Loving the Church is what I would consider a Theological Novel. It teaches Biblical principles using a fictional story.
Years ago I came across a series of books by Richard P. Belcher. Each book in the series taught a doctrine of the Bible. What was so unique about them? Each book was in novel form. I enjoyed the series so much and wondered why this technique wasn't used more often. Other than that original series, this book is the first I have encountered in the same vein.
The story is set in a coffee shop where one by one a group of people overhear a conversation about someone leaving their Church. From there, they start meetings to discuss what the Church means and where each member fits in.
It is a very fast read, but chocked full of great information. Most of all it brings conviction.
During the Coffeehouse conversations a variety of subjects are brought up concerning the Church
Do we love our local Church?
Is our Church faithful to the Gospel?
Are we involved?
Do we miss service to spend time golfing or boating on the lake?
Are we held accountable?
Crotts not only speaks of the Church universal, but he focuses on the local Church and the importance of being there and being involved. He also speaks about Elders and Deacons and their requirements and duties.
I enjoyed this book tremendously. It made me rethink a lot of things.
As an added bonus, at the end of the book, he gives a list of books for further reading.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book, free of charge, from Shepherd Press and Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review.