I so rarely post about new releases from Beacon Hill Press for a variety of reasons - one because I don't want to come off "sales pitchy" - but I just couldn't help myself this time!
I just finished reading the "HOT OFF THE PRESS" release of Dan Boone's, A Charitable Discourse.
NazNet has never been shy about openly discussing the "tough issues" that we face in society and especially those issues as they relate to the local church or clergy. Well, Dan has come out with a book to help us all think and discuss the issues that maybe some would rather not address.
In the first section of the book, he begins with seven (not exhaustive) means by which people sabotage charitable discourse within the Body of Christ. For some, both clergy and laity, these chapters will be sad reminders of squabbles from days gone by or those we are engaged with now that squelch healthy conversation and the Biblical approach of disagreeing with a brother or sister. Things such as labeling, half-truths, grandstanding etc. are addressed in section one. Some real life examples of squabbles are given like the first issue Dan experienced over putting an A/C unit in the church he pastored as a newly minted 16 year-old pastor.
Section two, in my opinion is "the meat" of the book. It's entitled "Issues that Divide Us." you can view the TOC on this on the BHP product page. Your interest will be piqued I'm sure.
Section three concludes with how to move on in a positive direction. It's entitled, "The More Excellent Way." These chapters are really starter points to consider when thinking about a variety of topics and issues on various fronts.
Although this book is not set up as a small group type piece, I could envision some church small groups using it to engage in healthy conversation. I could also see this book being used by NazNetters to engage in conversation. finally, this book has an ongoing online element that features a FB page dedicated to the book. Various topics have unique Q and A toggles that feature Q's from TNU undergrads with his responses. This is sort of a "live" section of the FB link.
Note: Dan does use this book as an opportunity to lay to rest his side of various 'tall tales' concerning TNU rumors in recent years. Not everyone gets a forum of defense like a book to lay out the truth of various negative accusations, however Dan does not abuse this opportunity in the book.
I would reveal my fav chapters, but in case your curious parts of this book really moved me to near tears and other parts made me jump for joy with sound reason and very sound and balanced Biblical approach as well as a strong frame of Wesleyan perspective.
Thanks NazNetters! Maybe we'll see you at M11?