Life together is certainly something modeled by Jesus, and is highly recommended within the Christian community, so I jumped at the chance to review The Irresistible Community: An Invitation to Life Together by Bill Donahue (Baker Books, 2015).
The book has an interesting format: 12 chapters, each introduced by a ‘monologue’ by one of the 12 Disciples. The chapters are broken into 3 sections: “Join the Fellowship of the Table”, “Practice the Ministry of the Towel” and the “Live in the Circle of Truth”. Community, service, and how to live with the truth of God's words. .
We were created to be in community, in relationship with God and with others. And that’s what the table is all about. Fellowship, getting along with one another. But then Jesus got up from the table, wrapped a towel around his waist and went to work washing the disciples’ feet. As Christ followers we learn to serve; we grow from serving, and many times serving does more for us than it does for those we serve. And then we have to deal with the facts of truth: it hurts and it heals, it’s dangerous.
So far so good, but for me this was not an easy book to read –it just doesn’t flow. The monologues at the beginning of each chapter were entertaining, and I would like to see a novel about the Twelve written in this style. There were some interesting facts throughout, and even some things to ponder (an illustration about a robber or a surgeon (p 212) really caught my attention.
There is just too much going on here, and it doesn’t all fit together.
3/5 I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for the review