Category Archives: Theology

Does God Exist? from Focus on the Family

Normally at BookGateway.com we books for review from publishers but occasionally they will send us a DVD set to check out. This is one of those times. Tyndale and Focus on the Family launched a new line of DVD training / seminars for college age viewers focused on answering questions about the fundamentals of the Christian faith and in an effort to build a deeper and more trustworthy faith. This is volume one in that series.

Does God Exist?
Building the Scientific Case
by Focus on the Family
2010

Dr. Stephen Meyer, of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture is a Cambridge University trained doctor of history and philosophy of science, is the main speaker and the video is filmed on a set created to look like and function as a classroom. His teaching style is to question ideas and share philosophies with the students and allow interaction and conclusions to come by way of conversation. The viewers learn by watching the natural progression of thought.

Meyer focuses on topics having to do with science, something that Christians aren’t always as open to as they should be, like, the Big Bang, DNA, and what he calls the “moral necessity of theism.” Obviously all these topics are from the Christian perspective and while Meyer is most likely a fundamentalist he doesn’t focus on inter-Christian divisive issues like young earth creationism or local flood and the like. As such, Meyer does a better job of staying on topic and educating instead of inciting as so many Christian’s who speak on this topic do. The set comes with two DVDs and a 60+ page full color booklet that can be used to follow along with the teaching.

Meyer and Focus on the Family do an admiral job working through the issue of whether or not science supports the possibility of a god. My only concern is that I felt like I was in a classroom in college where I had to take notes but couldn’t ask questions. To resolve this concern, the information and conversation would be great as a starting point in a small group or classroom. This would allow for conversation and digestion of the information instead of just having it handed to you.

Does God Exists? is a very well made and intellectually honest DVD set with a well respected and educated facilitator that Christians who are interested in how to reconcile science with religion should pick up and then work with a group to watch. I highly recommend it as a group discussion vehicle or small group curriculum.


Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. Along with his contributions to BookGateway, he reviews for the commercial site BuddyHollywood.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on current events and Christianity.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

5 Minute Apologetics by Ron Rhodes

Ron Rhodes takes 365 most asked questions and provides concise, Biblically grounded answers that are easy to understand and (if used as intended) to memorize. Each day has a topical question, a couple hundred word response, then a Pearl of Wisdom – a take-away focused on why the day’s apologetic devotion was important.

5 Minute Apologetics
by Ron Rhodes
Harvest House
2010

Ron Rhodes is president of Reasoning from the Scriptures, a conservative apologetics and prophecy/ end times ministry, so it should come as no surprise that this book takes a staunchly conservative view of the scriptures when giving answers to some of the most asked questions by skeptics and seekers. Sometimes, a more conservative, literal interpretation than I find to be helpful in witnessing to my friends who are skeptics.

For instance, the sections on Creationism include Day 157: The Days of Genesis 1 where Rhodes makes his belief in the six “literal solar days” the focus of the devotion spending the vast majority of the page on it at the expense of other legitimate options on how to interpret the word we call “day.” On Day 162: Young-Earth Creationism he says of the creation story in Genesis, “No marks of poetry or saga or myth are evident.” This is something I believe most interpreters would disagree with him on. Genesis 1 is very likely written as a poem. Rhodes maintains these views while at the same time stating that “Nature and Science do not conflict. Rather, science… and theology… sometimes conflict. (Day 111: Nature and the Bible)” It would seem that the more logical view in light of that quote (and empirical evidence) that he should have been more generous in showing different orthodox positions within Christianity instead of choosing to focus on only one side in an internal debate.

Another devotion that seem to be focused more on internal disputes than on witnessing to unbelievers is Day 263: Speaking in Tongues, which seems to encourage an intra-Christian debate and includes a straw-man argument about whether or not speaking in tongues is required for salvation – something that almost all Pentecostal groups would say they do not believe.

