incredible book! great insight for everyday walking with the Lord and to be equipped to serve the Lord better. a great read for anyone who wants to dig deeper into their faith and walk with God! McQuilken is an easy author to read with such biblical insight that is applicable to anyone from a new believer to a seasoned veteran. will recommend to friends!
Mr. McQuilkin's thoroughness and openness to what the Bible actually says and his ability to discern between being dogmatic and sincerely applying Biblical principles is evident in this book as it is in other books by him and I find it very helpful to my thinking - and hopefully actions.
I was first introduced to these principles when a student at Columbia International University where Robertson McQuilkin was President and taught a course from which "The Five Smooth Stones" was based. These principles have guided me in ministry as a missionary, deacon, elder, and small group coach in the local church. I believe anyone involved in Christian ministry should use this book and implement it's principles!
I have walked with Robertson the past 3 years while he worked on this book. He has taught this material at Columbia Intl University www.ciu.edu while he was President and now is teaching it again to our D.Min. students. This book fills a critical gap as a very practical guide to forming HOW ministry is done with careful attention to biblical authority and the purposes God has for the church.