Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable, and Consistent Community is Anne Marie Miller's memoir more than it is a how-to book on living in Christian Community. Anne states, " In writing Lean on Me, it's my desire to show you that whatever course you find yourself on, you are not alone, you need God, and you need others." I think the reader's guide and resources listed at the end of this book provide valuable input for growing authentic Christian Communities.
Anne writes honestly from the path she found herself on - divorce - and the healing that began as she reached out to form a "team" or a "community." It is interesting to me to read this from the vantage point of an introverted author. I did find the book lagging at times - going in circles - and YET for someone who is walking a similar path this could be very helpful.If you are looking for checklists and Biblical exposition Lean on Me may not be the book for you. This book does highlight the value of a healthy Christian community. My biggest take away is the four categories of relationships Anne shares: not vulnerable and not committed, vulnerable and not committed, committed but not vulnerable, and committed and vulnerable. Anne provides stories which illustrate authentic Christian community for each category. I found it helpful to think through my various relationships and groups and evaluate the level from which I'm interacting.
I found the title provided food for thought as well - to live in community will require me to be intentional, vulnerable and consistent. The title itself was worth the read for personal applications. ::grin::
Overall, this is a good book. I recommend it for those seeking to establish a community for themselves and for those who may be walking through divorce.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review; I am disclosing this in accordance with the FederalTrade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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