These criticisms aside the vast majority of the 365 devotions are great apologetic starting points and the concise devotions that take more like 2 minutes instead of 5 are perfectly bite sized for most people. This book is an excellent resource for those who are interested in being able to answer the call of the Bible and Hank Hanegraaff, of the Bible Answer Man, where Ron Rhodes is a guest often:

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Peter 3:15)


Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. Along with his contributions to BookGateway, he reviews for the commercial site BuddyHollywood.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on current events and Christianity.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

If God, Why Evil? by Norman L. Geisler

The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult question the Christian must face. If God is all-good and all-powerful, why is there suffering in the world. Geisler’s book will answer the above questions and give you a clear understanding why there is evil and suffering in the world. God does not permit evil. Evil is the work of the devil and people who have free choices.

If God, Why Evil?
by Norman L. Geisler, PhD
Bethany House
February 2011

The book goes into detail – giving us a clear picture of why there is evil in the world.. The sections are broken down as follows:

Three Views of Evil: Pantheism affirms God and denies evil, Atheism affirms evil and denies God, Theism affirms both God and evil.

The Nature of Evil: If evil is real, and if it is opposed to good, then both good and evil must have existed forever.

The Origin of Evil: God did not create any evil thing. He created only good things, and evil is a privation or corruption of a good thing.

The Persistence of Evil: God is all powerful – He could destroy evil, but this would destroy freedom – this would be incompatible with God’s love.

The Purpose of Evil: God is all-good and has a good purpose for everything. There is a purpose for evil.

The Avoid-ability of Evil: Evil is necessary to achieve a greater good. Evil can be avoided – people have the freedom to sin or not to sin.

The Problem of Physical Evil: The solution to the problem of moral evil is based on free will. The problem of evil is real for human beings, and the problem of physical evil is acutely real.

Miracles and Evil: God could perform miracles and stop all evil. Nothing is impossible for God – only what is actually impossible is beyond supernatural intervention. Again – free will.

The Problem of Eternal Evil (Hell): Hell is real. Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will certainly go to Hell – the everlasting fire – for eternity.

What About Those Who Have Never Heard? The reality is there is no one without revelation from God. The light of nature shines through to all. If you seek God – He will get the message to you.

The book is an interesting-thought-provoking- concise and thorough book. Dr. Geisler carefully answers tough questions, using step-by-step explanations and compelling examples. The comforting news for believers is that WE CAN REST ASSURED THAT GOD IS BOTH LOVING AND ALL-POWERFUL.

Recommended for those who want straight answers to Why There is Evil and What Causes Evil. God does not cause evil – the devil and our free will does.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Bible As Improv by Ron Mortoia

God’s Word is timeless. But some of the Bible’s ancient teachings seem to have little relevance to modern life. Picking and choosing which passages apply today and which are outdated can be confusing, even overwhelming. God’s Word applies to yesterday, tomorrow, for eternity – in ancient time, modern time, forever.

The Bible as Improv
by Ron Mortoia
Zondervan
2010

Ron, like most of us, was introduced to the Bible and God at an early age by his parents, Sunday school teacher and/or Pastor. The doctrine they believed is what we/he believed. However, Ron ‘s upbringing is a little different than most of us. A Presbyterian mom and a Catholic father raised him. Two very different doctrines. Like most of us, Ron didn’t think too much about the saving grace of God or his word although he had attended some Bible Studies with his mother. Ron played baseball and early this one summer day he broke his ankle sliding into base. This, of course, grounded him for the entire summer. With really nothing to do Ron began to study the Bible and other books he could acquire, He started a Bible Study in high school with his friends, picking and choosing certain passages from the Scriptures to discuss – not really understanding what they were reading they were confused. One of his friends wanted a tattoo, but his mother said no. The group went to Scripture to see if it is ok with God to have a Tattoo. Leviticus 19:28 states – “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoos marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” So no tattoo – did this really apply today? I purposely brought out the story about the tattoo for a reason. This is the way most of us think today. God’s Word only applies to what we want it to apply to – we pick and chose particular Scripture passages and apply them to our life style.

