Nine out of ten time I really enjoy Mark Driscoll’s stuff, this book happens to be the exception. After chapters 1 & 2 I though right on! Christians are falling away right left and centre and Mark does a great job portraying our crumbling Christian society. But chapter 3 on ward I began questioning Mark’s tactics to try and “resurrect” Christians. Whereas chapters 1 and 2 dealt with the disintegration of our Christian society chapters 3 onward dealt with the different “tribes” we belong too.
First off I hate that word “tribe”. Second, why are we being categorized? CAN you even categorize a whole group of people and each one’s personal beliefs based on the “tribe” aka church they attend and who their pastor is? No! But Mark doesn't see a problem with that. Third, he listed a few denominations and ascribed what they believe on certain issues, well I can’t speak for other denominations but I can speak for mine (my father being a pastor and all) and he got mine completely the opposite of what we believe! Mark should really stick to his own denomination and not venture into unknown territory. Yes I do realize that ultimately Mark does come around and say we should put our differences aside and work together to be disciples (not in those words), but he did not need to spend about 80 pages dishing out our differences only to come to that conclusion – and by the way, I felt he was rather biased to his own beliefs, as if his were more right than those of other denominations. These aren't the only problems I’ve found through this book, another was on his interpretation of the Holy Spirit, but I’ll leave it at that.
I personally feel Mark failed, rather miserably, to try and resurrect Christians with this book. The only new things I learned is how all the other preachers and denominations are different than mine – not a good lesson might I add, considering he did get mine completely wrong so who knows if the others are correct or not.
I love Mark and have a ton of respect for him, but I feel he failed in his call to resurgence. Buy it if you really love Mark, do not buy it though if you are looking for answers and a plan for resurgences, go to the bible for that, you wont find it in this book. Thank you to Tyndale for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.