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"Refreshing. Powerful. Needed. Brandon connects the dots with both philosophic and practical steps to effective impact. Read this and get ready to change." -Jeremie Kubicek, CEO of GiANT Impact and author of National best-seller, Leadership is Dead
"This book contains a lot of heart, mixed with a good dose of authenticity, and spiced with a fair bit of courage. Brandon offers us an articulate vision of a church that lives true to her calling to be God's agents of change in a broken world. Bring it on!" -Alan Hirsch, Author of The Forgotten Ways, On The Verge, the The Faith of Leap.
"Inspiring, direct, courageous, powerful, and timely. Hatmaker "gets it" and gives the modern day church a wake up call." -Caroline M. Boudreaux, Founder, The Miracle Foundation
"Brandon leads us out of the guilt-laden, often overwhelming notions of what we should be doing as a Christian, and shows us the redeeming, life-giving work God has for each of us in a world that 'waits in groaning' for hope, love, and rescue. Don't miss this book!" - Andy Hein, INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION®
"Brandon shares his heart for seeing Austin - and the world - transformed. Barefoot Church succeeds in giving the reader real, practical ideas for renewal." - Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching & Vision, The Austin Stone Community Church
About the Author
Brandon Hatmaker is pastor of Austin New Church (austinnewchurch.com), co-founder of Restore Austin (restorecommunities.org), and a missional strategist with Missio (missio.us). Together, ANC and Restore Austin have developed a unique network of churches and non-profits which serve in a collective effort to impact their city and world.
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1. It was raw and hope filled, instead of pessimistic and deconstructing. Many guys are writing books and articles that address problems, but they have been incredibly lazy in working out answers. Hatmaker definitely talks about problems, but does not just keep the issue hanging. He gives some engaging answers.
2. Chapters 5 and 9 were incredible. The ideas that are brought up in talking through the "unchurched" and "dechurched" are solid (Chp. 5). Also, in chapter 9, the 6 ways on how to engage non profits are priceless. They are worth the price of the book in themselves.
3. A collision of theory and implementation. Many books are continually jumping in the deep water on either side, while not realizing that both make up the pool. Brandon does both very well.
This is one of those books where I constantly found myself nodding in agreement constantly as I read. Several, "oh, that's good", or "yeah, exactly", or "that's awesome" where either internally said or actually vocalized as I rolled through the book. This is the first book I read to completion on my kindle touch and I really like being able to go back and see my notes and highlights. Several quotes from Brandon jump out, like, "I wondered if I would have to leave occupational ministry in order to commit fully to serve those in physical need." and "Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it. But, I'm afraid He would ask me the same question."
I'm in church leadership, after having been "dechurched" for several years, and this book echos what many lay leaders, pastors, church-goers, indifferent Christians, and even non-christians think about what Jesus taught, in relation to caring for the community, and the appearing contradictions many American churches and many Christians actually live out. Like going after the $8,000,000 building with reclining seats, a gym, a coffee shop, and book store that will sit empty 5.5 days a week instead of being a more biblical steward of the resources God has provided and serving the homeless community around the corner. This isn't a "social gospel" book that encourages Christians to serve people without also letting them know about the truth of the gospel. No, it addresses that there is need in the community and also gives directions and examples on how to fill those needs within the context of the Gospel. And not just on how to serve those, but how to pursue justice to eliminate the need.
I just ordered the Barefoot Church Primer follow up book and look forward to digging into it as well as soon as it arrives.
Barefoot Church Primer
How many times have you heard someone say or maybe even you have thought to yourself, "The church ought to care for the poor and help the orphans and widows." But then ask yourself, "what am I doing?" Someone once said, "I want to ask God why he allows pain and suffering in the world, but I am afraid he will ask me the same question."
This book tells the story of how a young pastor quit a comfortable job in a mega church and worked to form a church that puts its focus on serving "the least of these." Brandon challenges the reader to be the living epitome of the good news to the lost, broken, hurting world. He challenges the reader with Micah 6:8, "act justly and to love mercy". Mercy offers relief and compassion without judgement to those in distress while justice offers action, awareness, advocacy, and right action.
The Bible calls us to love our neighbor and does not cut us any slack for the neighbor that is a pain to tolerate or does not smell good. If we call ourselves believers or disciples, then we should see poverty, hunger, homelessness, and injustice as wrong and we should be motivated to fight to make it right.
"Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." Isaiah 1:17
Are we doing that? Or are we walking past the homeless guy holding our breath and trying not to make eye contact?
For far too long we have talked a big talk. Its time to stop the talk and start doing. As another quote says, "nobody cares what you think until they think you care."
If this book doesn't make you stop and question what you are doing, I don't know what will.