Book Reviews

Untamed, By Alan and Deb Hirsch Explores the Understanding and Practice of Discipleship

Alan and Deb have teamed up to write a vivid and practical book on the art and practice of following Jesus. Both have been foremost authorities on missional community and ministry speaking and teaching all over the world.

Now they turn their attention to the issue of discipleship and what  it look like to follow Jesus and engage in His mission in our place and time. I am told that the book focuses on practice as well as principle. It is scheduled for release Feb. 22nd.
Wouldn’t you know it. The first book review in my blog is a book I have not read (it wasn’t even released yet when I posted it). So I will submit the comments of the lucky dogs who have.

“Untamed is a desperately needed shot of spiritual adrenaline into our mild-mannered and mediocre attempts at following Christ.” —From the foreword by Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life

“You may find yourself uncomfortable with this book. If so, the Hirsches have succeeded. . . . Live a life that has stories to tell. Be untamed in your faith and pursuit of the wild Savior, Jesus.” —from the afterword by Neil Cole, author of Organic Leadership

“This dynamic duo gives prophetic voice to what it means to become missional, outwardly-focused followers of Jesus. This is a book to be read and wrestled with—a much needed resource for the church today.” —Margaret Feinberg, MargaretFeinberg.com; author of Scouting the Divine and The Organic God

“Untamed is a vision of life with Jesus that goes beyond what other authors have covered. Alan and Debra courageously tackle even taboo subjects to show that life with Christ is more than we often imagine it to be.” —Skye Jethani, author of The Divine Commodity; managing editor of Leadership Journal

“Depending on who you read, Jesus has been represented (and reduced) to a social activist, a tortured reformer, or a cavalier teacher. Against the background, Untamed is refreshing, grounded, thoughtful . . . tantalizing.” —Reggie McNeal, missional specialist, Leadership Network, Dallas, Texas; author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance

“The demand for an intelligible path toward discipleship is one of the greatest needs of the post-Christendom church. In Untamed, Alan and Debra deliver beautifully.” —Gabe Lyons, founder of Q and co-founder of Catalyst; coauthor of unChristian

“Untamed is like Where the Wild Things Are applied to faith. The Hirsches encourage us to live life as a holy, messy adventure in the land of a loving God.” —Sally Morgenthaler, author of Worship Evangelism and “Leadership in a Flattened World” in An Emergent Manifesto of Hope
“Untamed . . . is the fruit of a significant and penetrating analysis of American culture, candid conversations with key ministry leaders all over the USA, and sheer gumption in holding up a flag for a radical uncompromising discipleship. . . . Untamed is the best book I have read this year.” —Andrew Jones, developer, Church Mission Society; TallSkinnyKiwi.com

“In this bold, compelling, and inspiring work, Alan and Debra Hirsch . . . share with readers a captivating vision of the true Messiah. All who are unsatisfied with the boring safety of their tame Christianity need to read this book!” —Greg Boyd, senior pastor, Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul, Minnesota; author of Seeing Is Believing and Repenting of Religion

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