I have been reviewing books for most of the major Christian publishers for two years now. There have been a few decent books, but most of them have been substandard in my opinion. They are churned out because they have a guaranteed audience, with no consideration for content and a poor focus on editing.
About two months ago, I started reviewing for Moody Publishers, and I have been pleasantly surpassed by the content and quality of the books I have been invited to read. The first, Chris Brauns’ When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search, was a practical and useful book from cover to cover.
(Recently, I read a book by an instructor from Moody Bible Institute, which was published by Waterbrook Multnomah. Let me simply say the Biblical content was not nearly as prevalent or emphatic as the books published by Moody themselves.)
This month, I had the opportunity to read Reverberation by Jonathan Leeman.
Leeman’s book is a manifesto for a Bible-driven church. Throughout, he illustrates the necessity of not just “biblical doctrine” but biblical action. It is not enough to teach the Bible as part of our ministry. Teaching the Bible is supposed to BE our ministry. The Scriptures are supposed to be the first and foremost resource for the church.
In a culture where rampant consumerism has defined our way of thinking when it comes to church ministry, Leeman calls his readers to exalt the Word of God – not just in doctrinal statements but in actual practice. It is a far more radical call than some might think.
Much of the thinking that pervades the church today is driven not by the word of life but by the latest business and marketing trends. For decades, the church has been trying to give people what they want. The Bible has been repurposed as a resource we can draw from for inspiration and even challenge, but it has lost its place of preeminence in the church.
As a result, we breed generations of greedy, self-centered Christians. We seek other ways for the Holy Spirit to be “experienced.” We turn to every resource under the sun rather than to the one provided by the Creator.
I can highly recommend Leeman’s book Reverberation. It is a challenging, powerful read.
Legal Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, with no expectation of a positive review.