Humor and conviction slam together in this book. And that’s exactly why I love it so much.
I have never seen so much raw authenticity and bluntness woven with practical helpfulness in a book before, but Mark Driscoll has accomplished it well. Confessions is all about how Mars Hill Church (Driscoll’s church) came to be. Absolutely rife with hard lessons learned by Mr. Driscoll as the title suggests, I have never read a book like this before. It is simply hilarious and all the while encouraging for those wanting to pursue pastoral ministry (or those who are currently doing so).
Even the layout of the book is unique. Each chapter is organized by how many people were in attendance, and each chapter has a “Coaching Corner,” a small box where Mark organizes a chunk of the chapter’s most important information in a practical, easy-to-remember way. Gleaning insight comes naturally from this book, and reading some of Mark’s situations and stories, like an aggressive phone call or a strange interaction with a homeless person, will undoubtedly come with laughter.
Some people have become offended at Mark’s bluntness and sarcastic humor in the book before, but I would challenge any of those offended to say that Mark’s center in the book was not Jesus. Concerns aside, this book was a joy to read. I read it in four sittings, and none of those didn’t have smiles or appreciation for the valuable resources filled in the pages here. If you plan on going into pastoral ministry, you need to read this book. If you’re not, reading this story will encourage you and help you see God’s power in one man’s life and the huge church on mission for Jesus.
This one’s an all-time favorite in my book.