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Difficult to follow through
on May 7, 2011
There are some positive aspects to this story. The authors use the presence of a mysterious, apostle-like figure who drifts in and out of meetings with a disabused pastor to make a number of important points about church life and the meaning of being in a relationship with Christ. The points are easily understood and strike home for all of the right reasons. The authors also suggest a number of "perspective shifts" to think about what it means to be the church. This point too is well taken. Finally, the authors suggest that life in the church begins with an individual's life with God, also an important point.
I want to say, however, that the book is not well written. It is somewhat reactionary, and one definitely gets the impression that the comments made by the "apostle-like" figure are simply an excuse for the authors to get frustrations out. I came away with the impression that most churches and christians have been deluded for hundreds of years because of the different traditions that have evolved around worship. Clearly, the author is correct in stating that tradition should always and without question be second or third or fourth to truth and life in Christ. However, the point has already been made in ways that do not betray the authors' frustrations and reactions to difficult church life as in this book. Some good ideas and observations, some poor writing.