The Briarpatch Gospel by Shane Wheeler is a great book for both the long time follower of Christ and the person who just came to know Christ. One of the things I appreciate most about The Briarpatch Gospel is the transparency of Shane Wheeler. He opens up his heart and shows how his faith has deepened and how his Christian life has been challenged. This book is one the church needs to read and consider as it relates to the world around it.
As believers it is easy for our thoughts and actions to be shaped by the faith community that we have been in for a long time. For the long time believer their potentially comfortable set of norms will be challenged. They will be forced to rethink how they live on a day to day basis and what it means to love on those who have not yet come to know Christ.
For the new believer The Briarpatch Gospel will guide their faith in Christ in a healthy direction. They will be reminded how messy love and grace can be and how they are to mark the Christians life.
If you are looking for a book to encourage you in your faith while at the same time find yourself challenged then The Briarpatch Gospel is for you.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.