The Bible as Improv is written in three parts:
Part 1: My Journey with the Scripture Script: The Good, the Bad. And the Inconsistent
Part 2: My Theological Journey: Reading the Script with Fresh Eyes
Part 3: Improv-ing the Script. Learning to Riff in Community

We have a tendency to read God’s Word through outdated lenses. We need to change our glasses – get new clear lenses. The Scriptures are like a play. The Bible, like all scripts, has a narrative logic, a message being communicated in the whole. Part of our job is to wrestle with and reflect on what we as a community of Jesus-followers think the script says. We need conversation. – a read through to get the feel of the whole story. Like any great drama, the biblical script is complex and layered.

The Bible as Improv is a great, eye opening, stimulating book. Read the book and I guarantee that when you again study God’s Word it will be as if it is your very first time. You will see through bright, clear new lenses and you will see the whole story. God’s Word is timeless and eternal – it pertains to us today as it did to God’s people hundred of year ago.

Ron Martoia is an excellent writer, speaker and theologian. Highly recommended.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Homosexuality and the Christian by Mark A. Yarhouse, PsyD

Homosexuality is one of the most controversial topics of our day, and we all need clear, biblical answers that are grounded in love and compassion. We must always keep in mind the real, hurting people – Christians and nonbelievers alike – who struggle with the issue. Dr. Yarhouse carefully separates “same-sex attraction” from “gay identify.”

Homosexuality and the Christian:
A Guide for Parents, Pastors and Friends

by Mark A. Yarhouse, PsyD
Bethany House
September 2010

What does God really think about homosexuality? He loves them regardless of sexual orientation and wants a relationship with them But, we must take a broad look at how God’s Word deals with sexuality as a whole. A Christian’s understanding of sex is best understood through the four stages of redemptive history in the Bible.

    Creation
    The Fall
    Redemption
    Glorification

When considering homosexuality and Christian tradition, we need to acknowledge there are a lot of different beliefs represented within the Christian faith. People who experience same-sex attraction or have a homosexuality orientation may or may not engage in same-sex behavior. Sexual identity is how you label yourself by your sexual preferences. Common sexual identity labels include straight, gay, lesbian, and bisexual. When talking about homosexuality, one needs to make a three-tier distinction between attraction, orientation, and identity.

    First tier is same-sex attraction
    Second tier is homosexual orientation
    Third tier is gay identity

This is a must read book for anyone who wants guidance about homosexuality, including its relevance to Christians and the church. Whether Christian, nonbeliever or atheist, one must show tolerance, love and compassion for those struggling with his or her sexual orientation. God loves us all – He makes no distinction regarding your sexual preferences.

Highly recommended.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Lord’s Prayer by Dr. R. T. Kendall

WOW! What an amazing. thought provoking book – an eye opener. The Lord’s Prayer – no prayer is better known – or misunderstood – than the prayer Jesus taught His disciples. The Sermon on the Mount.

The Lord’s Prayer
by Dr. R. T. Kendall
Chosen
March 2010

We all know the Lord’s Prayer – can recite it from memory. Learned the prayer as a youngster – even recited it in school and in church. This was all before someone decided that it is not fashionable to recite the prayer in school or church. It is a prayer we all know, but do we understand its meaning and do we pray the prayer from the heart or just recite the words?

R.T. Kendall’s book breaks down each line of the prayer and tells us what Jesus was conveying to His disciples when He taught them to pray. The Lord’s Prayer is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit and therefore perfectly worded. It is good to pray the Lord’s Prayer in private and in public, but we must pray the prayer from the heart and truly mean the words we are saying. We should return the prayer to school and churches, – it is never out of fashion to praise and worship God – our Heavenly Father.

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we must first acknowledge who God is – we must give him praise and glory – He is God almighty!

OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN
God is our father – mine – yours . He is every one’s father – the believer and the nonbeliever – and He resides in heaven. Our Father invites intimacy with God – and in heaven points to His supreme majesty.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME
This is the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer – a petition that God will be put in his rightful place by our worship – to seek God’s face. When we pray from our heart demonstrates we are truly in our place when we approach God. We acknowledge that God is supreme – there is no other name above God’s – His name is to be exalted above all other gods – He is Yahweh – He is the Great I Am.

YOUR KINGDOM COME
Second petition: We are asking God to actualize – let us experience – what Jesus has been talking about up to then in the Sermon on the Mount. The Kingdom of God takes place in our heart. The Kingdom of God is simply the realm of God’s domain.

YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
Third petition: We pray for God’s will – not our will. God has a will of His own and he wants us to participate in it. Read the Bible if you want to know the will of God. There is no rebellion in heaven – everyone is doing God’s will. When we pray the above we are acknowledging God – focusing on God – giving Him praise and glory.

GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD
Fourth petition: We now change from your to us our our – me. This suggest we are part of a wider body of believers – a part of God’s family. our daily bread is anything we require to survive in the world – food, clothing, housing, finances, etc. We are petitioning God to provide all our physical, natural needs. We are acknowledging our daily dependence on God our Father.

FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE ALSO HAVE FORGIVEN OUR DEBTORS
Fifth petition: This is a plea and a declaration. We are asking God to forgive our sins and we are declaring that we will forgive those who have sinned against us. This is is so easy to say, but so hard to do. This is the most important part of the Lord’s Prayer. If we forgive those that sin against us – then our Heavenly Father will forgive us. This is not a prayer for salvation – nor a sinner’s prayer. The Lord’s prayer is a believer’s prayer – a covenant with God (an agreement).

AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
Sixth petition: The unnecessary pitfall – our spiritual state. This is the petition most difficult to understand. God does not tempt us – we are tempted by our own desires. We will be tempted, but we should not act on these temptations. Temptation is what God allows to test us, and yet it comes completely from within. We pray that we will not fall into a situation greater than we are able to cope with.

BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE
Final petition: Daily deliverance – daily plea to be spared an unnecessary pitfall. We are acknowledging that evil is present – we face it every day. We must pray for daily deliverance until the day comes when we are finally delivered by witnessing Satan’s total and final defeat. Satan is the reason for evil. He is the father of all liars – he has come to kill, steal and destroy. He is the explanation for all our troubles.

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER. AMEN
There is some doubt whether this final phase at the end of the Lord’s Prayer was in the original Greek New Testament – and for that matter in Jesus’ teaching (He spoke in Aramaic). It is thought that some in the church chose and added this benediction to close the prayer and the words were incorporated in later manuscripts. The words are absolutely true even if Jesus did not say them. The origin of this praise goes back to King David when he praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly.

  • The Kingdom – God is our true King
  • The Power – refers to the Holy Spirit
  • The Glory – do not forget to give God the credit for what He does – for what he has done.

The above is what I gleamed from reading the book – the Lord’s Prayer. Yes I know the words to the prayer, but do I really understand the prayer? The answer is definitely a big NO! It did give me a better insight to the prayer and possibly Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. When I pray the prayer, I will endeavor to pray it from my heart and not just recite the words. I also encourage everyone to add this prayer to their daily devotional and to pray the prayer in church and school. We might have to fight to get it reinstated in church and school – but our success will be pleasing to God.

Buy a copy for your self and one for a friend. Read it multiple times – you will not only find a new model for prayer, but will experience a revolutionary way to draw closer to your heavenly Father. The prayer will transform you.

