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Posted May 8, 2013
Excellent book on discipleship
This eye-opening read not only helped me clarify and give direction to my one-on-one discipleship, it also helped me to evaluate my own growth and see where I need support and accountability.
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Posted January 23, 2011
Easy-to-follow Steps in Helping Your Church Grow
What I like about this book is logical continuity and easiness of steps. I like everything compartmentalized, so this book was just the one I needed - each step is described with details and based on Scriptures as well as Real Life's personal experience with making disciples.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Unlike a lot of "How-to" books, Real-Life Discipleship takes the general ideas and breaks them down to help one learn the basics of the system that works - a system that worked for over 2 millennia ever since Christ taught it to His own disciples. Another useful thing about this book is the appendixes that have graphs and tables that help to identify the stages of faith the people are in right now to then help us address their needs more efficiently.
Real-Life Discipleship is a good book not only for pastors or those who are "leaders" in our standard understanding. It is also a good manual for the rest of us who are "people attending the Church." Every Christian is a missionary with a mission - to share the Gospel with those God sends our way.
Posted November 8, 2010
Real Life Discipleship
I'm not going to lie--when I first saw this book, I figured I'd gotten myself a pretty cover with some fluff and more of reading what I already knew. Boy was I wrong! This book was very enjoyable and taught me much. Instead of other books that focus on the "stages" that people go through to become Christian (essentially arduous evangelism handbooks), this book focuses on something different. It puts people into groups. There are the spiritually dead and then Christans. Within the Christan group, there are infants, children, young adults, and then parents / adults. The book focuses on how to help each level so they can reach the parent / adult level and disciple others. While other books on evangelism are great, this does not focus on recruiting, because--well--that doesn't always work. Putnam acknowledges the fact that Christians can not control others or sway opinions. As I like to put it, only Jesus can lead others to Jesus. For the nonbelievers, we can lead by example / love and be ready with graceful answers and invitations. If we are asked something we don't know, we should just admit it and promise to get back to the person in a week. For those that already believe but are naive, self-centered, ill-informed, or otherwise lacking, there are ways we can help; this book outlines them. Instead of throwing pamphlets in atheists' faces and shouting turn-or-burn phrases, we should be building up what Christians there are more Christians that really strive to live like Jesus and grow the Church. I could go on and on, but, please, just read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2010
Real Life Discipleship
Jim Putman's new book, Real- Life Discipleship by Navpress publishers is an informative resource for anyone involved in church leadership. Nevertheless, even for those of us who are not pastors, reverends, ordained ministers or deacons, this book provides some useful and insightful direction into the mission that Jesus has given to each and every one of us, to go everywhere and make disciples of everyone we can. Saving souls is the job of every believer, not just the clergy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
According to Putman, there is no "plan B" for saving the millions of spiritually dead souls in the world- it is up to us! Its not enought to save our own souls and attend church we must bring others as well. Nevertheless, the irony is that oftentimes, no matter how well meaning we are, we are often the reason so many unchurched and nonbelievers refuse to place their faith in Christ Jesus. Just as Jesus told to his followers over 2000 years ago, that often time leadership and hypocrites draw people away from the truth. We are called to be the beacons of light, teachers as well as fishers of men!
Yes, this book does have a short footnote that laymen- aka the general believer not involved in leadership may benefit from this book. Even so, the obvious intended audience of this work is the active leader in a church whether a pastor or bible study leader or some other type of leader. There is a detailed section where each level of believer is identified and described. This book is remeniscent to a field guide of spiritual maturity, armin the reader with clues and specific information on how to determine an individual's level of spiritual maturity. One can easily spot the spiritually dead from the spiritual infant. With this handy charts, the reader can easily identify a spiritual infant from a spiritual child. And lastly, the distinction between a spirirtual young adult from a spiritual parent is clear enought to enable the church leader to effectively find the most spiritually qualified persons to assume key church leadership roles. A spiritual infant or child can be effectively used in any program for simple volunteer work, but would not be an appropriate choice for leadership roles. In contrast a sporitual young adult is not quite ready to assume a key pastoral role, and this book will help you sort the spiritual young adults from the spiritual parents! This book also has a chapter titles "A Few Warnings" which tells you about the disasterous consequences that may result, if for example, you place a spiritual child in a key leadership role instead of a spiritual parent. As a blogger for Navpress I receieved this book for the purpose of writing this review. I recieved this book at no cost and was not required to write a positive review.
Posted September 14, 2013
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Posted December 21, 2011
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