Gordon McDonald's new book, Going Deep, tells the inspiring story of a pastor and congregation that made cultivating deep people their highest priority.
This mission was sparked by the following quote from Richard Foster: "The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people."
This fascinating tale chronicles the birth and development of a new approach to ministry. Making significant schedule adjustments, senior pastor (Gordon) and his wife, (Gail), invested a full year in nurturing, mentoring and training young, emerging leaders -- developing them into deep people.
The significant (and most neglected) step in "deep people development" is training -- and the book outlines, through narrative, what an effective, relational training strategy could look like.
I became more excited as I turned the pages. (It captured me so completely, I read all 400 in three days.) This is exactly what our church needs to do! Finally, someone has given us a proven model for growing young believers and training them in godliness.
Then, came the big disappointment. Somehow, I glossed over the preface, and missed an important piece of information. I didn't know until I finished the book and glanced at the back cover. . .
This book is a piece of fiction! It didn't happen! Gordon and his wife are real enough, but all the other characters and events were purely a figment of the author's imagination!
Now, I still think the idea has merit -- and is worthy of investigation, but but now that I know it is still an unproven idea, I'm not quite so eager to jump off the cliff.
(A complimentary copy was provided for review by the publisher.)