Not a Book You Write to Gain the Mass’s Love
I liked this book. Many will not.
First of all, here are my biases and what you should know about me as a reviewer. I like Driscoll. His preaching has had a huge, huge impact on my life. Is he right about everything? No. Neither am I or you. I hope his critics realize that Mark has accomplished a lot of amazing things. He’s a passionate man who loves Jesus fiercely. Please consider the good about him before you tear apart the one thing you dislike about him. He’s helped a lot of people. Lastly, I’m not the smartest person who will review this book. I write this review with the viewpoint of an ordinary layman.
What I Like About A Call to Resurgence:
1. It’s straightforward. In typical fashion, Driscoll doesn’t beat around the bush. You don’t have to play mind games to figure out what he is really trying to say.
- It’s raw, it’s honest. As someone who is very in tune with his time, Mark presents a lot of insight into where Christianity is at today. He talks about the cost of following Jesus. This isn’t a light, feel-good read. Yet neither is it a ‘sky is falling’ depression-inducing read.
- It’s informative, it’s eye-opening. While I haven’t been living under a rock, it’s good for me to hear things about the world from someone with a perspective like this. I think Mark has a lot of wisdom. I appreciated his breakdown of different things that Christians believe, and his quick rundown of some significant events/people in the history of Christianity.
- This book covers a lot of stuff! If you read this book you are likely to learn something!
5. I didn’t feel like this book was all about what Mark believes. He presents a lot of information without running a commentary on everything.
- Mark doesn’t shy away from talking about hard things, things that give his critics rocks to throw at him. Actually, this time he’s “piled them for your convenience”.
- The book’s about God’s glory, not making the church look awesome to the world.
What I’m Not Sure About This Book
Why all this tribal talk? While I found the explanation of all these different Christian groups interesting, I’m not sure what exactly the point of figuring out our tribe really serves. He spends a heap of time explaining what different Christians believe, explaining their strong and weak points, etc. Maybe it’s just a matter of awareness. I’m not sure. It didn’t really feel like a call to believe everything he does.
All in all, this is an informative book worth your time. Not a must read, but a great read none the less. The narration of the audiobook version is fantastically done.
Jesus loves you, it’s true.
I recieved a complementary audio copy of this book for review purposes courtesy of christianaudio.com
4/5 Paper Movement Stars