FRANK VIOLA is a popular conference speaker and the bestselling author of numerous books on the deeper Christian life, including From Eternity to Here, Revise Us Again, and Jesus Manifesto (co-authored with Leonard Sweet). His blog "Beyond Evangelical" is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today: frankviola.org.
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Anyone who can agree that the church does not resemble the church of God should take a look at this work.
I read this book because I too am interested in re-emagining the Church. Not out of disillusionment but because the Church is so central to God's plan and we obviously miss the mark more than hit it. I do not care what reimagining looks like so long as we take positive steps towards the heart of God. I strained to find any value in this book to that end. I get the sense that the authors past hurts has distorted his ability to speak reasonably to this topic. I certainly could have benefited from healthy, honest conversation even if I did not end up at the same conclusion but I think this book lacked both. If you are stuck in the worst forms of institutionalized Church under the domineering authority of an ego maniac then read this -- it will help. If not, find another book
"A lot to think about"
Do not read/listen with out reading /listening to 'Pagan Christianity' first. Very Insightful, though I feel that reading the book version would be more helpful so that you can check and rechecked the scriptures used to make his case. Whether you agree or disagree I believe every believer should read this book. It will challenge you! Frank makes a lot of very valid point.
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