- Paperback: 138 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books (December 17, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830838392
- ISBN-13: 978-0830838394
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Todd Hunter's passion for church growth―and his many insights into how it can be achieved―has had a profound influence on many church leaders around the world. His story is a fascinating one." (Nicky Gumbel, vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton Church and developer of The Alpha Course)
"Todd is a missionary and knows the attraction of 'ancient future' in today's culture. This remarkable book tells a remarkable story. A story of how Todd became an Anglican bishop. I was gripped as he uncovers the treasures of this ancient spiritual pipeline. So gripped, it reminded me why I'm an Anglican! This is a deeply personal story, written by an amazing man. It will challenge and inspire." (Mark Russell, CEO, Church Army, and member of the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England)
"You hold in your hand a thoughtful and candid explanation of the many events and people that God used to draw a veteran evangelical church planter like Todd Hunter into the world and the witness of the Anglican church. One part autobiography and one part apologia, this book provides an 'outsider's' perspective on the richness of authentic Anglicanism, and the treasures of this particular branch of the Christian church that have captured his heart and made him, in his own words, an 'accidental Anglican.' In telling this story, Todd challenges us all to begin to connect the dots in our own lives and discover the powerful, if seemingly accidental, calling that God has for each of us." (The Right Reverend Chuck Murphy, chairman, The Anglican Mission)
"Todd's story is a fascinating, moving, honest and often very funny account of what God can do with one of his servants committed to growing his kingdom today . . . very inspiring." (Right Reverend Prebendary J. A. K. Millar, vicar, Tollington Park, and assistant bishop, London)
"Todd Hunter's journey―unlike that of the 1980s 'evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail'―is a missional merging of Anglican resources and church-planting passion. Free of romanticized illusions, he offers a clear-eyed appreciation of the Anglican potential for mission after modernity." (David Neff, editor in chief and vice president, Christianity Today Media Group)
"Hail to you, Bishop Mole! Ratty salutes you! Accidental Anglican you may be, but it is real, rich Anglicanism that you perceive and pursue. May your ministry among us be gloriously blessed." (From the foreword by J. I. Packer)
About the Author
Bishop Todd D. Hunter (DMin, George Fox University) leads the church-planting initiative Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO), a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America. He is the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Costa Mesa, California and is the author of several books, including Christianity Beyond Belief, Giving Church A Second Chance, The Accidental Anglican, and Our Favorite Sins. He is also a teacher, writer, and consultant for his ministry, Society for Kingdom Living, which helps pastors and lay leaders reach a generation that has been disenfranchised from the church. Formerly national director at Vineyard Churches USA and then at Alpha USA, Hunter serves on the board of directors and executive committee of Alpha as well as on a number of other ministry boards, including Renovaré and Soul Survivor. He is an adjunct professor of evangelism and contemporary culture at George Fox University, Fuller Seminary, Western Seminary, Vanguard University, and Wheaton College, and has two adult children with his wife, Debbie.
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Overall, it's like reading an extended resume or LinkedIn profile.
I give this book 3 stars because I did find helpful the invitation to consider the mosaic of my own spiritual life (Hunter uses mosaic imagery throughout the book). Would I have found it less useful if I were not already attending an Anglican church? I can't say, because I believe that a bit of self-reflection and self-awareness is crucial to personal growth. So I would say go ahead and give this book a read, but know that it is not an all-inclusive answer key to the question "Why liturgy?"