I received this book when I was at a recent Pastors Conference. I found the book to be well balanced and very well researched. I had been looking for a book that could inform me of what the emergent church was thinking and teaching. I had time to read this gem on my flight home and found that it answered most of the questions I had concerning the movement(and stimulated other questions). DeYoung and Kluck have done their homework and for that I am very grateful. A very thorough and even handed treatise of the Emergent church movement.
A wonderfully readable book on a movement most folks will find out about when it has morphed and moved on. If you only have time to read one good book on the E-movement read this one. They said everything the rest of us wanted to say if we had the time and energy to spare.
After trying to read 7 other books that were either about the emergent "movement" or by emergent authors, I have finally found a book that I don't want to put down, one that I will finish.I was frustrated in reading books by emergent authors, because of their double talk, inclusive statements and their choice of images that do not accurately portray reality.D. A. Carson's book is excellent, but one can only absorb so much at a time. The same is true of the book by Gibbs and Bolger. And there is a heaviness of spirit that comes over me while trying to sort it all out; it is vague and disturbing.But, I want to thank DeYoung and Kluck for their clear and fair writing. It is most helpful. The idea that defining the emergent church is like "nailing Jello to the wall" rang so true for me.I want to love Jesus and follow Him with my whole heart, but I need to KNOW ABOUT Him as well.This is a good book to finish out your search for the meaning of the emergent church. The process of reading at least the first half of all the other books (as well as pro and con blogs) made this book even more valuable to me.