The project has disseminated reviews and other information about Christian books since the start of the Millennium. We regret that it is no longer possible to sustain it.
What Do You Think?
by Olaf Fogwill
This is an interesting approach to the start of a series of resource booklets about the Gospel - I have not seen the approach used before. It is basically a simple questionnaire which leads the reader through a series of questions which cover the material in proceeding booklets. This is clever. As you read and say ‘yes’ you are looking at the material and saying how helpful it would be to read the set. The questions themselves may be obvious, e.g. ‘we have lost too many people over the years’, but others provoke further thought, like ‘churches will need to change if we are to receive and keep the connected’. The latter question begs a lot of further questions, and spurs me on to read the other booklets that follow.
Series Review – Connect4Life is an unusual - and welcome - resource. It is a small collection of booklets about being 'connected' to Christ. What makes it particularly welcome is that it aims to help Christians who have left church to reconnect.
Using an electric plug analogy throughout (being connected to Christ brings life), the author Olaf Fogwill gives those who have left church and become 'unconnected' an invitation to 'give it 7 days' with a small study booklet of daily Bible readings. If people decide to 'reconnect' they have a helpful 21 day study guide to think through lots of passages to encourage them on the continued journey. With another option of a 21 day guide for new Christians connecting for the first time - this little pack would be a good resource for evangelical churches to have handy. I say 'evangelical' as it is all Bible based material - but other churches may well find the resource helpful too.
I liked the self help questionnaires, careful choice of readings, non- judgemental approach and prayer resource to 'plug in' and 'switch on' to 'go'. I am not aware of other resources like this for people who want to reconnect with Christ - for that reason alone this is a welcome resource for churches to have available.
For the starter pack containing some of each of the booklets in this series see the website.
Reviewer: Jim Currin (07/12/11)