Monday, July 25, 2016

Next Door as It Is in Heaven By Lance Ford and Brad Brisco Review

There was a time when neighbors knew each other’s names, when small children and the old and infirm alike had more than their families looking out for them. There was a time when our neighborhoods were our closest communities.

No more. Neighborhoods have become the place where nobody knows your name. Into this neighborhood crisis the words of Jesus still ring true: Second only to the command to love God is the command to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

In Next Door as It Is in Heaven, Lance Ford and Brad Brisco offer first principles and best practices to make our neighborhoods into places where compassion and care are once again part of the culture, where good news is once again more than words, and where the love of God can be once again rooted and established.

I recevied a complimentary copy.
Lance Ford

Lance Ford is a cofounder of the Centralized conferences. With more than two decades of experience as a pastor and church planter, Lance is a writer, coach, and consultant who has designed unique training systems currently being used by networks, seminaries, and leaders throughout the world.

His passion is to resource and equip churches and leaders as they develop lifestyles of living on the mission of the gospel. Lance holds a master's degree in global leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. He coauthored the book Right Here Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People with Alan Hirsch. His other books include UnLeader, and The Missional Quest. Lance serves on the national leadership team for the Forge America missional training network.

Brad Brisco
Author Brad Brisco

Cassandra's Q&A Review

-What did you like about the book and why?  I like how the authors found a way to bring God back into the community.  I enjoy the topic. 

- What did you not like about the book and why? I feel in today's world it is not safe to allow my family to bond with the community, there are too many people who are not responsive to religion and wish only to do harm.   If a teen or middle school child read this book and started to randomly go door to door with the word of God, they could get hurt.  Some of my neighbors are even sex offenders, so I do not feel this was a well thought out book.
- What did you learn?  That the authors think this world is safe and want everyone to bond, but do not think about all the negativity and violence in the world and how placing the wrong people together could bring pain and suffering. 

- To whom would you recommend this book and why? Spiritual leaders, people of the church and anyone old enough to understand the safer ways to use the knowledge and facts presented.  

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