I am so impressed with Crossway Publishing. I have been reading whatever I can of what they publish for the past few years and have been tremendously blessed. The focus on the Gospel is so tremendous in everything they publish. No matter the subject the supremacy of the Gospel shines. I know my continued exposure to it in their books has literally changed my approach to life and ministry.
This continues in Bill Clem’s book “Disciple.” I got if early and free from a great program called NetGalley. The book is excellent. It is more than the usually follow Jesus, by getting up earlier, reading your Bible more and praying more (he is not against it). It is a comprehensive guide to following Jesus empowered by the grace of God and to the glory of God in all aspects if ones individual and corporate life.
There is nothing really new or original in book, this is not a bad thing, because it the structuring of these truths that makes the book so powerful. I found particularly helpful the first few chapters on our stories in life as they relate to God’s larger story and our role in it. I love the fact that the chapters close with application questions and Scriptures to study further. The last few books I have read by Crossway have done. It forces you to slow down and assimilate what has been read before going further.
The book had no weakness; the length of the book makes it accessible for any reader. I happily recommend it to all Christians, especially pastors, teachers, and small group leaders. I pray for the day when my churches discipleship structures look like these laid out in the book.