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Publisher's Summary

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus started a movement that has grown like wildfire throughout the past 20 centuries. Author and pastor Andy Stanley brings to life from Scripture and over 25 years of pastoral experience the irresistible nature of this movement known as the Church.

Stanley identifies some of the key decisions and strategies that helped the church begin by the power of the Holy Spirit many centuries ago and continues to flourish today. He tells many stories of how God is working today to continue the movement of the church through the examples of North Point Community Church in Atlanta, GA.

If you want to know how you can create a movement in your local community that can impact the entire world, Stanley points the way to create irresistible leadership, irresistible environments and an irresistible culture with in your church.

©2012 Andy Stanley (P)2012 Zondervan

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Good Content

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Having heard Andy Stanley speak it is a little awkward listening to Tom Parks.

Would you be willing to try another book from Andy Stanley? Why or why not?

Yes, Andy Stanley is a good writer.

How could the performance have been better?

Have Andy Stanley read the book.

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Pastoring a church is a lot of work

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. There are many things about pastoring that are not taught in a seminary. This audiobook illuminates some of those things.

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What did you like best about this story?

I liked hearing how Stanley arrived at God's will for his life, how he related how he, his wife, and his church went through to arrive at a place that is bringing glory to God and leading many people into a growing relationship with Jesus.

What three words best describe Tom Parks’s voice?

Not Andy Stanley

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, I cried, I thought deeply.

Any additional comments?

I wish Andy Stanley had read the book because I kept having to translate his voice into the story.

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A Must Read For Church Leaders!!!

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Andy's insights into church structure are brilliant. While his model of doing church is not for everyone, this process to discovering/deciding the model is for anyone. It's a must read for any church leader.

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Amazing insight!

What did you love best about Deep & Wide?

This book would serve as a great resource for any church leader. In general, there are many life lessens to take away from this book. As with most books, there will be parts that may not be applicable to everyone's situation. However, you will not regret the time spent listening. This, like many good books, was compelling to the point that I subsquently bought the print copy so that I could go back and study it in depth! Enjoy.

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  • Kyle
  • Sunnyvale, TX, United States
  • 03-18-13

Excellent!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Deep & Wide to be better than the print version?

It is a very easy listen. Nice to be able to listen in the car.

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  • Eric
  • Browntown, WI, United States
  • 02-19-13

Taking my staff through this

Would you consider the audio edition of Deep & Wide to be better than the print version?

I found the audible version to be a convenient way to go through the book and have additionally picked up a print version that is helpful for referencing and reviewing areas. While I can bookmark areas on the audible copy, it gets difficult to see charts and other appendices right away. I listen on my phone while I drive.

What does Tom Parks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The book is a personal look at ministry and methods and listening to it brings that personal touch to the experience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was in tears at the end when Andy shared a story of the work of a teenage volunteer leader in a younger child's life because of similar experiences. I took it to our children's ministry leader right away and said "you are having an impact. Keep it up."

Any additional comments?

Yesterday was discussing the book with a lay leader at another church and she said it was the most moving book she's read in a very long time.

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Incredible vision.

Was hooked before the first chapter was over. if you are in ministry, this is a must ready for your whole team.

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super helpful

this book is nothing but practical. it's a great resource for retooling older Church. as with any endeavor you get out of it what you put into it. if you're ready to put the hard work in this book will give you a roadmap on the journey ahead. this book is worth every dollar you pay for it

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One of the Best Books on Church Leadership

This book is necessary for any pastor or church leader that truly wants to reach people for Christ in the 21st century.

The book is practical, humorous, and informative. I listened to it in it's entirety over one weekend.

There are only two things I disagreed with: Andy seems to have a bias against liturgical or formal churches, evidenced by his criticisms of the Catholic Church. Also, it seems like he has a bias against charismatics churches, evidenced by his views on music and preaching styles.

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  • 12-30-17

A must for any church leader

Would you listen to Deep & Wide again? Why?

Yes, I think there are so many great ideas and challenging thoughts I need to listen to it again to catch the ones I missed. You have to listen to it from a non-american view point, strip out the principals opposed to the exact practice.

What other book might you compare Deep & Wide to, and why?

I don't think I've come across a book that compares to this, possible the Advantage by Patrick Lencioni or Searching for Sundays by Rachel Held Evans are equally as helpful when thinking about the structure of church

Have you listened to any of Tom Parks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First one

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no because it's to long & to much to take in

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-17

Great Listen

Challenging stuff when you have to ask the question is what I am doing working? Andy does well to make the listener reflect on the methodology, principals and practices for those in church leadership.