If you are in search of some resources for your church library, a pastor or ministry leaders, consider checking these two books out. Be warned. I am brutally honest in my reviews, and they are colored by my very Meghanish personality, so realize you could read these and get something very different.
2 Book Reviews For Ministry Leaders and Biblical Teachers
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The authors of Building the Body wrote this book as a helpful resource and call to move beyond the status quo. It can provide ideas for ways to get thinking outside the box, if your congregation has been doing the same thing but longs to branch out, or is not seeing the desired results they’d hoped for. One of my favorite stories within the text is a story about one church congregation helping another by donating their offering to another struggling church. I sort of wished there were more stories like this inside, but that is my main wish.
One of my favorite quotes is this: “People best see and engage with God when the church goes out into the world.” If you’re in search of a nice gift for a pastoral or ministry leader, this book would be a good fit, no pun intended. Building the Body would be beneficial for someone wanting to see concrete numbers and figures on paper, or who feels they need permission to stop spinning their wheels, or who desires to push their congregation past a familiar level of comfort in order to serve their community on a deeper level.
Quote Love ♥
“Success is tangibly living out the Kingdom, not simply leading people into a church building.”
“Churches committed to building the body see fitness as a journey rather than an event.”
“Leaders often overestimate what can be done in a year but underestimate what can be done in four to five years.”
“Churches must have flexibility because at times God will ask them to do something that may stretch them or make them feel uncomfortable.”
Building the Body Amazon Review:
A decent church resource to bounce ideas off of, Building the Body is an okay read. It is not one of my favorites merely because I think it lacks some much-needed emotion within the text, but maybe that’s just the way I bend. There are many helpful tips and facts within, and I agree that much of the Western culture church today seems to be more inward focused than outward — and this is a book to get your cogs turning and potentially help a body of people shave off what isn’t working in order to focus on what may.
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This book is made up of 50 chapters broken up into 8 parts. I’ll be the first to wave the white flag and admit with this review I bit off more than I could chew. I wanted to spread my wings and delve deep into the waters but it appears I do better with child-brain books; those requiring more faith and less college. And I mean this is the most respectable and honest way. This one is definitely a good resource for Bible teachers, but do not go into this without eating your Wheaties. And don’t get in a hurry. And take frequent breaks lest your eyes pop out of their sockets. The thing about resources like this is that one doesn’t mean you will get all the answers, or that you won’t be led to buy more and study further.
To put it politely, this would make a great addition to what one is already reading; to help enlighten further into areas that may be under question or filled with confusion. Even so, I truly believe in reading the Bible and letting the Holy Spirit speak revelations into the heart in tandem with study. I still see much of the Western church culture looking through a single lens when sometimes people in other corners of the world do not hold that lens. I think texts like this can be super helpful but can also be a bit weighty, so proceed knowing I told you so. Critical thinkers will appreciate it, and I only hope as I grow in my own walk of faith I can begin to read and understand more along the way (even if I do have to turn to picture books for pre-schoolers to do it.)
If you are thinking about purchasing, I would recommend peeking into the Amazon first few pages considering it is such an investment.
50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith Amazon Review
This is packed with a lot of helpful information and I think if I were a student of theology I would greatly appreciate this, but my own brain finds it hard to take in such informational text. Though there are things in the Bible I find difficult to understand and know I will never fully be able to wrap my head around, I think I would find it easier to let the Spirit lead me to revelation than unpack all that Allison shares here. But it is a resource for those studying, for those whose brains may take on such a work. If you are up for it, you may find this very appealing and beneficial.