Normally, I do reviews on Bibles and reference books, however I wanted to take a look at this book from the perspective of looking at church community. It did not disappoint in giving some fresh ideas on working toward a community that others can look to and see the love of Christ.
I would give this book a 8.9 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a soft 5 as I feel it deserves more than 4 stars, but not quite a very strong 5 star rating.
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DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
- Patent (perfect/square back) bound
- 256 pages (including foreword and 5 pages of bibliographical references/notes)
- Foreword by Dr. Henry Cloud
- Dimensions: 5 1/2 wide x 8 1/2” high
Goal of Book:
The author’s goal is to show a simple way that we can use the example of Jesus and his disciples in the upper room and how we can develop a community that can change lives. I feel that the author did do a good job in keeping it simple. There are a lot of practical examples on how to do this and this book could easily be used as a reference book on developing community.
Tone of the Book:
I did appreciate the author’s tone which was informative, but also had splashes of humor and a touch of sarcasm at some points. His style kept me engaged while I was reading.
My Favorite Part:
I think my favorite part of the book was where the topic of conflict resolution was covered. It was a very practical and solid approach to handling conflict. Some of the points in this section would be good to have handy whenever facing conflicts within your church community.
My Least Favorite Part:
There wasn’t much that I would call my least favorite part. However, if I must give one thing, I would say it would be how many quotes from other authors that are in this book. It’s a minor point, but there are quite a lot of quotes from other authors that was a touch distracting for my taste. You may not feel the same, and like I said, it was only a minor point for me. Some may find the fictional “letters” or “monologues” from the disciples could be not favorable, but you have to remember that these are fictional to drive home the point that the author is making. I’m sure I don’t need to say this, but these letters are not pulled from scripture. 🙂
I would recommend this book if you are interested in ideas of developing a community that could be functional.
Who Would Enjoy This Book:
Anyone in a leadership position within church (pastors, elders, deacons, ministry leaders, etc.) that are wanting to change their church community to be more effective would find this book very helpful.
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