I came home from North Point Ministries re:group conference with a copy of Move Toward the Mess: The Ultimate Fix for a Boring Christian Life in my swag bag. Honestly, I didn’t really even notice it until I got home and went through the contents of the bag (and decided what to do with it).
Let me tell you, I’m glad I kept this book and I’m so glad I read it! So good and it fits a theme of reading that I’m pursuing right now.
Written by John Hambrick, this is a very powerful book. Hambrick is part of the leadership team at Buckhead Church (the urban campus of North Point Community Church). His experience in Pakistan, London, South Africa, and inner-city Los Angeles has given him a unique perspective on what God is doing in the world.
In a weekend message I listened to after the conference I learned that Hambrick coined the phrase that is so often used around North Point and its various locations throughout the Atlanta area (and network churches far beyond).
Interspersed with some very powerful personal stories of what happens when you do move toward the mess, The compelling stories of Leroy and Janelle, Patrick, Rehan and Amreen pull you deep into a different worldview, a different kind of Christian life; a Christian life that isn’t boring.
The last section of the book provide a kind of roadmap for what to do when you’re ready to move toward the mess…yourself. After all, if all we do is learn more about other people who have moved toward the mess, what has really changed?
Every chapter concludes with a set of discussion questions, making Move Toward the Mess a very good book to read as a group.
I have to tell you, I’m so glad I stumbled across this book. This is a great read and very importantly, a book that might just change your direction. I highly recommend it.