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on 28 September 2010
Sound, solid and reliable. These are the words I would use to describe in summary Chuck Swindoll's latest work, `The Church awakening'. I have been a fan of pastor Swindoll's for some years and have always found his radio ministry and his books to be very good Christian teaching. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that in my opinion, Chuck Swindoll is probably the best Bible teacher I have been fortunate enough to hear. His Bible character series is outstanding and a must for any serious student of the Scriptures. As a builder, `Hand me another brick' appealed to me greatly and is recommended reading for all, but Chuck's greatest piece is of course, `The Grace awakening'. Probably the most needed book in evangelical circles in the last 30 years. So I came to this with great expectations as I had been informed by a friend it was in the same earth shattering mould as `The Grace awakening'. While a fan of pastor Swindoll's, I have to admit I was left a little bit disappointed with this book as it is not in the same league as `the Grace awakening'. Yes, it is solid and sound and reliable. Yes, it is needed. Yes, it is accurate, but it feels like I've come across this before. Perhaps, that sounds a bit harsh, given this is a new book and is effectively an up-to-date commentary on the current state of the church in the 21 century, but I cant get away from the feeling that I've either heard or red this before. However, in fairness to Pastor Swindoll that may be because I've red so many of his books and have followed his sermons so closely over the last few years, so its probably inevitable there will be an overlap in thought between one subject and the next. The real test comes if I could I recommend this book. Without doubt, Yes. The final chapter is aimed at church leaders and elders but specifically pastors. It makes for challenging reading. If you are in any kind of Christian leadership the final chapter is worth your time. The final chapter was enough for me to raise the overall rating from a 3 to a 4. Challenging and difficult but also hopeful in that trademark way that Chuck Swindoll communicates so effectively.
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