Chris Smith is a great writing friend. He's helped me immensely with my questions regarding all things publishing, shared many of my articles/blog posts, and made some important introductions for me, including to Redbud! I was happy to review one of his ebooks that's recently been released on Amazon as a Kindle edition. Here's the review I published there of Growing Deeper in our Church Communities: 50 Ideas for Connection in a Disconnected Age:
"Chris Smith is right. We want meaningful connection with each other, our local communities, and God, but blinded as we are by our individualism, we fail to see how to achieve it. This book inspires much needed creativity for re-envisioning how to pray and live, "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
I'm grateful for the diversity of ideas Chris proposes, most of which are intergenerational. Young toddlers can pick up trash, retirees can tinker with church repairs, singles can babysit, and everyone can share meals together. Chris moves us beyond the sad age segmentation from which many church models have suffered, and the beautiful result is rediscovering church - existing beyond Sunday - as a place where people of all demographic proportions can need and be needed, bless and be blessed. In Christ, we learn to belong.
Growing Deeper in our Church Communities is a book full of ideas I'll be eager to try and share, not least because these practices have been tested and tried in Chris's local church community. But although Chris is a seasoned veteran at the practice of local church, the book never inflates with a pedantic air. Don't worry about failing, he says. It's not about mastery of performance, but about practice and growth."
As you head into your day of Sabbath rest and worship, you should consider buying and reading this book, which is well worth its meager $2.99 price tag.
And as Chris would say, Shalom.