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Blind Spots - Book Review

  • Whitney Hopler Contributing Writer
  • 2003 19 Mar
<i>Blind Spots</i> - Book Review

Author:     Bill McCartney
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Despite the faith, sincerity, dedication, and hope of many church leaders, only one percent of churches in the United States are growing.  Vast numbers of people that Jesus Christ wants to grow through church won’t even walk through church doors.  Why?  Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney says much of this tragic problem can be traced to what he calls “blind spots”--things that pastors and other church leaders don’t see because they don’t know to look for them.  And chief among those blind spots is the lack of unity among Christians, McCartney pens in his new book, Blind Spots: What You Don’t See May Be Keeping Your Church from Greatness.

With honesty and courage, McCartney urges readers to make reconciliation among Christians a top priority.  If seekers don’t see unity when they look at the church, they won’t be likely to believe much in Christ’s power, he writes.  He uses the book as a wake-up call for Christians to start living in the brotherhood to which Christ has called them, pleading for both racial unity (among diverse groups such as Anglos, African-Americans, Hispanics, Messianic Jews, Asians, and Native Americans) and socioeconomic unity.  His suggestions of building close friendships across racial lines and having urban and suburban churches pair up to work together are right on target.

But the book would be even more effective if it were aimed at a general audience, including women as well as men.  In his role leading Promise Keepers, it’s understandable for McCartney to focus solely on men.  But it seems that he suffered from a blind spot himself by tailoring the book exclusively toward men.  Women could also benefit greatly from his message of reconciliation.  While it’s true that most pastors are male, scores of women influence their churches through faithful service either on staff or as laypeople, and they should also be working toward unity.

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