Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Naked Anabaptist: A Book Review

About The Book:

Anabaptist Christians have been around for almost 500 years. But what does Anabaptism look like when not clothed in Mennonite or Amish traditions? Writing from Great Britain, Stuart Murray peels back the layers to reveal the core components of Anabaptism-and what they mean for faith in his context and ours. It's a way of following Jesus that challenges, disturbs, and inspires us, summoning us to wholehearted discipleship and worship. Read this book, and catch a vision for living a life of radical faith!

About The Author:

Stuart Murray helps direct the Anabaptist Network in Great Britain, and serves the network as a trainer and consultant with particular interest in urban mission, church planting, and emerging forms of church. He has written several books on church planting, urban mission, emerging church, the challenge of post-Christendom, and the contribution of the Anabaptist tradition to contemporary missiology. He is the author of The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical FaithPlanting Churches in the 21st Century: A Guide for Those Who Want Fresh Perspectives and New Ideas for Creating Congregations; and Church Planting: Laying Foundations.

My Review:

Growing up in the Mennonite Brethern church, I have had the opportunity to learn about the basics of the MB church, Mennonites, Amish, and Anabaptistim. However, recently I had the chance to read and review a great resource, The Naked Anabaptist by author Stuart Murray. 

The book starts with a thorough review of the Anabaptist movement, including a little review of the various off shoots of this movement, being Amish, MB, and Hutterite. While the author digs fairly deep theology, the book will appeal to all those that have an interest in the Anabaptist Movement and how it relates to today's Christianity. I felt the book was very easy to read, but not a quick read. It took me a while to read get into the style of writing of the author, and its a heavier subject, with a lot of history, so therefore, I spent a lot of time in each chapter, which covered the core concepts of Anabaptism. It was a challenging read, yet so interesting and encouraging at the same time. A great book overall.

This would be a great read for all those interest in the history of Anabaptism specifically and church history in general and how it relates for us today.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase The Naked Anabaptist online here, through Menno Media, a division of Herald Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Menno Media and Herald Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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