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It is a pity that this wonderful book is not read by the author. Jay Charles is a good narrator, but he is unable to provide the inflections and convey the intended message as well as the author. I recommend the short version of the audiobook for this reasons.
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This book is full of great resources and arguments for how and what to build in a great, purpose-driven church.
The performance is also pleasing, and the narrative lends itself well to audio. Except that I want to take notes every 5 minutes!
It's taken me a long time to realise I could be listening to *Christian* books in the car, rather than secular stuff. The Purpose-Driven Church was my first experiment, and it was a great success. The book has inspired me and motivated me, and provided a wealth of ideas to try in our church.
I think the great value is that Dr Warren de-emphasises 'programmes' and 'techniques' in favour of methods of understanding the needs of a community, and then constructing appropriate, purpose-driven ministries to meet those needs and win people for Christ. While some of the suggestions and examples are perhaps a little American, the principles are clear and universal, as they are rooted in Scripture.
The reading was also excellent; clear and easy to listen to, and worked well with the text. I strongly recommend this to anyone involved in a new church or a church which is changing (or needs to change!).
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This is a brilliant book for church leaders. its now quite old and I wonder how many of the statistics are still correct but great non the less