Such is the case of Transformational Discipleship: how people really grow.
The book is a product of three authors who
work minister for
LifeWay Christian Resources. Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley and Philip Nation all
have had varied ministry backgrounds so there is no question concerning their
credentials. It is also the product of an extensive research project by LifeWay
Research. Thus there are some references and statistics included, however, the
authors do a good job to keep this to a minimum.
(Transformational Discipleship follows on the heels of Transformational Church (2010) by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer also of LifeWay.)
TD is aimed primarily at pastors and church leaders who desire to stimulate Christians to become transformed and committed believers who live to serve Christ as opposed to uninspired believers who pay their one hour per week dues every Sunday. The goal and motivation of TD is admirable. Unfortunately much of the material is not new or unique; it is repackaged inside of a different verbal format.
A couple of thoughts struck me as I read this volume.
1. Chapter 1, “Deficient Discipleship,” and Chapter 2, “Disciple to Win,” read like sermons. If they were not originally, they would be excellent. (Perhaps even Chapter 3 also.)
2. This volume is motivational in content with limited practical advice. Like I mentioned, a lot of it reads like a previously preached sermon.
With that being said, there are spiritual golf nuggets to be found in the mine. I found Chapter 6, “The Discipline Lens,” to contain some pointed practical information concerning spiritual discipline which is key to producing transformed disciples.
The final word is this: If you’re a new pastor or just stepping into a leadership role in the church, TD will serve you well. You’ll gain some motivation insight and practical application.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by B&H Publishing Group for a fair and forthright review.