This book was so good I read it through twice, straight off. The first chapters (which constitute the Preface), describing the author's growing discomfort with, and then rejection of, the lobbying, campaigning, belligerant, intolerant, fundamentalist Evangelical church, resonated with me, and crystallised some of my own thinking on the subject. I too find their attitudes far removed from the way Jesus treated people in the New Testament.
Many of his comments on the need to reread the Bible in a different light were very helpful and thought-provoking particularly his analysis of how, historically, Bible-believing Christians came to reject slavery even thought some passages can be(and were) used to support it, and how the same interpretative process maybe needs to be applied to other hot theological issues today.
You do not need to agree with all of his conclusions (I don't - at least not yet) to get a great deal out of this book. It has certainly enriched my thinking and is making me reassess the basis for a lot of my Christian viewpoints (not, I hasten to say, before anybody misinterprets me, any of what I would consider fundamental Christian beliefs).
Other authors I have read over the past two or three years successfully deal with some of the issues Brian McLaren raises (e.g. Boyd, Gregory A., Satan and the Problem of Evil, The Myth of a Christian Religion; Alexander, Denis R., Creation or Evolution - Do we have to choose?; Webb, William J., Slaves, Women and Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis ), but this book covers more ground and has made me reflect more on a wide range of points.
I thoroughly recommend this book.