I got this book through the subscription I had to the Relevant leader. As far as subscriptions go, i wouldn’t recommend this one. It’s promotional, meaning I way overpaid and didn’t get decent material back. These days, if I want to get buzz information I use the internet, not subscription services (sorry, Interlinc).
SO, Jim Palmer (an active blogger) is a guy who claims to be recovering from organized religion. I need to admit up front that I really struggle with this kind of thinking. What the heck is organized religion? Would you rather have disorganized religion? Do you just have a problem with the pope? For me, you can’t love Jesus and not love His church; it’s disingenuous and ends up with a dichoomized relationship.
In this book, Palmer basically writes about how freeing it is to hold to neo-liberal theological views and pay no attention to historical orthodoxy. When he does this, it helps him to really tap into and understand what it means to have a personal (and freeing) relationship with Jesus, but at what cost? He does a great job at deconstructing current evangelical assumptions, but when he pushes through, he lands in a place where I am not comfortable.
Needless to say, I struggled to push through this book. It has some great stuff in it, but also some stuff that I would disagree with. I don’t always read books that I simply agree with, but this book didn’t stimulate new growth in me because of it’s illogical presupposition against the church.