Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: Immeasurable by Skye Jethani

I have thoroughly enjoyed Skye Jethani's contributions and thoughts on the Phil Vischer Podcast over the last number of years, and due to that have found his writings thoughtful and challenging. When given the opportunity to get my hands on a copy of his latest book "Immeasurable" for the launch week, I jumped at it. Skye has been asking many of the questions many of us who have been deeply involved in the church for a long time are asking. Questions about how the church is run, how much its reflecting the world around us when it should be the other way around. Questions about the way we hold up the pastor who leads thousands when there are thousands of us leading dozens. 

In this collection of 24 essays, each addressing one dimension of the church today in North America, Jethani continues to strike a cord. Hitting on topics such as the dangers of ambition, the idol of effectiveness and ever present Evangelical Industrial Complex. With thoughtfulness and wisdom, each chapter will having you nodding in agreement with things you've felt but not been able to express or having to pause and reflect on your own motives and methods. I found that though this is a relatively short book, just over 200 pages, it packs a real punch and cannot be breezed through quickly. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is in ministry and needs a refresh and refocus. If you're one a board, read this and consider how you measure your pastor and church's performance. If your a church member, read this and consider the influence the consumer age we live in had shaped your view of ministry and how you view the church and its leadership.

I have to thank Moody Publishing for providing me a copy of this book for an honest review. I must also thank Moody for publishing such a high quality book that will bring much value to the broader church.

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