1. Next Door As It Is in Heaven: Living Out God's Kingdom in Your Neighborhood
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    Next Door As It Is in Heaven: Living Out God's Kingdom in Your Neighborhood
    Lance Ford, Brad Brisco
    NavPress / 2016 / Trade Paperback
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  1. lorealle
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Such a great book!
    January 2, 2017
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Im fortunate to have grown up in the neighborhood that I did. I knew the names of all my neighbors, spent hours playing in their yards, were scolded by them a time or two and we all genuinely knew they cared.

    I owe a lot to my neighborhood. Not only did my neighbors watch out for my welfare and tell my parents when I was up to no good {even my bus driver, and close neighbor, would call my parents and tell them if I was misbehaving}, my neighborhood had a lot to do with forming my personal identity.

    What an amazing way to grow up!

    In fact, I loved it so much that I've never left. And I'm raising my littles in the exact same neighborhood.

    Sadly, many people will never get to experience a neighborhood like mine. Between privacy fences and no trespassing signs, it doesn't leave much room for community.

    The premise for Next Door As It Is in Heaven is simple: we are disconnected in our modern age of so-called connectivity, yet being a good neighbor is at the heart of what it means to follow Jesus. This book is all about empowering you to transform your neighborhood for the glory of God. It provides motivation and Biblical reasoning on the why's and how to's of hospitality.

    The most exciting section of the book for me was on hospitality, the importance of eating together and the value of third spaces. The authors write: We wrongly assume that one of the greatest needs in our lives is safety. But what we need most is connection and acceptance from other human beings (99). This connection can be found as we share food and time with our neighbors, and especially as we seek to meet the needs of those who cant return the dinner invitation. Our neighborliness can actually make the gospel enticing to those who arent part of the family of God.

    It comes down to this...show them Jesus through you.

    This book is full of advice for overcoming fear, time management to create more time for neighboring, creating third places and cultivating bread communities.

    Even if youre an introvert, this book will inspire and encourage you to respond to your calling to be a messenger for Jesus.

    I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.
  2. Diane Busch
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Missional living in your neighborhood
    September 19, 2016
    Diane Busch
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    If you have raad books on missional living and incarnational living this will not be new stuff. But these guys put it all together in one place (quoting many other authors) and focus missional living to the neighborhood in which you live.

    They give you reasons for the the who and why, and give you options and ideas for the what and where and how. They are inspiring and challenging and leave you with the desire to get to work getting to know the people in your neighborhood.

    The authors talk a lot about using meals to spend time with others building relationships. They mention that "A primary (maybe the primary) venue for evangelism in Jesus' life was the meal. Eating and drinking with others is a constant theme throughout the biblical history of how and what Jesus did during his earthly ministry. Churches are most often found meeting. Jesus was most often found eating. If you were to bump into him on the streets of Jerusalem, he would have been more likely to invite you to a barbecue than to a Bible study."

    "Christians should see their calling as missionaries to their neighborhoods as being every bit as high of a calling as the calling to preach in a pulpit." The authors are big advocates of the front porch. We should set aside time in our lives to get to know our neighbors, spend time with them, and be available to them. "If you have a front porch, use it!", they write.

    This book will be an inspiration to all who read it. I highly recommend it.

    A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of review.
  3. Bekah
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought-Provoking Challenge to Rethink Real-Life Neighboring
    August 28, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Gotta tell you about the book I read to review this week. And I have to say, I liked it way more than I thought I would, going in. To be fair, I asked to review this book, so I thought I would like it to a degree, but it was a book I asked to read more to broaden my topic horizons than anything else. Two chapters in, I started over so I could begin underlining and making notes, because I suddenly found myself wanting to keep this book as part of my permanent library.

    Next Door as it is in Heaven by Lance Ford and Brad Brisco is a guide to exploring tangible ways we can live among and love our actual neighbors the way God called us to live. To an extent, I think we've spent so many years emphasizing that loving our neighbor means loving more than our ACTUAL NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR...and now we've forgotten to focus on loving our ACTUAL NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS.

    The book starts out a little "researchy," as the authors share some background information on how - and why - the atmosphere of neighborhoods has changed in the last 75 or so years. The information is not too academic or hard to read, but the tone at the start is much more informational than relational. Then the authors switch it up and begin explaining how we can change the culture of the very neighborhoods in which we live, by changing our mindset and being intentional in our behavior.

    Our recent move has put us in much more of a neighborhood setting than where we lived before, and that was one reason I wanted to read this book. I don't want to squander the opportunity I have to live among people who could be great friends. But I also wasn't sure how to do it.

    Lance and Brad offer examples of how their families {and people they know} have met and established relationships in their own neighborhoods, and because the book is written by men, rather than women, it's not loaded down with ideas of baking cookies and establishing playdates. {NOTHING wrong with either of those things, and as a woman, I'd be all about trying both. I point this out simply because if you are a guy or you want to offer this book to a guy, there are lots of examples they could relate to...sharing tools, putting together a BBQ night or a shared home gym...stuff that appeals to men without losing the attention of female readers.}

    I came away from this book really convicted to make some changes in how I relate to my neighbors and also how I view my actual neighborhood and the amount of living I do in it, compared to the amount of living I drive out of it to do. {That was one of the most interesting points to me - how in the "olden days," people lived, worked, went to church, and did their shopping all within walking distance. And now, we commute to pretty much everything...and as a result, we don't even know the people in our own backyards.}

    In fair and full disclosure, there were a couple of points in the book that I wasn't sure I agreed with, but I am not sure if I don't agree with them just because my lifestyle is more conservative, or if they were points that maybe should have been left out of the book entirely. In case you, too, are conservative, I thought I would add this so you don't come away from reading the book wondering why I didn't mention it, but maybe the things that stuck out to me wouldn't even bother you! All in all, those points aside, I found good, thought-provoking ideas inside these pages and am excited to put into practice the things I've learned!

    * Thanks, NavPress/Tyndale, for sending a copy of this book my way in exchange for an honest review. *
  4. Kendra
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: Next Door as it is in Heaven
    August 10, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    In this book, the authors challenge us to be the neighbors who care, who bring people together, and who notice God at work in the lives of the people who live closest to us. Many idealize the good old days where neighbors sat on the porch and chatted while the kids played in the yard. Ford and Brisco (church-planting strategists and consultants) say it is possible to have that kind of warm relationship today, but it takes intentional effort. They share Scriptural examples, personal experiences, and tips for ways to be that neighbor that gets the community spirit flowing.

    The authors spent a good bit of time talking about three societal changes after World War II that have led to our current disconnect with our neighbors--the rise of the automobile culture, the creation of suburbs, and the proliferation of home entertainment technology. They talk about the importance of hospitality, utilizing talents and resources present in our neighborhoods, and creating public spaces for risk-free interaction. The point that challenged me most was the discussion about time, and the importance of creating margin in our lives where relationships can happen.

    I thought the authors had good points but they tended to be wordy in making them. It is assumed that the reader lives on a city block, an apartment complex, or a cul-de-sac. The reader like myself, who lives in a very rural area, will have to use creativity to translate the material to the very different way of life. My impression was that the book's target audience is primarily white, middle-upper class Christians. The writing style is casual and includes occasional uses of "mild swear" words and numerous references to movies. Alcohol and tobacco use (not abuse) are discussed as parts of the author's lives and as a tool in community interaction.

    Overall, some good points, but I didn't really connect with the presentation. I would not read the book again or recommend it to a friend.

    I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
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