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“Right Here, Right Now” First Look

Right Here Right NowA new book by Lance Ford and Alan Hirsch was finally released last week. Its title is “Right Here, Right Now.” It is the newest in an emerging series of books written to and for ordinary Christians like us. Think of it as post cards from two ordinary guys inviting us into a life that is doable for any of us.

Its topic is “missional Christianity–A spunky, high impact , life-oriented, world transforming, joyous, living for Jesus our King. An outward focused, kingdom-oriented discipleship that changes our world.”

The book is not the only thing offered. The authors have put up a companion website with video, downloads and other resources to help readers.

Each chapter has a video with Lance and Al discussing and expanding on the chapter in an informal conversational format.

The downloads section of the website offers discussion guides for the individual chapters and the videos. These “Discussion Starters” are in PDF format.

There is so much more to the life of a Christ follower than attending church. We have a mission and a destiny, but few know more than just church. These two authors seem deadly serious to bring that mission and destiny to us, right here and right now.

To review:

  • “Right Here Right Now” is written for “lay” Christians to engage in their work for the Kingdom right where they are.
  • Authors are Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford. Publisher: Baker Books
  • The book is out as of this week (also in Kindle format)
  • the Website is up and running with the videos, downloads and more

This is just a preliminary “first look.” Look for a full review in the coming weeks.  In the mean time, check out the website (links above) and get the book.

If you got the book, tell us about it. Please post in the comments below

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.

In my experience over the years, most books on discipleship center on the theology and not the practice of following Jesus. Untamed, is a fresh and practical perspective on what it looks like to follow Christ. It is not a theological tome, nor a package of rules, lists and formulas. It is a frank discussion of what being a disciple of Christ looks like right here and right now.

Alan and Deb have produced a highly useful and highly quotable work. It is loaded with practical instruction delivered in an encouraging and engaging style. Each chapter ends with “Suggested Practices” and “Discussion starters.” These sections bring  some suggestions about how to “try out” what you learned, and discussions which help you develop your own ideas without performance-oriented guilt (in most common Christian works, I find discussions beginning with the question “Discuss with the group how you fail at this.”).

As I said above, the book deals with following Jesus right here and right now. In a simple, contemporary, practical and straightforward approach, Alan and Deb tackle discipleship in these four contexts: God, Culture, Self, and Mission. Within these four, just about everything you can imagine (and perhaps some things you can’t) is covered quite well.

This book provides one of the best resources for the art of discipleship that I have seen so far. It is excellent for new believers to get a good start. It is also essential for old believers who need a new start.

The most important value of Untamed is that it provides useful ideas which lead to action. The ideas the authors provide, along with the suggestions help the reader “act his or her way into a new way of thinking” making their discipleship a matter not of empty theory, but fulfilling practice.