Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review: The Blessed Church


 This was my first experience reading a book for review that I received from Blogging for Books. I have to say that I chose this one because most of the others offered to me were in digital format, and, for better or worse, I'm really not a fan of reading books that way.

So, hooray for shiny new hardback books!

This book was designed more for pastors or church staff members, but I have plenty of experience reading books that were designed for pastors or church staff. (PK & now married to a man on our church's pastoral staff).

These are some of the points that Robert Morris made that had me nodding my head and agreeing:
  • God made us to want to bring an increase
  • Healthy things grow
  • We need to write down the vision
  • Leading is not an option
  • His chapters on church governance were insightful and challenging
That said, there were some drawbacks to this book:
  • This book is not really a template to follow, even though the subtitle is "The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love". Every church is different because people are different and circumstances are different. I didn't see "secret", simple or otherwise.
  • I suspect I have significant theological differences with this author on several important doctrines.
  • The author's brand of emotional Christianity and his use of "so I flipped open my Bible and the next verse I saw was {fill in the blank} so I knew God was telling me {fill in the blank}", was off-putting to me.
All in all, this book is concise and does contain some encouragement and insight some pastors might find helpful. You just have to take the good and leave the bad. But I could say that about nearly every book I've ever read.

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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