I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it lays out the importance of discipleship in the Christian life and provides some Jewish background on what it meant to be a disciple in the days of Jesus. However, at one point it dove into the method of discipleship that John Wesley developed and it seemed a bit too legalistic and rigorous. I also wasn’t thrilled with some of the people he quoted in the book. But overall, this was a great read on the importance of discipleship, and also the command of discipleship.
Later in the book the author defines discipleship this way: “intentionally equipping believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to replicate faithful followers of Christ.” What it is not is the following: “a Class”, “a Seminar”, “a Degree you earn”, “a Program”, “a 12-Week Bible Study”, “a 40-Day Home Group”, “a Quick Process”, “a Quick Fix”, “Reserved for Super Christians”, “Hard”, “an Option”. “The goal of all discipleship is conformity to the image of Christ.”
Book reviews are subjective and different things can influence different readers. I found this book easy to read and understand, but was also distracted by people quoted that I disagree with. We all come to books with our preconceptions and worldview and it is difficult to lay that aside when reading a particular book. That being said, overall this was a practical book on discipleship, with good reminders that discipleship is a process and there is no “instant gratification”. It also emphasizes the importance of Scripture in the process of discipleship and the need for accountability and community. We are not in this journey alone but are meant to walk it with others. I also appreciated the emphasis on discipling others that they would then go and disciple others – a reproducible model. So I would cautiously recommend this book with discernment needed.
*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my review.