R. T. Kendall has made the Lord’s Prayer reachable, touchable and doable. That is the genius of this book, for the Lord’s Prayer must be done, not simply recited. Highly recommend.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron

It is not uncommon to have a crisis of faith.  It is, however, uncommon for the person having the crisis to be the founding pastor of a mega-church.  It is even more uncommon for that crisis of faith to occur as you are delivering a Sunday morning sermon.  Chase Falson is just that man having just that crisis.  His uncle, a Franciscan priest invites him to Italy to learn more about Saint Francis of Assisi and his teachings.  Chase balks a first.  What can a Catholic saint really teach him about his faith as an evangelical pastor?  After some persuasion, he agrees to take the journey with his uncle.  What follows is the story of two men: one, a progressive minister whose works happened more than 800 years ago and the other, a modern-day minister attempting to find a new way to love Christ.   Ian Morgan Cron takes us on Chase’s journey to learn more about Francis and what kind of impact his life and teachings can have on ours.
If you have ever suffered or are suffering with a “crisis of faith,” this novel is great.  It’s not about finding your faith, only you can do that.  It’s about learning a different way to love Christ and to interact with Him.  I read this novel from the point of view of taking it at face value.  I am in no way a theologian, and I cannot tell you the first thing about the Biblical relevance of Cron’s novel.
What I can tell you is that Cron presents the life of Francis to the world in a manner that inspires readers to try to be better people.  Cron details how Francis left behind his charmed life to submit himself to poverty for Christ’s sake.  From a realistic point, it is unlikely that many would be inspired to eliminate all of their worldly goods in favor of poverty for Christ.  But maybe, just maybe we will all be inspired to cut back all of our wants to help serve the needs of those around us. We will realize that we don’t need to purchase everything on our never ending lists of wants and will put some of those purchases on the back burner in favor of helping someone else.
In regards to the arts, as a singer, I don’t see anything wrong with using the gifts that God has bestowed upon you for his glory.  It’s important to use the gifts given to honor Him.  Why shouldn’t that include singing, painting, sculpting, music, etc?  
Overally, I really enjoyed Cron’s novel.  I walked away wanting to know more about the path that Chase would take at the end, which is probably the only down side I can find.  But, if a book can leave me thinking about what happens after the ending, I am guaranteed to read it again. (Which, as previously noted, is the mark of how much I have truly enjoyed a book).
This book was provided free of charge as a review copy. The publisher had no editorial rights or claims over the content or the conclusions made in this review. No payment was provided in return for this review. 

Angels by Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. David Jeremiah says that the angel craze “peaked in the 90s” (p14) so the question of why this book was written is a justified one; there must be a pressing reason to release another book on the subject. What I found was that there really isn’t a pressing need other than the author’s desire to publish his opinion for a new generation. This is not to say that this is a bad thing. Many times a topic may have been done before, and even better, but a new generation may read this newer version and be introduced for the first time to the topic. Angels is a book like that.

I found the book most helpful when I considered it a resource rather than a standard non-fiction treatise. Chapters like, “Showing Us How to Worship,” “The Angels and Us: How Much Alike,” and “What Angels Are” are great resources for those with questions or putting together a sermon or study. The chapters are Biblically based with scripture and also references to some of the previous works on the subject.

The book is an easy to read, interesting study of angels for a new generation. I recommend it to those who have an interest in angels either for themselves or for someone that they know that may have unorthodox notions.


Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. Along with his contributions to BookGateway, he reviews for the commercial site BuddyHollywood.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on anything he finds funny and Christianity, which sometimes overlap.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Israel Under Fire by John Ankerberg and Jimmy DeYoung

John Ankerberg and Jimmy DeYoung come together to create “Israel Under Fire: The Prophetic Chain of Events That Threatens the Middle East,” a book that promises to explain the Biblical predictions concerning the current events in Israel, how what happens in Israel affects the rest of the world, and answers the age old question, “Will there ever be peace in the Middle East.” To come to these answers Ankerberg and DeYoung interview – on location in Israel and the Middle East – many of the policy makers and experts who would be close to the situation, such as, Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel and Reuven Rivlin, the Speaker of the Knesset in Israel.

