My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I like Brian McLaren, but I’ve found his books to be either hit or miss and this one seems to be a miss for me. It’s a lightweight, I guess intentionally, but there’s nothing really challenging here, it seems to me. It’s like he set out to write a new book and just phoned it in. Very disappointing. I expected his usually radical approach to religion and spirituality, but felt deflated while reading it. Indeed, I didn’t even finish. Made it halfway through before giving up. Pity. At least I’m confident I’ll find more books of his enjoyable and challenging….
Oh, the one thing I really did appreciate about the book came at the very front where McLaren described his evangelical/fundamentalist upbringing. It mirrored my own about 100%. Eerie. I feel sorry for him, as I’ve been tormented by my own stringent upbringing throughout my entire life. Unfortunately, the book lost any edge it may have started with shortly after.