I just finished Randy Harris’ book God Work – Confessions of a Standup Theologian and I have to say it was a really great read. I have also been reading N.T. Wright’s new book After You Believe and over and over again I found myself picking up Harris’ book over Wright’s. I wouldn’t have guessed it would have happened that way but it did. What kept me coming back to this book was Harris’ open and honest style. He is not afraid to ask a difficult question and then handle the answer honestly, even if it raises some unconformability in the process.
In this book you get ecclesiology, epistemology, and theology all rolled out in a way that is humorous and intellectual. What he has done in this book is take us out of the driver’s seat and put God back in it. In doing so we learn how to interact with God in a healthy, relational way that is both biblical and meaningful to upcoming generations of Christians. We are free to ask questions. We are free to have doubts. We are free to be confused at times. But at the center of it all, God patiently engages our lives through the ups and downs to bring us closer and closer to himself. This book is good for a healthy perspective on postmodernism, not just in explanatory form but also in how Harris works through much of his material.
I have to say, that I am a better person for having read this book. Several of the stories I had heard before. They were just as funny in print but in print I had more time to deal with them and meditate on the points being made than hearing these stories live. I wish I had more time to give a thorough synopsis of this book and describe more of its contents but why let me do all the work for you? If you have been looking for your next read, give this one a shot by ordering directly from Leafwood in the link above.
The last thing I want to mention about this book is I think it would be especially helpful for many elderships to read together. I say that because it would really help them understand the worldview of our youth and get a grasp on how to maintain unity among church goers with more and more of a postmodern outlook. I really hope that Harris plays a big part informing more and more congregations on how to make the coming, needed transitions in the church without compromising our core, scripture-based, values.