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This is an honest evaluation of church issues and scandals. It offers insight into what a good church is and how it functions. For anyone who has been hurt by the church this is a good and helpful read.
The authors take on the celebrity culture of today’s churches and show why it can be so toxic. I especially appreciated reading the chapter critical on leadership development. There are many biblical insights that need to guide our churches into a culture of Tov.
The point behind the writing of this book is outstanding! Some of the discussions around The Willow Creek scandal involving Bill Hybels is uncomfortable to read, as are the issues related to other Churches mentioned. However the solutions offered, and the culture we should be aiming for are presented incredibly well. This is a very good book and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
If you, or someone you love, has been hurt by toxic culture or abuse of power in a church, read this book. Scott and Laura describes the heart wrenching stories of real people in situations that should never occur anywhere, never mind the Church. But Scott and Laura do not let the reader descend into the depths of despair. At one point after describing the fruits of a particular toxic culture Scott transitions away from the negativity saying, “that is enough of that”, and then describes actions we can take to develops healthy cultures in our churches. I have just come out of a church with a toxic culture; this book is playing a huge role in my healing. Thanks Scott and Laura.