• M Taylor posted an update 2 months ago

    “A Field Guide For Genuine Community” is a great read on an important topic that is often mentioned in church but not really applied consistently – having true friendship and discipleship in the local church. Having been in church most of my life, I can attest that the results of having true fellowship and discipleship in the local church is sorely lacking – many people attend church sporadically, attend only the worship service and not Bible study/Sunday School, and cliques that make people feel unwelcome. While some in the church may think that you must have either friendship or discipleship and not both, I reject that line of thinking, know that both are very important and know many examples of Bible verses prove that both are important. Since this review is on a book and not a mere listing of Bible verses to support my statement, now to the review.

    The book is around 200 pages and addresses many topics:

    – The importance of being yourself in church (while you can fool people, you cannot fool God!).

    – Needing to stick with your group during good and tough times.

    – Examples in the Bible of discipleship and fellowship.

    – 3 reasons why discipleship and fellowship in the church has not reached its potential.

    – How believers can shepherd each other well.

    After reading the book, here’s what I like:

    – Appreciate the honesty the author shares in why the church is not doing what it needs to do.

    – Title is easy to read and understand.

    – Smooth flow from chapter to chapter.

    – Good suggestions for improving discipleship and fellowship in the church.

    – Excellent mix of spiritual and practical insights.

    Really like this book, will read again, and recommended. I was given a review copy by Moody Publishers in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.