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About the Author

Eric Geiger is vice president of the Church Resources division at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is also co-author of the best seller Simple Church with Thom S. Rainer.

Michael Kelley is director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources. His previous written works include Holy Vocabulary, The Tough Sayings of Jesus, and Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal.

Philip Nation is director of Ministry Development with LifeWay Research. He co-edited The Mission of God Study Bible and co-authored Compelled by Love with Ed Stetzer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433678543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433678547
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Martin on June 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have read every book I could find from Eric Geiger beginning with Simple Church. I have found him to be insightful, pushing the church into new, needed areas. So I was anticipating this book from the start.

There are a lot of great ideas in this book. These men have done a lot of work in researching the area of discipleship and drawing conclusions. Though there was a lot of research that went into this book, I found myself wanting to either just trust what they wrote or needing more support from their research. There are moments where some pretty bold statements stick out without any ties back to the research.

At other times while reading, I felt like I was hearing the same tired ideas from the many books out there on this subject. The incorporate disciplines, the need for relationships, Bible study, prayer, etc. without much new information than many other books on discipleship.

I think they support and affirm much of what is happening in the church today, while nudging it ahead. It's a good resource for someone newly trying to plunge in discipleship that's more than just a small group book study.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KLupton on June 16, 2012
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I learned and had confirmed a number of principles related to doing intentional discipleship which is a rare commodity to be initiated by church leaders and exercised by church bodies. The distinction between "offensive" and "defensive" discipleship was an eye opener for me! We are not to just protect people from the world but empower believers to overcome the world. I knew this but the book clarified for me that effective discipling must be intentional in facilitating a process that results in heart & life change-transformational change not just informational infusion.

The Transformational Framework (Sweet Spot) of Truth, Posture, and Leaders is an excellent way to evaluate where discipleship is actually transforming me and fellow disciples. The reminder that success is evaluated by the number of leaders that we disciple who are unleashed into the mission was just what church leaders must hear today! I am looking forward to engaging in the Transformational Discipleship Assessment mentioned in the book. If you want to be intentional in making discipleship transformational (rather than informational), then I highly recommend the book. I plan to use the DVD available through Lifeway to start a conversation with my church leadership team about implementing the principles and using the assessment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SMiller on May 29, 2013
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I've just finished Transformational Discipleship by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley and Philip Nation. I had been looking forward to reading it since I heard about it, and it didn't disappoint. I would recommend it for pastors and leaders, as well as any Christian who is concerned with being a better disciple. That pretty much should be all Christians, right?

Anyway, the authors start out by introducing us to the concept of transformational discipleship. They point out that everyone is a disciple of something or someone, and that not all discipleship produces transformation. It might change things on the outside, but inward transformation requires being a disciple of Jesus. It isn't about knowledge, though that is important (and even part of the process of transformation), and it isn't about behavior modification, though our actions will change as we are transformed.

They have created an image they call the "transformational sweet spot", converging Truth, Posture and Leadership. You should read the book and find out more. How we discover and live in truth, grow with a proper understanding of who we are in Christ, and how we lead and are led are all things you'll find as you read through this book.

One of the areas I especially liked was when they reminded me of the importance of communicating that our discipleship is a result of our identity. Who we are in Christ is why we love God, love people and reach out to the world. While I certainly speak of this often, I don't know that I do it nearly often enough.

Another area I'll mention quickly has to do with the idea of creating leaders. As a pastor, I'm not proactive enough in creating leaders. Too often my temptation is to wait to see who reveals leadership tendencies, and help them become leaders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Stohler on May 28, 2013
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If you were looking for a practical book on "how to do" discipleship, this is not it. Instead, this is a helpful book for developing or evaluating your approach to discipleship. Read this first before landing on your approach to discipleship. Or read this like me, if you are evaluating your church's approach to discipleship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Pettengill on July 13, 2013
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The three authors are all part of LifeWay. Eric Geiger is the vice president of Church Resources, Michael Kelley is the director of Discipleship and Philip Nation is director of Ministry Development. All three men have written previous popular Christian books.

At the heart of this book is the transformational power of the gospel. As believers are discipled in the Word the power of transformation in Christ is at their disposal. This is not simply the ability to change bad habits of their lives, but the ability to alter their hearts. The authors unite biblical analyses and examination of teaching and training methods to show the readers the great blessings and faith altering power of discipleship.

During his earthly ministry, Jesus made some of his most memorable and impactful advances, not when he was speaking to large crowds, but when he was discipling a handful. The authors stress the deep influence one-on-one discipleship has in Christians. We grow and deepen our relationship with Christ when another believer loves Jesus enough to train us and shepherd our growth.

The authors tell us the end result of discipleship is not merely the knowledge of all Jesus commanded but the obedience to all Jesus commanded. Churches that are transformational in discipleship help people encounter Jesus as Lord and not merely as Rabbi. The supreme proof of a true conversion is holy affections, zeal for holy things, longings after God, longings after holiness, desires for purity. The book centers on using discipleship to leave behind shallow Christianity and instead go deeper with our saving faith in Christ.

This is a wonderful book for personal use or as a group study. The content and style of the book are easily digestible and helps to educate and spur greater interest in the topic. Discipleship is a biblically emphasized and underutilized method for spiritual growth and maturity. This book hits a homerun on this important topic.
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