"The book is a delight to read and a joy to use in teaching, and I highly commend Finger for her imaginitive, yet grounded, reconstruction of the first churches to read Romans."
"It is rare to find original ideas, rigorous research, and contemporary application combined in one volume. This is exactly what Reta Halteman Finger has done, also including stimulating questions for individual or group study. I highly recommend this book for use in Bible studies, cell groups, house churches, base communities, and emerging churches and for all who wish to align their gatherings more with the spirit and impact of the earliest Christian congregations."
Nancy R. Heisey
Eastern Mennonite University
"The door is open! This book is an unusual and creative invitation to walk through it into a first-century Roman villa or tenement, and to sit there with other Jesus believers listening to Paul's words. Join in a complete and tasty agape meal. Then walk back out into your own living room or classroom, and think through what Paul's claims about good news for all, despite our differences, mean today. You'll never participate in livelier or more challenging Bible study."
"This study of Paul's letter to the Romans takes a thoroughly innovative approach. . . Provides in accessible form a wealth of information about Rome and Paul's letter."