Mark Buchanan writes with clarity and purpose. He does not want readers to simply go through his books. Rather, the author wants to challenge you and make you think. He uses Scripture, often parts we may have skimmed over or not truly thought enough about, to frame his argument. Then, on that foundation he builds with images and word pictures to give you a visual you can see and understand. Through his own experiences, Buchanan shows us how to actually apply the teaching to our own lives.
One among a handful of books that I highly recommend. Bewildered Christians take heart- if you have a holy discontent with the average American church- and/or your own faith has become domesticated- read this book.
Depending on where you are in your hunger and pursuit of God, this book could be a life changer. If you're complacent and happen to pick it up, you'll be very uncomfortable. If you're hungry and searching for fuel, you just found a feast!
This is powerful, rip-your-old-spiritually-dead-skin-off stuff, but with the practical (though unsurprising) tools for growing new cells and leaving what Buchanan aptly labels "borderland." I read this book on a personal retreat in succession with Eugene Peterson's "A Long Obedience In The Same Direction" and Jerry Bridges' "The Pursuit Of Holiness." Masochistic, yes, but in a good way; obviously, both God and my conscience were telling me to heed the similar message given, though differently, by all three books: that slow and steady -- and disciplined -- wins the race. If you're looking for challenging spiritual food, Buchanan may be your chef. (He's not safe, but he's good.)