The Briarpatch Gospel: Fearlessly Following Jesus into the Thorny Places
By Shayne Wheeler / Tyndale House
* What area of your life are you afraid to explore— becoming friends with somebody who’s different from you? Sharing thoughts on controversial issues? Confronting pain? Wheeler calls you to plow through the thicket of confusion, doubt, and fear—just like Jesus! Christ’s radical message will inspire you to engage in open, honest relationships—with yourself and others. 256 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
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The Briarpatch Gospel is not what I originally thought it was about. As I opened the book, I imagined what was to follow as being a book telling of how Jesus is walking with us in our valleys and through our trials. Instead it is a book which takes us in another direction. The direction Shayne Wheeler takes us in shows Christians are to minister to the same type of people which Jesus ministered. Christians are to step out of their comfort zones and meet the people outside of the church. Shayne also references how we can go beneath the surface and look at our own selves.
Unlike other books I have read, this one was a little harder for me to digest. It took me more than one sitting to take it in. There appears to be many areas throughout each chapter where it leads the reader to pause and reflect. I do not agree fully with all of Shayne’s words, but I believe he has presented very good main points. These main points can be found in each new chapter, like precious jewels waiting to be discovered. There are consistent references made to God’s word and the relation to what Shayne is saying in his book.
I do admit some areas did cause me to reflect on who I minister to and what lies beneath my own surface.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to step back and get another perspective on themselves and those they come in contact with throughout their many daily travels.