Summary: Is Christianity really alive in today’s world? Yes there are a lot of churches, Christian schools, and talk of God, but do the people who go to these places or say these things really believe it? Mark Dricoll brings some interesting statistics to life and calls believers to live fully for God.
Review: Quite honestly, I got this book because I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t like Mark Driscoll for one reason or another so I thought I’d read his newest book. I want to say that people don’t tend to like him because he’s blunt, at least that’s my first impression. I’d agree with that assessment. However, I don’t think that’s any reason to not like him. No he doesn’t sugar coat his words, but does that make what he’s trying to say untrue? Nope! In fact, that’s why I like him. I’ll take a plain doughnut please, none of this sugar glazed stuff. Why? Because the sugar changes the actual flavor. Same goes for sugar coated words. Do I think things could be said a little less “harsh”? Yes, but at the same time, will people listen to this particular message if it isn’t presented like it is? I don’t know.
Anyway… As I read through A Call to Resurgence I made notes of quotes I liked and things I did/didn’t agree with. On the whole, I agree with the message of the book. We do live in a world where Christianity isn’t popular, and we as Christians do need to stand firm in the Word. It did bother me a bit that Pastor Driscoll didn’t capitalize pronouns used in place of God or Jesus. Other than that, I have a favorable opinion of A Call to Resurgence.
On pages 112 and 113 there’s a chart to kind of help you figure out where you might be on the “tribe” scale. Looking at the chart I thought I kind of fell in between two groups because I fit both descriptions. Maybe I’m just weird, that’s ok with me!
I’ll leave you with this quote because it pretty much sums up the general message of the book (I think).
“This is not a time for compromise but rather courage.” (Driscoll, 3)
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.