Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America
by Shannon O’Dell

This book isn’t just a catchy title, Shannon O’Dell wants us to pick out the rocks in our field of ministry.
Small churches are too quick to keep themselves chained to their “sacred cows” because they feel safe there.  Shannon wants us to learn to listen to the call of the Lord and follow the Lord’s leading, not be lead like a horse with a bit in it’s mouth by the opinions of founding families or by the parishioners with large pocketbooks.

I was so encouraged to read about a rural church reaching the lost in their community using cutting edge technology.  I live in a rural community and we may be rural minded but we can use a blackberry or computer just as easily as our urban counterparts.  I would love to see this book given to every pastor, deacon and church leader of a rural church.  I’d love to see this book as mandatory reading at every seminary!

Shannon O’Dell writes in a clear, fast paced manner and the corresponding web links. WOW!  Thanks Shannon for encouraging me in rural Canada!
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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