Book Review: The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon
Best Camouflage is Right in Front of Your Face. I had a high school teacher that would repeat that phrase when he didn’t notice the person in the front row raising their hand. It tends to be true in life. We often neglect the things that are right in front of us. This book is one of those obvious premises that is so clear in Scripture, but we often generalize it and walk right past it. Love your neighbor actually means to LOVE…YOUR…NEIGHBOR. Imagine that?
Uber Practical. If you have read my reviews in the past, you know what a big fan I am of practical books. Don’t just give me all the information and don’t give me pointers on what to do with what I learned. Help this poor slow reader connect the dots. And boy does this book do that! It gives you numerous ideas and even personal examples on how to put the principles into practice.
The B-I-B-L-E. Pathak & Runyon do a fantastic job of using Biblical examples, typically from the life of Jesus to drive each point home. If I’m going to step out on a limb here and start applying these bold, but needed actions, it helps to have some Biblical support.
Huh? One concern I did see was on page 174. The paragraph under the heading “Find a Partner”. With phrases like “all truth is God’s truth”, and listing of various religions as possible partners in “honoring God”. Could cause some confusion and almost sounds like relativism. I don’t think that was his intention, but did raise my eyebrow. Basically, it was not a well-thought out idea and slightly tainted the ending of the book for e.
The Grade: B+
Well thought out practical ideas that the church needs to hear. You want to read books that change your life, and I can honestly say this book does. It has convicted me in how I interact with my neighbors and in the month that I have been reading this book, I’ve met at least 3 new neighbors. Sure, not astronomical numbers, but it’s a start. Want to be a good neighbor? I think even Mr. Rogers would tell you, try this book on for size.