Mark Driscoll has authored a serious wake up call for Christians in America.
I'm going to quote a few things:
"This is not a political book.
This is not a reactionary book.
This is a prophetic book.
Christendom is dead.
Jesus is alive.
(page 31 bottom)
"I am not predicting that things in the West will get dire anytime soon, if ever. But things are not trending in the direction of Bible-believing, Jesus-loving, sin-repenting, mission-serving Christianity. We are a minority in an increasingly hostile host culture, and the sooner we accept that reality, the better off we will be." (page 140)
Pastor Driscoll lives in Seattle and that alone would jade a believer! (I'm not suggesting he's jaded, but I do live here too, so...) I live a couple hours away and I get the cynical eye. Got a touch of that myself and see some of the things I don't like ingrained in myself. Welcome to the beautiful but liberal Pacific Northwest!
He does a good job outlining some basic doctrines, denominational differences, Christendom history, and cultural issues.
Personally I thought this book is something every believer needs to read. I can visualize this as a book used in history classes someday. (Today?! Please!)
I think it's one of the most important books published in the Christian world today. It speaks to so many issues. It's written well, and it's a fascinating read.
I thought the hearse pictured on the cover of his book was a comical way of getting the message of this book across without words. *U*
Did you know that there are more left-handed people in America than evangelical Christians? Exposing the falsehood that Christianity is alive and well in our postmodern culture, Driscoll calls us to unite around Jesus, anchor ourselves in the essentials of God's Word, and join the resurgence of faith that will transform the church and our society. 220 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.
*I received this book free in exchange for an unbiased review from the publisher*