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If you're looking for someone to clear away some of the clutter that comes with various preconceptions and traditions; to take a fresh look at church and the kingdom, then you should read this book. You might not agree with all the paths taken, but the emphases are very telling for the church today, broadly speaking.
A bit of the language might fly over your head, but once you get into the swing of John's style, you'll find it both refreshing and entertaining. His ability to dramatise biblical and gospel stories is very enjoyable. And it's ALWAYS good when we Christians have some help taking ourselves less seriously too.
So, even though I am a (slightly) conservative evangelical, I welcomed the challenges presented in this book. Even though the exegesis and interpretation is quite different to how I've been trained, I'm really glad I took in the full 'reading'. If I was to name a highlight for me, it would be the reminder that we our to give God our 'FIRST' and not our culture-defined 'BEST' (or 'best-of-the-rest'). So true.
The author has an infectious enthusiasm for his subject. For me he is at his best in retelling biblical sagas in a modern idiom. Not for the faint hearted. If it's answers you're looking for you may be disappointed but a gadfly moment may make you question further !
The author is clearly speaking 'from his heart'.