In Multiply author Francis Chan attempts to provide the reader with a practical book to help in their efforts to make disciples. The intent of the author is to mobilize Christians to go and make disciples as is our command from Matthew 28. Much of Christianity today involves getting people to church so they can hear the pastor preach but failing to personal disciple them. This book invites every believer into the disciple making process, not strictly relying on pastors and church leaders alone.
The book begins with three chapters explaining a disciple maker. These chapters are meant to help the reader understand why they should desire to make disciples and what exactly a disciple is. The next four parts provide the meat of the book. These sections are as follows: Living as the Church, How to Study the Bible, Understanding the Old Testament, Understanding the New Testament. These sections provide the reader with an opportunity to disciple a new or young believer in a structured format. While not very deep (individuals books could be and have been written on the topics discussed in each chapter) they provide valuable information for a new believer. Each chapter has study questions in the book that are meant to spark thought and conversation. Each chapter also has a video that goes along with it and can be viewed at multiplymovement.com. These chapters are roughly 10-15 pages long and would be perfect for a weekly discipleship meeting. The amount of material and questions provided are good lengths to have a 45 minute to an hour and a half meeting (depending on how in depth you may get) with someone or a small group. The sections are very easy to read and should not be difficult even for new believers.
I think that this book is a valuable resource to help disciple new believers. It should be noted, however, that while a lot is covered in this book (all of Scripture and how to study it) it is covered in a shallow way. Anyone who has been a believer for any length of time and seriously studies their Bible will find nothing new here. I do not mean this as a knock on the book, I think it does exactly what it intends to do. It provides a "fly-by" intended to give the reader an understanding of the Bible and the Church and it does this quite well. I can see this book being used in my life as I encounter new or younger believers who need to grow in their knowledge. The layout, readability and external resource (provided by the website) all make this a very profitable book for discipling new believers.
I received a free copy of this book from David C. Cook in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a great discipleship tool. The ease of understanding and the flow of the subjects not only make this a good read and a refresher, it also makes it excellent for small group study and reinforcement.
I am currently using it to traing classroom teachers so we can do a whole church study in the new year.