Author: Thom S. Rainer
Publisher: B&H Books
Back Cover: I WILL!
Now is the time to stand up and say I WILL!
Could you be the answer to the problems you see?
Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there also a way for the church member to make an impact that will last?
Best-selling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple traits that all church members can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability.
You can do it. Now it’s time to just stand up and say you will!
Book Review: I WILL!
I WILL! was a real struggle for me. Let me begin with what I enjoyed about the book. I like that it’s an easy read and not very long. I thought the cover was creative and eye-catching. I appreciate the message of putting others before ourselves. Basically reminding us that we are called to serve, not to be served. I WILL! reminds us that the church is here to serve, but also we are called to serve within it. I get and appreciate the message. It’s so easy for us to attend church to be served and fed, complaining if things are not exactly to our liking. Not good. I’m all for a call for each of us, for me, to be more Christ-like and looking for ways to be selfless and to love and serve others anyway we can. The part I had a problem with was the delivery of some parts of the message. I’m a strong believer of mercy and grace. Mercy, not giving others what they deserve and grace, giving others what they don’t deserve. There were parts of this book that lacked both, in my opinion. I’m sure the author is a very kind and gracious person, but the style of writing left a less than merciful and gracious impression, to me, in some parts of it. Such as:
“Please allow me to be blunt here. If you are not serving in your church, you are not a legitimate church member.”
“If you are not in a group, you are not really committed to your church.”
Again, I agree that we should be serving within our church, as Christ taught us to do and God’s Word says we are to love and help others and I am all for small groups, but I felt that it could have been said with more grace, more mercy.
The last thing that I struggled with was the church focus in this book, not a bad thing, but for me…it’s all about Jesus. Serving Him, through the church and I would have liked to see more focus on Him in this message about serving in the church or better yet, God using us to serve others through the church. In all fairness, the author did state, “This book is about what we should do in church. But before we go further about doing, we must address the issue of our attitude.” So to that end, his focus was the church and I believe he did what he set out to do.
Overall, I thought there were good points in this book and it’s worth reading. If you struggle with knowing how to serve well in the body of Christ, then this book can help. For me, I would have enjoyed it more if it was seasoned with more love and grace in some areas. It’s my prayer that I was able to reflect my honest opinion of my impression of this book, but still be merciful and gracious in doing so. I don’t know the author, so I don’t want to imply in anyway that he is neither gracious nor merciful. I’m sure he is both. It’s just the tone I felt in certain parts of the book. All-in-all, there are good points in this book and it is worth reading.
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Thanks for taking the time to read this review and God bless!
The “good works” that we are to do are those that God has prepared….We are to serve as God has showed us. We are to please Him. Our motive is to glorify Him, serve Him, and please Him. If we do that, we will serve gladly and never burn out.
Thom S. Rainer, I WILL!