Here is our list of 2015′s Englewood Honor Books, the Best Books of the year for the life and flourishing of the Church.
Our criterion both for selecting books to review and for honoring the year’s best books is to choose books that are “for the life and flourishing of the Church” – i.e., books that energize us to be the local community of God’s people that God has called us to be and that nurture our mission of following in the way of God’s reconciliation of all things (in all its broadness!).
A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together
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This important book wrestles with the questions:
Do we love like God? How diverse is our love? Does it embrace the “differents” or are we determined to make carbon copies of ourselves? Our sordid church history shows that we have often failed in this vision. But if we refocus on how the love of God seeks the fullness of individuality and sees it as a blessing, we would begin to catch the Kingdom-vision of true love.
Fellowship of Differents never avoids our collective warts, but encourages us from cover to cover to not let imperfection hinder joy. This alone makes it a breath of fresh air. The Apostle Paul shared a vision of history driving toward the unveiling of a renewed cosmos populated by God’s people. Thus, here and now, the most Kingdom-like place is the church, who he calls “his crown, joy and love (Phil 4:1; 1 Thess 2:19).” McKnight’s constant rejoinder to find joy in, for and with the Body of Christ echoes this exclusively Kingdom framework of good news. We are encouraged to be of like mind and find our joy, not only now but forever, in the presence of God and the fellowship of
differents. – Jordan Kellicut