You go, Eric!!!! Talk about preaching the truth of Christ with no apologies! Which is the way it should always be preached! I dare say if someone has a problem with this book and its message, its because their toes were stepped on spiritually and they are lukewarm Christians. Because in TBG, the truth of Christ is presented, lovingly but honestly, in its purest form and Eric shows us how the Christian life is really supposed to be lived. We have watered down the Gospel to what WE want it to say, and in doing so have tried to become our own gods. We need the manly stuff back in the church! We need more men like Eric. We need to go back to where there's a right and wrong; black and white. Back to the bravehearted Gospel!
It really goes through the modern day church in the US and other power house nations. How we allowed the world to infiltrated the Church instead of the Church that should had infiltrated the world. It talk about both the Jesus that let children come here but how we forgotten the Christ that whipped.
The theme of this book is good. The approach of attacking and abusing other Christians is tragic. It seems okay for the author to admit his struggles, but for anyone else to be honest they have committed the gravest of all sins. If you want to see an emergent demon behind every tree then this is the book for you. But his approach is anything but brave- I would call it arrogance.
A fascinating book written in a breathless style that is fresh in places, awkward in others. Like a first draft, it cries out for a revision. Despite the books late start, Ludys thesis is presented on page one: American Christians have no testosterone. This is served up more delicately from the first sentence, One of my least favorite words in the English language is castrate. Once Ludy finishes apologizing and gets out of his own way, he begins hitting back. A caustic edge appears, a hint of irony that blossoms into honest hatred of what he sees. Part of the books appeal is how it chronicles modern Christianity via Ludys targets. Churches dominated by women is not news, but Ludys swing at the effeminate, cool Christian he calls Metro is new to me. Ludy lets Metro have it in the jaw. I love my friend Metro.... But I have no stomach for him traipsing around like a drag queen under the banner of Jesus Christ. I have to wonder if ol Metro is not the inspiration for the book, if a trend or just one effeminate individual. If a trend, Ludy takes on the task of bucking the trend.A good part of the book attacks the so-called emergent church movement, their rise and their lack of a clear stand on anything. Ludy describes and rebuts this current herresy well. It is a good introduction to this topic.Ludys nails become well and better driven as he names names and turns the charge of legalism on its head. He lays out the distinction between conviction and condemnation, and offers no apology for judging, and neither did Paul (1Cor5:12-13). Still, his issues often come across as local and not exactly familiar. When Ludy confesses that he lives in Suburbia, whose character and follies are well recognized, I am inclined to react, well, what do you expect? its suburbia.An inspiring read in great need of revision. A great theme by a good writer deserves better. Part of the manly stuff is the relentless pursuit of excellence.
Still reading; can't rush through it to absorb everything. Excellent book. Makes you want to pray more and get as close to God as you possibly can. Also makes you wonder why the true church ever allowed themselves to get where they are today. Let us go back!!!