Book Review – Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine (26/2)

Doctrines are important to the church, but is doctrine practical? Kevin Vanhoozer argues in this book that doctrine is the one that shapes the church which in turns shapes the discipleship making process.

Faith Speaking UnderstandingThis was the first time I read Vanhoozer, and I found that many a times I had to slow down to digest the contents of the book. Vanhoozer’s writing can be dense at times, but has always been very thought-provoking.

Vanhoozer using the drama as a metaphor to understand the christian faith. Like a theatre, the christian faith ought to be a drama set out for the world to see. I felt that the part of the book was how Vanhoozer explored the link between doctrines and disciples.

Often, the disciple making process in our day and age uses the pragmatic approach to answer the question of how we make a disciple. Vanhoozer counterintuitively, moves the readers towards doctrine first and then towards making a disciple. This is a refreshing approach as Vanhoozer seeks first to figure what Jesus has to say about the disciple making process.

Having said that, this book is certainly no light reading. Pastors, church leaders or even cell group/discipleship leaders ought to give this book a read and explore what Vanhoozer has to say about this important topic.

Rating: 4.25 / 5

If you’re interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), Kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review