The title of this book immediately drew me to it.
I was even more interested because I’ve seen quotations by one of the authors of this book. I read a couple of chapters: “The Simple (and Not-So-Simple) Church in Action” and “Clarity: Starting with a Ministry Blueprint.” Then I paged through other chapters and found myself disappointed in the contents overall.
What the authors describe doesn’t go nearly far enough, in my estimation. I don’t have the desire to offer a full critique/assessment here. Let’s just say that this book is about something that’s not nearly as simple as the church I think Jesus (and Paul and Peter and Lydia and Barnabas and Priscilla and Philemon and Onesimus and even Luke and Apollos and James) had in mind.
I think the book might have been titled A More Focused, Somewhat Simpler Congregation. Then I would add this tongue-in-cheek tagline:
. . . for those who want to move in a generally good direction (jettisoning a few things and participating in a kind of “best practices” improvement program for the institutional church) but who are still a bit reluctant to participate in something radically simple