TITLE: Into the Fray: How Jesus's Followers Turn the World Upside Down
AUTHOR: Matt Mikalatos
PUBLISHER: Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015, (224 pages).
The key purpose of this book is to teach readers to learn to share the gospel by first finding our place in the gospel story. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives? How can we ever justify "lying for Jesus?" How are we to tackle the modern idols of today, just like Paul who does a cultural analysis before challenging the common man in the streets with the gospel. The general pattern of each chapter is like this the HOOK-BOOK-TOOK method. In HOOK, a modern case study with familiar everyday symbols is described. This is a small attempt to "hook" readers' interest, and to prepare them for the particular passage in Acts. In BOOK, the key characters are highlighted. The various issues are drawn up and key observations made about the interactions of the characters, the movement of the gospel, questions, and learning points. Here, Mikalatos gives us how he understands the main issues in the Acts passage. In TOOK, the issues at hand are "taken" and applied to our modern world.
It takes a little while before I get used to the retelling of the Acts narratives. Though only selected portions of Acts are covered, readers should get a hang of the formats by the time they reach the fourth or fifth chapter. The book title says it all, that in this retelling of the Acts stories, readers can easily jump into the fray of the Early Church, what they experienced, how they have been touched by the Holy Spirit, and how they obeyed the prompting of the Spirit to go to the lands far away. Who says that Acts is an ancient book only for ancient people? My suggestion for reading this book is in three ways: 1) Read through the book of Acts; 2) Read this book. 3) Read the book of Acts again. It will bring Acts alive to us in a fresh new way.
Rating: 4.25 stars of 5.
This book is provided to me courtesy of Baker Books and Graf-Martin Communications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.