Ankerberg and DeYoung are less authors than interviewers for much of the book (and interviewees, as I will explain.) The authors claim that the book will answer questions and give a Biblical basis for the current events in Israel. To accomplish these goals the authors provide a brief history how the modern state of Israel came to be and what exactly is currently happening in Israel. On these points, I found that the authors were successful. Unfortunately, this was only one part of the book.

In the second part of the book, the authors interview current world leaders and here is where I feel the book goes awry. I had two issues here. First, the authors advertise on the back cover that they interview Adnan Husseini, Yasser Arafat’s cousin and Palestinian Authority spokesman. While, it is true, it is a little misleading as he is one of three world leaders advertised yet he appears in only one very short section with only a couple of questions, while the others leaders, Jewish pundits exclusively, are interviewed extensively. This is far from balanced coverage.

Second, the authors didn’t just interview pundits they agreed with – they also interviewed each other. I understand that the authors may be experts in a field but their opinions should be bolstered by other expert’s opinions, statistics, reports and the like. Author’s opinions should not be proved by their own opinions. The issue of lack of documentation and proof isn’t just relegated to their opinions in interviews. Unfortunately, the authors take comments and opinions from pundits they agree with for granted, moving right past controversial quotes that cry out for data that reinforces the opinion. The only reference in the book to an outside source (other than the Bible) is on page 156 (of 174).

In the third section of the book, the authors attempt to tie current events with Biblical prophecy. I would expect that anyone, after reading this book, even someone who has no experience with Biblical prophecy or current events, would be able to walk away understanding the “prophetic chain of events that threaten the Middle East.” What I found in this section, though, was confusion. To explain a complicated book like Revelation, I would expect we would start at the beginning and work our way through the (purported) time line from start to finish. I would expect that current events would be tied in to the timeline to show how the events fit into the puzzle. I would expect that the authors would show how these events work together to fulfill prophecy. Unfortunately, Ankerberg and DeYoung did not make a convincing connection for me.

While I did find the first section of the book interesting, this book left me unsatisfied in my search for connections between current events and Biblical prophecy. Revelation itself is already difficult to understand and I found the authors didn’t accomplish their goal of making it accessible and understood by the reader.

As much as I would have liked to, I cannot recommend this book to anyone but Bible prophecy buffs.


Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. Along with his contributions to BookGateway, he reviews for the commercial site BuddyHollywood.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on anything he finds funny and Christianity, which sometimes overlap.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Search to Belong by Joseph R. Myers

I think I have a new rule. Never buy a book from someone who describes themselves as any of the following: thinker, multipreneur, interventionist or futurist. This new rule has nothing to do with whether or not I enjoyed this book. It’s based more on the fact that even now I really dislike seeing these terms on the cover of the book. I dislike people making up new words that they take seriously! What about titles that are – well should be – prerequisites of writing a book? “Oh, you’re a thinker? Well, I better buy your book!” Glad that’s finally off my chest!

The Search to Belong by “futurist” Joseph R. Myers is “a practical guide for pastors and church leaders who struggle building community that values belonging over believing” according to the back title. Sarcasm aside, Meyers does bring some helpful information to the reader that does what he promises.

Myers does a very good job of explaining his opinions about the four types of belonging (public, social, personal, and intimate.) I was impressed by his argument that it’s OK for people in the church to stay in the public or social spaces; we don’t need to, and shouldn’t try to, push people towards intimacy.

While reading the book I couldn’t help but compare my own church, Springhouse Worship & Arts Center, with the principles that Myers was commenting on. Did Springhouse push people towards uncomfortable belonging spaces? Does Springhouse have a “front porch?”

My main complaint with the book was how dry it was. There were parts that weren’t interesting and were a challenge to get through. It picks up by the end and I do believe it is worthwhile to read.


Scott Asher is the founder and administrator of BookGateway.com. Along with his contributions to BookGateway, he reviews for the commercial site BuddyHollywood.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he cartoons and writes on anything he finds funny and Christianity, which sometimes overlap.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.