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Search & Rescue: Becoming a Disciple Who Makes a Difference Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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However, if you read Cultivating a Life for God and/or Organic Church this book will be full of deja vu. Aside from numerous new stories about life guarding, this book is basically just an updated remix of these two previous books.
Nevertheless, though I have read his other books, I was still glad to read this one because it helped remind me of the important concepts that Cole presents.
Cole's books have been a God-send to me to help me think about disciple-making as Jesus and Paul did it, and also to help me think about biblical values like multiplication and reproducibility. Search and Rescue is his most updated treatise on the fundamentals of disciple-making that provides us with an updated example of his movement's disciple-making tool (the Life Transformation Group) that is being used all over the world. Whether people in urban Western settings to people in the African bush, thousands upon thousands of men and women are using this simple, reproducible tool to make more and stronger disciples everywhere. It seems to me the closest thing to what John Wesley and the Circuit Riders used to disciple those were coming to Jesus en masse: leaderless, simple, obedience-oriented, and reproducible. I see their value, not only as a student of history, theology and mission, but also as a practicing pastor/church-planter. We introduced LTGs organically into our church community and began watching people start to do crazy missional things like ministering to day workers, the homeless, under-performing elementary schools.Read more ›
The hyper-sensitive Calvinist shouldn't judge the book by its cover. This is not an Arminian tirade on Calvinist failures at mission, though recent research appears to support such conclusions. Using the metaphor of "search and rescue", Cole is not trying to make a statement regarding Total Depravity, that we are alive and afloat in our sin, versus dead and drowned in depravity. Rather, Cole uses his lifeguard experience as an illustration of how the church should make disciples, which includes "seeking and saving the lost". And here is his where the book begins to drown.
The book is littered with pictures and inundated with stories from Cole's lifeguard days in California. I'm all for a good illustration, but Cole takes this way too far, dominating the entire book. Not only is this filler, it obscures some of his helpful comments on discipleship. In addition to riding the wave of lifeguard stories, in the first half of the book, Cole also attempts to surf 2 Timothy for discipleship principles and insights. Unfortunately, he offers mainly superficial observations and poor exegesis, particularly his comments on why we should not follow the reward structure of farmer/athlete/soldier in 1 Timothy 2 at a motivation for discipleship. He doesn't seem to get Christian Hedonism. However, it's great to see him addressing the notion of motivation in discipleship, in which he deconstructs religion and other forms of external motivation, pointing to the gospel as "that which transforms the soul" (97).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recently reread Cole's "Cultivating a Life for God," his excellent presentation of the Life Transformation Group discipleship philosophy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andrew Petro
The book starts a bit slow on the reason why it was written. However, it does have some good stories, illustrative of the points that Neil uses to rev up the people that aren't... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Bryan Gorges
Neil lays out practical and scripture based plan to lead and be part of the disciple making process. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Randy Beck
I'd been searching for something that would help me be a better disciple. So happy to have read it. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Jme
This book is Neil Cole at his best.
If you know Neil you already know the heart of the book because it is filled with real-life illustrations of disciplemaking from the... Read more
An excellent book with many real life examples of heroes in their own right that truly inspire me to step out of my comfort zone and be a disciple of Jesus that makes a difference.Published on April 14, 2010 by Katherine Poon
I recently purchased this text for an upcoming Sabbatical Leave I'll be taking in May/June. It came highly recommended by a personal friend and I've been made aware of its general... Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by Stephen W. Dow