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Favorite Book of the Year 2009

Posted by on Dec 30, 2009 in books | 3 comments

Since I started blogging, each year I’ve picked my favorite book of the year (“2006,” “2007,” and “2008“). Each year, I have chosen a book about the church that I read for the first time during that year.

This year, my favorite book of the year is Joseph H. Hellerman’s When the Church was a Family: Recapturing Jesus’ Vision for Authentic Christian Community (Nashville: B&H, 2009).

I believe church’s and followers of Jesus would be radically changed if they began to think of one another as family – true family – real family – closer than blood family.

Here are the posts that I wrote about this book:

New Book about Church as Family

Church Involvement

Introduction to When the Church was a Family

Review of When the Church was a Family – Strong Group Identity

Review of When the Church was a Family – Sharing Life Together

Review of When the Church was a Family – Decision Making and Leadership

If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you think. If you haven’t read it… why not? Get it and read it! (Then tell me what you think about it.)


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  1. 12-30-2009

    I’m reading it now. I will let you know.

    Happy New Year!

  2. 12-30-2009

    I read its predecessor, but that was a while ago. I will bring it up from the depths and give it a proper re-read and let you know.

    I do know the class with Hellerman (Church as Family) corrected the way I view church, so I can recommend the book without hesitation.

  3. 1-30-2010


    I am honored that you chose my book as your favorite for 2009. Thank you so very much for the kind words.

    Blessings in your studies and in your ministry,



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