Rooted in Good Soil: Cultivating and Sustaining Authentic Discipleship

Baker, 2010
ISBN: 9780801072536


Sustain your faith in a chaotic world. Just like a fruitful tree, authentic faith is the result of careful tending, the passage of time, and good growing conditions. According to Jesus’s parable of the sower, true belief takes root in good soil. But how is this truth translated into changed lives? Pastor and farmer Tri Robinson invites you to cultivate a deep and lasting faith through this insightful exploration of Jesus’s parable. In a culture that seems enamored with quick fixes and superficial amusements, Rooted in Good Soil will show you a more intentional and fulfilling way to live.

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Key Features

  • Utilizes rich metaphors to bring the gospel to life
  • Discusses “followership” of Jesus Christ in a vulnerable and poingant way
  • Combines horticultural knowledge and leadership experience to to revitalize Christian life


  • Finding the Secret of the Harvest: The Condition of the Soil
  • Cultivated and Broken: Repentance
  • The Compost of Our Lives: Growing through the Pain
  • The Planted Seed: God’s Hidden Work
  • Soil, Sun, and Rain: A Picture of the Trinity
  • Photosynthesis: Transformed to Serve
  • Symbiotic Relationships: Becoming Part of an Authentic Community
  • The Thrill of the Harvest: Bearing Fruit

Praise for the Print Edition

Tri Robinson helps me understand how God’s land, our life development, and the Lord’s ministry can be integrated. Like Jesus, he tells us stories that change our lives. I loved reading this book!

—Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida

Tri Robinson’s vivid prose and rich metaphors make discipleship come alive. In story after story he reveals the power and beauty of God’s love and desire to personally engage us. I want to become the ‘spiritual horticulturalist’ that Rooted in Good Soil describes. Tri’s vulnerability and experiences jealously inspire me to more deeply surrender to Jesus. This is the real deal.

—Dave Workman, author, The Outward-Focused Life

I have liked and admired Tri Robinson for 20 years. In Rooted in Good Soil, he brings together the keen, curious, and sharp mind of a teacher; the wise experience of a farmer; the warm heart of a disciple; and the expert guidance of a veteran pastor. If you’re interested in how followership of Jesus really works, read this simple, enjoyable book.

—Todd Hunter, pastor, Holy Trinity Church, Costa Mesa, CA

Rooted in Good Soil is a wonderfully warm and insightful book that gleans lessons on the Christian life from the rich soil of farming experiences in the Idaho Cascades. Tri Robinson is perfectly suited to the subject. He has an undergraduate degree in biology and has farmed the land for many years. He also has planted and pastored a thriving church, excelled in leadership, and discipled many new believers. This combination of horticultural knowledge and leadership experience has resulted in a delightful book for both the beginning traveler on the Christian way and the pilgrim who is a long way down the road.

—Berten A. Waggoner, national director, Vineyard USA

Don’t scoff at the idea of a pastor who is also a farmer writing about Jesus’ parable of the sower. Robinson is the real deal—a farmer who lived off the land for two decades, raising children with his wife and without electricity. . . . The book resonates with the injunction to live simply so others can simply live and has a profound simplicity of message and tone. . . . In a gently admonitory tone the author offers a radical call to all believers to join in the harvest of a healthy crop of followers in the fields of the Lord.

Publishers Weekly

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About Tri Robinson

Tri Robinson is the founding pastor of the Vineyard Boise Church and author of Saving God’s Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church’s Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship and Small Footprint, Big Handprint: How to Live Simply and Love Extravagantly.


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