Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation, Compelled by Love: The most excellent way to missional living (211 pages, Birmingham, USA: New Hope Publishers), 2008.
In three parts Stetzer and Nation write about the love of God, the love of the church and the love of believers. The primary and central point of this book is love. It challenges and opens-wide the readers imagination as to what love really means, both from Christ’s perspective and our living-it-out perspective.
In each part and then in each chapter the centrality of the cross is shown to be the essence of love. God’s love is shown through the cross, the church is identified by love, founded on the cross, and the believer is living in love through the power of the cross.
I think this is one of the best books i have read all year. It was challenging and convicting as it showed me the way of love. It highlighted how far the church today has drifted from its purpose to love God and love their neighbour. Through sound exposition and poignant illustration Compelled by Love encourages one to think how central love is in their life.
At the end of each chapter there are a handful of discussion questions which could be used individually or as a group/mentoring type study. They are insightful and challenging questions based on what has been said in the chapter. I think much can be garnered from each chapter as one stops to think about what they just read.
With a focus on Jesus and a focus on being missional this book is an excellent resource and an excellent word to the church (individually and corporately) today. 9/10.