If there is one thing that many of us crave today, it is to be a part of an authentic community. The types of relationships that we have today can often be superficial. They are people we will spend time with for the sake of curing that desire for a longing of company, but they fall short of quenching the deep connection that we are looking for. The comfort of being accepted for who we are and not having to mold ourselves or change for people to accept us. Bill Donahue invites us to find and join that community in The Irresistible Community: An Invitation to Life Together.
Donahue describes the type of community to which Jesus invites us; a community of trust and acceptance, where perfection is not a requirement, and where we are allowed to simply exist with all our flaws and imperfections. It is a community of support, forgiveness, and growth.
He broadens the concept of community to include the community with God, Christ, and the earth. He describes the beneficial aspects of a good community in which people are bonded by common experiences and are empowered to live a life of service. Donahue also describes the makeup of a functioning community that works together, what that community can achieve, and how to promote community life.
Donahue’s book uses real life experiences, scripture, fictional narrative, and logic to show the reader the importance, struggles, and benefits of a Christian community. It was an interesting read but not always engaging. However, there are some useful tips for promoting community discussion as well as ideas that challenge our current way of being.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program.