My Review of Slow Church – Cultivating community in the patient way of Jesus

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I just finished reading Slow Church – Cultivating community in the patient way of Jesus by C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison.  By reading you must understand that I am a slow reader.  I can actually key faster than I read.  It takes me time to digest what I am reading so it took me two weeks to get through the book.  The upside is that I get the ethos of what was written but the downside is that some of what I read at first may be hazy.

Overall I found the book transformative.  Rather than taking its main premise as something to do and achieve, I find it washing over me, gently realigning the way I think and hopefully the way that I intentionally live out my faith.  Slow Church, slow food, slow coffee, all equal commitment over the long haul.  I like that. 

I found a couple of things that I did not like.  I felt that the authors referenced negative attitudes surrounding homosexuals without ever defining what they thought an appropriate attitude would be in light of all of scripture.  I also found the challenging of national identity, patriotism, to be uncomfortable.

Beyond that, I believe that Slow Church should be systematically taught to anyone who wants to lead others closer to Christ, and everyone is called to do that.  I recommend this book to everyone.  I think there are a few excesses, but eat the meat and spit out the bones.

There, how was that for my first book review?

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