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I have been dreading writing this post. I have the wonderful opportunity to get to read books for Moody Publishing and give my honest review. It is an honor to be selected to do this. So far I have loved each book I have reviewed, “Why God Calls Us To Dangerous Places” and “Design Your Day.” However, this one not so much. I hate to write anything negative about a book because I don’t want anything negative written about mine.
Since I work as a social media marketer and do the social media for our church, I thought this would be the perfect book to read next. Our church has had great success reaching people beyond our borders. We have people from closed countries joining our prayer groups and people from around the world joining our Sunday worship services. I was hoping this book would encourage me and give me more insights to grow this ministry I never expected to be in.
I expected, “The Social Church” to offer examples of other churches who have successful social media strategies, and/or different ways other churches were able to reach their communities and beyond through social media. Well the author, Justin Wise, did this but in about 10 of the 150+ pages. The book could have been condensed to a couple chapters and had more impact.
I did like that Justin showed how other forms of technology over the past centuries have changed the spread of Christianity. For example, the printing press made it possible for many to get access to a Bible. In the same way, social media, has allowed the spread of the gospel to closed countries.
Each time Justin began to grab my attention he would venture off into another story. I found myself getting frustrated. I struggled to get through the book and did not feel I was any more equipped for running the church’s social media than I did before I read the book.
There are quite a few positive reviews for this book on Amazon so others have liked it, but there are several that feel the same as I do, the book stated the obvious and did not offer anything insightful.
I wish I were able to give you a more exciting post today and tell you the book was amazing, a must read. I can’t. However, it has inspired me to share what I have learned through my experiences with others to help churches reach beyond their four walls.
If you would like to know more about this book you can see it here.