Jerry Cook - Love, Acceptance & Forgiveness
Why I like this book: This book challenges our understanding of what ministry both inside and outside of the church should be. To evaluate how each person within the church is part of a community that is intended to impact our world. It challenges us to look past our ‘religious’ practices and understand what Christ intended as true Christianity.
One of my favourite quotes: “Forgiveness is not just an event, but also an environment, a lifestyle. People need the security of knowing they can blow it and still be loved and totally forgiven with nothing held over their heads.”
From the Publisher: How can the church be a healing force in the world? In this longtime bestseller, now revised and updated, authors Jerry Cook and Stanley C. Baldwin suggest that it is only when believers admit their own brokenness that they can love, accept, and forgive those who are hurting around them and put out the welcome mat to their community. They offer clear teaching about the church in a hurting world. As veteran leaders who practice these principles, they speak from experience, not theory. Through touching true stories and practical guidelines for connecting with fallen, sinful people, Cook and Baldwin announce the good news. The church is not broken, and it is the broken people who can change the world.