Book Review: Adventures in Missing the Point

Bob FranquizUncategorized

031025384501_sclzzzzzzz_I just finished reading "Adventures in Missing the Point" by Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo.   Let me first say, "WOW!"  I loved this book. While I didn’t agree with everything written, I appreciated several things about it.  Here’s a couple:   

#1 – Permission to think, granted – I appreciate the fact that the authors forced me to think.  The book was written in a responsive format where one person would write the chapter and then the other would respond to what the first wrote.  What I love is that they didn’t even agree with each other on some issues, which left me thinking about where I land, or if I’ve even landed.   

#2 – I was challenged – I love reading books that challenge my thinking.  The thing I tell my friends is that too often we only read books by people we agree with.  What’s the point?  We already agree.  But when we pick up a book that pushes the envelope, we are forced to really think and hopefully it creates a dialogue where we can explore and grow.   

#3 – They didn’t beat around the bush
– They tackled tough issues that I’m sure they’ve taken a lot of heat for, and they did it well.  The chapter on homosexuality alone is worth the price of admission. 

Anyway, I’m giving the book 4.5 stars.  I would highly recommend to anyone in ministry or anyone who wants to think about difficult subjects in a new way.