is one of those crossroads" I believe God is speaking through His people to raise world changers for such a time as this. Who are these world changers? In days past, it was the Billy Graham's, Kathryn Kulman's, and Reinhard Bonnke's of the world. Today I believe it can be you and I. My entire life was transformed by a challenge. I challenge you to read and seriously consider the simplicity of "The Challenge" and ask yourself these five simple words as you read, "what can I do today?
Jason Shawera, Founder of The Joshua 1:9 Academy
“I very much enjoyed reading The Challenge, and I found it very helpful. I appreciated the easy to read structure of the book; the relatable characters, and the realistic situations presented. The theme of how to accomplish living as Jesus commanded offers practical lessons through how the novel's characters managed the situations they were faced with. Their stories of how they managed taught me how to have a closer personal relationship with God the Father, and how to take practical steps to practice what Jesus taught.”
I really did enjoy the book, Bill. I found myself wishing that I could be apart of the Greenville Community, and I could relate to the situational challenges they experienced. Good work, Bill.
Dan Davis MSW (retired)
As a youngster (and many years before I became a follower of Jesus), I read Charles Sheldon’s book, “In His Steps.” It tells the story of a local church body that decides to do what Jesus would do about the various challenges their community was confronting. Though I didn’t become a follower of Jesus at the time, I recall being deeply impacted by the person of Jesus and His call on all believers to follow Him in every aspect of life. Not just on Sundays! In “The Challenge,” William Dupley does a great job of translating Sheldon’s original work into the realities of the 21st century. On the surface, the situations Dupley describes are different from those over one hundred years ago. However, as pointed out through the many practical examples in the book, the secret of transformed living has not changed one iota. It will always be a heart of love for God and a desire to love others as ourselves.
The Challenge is a story about a diverse group of very normal, likeable, down-to-earth guys who find themselves participating in an experiment of actually choosing to live out what they say they believe.
It is full of “gut level honesty” that will leave the readers jolted out of their own self-serving, blind-to-reality life styles and choices. It grows on you as you proceed through the chapters until you feel it’s not fiction at all but that each situation actually happened. Trust that many men, young or old, will read Bill Dupley’s book and get a new lease on life!
Mary A. Raycroft
The Challenge is a story where we can all find ourselves. We all face various challenges and trials in life. In fact it is these challenges that define us and shape our futures.
In this easy to read story, the Author does a great job of showing how a small group of men were able to have profound lasting impact on their community. By making a simple commitment to love others their town was transformed.
We now all face a challenge to go out and do the same. Let's see what happens!
This little book shows us how one man's words can inspire, and then propel others to take the initiative and step out for Jesus and live out his message. The book is an easy read with a heartfelt message.
It demonstrates the "ripple effect" that happens when a small group of people 'act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God' - Micah 6:8
I really enjoyed The Challenge, and have already passed it on. I love the structure, the setting, the inclusivity, the broad scope of what we can do if we let our light shine, and the narrative which allows the writer to let wisdom percolate through in a gentle but compelling way. Setting it as a novel in a men’s group in a small town was astute.