About 18 months ago I decided that I wanted to read something a little different. I was having a rummage through the ‘Christianity Today’ website when I came across an article listing the books that they had recently awarded prizes to. The book in question that caught my eye and wallet was this one:
As I started to read this book I began to question whether it was worth the author attempting to write the book in the format of a novel. However as I delved deeper I began to embrace the format and cherish his writing style. The book is broken into four segments;
Part 1 – The Calling We Pursue
Part 2 – The Temptations We Face
Part 3 – Reshaping Our Inner Life
Part 4 – Reshaping The Work We Do
Each part is then broken into 3-4 shorter chapters, which I have to say I love. An author with a tendency to write long chapters can often leave me having lost the will. My favourite part of the book was where he underlined the mental and philosophical temptations those who serve face. Do these 4 chapter headings resonate with you? “Everywhere for all”, ‘Fix it All’, “Know it all” and ‘Immediacy’? It hit such a chord with me that I wish I had of read it before I arrived in my latest post. I spent 20 years saying that I would never work in a church only to find myself doing just that for the past 4. As I read it it was like someone was taking scissors to the multiple webs of disconnected thinking I found myself embroiled in.
Now you may be thinking that since you don’t work for a church this book wouldn’t be for you – you would be wrong! I would recommend this book for anyone serving in a church no matter what their role or employment status is. This book would be ideal for the newly appointed elder or deacon as much as it would be helpful for the willing church volunteer with aspirations towards growth and maturity.
An interesting book with both a reflective and at times poetic writing style I would heartily recommend it!