Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Reaching the unreached

The contributors of this book have two things in common: they are all members of the reaching the unreached network and they are all involved in 'growing churches in working class and deprived areas' in the UK.

As such it is an unusual book but a truly excellent book, and for me, on the eve of my move to Bermondsey, a very timely read.

Particular strengths of the book? Their analysis of working class culture. Their exposition of the aspects of the Gospel that speak most powerfully to working class people. Their honesty about the sheer toughness of the work they are involved in, with the setbacks, disappointments, and failures that are an inevitable part of the story. Their analysis of the realities of non-book culture. The human stories and testimonies with which the book is laced.

Highly recommended.