Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: "Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith"

I have to be up front and let you know I received this book free from Tyndale for the purpose of reading and reviewing it.

Discipleship is something that should be fairly straightforward. Jesus said, "Go and make disciples." Going never seems to be the issue, it's in the making of disciples where we get tripped up. What does it mean to "make disciples"? What does a disciple look like? How do we go about it? Do I need training in order to do it the right way? Who determines the right way and the not-so-right way? Is anyone else doing this and how can I tell if they are? Preston Sprinkle answers many similar questions in his book Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith

Using the compiled data from a recent Barna Group study commissioned by The Navigators, Preston Sprinkle tackles the problem of missing and/or weak disciples within the church. According to the data the church universal is not making disciples and is instead producing congregations with weak faith, a lack of commitment, and astounding Bible illiteracy. This book seeks to provide answers geared toward changing the statistics through practical solutions and relevant disciple-making tactics.

Overall it was an easy read with lots and lots of statistical evidence confirming what many suspected about the state of the church. I can certainly appreciate the work done by the Barna Group and found it eye-opening. However, the book felt more like a promo for the report than a biblical analysis and solution for "fixing" the problem. It was jam-packed with great information, but I came away wanting something with more "meat" to it. All in all, it is worth the read.

You can check out the first chapter by clicking HERE.