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Book Review: Surprise the World! by Michael Frost

Book Review: Surprise the World! by Michael Frost

Book Review: Surprise the World! by Michael Frost

27 June 2020

Author Michael Frost uses the BELLS model of mission for the Church, highlighting the steps Bless, Eat, Listen, Learn and Sent.

Reviewed by Dianne Hobbs

From one of the very first introductory passages, Michael Frost has the reader begging to be enlisted in mission with his words.

“Surely there is a way we can see the Church as an army of ordinary people, sent out to announce and demonstrate the reign of God through Christ, without expecting ourselves to be something we’re not or something less than we should be,” he says.

Yes! Suprise The World is not written for a few but can be a resource manual for all Salvationists. It makes sense, and anyone can be effective in mission when intentionally applying the five specific habits Frost outlines.

This concise, easy to read and highly accessible book will certainly not take up much room on your bookcase or take long to read.

In its own way, it is applicably quite ‘common sense’ from a foundational missional perspective. However, the BELLS model (Bless, Eat, Listen, Learn, Sent) is explored and provides a resource that is a stable reaffirming launch pad of mission, right where you are. This book is as relevant as ever!

Suprise The World is available at Koorong.

Captain Dianne Hobbs is the Corps Officer at Bellarine Peninsula Corps in Victoria.

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