Every year I end up being sent well over a hundred new small group studies, church-wide campaigns and ministry books of all kinds. It’s a great privilege to be asked to review them.
A few weeks ago I received a box with a collection of resources on missional living from a variety of publishers. Over the past month I’ve been spending time with these books and I thought you’d like to know about them. It’s a category that should be on our radar.
In the Gap: What Happens When God’s People Stand Strong is by Wilfredo De Jesus. Included in Times 100 Most Influential People in the World, “Pastor Choco,” In The Gap looks at nine examples of courageous people in the scriptures–men and women who recognized “gap” situations and trusted God to use them to make a difference (from the cover).
Life on Mission: Joining the Everyday Mission of God is by Dustin Willis and Aaron Coe. New from Send North America and Moody Publishers, in Life on Mission Willis and Coe “explain biblical foundations and explore the practical implications for how God has designed your life to be a part of His purpose in the world (from the forward).”
A Field Guide for Everyday Mission: 30 Days and 101 Ways to Demonstrate the Gospel is by Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts, Jr. This is an interesting resource with contributions from Lance Ford, Rick McKinley, Mark Deymaz, Mary Demuth and Jeff Vanderstelt and a forward by Alan Hirsch. A Field Guide for Everyday Mission answers some very important important questions in a very engaging way.
Unstoppable: Running the Race You Were Born to Win by Christine Caine “enthralls us with true stories and eternal principles that inspire us to run the race of our lives, receiving the baton of faith in sync with our team, the body of Christ (from the cover). You may have heard Christine Caine at a conference. Unstoppable is a page turner.
Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth by Hugh Halter is my favorite from a very good stack. Its alternate subtitle: Learning to be human like Jesus is a better description of the content. Halter does a very good job of integrating real life stories and examples with scripture. You can read my full review right here.
Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like Jesus Does by Jon Weece is a powerful book that might have slipped under your radar. The unusual name comes from an party “that Southland throws every year for the disabled, handicapped, and mentally ill.” At the essence of Jesus Prom is the the powerful idea that the church is not a place you go but “a kind of community we are.”
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