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Dreaming of Home
Homecoming as a Model of Renewal and Mission
by Michael Mitton
Publisher:BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
The sub-title of this book gives a clue to its content, but with such an experienced and good author and speaker as Michael Mitton, it is merely a clue because his exploration of the subject is focussed and detailed. Homecoming does not simply refer to that lovely feeling of getting back home after a hard day at work of after a holiday, but to the sense within oneself of ease, fulfilment, rightness and completion. As a Christian we are taught to try to achieve wholeness but this is never easy. The Church has its role too, of being a home, a family, a community. This discussion of homecoming operates on two levels – the personal and the church community, because in both areas starting from the best possible place enables the onward and outward looking journey to be accomplished with greater purpose and effect.
There are questions and reflections for either personal use or for group discussion, and at a time when many churches are examining their mission, and individuals are looking at a post-modern society, this is a timely book to read and then act upon.
Reviewer: Carole Burrows (07/09/12)