I haven’t read this book by Donald Miller, but I’m getting tired of being able to predict what a negative Reformed book review from a Reformed will always sound like.
When a book is rather one-sided, why not praise what is good about it and then recommend other perspectives? Given the fact that the reviewer seemed unable to produce evidence of anything rising to the level of false teaching, I think that would be both more responsible and more profitable for all involved.
In any case, here is the Internet Monk’s review. There are also responses from the Boar’s Head Tavern. The 9marks review is first mentioned here, and then we get further response here, which leads to this rant.
I think it is all worth reading, though I’m still on the fence over whether I need to pick up Miller’s book. Frankly, I’m picking up a “we be cool” vibe from it that sets me on edge.
For me, the operating principle is, “Don’t go around cleaning other messes when your own back yard needs work.” Evangelicalism, I will guess, has probably a few worse books than Millers–even if Millers book were twice as bad as what the 9marks review claims. I doubt Evangelicalism is being damaged. Whatever might (or might not) need to be augmented in Miller’s book, is not nearly as threatening to the future of Reformed Christendom as the level of tribalism now affecting it.