Gospel Fluency Handbook” By Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly – A Book Review

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Gospel Fluency Handbook: A Practical Guide To Speaking The Truths of Jesus Into the Everyday Stuff of Life

The Gospel in Me, the Gospel with Us, and the Gospel to Others

“Gospel Fluency Handbook” provides in-depth studies of the Gospel with a concentration on helping the reader recognize areas of unbelief to strengthen and grow in their faith equipping the reader to live the gospel message as the central purpose of daily life immersing them in their local community culture. Practical and interactive penetrating self-examination questions call for a keen sense of honesty, transparency, and accountability among the participants.

Each of the eight-week chapters includes guided readings, reflections, group discussions, exercises, and suggestions for prayer. Themes are centered on foundational truths of the creation, the fall, redemption, the new creation, the fullness of Christ, and unity in the faith. The authors differentiate between “Bible Fluency” and “Gospel Fluency” to address topics related to culture shifts and demonstrate how the impact of “Gospel Fluency” becomes a life-changing reality. A helpful appendix explains over a dozen defining theological concepts.

The handbook is designed to be used in a group or community and is structured for interactive discussion which encourages personal Christian growth, application to daily life, becoming fluent in expressing and proclaiming your faith, and reaching beyond to the ends of the earth. Whether used in a class or as an individual learning experience, you will want to participate in a fellowship of believers to encourage you to share the good news of Jesus that can change lives forever.

Saturate Publishing, 227 Bellevue Way N. E. # 224, Bellevue, Washington 98004, 978-0996849326, $ 24.66, 2017, 262 pages





Learning Change – Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal By: Jim Herrington & Trisha Taylor – A Book Review

Learning Change – Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal

By: Jim Herrington & Trisha Taylor

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Moving from a Program Driven Institution to a Learning Community“Learning Change – Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal” is made up of stories of church leaders who were able to transform their congregations by first making changes in their own lives. Jim Herrington and Trisha Taylor cofounders of “Faithwalking” worked in a collaborative effort to develop a process focused on personal and congregational transformation.

The book is divided into four parts: Part one establishes the keys to real change, defines the key concepts to change and introduces the changes necessary for personal transformation.  Parts two and three emphasize four essential core values to reconnecting to our intended design and the mental models necessary for shifting the way we think. Part four provides for equipping ourselves for more effective leadership.

I found the features with suggestions for interactive engagement for a better understanding and further assessment of the material to be an invaluable asset for determining implementation, taking action and being authenticate for setting personal goals in creating inner change.

Readers will get the most benefit from the book by setting aside an extended time regularly to follow the suggestions for reflections and going deeper, as you move forward in your personal renewal and actualizing authentic congregational transformation.

“Learning Change – Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal” is timely, relevant, and important; a must read for pastors, church staff, and lay leaders.

A complimentary review copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Kregel Publications, 2450 Oak Industrial Drive N E, Grand Rapids, MI 49505, 978-08525444555, $ 18.99, 2017, 264 pages