This book is the 4th in a series of books written by Frank Viola. The previous ones were: “The Untold Story of the New Testament Church“; “Pagan Christianity?” (coauthored with George Barna — see my review here!); “From Eternity to Here“; and “Reimagining Church“. The books can be read individually, but they build on each other, too.
This one has four parts: (1) Planting the Seed — Biblical Principles for Church Planting, (2) Tilling the Ground — Answers to Questions, (3) Cultivating the Soil — Practical Steps for Beginning, and (4) Pulling the Weeds — Health & Development.
Personally, I found the first section to be very textbook-ish, and boring. I know it’s important to know the points that the author is making, and to set the stage for the coming chapters. You have to have a firm foundation to build upon. But, I just couldn’t get past the technical nature of the chapters in this section.
Parts Two through Four, though, were really energizing and interesting. I especially liked part 3, where it gave a detailed description of how the organic church life functions, and some suggestions for how to get it going.
Overall, this book has me inspired. I want to find an organic church in my own area! Definitely check this book out if you are interested in leaving institutional Christianity.