Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Book Review: Rumors of God

I recently read Rumors of God by authors Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson.  Both men are pastors/ministers within the community church movement.  One is a teaching pastor at a suburban Chicago megachurch and the other is a church planter at a large NYC congregation.  The book is well laid out with short, compact chapters.  Each chapter covers a different aspect of God's desire for contemporary Christians.

Rumors of God is an attempt to call the modern church and individual Christians to live beyond the ordinary and find the life that God desires for them.  The authors refer to these ideals as "rumors" because while we believe in theory that God is working in our time few of us see His genuine presence in our own lives.  The book is largely a critique of modern/postmodern cultural and how it has negatively impacted the church.  Issues such as competition and consumerism are evaluated and compared to Biblical teaching.  The book uses lots of Scripture references and allusions to make its application to the present day.

Overall, I enjoyed the book.  I felt like the book would appeal to especially to urban Christians in large churches.  Many of the authors personal examples from ministry would occur much more frequently in cities outside the Bible Belt.  The book points us as Christians in a higher direction and more toward what God truly desires of His people.  In discovering the truth of the "rumors" we may find that God is much different than we had previously imagined.  The book prompts personal investigation into who God is and what He desires for His children.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an unbiased review.

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