Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: The Way of the Dragon OR the Way of the Lamb by:J. Goggin/K. Strobel

 The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It
About the Book:
Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel invite readers on a journey to uncover Jesus’ seemingly contradictory way to power: weakness.

Why do so many rock-star pastors implode under the spotlight? Why do modern-day churches become so entangled in growing their brand that they lose sight of their true purpose? Because, according to Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, Christians have succumbed to the temptations of power and forgotten Jesus’ seemingly contradictory path to power—first giving it up.

In The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, Goggin and Strobel paint a richly biblical vision of power through weakness. They invite readers to join them on an adventure around the world, seeking out great sages of the faith with uncommon wisdom to offer those traveling the path of Christian life. As readers eavesdrop on the authors’ conversations with people such as J. I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Marva Dawn, John Perkins, Jean Vanier, James Houston, and Eugene Peterson, they begin to piece together the new-old reality of following Jesus today. In the end, The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb offers a compelling vision of the way of Jesus that will challenge both individual believers and the church as a whole.

My Review:
 As you grow up in the modern day church and then go through ministry with your spouse you really start to get the background behind the scenes of some of the ministerial leaders that are at your home church. Many times, you get to see the other ministers and your church leaders in a not so favorable light. Sometimes, I wonder how can I love these people like Christ loves the church? It can be downright difficult at times because of the things you see and hear from them.

 The authors want to paint a visual for the reader that far surpasses modern day religion. Their opinion is that we go back to the old standards and ways and just start over. The modern day church has really gone badly in the other direction so much so they don't realize how out of touch they really are. It is very disheartening.

 Jesus is challenging us to walk in the same light and love mentality that He did in order to win the lost but to also revitalize the church. This is a good book to read about such things because it helps you to keep it all in perspective and it draws you back to the original goal as God intended.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.