How does someone summarize a book that is written like a novel but is technically non-fiction? That is what makes Going Deep by Gordon MacDonald a great book. He writes about the topic of making disciples and what the discipleship process could look like. As Gordon states in the beginning of the book, most of the characters are imaginary except for his wife Gail and himself. The book goes through the process of developing an elevator story for a church to creating a discipleship program that cultivates deep people to seeing the fruit of that first year of the program.
The book is very interesting. The way Gordon wrote the book keeps the reader’s attention. The book was very hard to put down. The author challenges the reader to think about the benefits of discipleship as well as the need to have a discipleship process in place. The author used the book to inspire me to pass the book on to my pastor. We have both read books dealing with the topic of discipleship. However, this is the first one that I have read that gives an idea how a discipleship model may be implemented in a church complete with potential issues that arise. The book also enlightens the reader to be observant of others’ actions and to realize what characteristics show in a person who is ready to be discipled into a deeper relationship with Jesus that in turn produces other deep disciples keeping the process repeating. The author did make me think with how the book is written. I keep thinking about the possibilities of having something similar implemented at my home church. The information that Gordon provides in the book is very cohesive. Gordon also conveyed Biblical truth in a relatively easy to understand manner. My copy of the book I already have planned to recommend to my pastor. Anyone that is in a leadership position at a church or para-church organization should read the book to see how the information can be applied to develop deeper people both Biblically and in terms of service to the organization.
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