Monday, January 5, 2015
A Field Guide For Everday Mission by Ben Connelly & Bob Roberts Jr
This book is exactly what the title says it is. It is a field guide to aid the Christian is living out his or her life in mission on a daily basis. Too often as Christians, we think of missions in terms of missionaries overseas or working in homeless shelters or soup kitchens. This is not about giving financially to missions or helping out a few hours a month in a ministry, it is about daily living as a missionary right where you are: in your neighborhood and community. This is a challenging book to read and even a more challenging book to apply.
The authors begin the book by posing six different questions that will be answered in the book: 1 - Who is my everyday mission field? 2 - What does an everyday missionary do? 3 - When does everyday mission happen? 4 - Where does everyday mission happen? 5 - Why should I even care about everyday mission? and 6- How do I share the gospel without killing the relationship?
This book is for the everyday Christian who is trying to live out God's mission where he or she is placed; the confused follower of Jesus who doesn't know how he or she can possibly live out God's mission and for the long time believer in Christ who is looking for something more.
The book is divided in six week segments with daily readings and application ideas. In all throughout the book, there are 101 ways to apply the principles discussed and put them into practice.
This book is a great resource for church leaders and to use as a small group resource. It is a book that can be referred to frequently. It is also helpful for lay people to realign their thinking about what mission is and how they can engage in mission on a daily basis.
I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.