This week we have several bloggers participating in a book review blog tour for The Life of God in the Soul of the Church by Thabiti Anyabwile. Links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:
"This book will help new and seasoned Christians to understand the heart of New Testament Christianity, and the nature of the Church as it demonstrates that our fellowship with Christ and one another is one of the signs of the gospel—both to the church itself and to the watching world."
"This book is perfect to be used in a doctrinal study of the church. Every church leader needs to read this book as well those who love the church."
"Henry Scougal would be pleased and honored for this book to accompany and be a companion to his The Life of God in the Soul of Man."
"Quite simply, it is a book that can change the way we do church."
"This book would make an excellent small group study. But before it is used there, it should make its way into the pastor’s study."
"The Life of God in the Soul of the Church offers a convicting, challenging and Scripture-saturated examination of what makes the Church the Church. All Christians—especially church leaders—would do well to put this book on the top of their reading list."
"I encourage every Christian to read The Life of God in the Soul of the Church. Every pastor needs to preach these truths and every Christian needs to be familiar with them."
"Expositional… Sermonic… Practical… Spiritual… it has the potential to do a lot of good! "
"A book I wish that every Christian would read, so that they would have a greater love for what God has done (in uniting us to Himself and to fellow Christians) and know what God says about how they are to act in His Church."
"I recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to deepen their fellowship with other believers and to those who wonder why church matters."
"I would recommend this book to any believer. It clearly and biblically explains what it means to be a member of Christ’s body and gives very practical direction in how we are to live that out, embracing the “spiritual fellowship” that we should have, one with another."
"Pastor Anyabwile, inspired by Scougal's original work has written a book designed to extend our understanding of the Life of God beyond the individual soul, to encompass the overall fellowship of the local church. "
"This is a vibrant, clear, joyous exhortation for the church to be what it’s supposed to be, having true fellowship as we enjoy God’s abundant life that He gives us in and through His Son. I exhort you to get yourself a copy and underline the pages like crazy."
About the Book:
In this transformational book, trusted pastor Thabiti Anyabwile repositions our thinking about spiritual fellowship. Extending the concept of Divine life presented in Henry Scougal’s classic The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Anyabwile contends that union with Christ is not individualistic, but is discerned in the soul of the local church. This vision of spiritual fellowship is not centred on external activities and programs, but on our shared life in Christ, as we share one another’s sufferings, use our spiritual gifts for the good of the body, partner in spreading the gospel and grow spiritually together. The Life of God in the Soul of the Church- Experienced personally by believing the truth; shared relationally in the church…leads to great joy and holiness.
Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. He is a council member of The Gospel Coalition, and his internationally regarded blog, Pure Church, is hosted by The Gospel Coalition.
Where to Buy:
The Life of God in the Soul of the Church is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below: