Although this book by Gordon MacDonald was written about a fictional church, the concepts and ideas can be applied to any congregation today. MacDonald does address the issue of a shallow Christianity and how it can be overcome. The book was an interesting read, but I am more apt to take away from a book that has been written about a real group of people who face real opposition. I do feel like it was a book that might be helpful to a pastor or a Discipleship minister, but there are numerous Sunday School books and Spiritual Development books that address the issue without having to read a fictional scenario. I don’t know that the small group approach is the most beneficial way to disciple a group of people as much as expository preaching from the pastor would be, but one might see this as an opportunity to strengthen those in leadership positions.
I am glad to see so many authors today focus their efforts on discipleship and producing a pure Christianity that seeks a more intimate relationship with Christ. There are places where the dialogue is too long and seems and forced. I think the idea of the book could have been more abbreviated than the length that it was, but that does not keep the message of the book from sounding forth crystal clear.
I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program for this review, in exchange for my honest review.