Book Review: Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
The Good: Maybe I should label this category, “The Great” or “The Awesome”, because that would describe this book much better. It totally blew me out of the water for most of the reading experience. Any book that makes you love the Gospel more is a must read, but this goes beyond that. It helps you love, appreciate, understand, and want to share the Gospel more. It presents a Gospel that is not watered-down, one that needs to preached from every pulpit and spoken by every Christian. This book takes you on a Gospel journey that you never want to leave.
The Bad: There were some subtle theological differences that I personally had in the Consummation and End Times discussion. Not anything that would taint or misrepresent the Gospel. But found myself raising a quarter to a half eyebrow once or twice.
The Grade: A. you heard me right, I said an A. This book deserves it and will be on my favorites shelf for all to see. I read this book with one of my college students, and we both couldn’t wait to discuss it each week. It drives a passion for the Gospel within you like no other. It was written with high academia, yet has well placed humor to keep it light and fresh. Absolutely loved this book.
Book Review: Mentoring the Next Generation by Mel Walker
The Good: You know what I love about this book; well it comes down to two things. One, whatever principle or idea that is presented is well backed with Scripture. Not every book on mentoring or discipleship can hold that claim, and I really appreciate the research done to make sure the thoughts presented are Biblical. Second, it is extremely practical. This is like a mentoring kit in a short book form. Pick it up, read it, and begin mentoring. The ideas are practical and logical. Meaning, they are easy steps to follow. On a side note, the idea presented in chapter 6, basing mentoring on time availability is pure genius. There go all the “I don’t have time” excuses right out the window!
The Bad: Chapter 3 presents some contradictions when presenting the weaknesses and strengths of choosing mentoring partners. Also, this is at no fault of the author, but there are some areas that can use some updating. For example, instead of “instant messenger” it would read “Facebook”.
The Grade: A-. Put this in the hands of every church leader in America. I am such a proponent of mentoring/discipleship, and this book allows you to put mentoring in motion. It gives you practical ways to make discipleship happen, and Scriptural basis for doing so. What a combination!